Diane thinks that Frasier is masking romantic feelings for his colleague, Dr. Lilith Sternin, so she launches a plan to fan the flames of love. Meanwhile, Norm and Cliff reluctantly join Woody for a ...
The lives of the disparate group of employees and patrons at a Boston watering hole called "Cheers" over eleven years is presented. Over much of this period, Sam Malone (Ted Danson), a womanizing ex-Boston Red Sox pitcher and an alcoholic, owns the bar, its purchase and this life, which was his salvation from his alcoholism, which was largely the cause of the end of his baseball career. He ends up having a love-hate relationship with intellectual Diane Chambers (Shelley Long), who he hired as a waitress and whose cultured mentality is foreign to anyone else in the bar. He also has an evolving relationship with Rebecca Howe (Kirstie Alley), who managed the bar for the Lily Corporation, which bought it from Sam, but whose outward business savvy belied the fact that she was a mess of a woman who was struggling to find her place in life. The regular patrons are largely a bunch of self-identified losers, who bond because of their shared place in life, and because "Cheers" is their home ...Written by
Although it takes place in Boston, Massachusetts, the only ones with a Boston accent are John Ratzenberger and Nicolas Colasanto, both New England natives. However, not all characters are confirmed to be Boston area natives. Woody was originally from Indiana, Frasier from Seattle, Washington, and Rebecca from San Diego, California. It's possible that Sam didnt settle in Boston until he played for the Red Sox, and similarly for Diane until she first attended college there. See more »
The "Bar Wars" episodes with Cheers against Gary's Old Towne Tavern are in Roman numerical order from Season 6 to Season 11. However, Season 8 contains the episode, "Bar Wars III" and then the next "Bar Wars" episode is listed in Season 10, but it's incorrectly named "Bar Wars V." There is/was no "Bar Wars IV." See more »
[after crashing Cliff's car, the guys try to get it restarted]
I'm turning the key, but nothing's happening.
That's because I've got it rigged up with an anti-theft device. What I do is I turn the wheel all the way to the left.
Then I turn the key as hard as I can.
[Sam turns the key]
Oh dear. Cliff, I just broke off the key in the ignition.
I said "As hard as I can", Sammy.
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The style of the opening credits never changed throughout the series' 11 year run, unless a new cast member was added. See more »
Digitally Remastered episodes began circulating in syndication in Fall 2001. Current digitally remastered repeats on Nick at Nite feature the complete opening credit sequence. See more »
I adored "Cheers" on its original release in the early 80's and have lately been revisiting my adoration in catching re-runs right back to the first series. Like the best series, it makes you stay with it, through series after series, cast changes or not, like other American favourites of mine "The Mary Tyler-Moore Show", "Rhoda" "M.A.S.H." "Taxi" "Newhart" and more recently "Friends". Indeed it's easy to see "Cheers" influence on the latter, both fixing much of the action on a popular drinking hole. This was back in the days when writers wrote laugh-out-loud jokes and characters you could empathise with unlike today's post modern ironic shows where the odd line might make you smile at best. "Cheers" always kept you watching for the next line, which more often than not brought forth a laugh. Set-bound as it was, like, say, the bridge on the Starship Enterprise, familiarity bred content as you got to know the characters and their surroundings. The characters were great from the start, Sam "Mayday" Malone, pseudo-intellectual barmaid Diane, the feral barmaid Carla, permanent bar-stool residents Cliff and Norm and best of all the dotty bar manager Coach, with a heart of pure gold. Newer characters entered as the series progressed, especially oddballs Frazier and Lilith Crane, Carla's combative husband Nick and later, the dim young barman Woody Harrelson's "Woody"(a great replacement for Coach) and Kirsty Alley's "Backseat Becky" (ditto for Diane). Great as the smart direction and comedic delivery were, it was all about the writing. Great writers like Heidi Perlman, the Charles brothers, David Lloyd and Earl Pomerantz kept the quality high, season after season as I'm sure my end-to-end re-viewing will testify. 7 down, 244 to go!
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