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
Since 1994, the rights to "Cheers" have been owned by National Amusements, a theater chain headquartered in the Boston suburb of Norwood. That year, NA subsidiary Viacom purchased Paramount Pictures, which produced the series. Six years after merging with CBS, Viacom split into two companies, with the rights to "Cheers" going to CBS Corporation. Both CBS and Viacom were still controlled by National Amusements, and in 2019, the companies re merged, forming ViacomCBS. 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 »
How you doing, Norm?
Coach, I'm on top of the world... it's a dismal spot in Greenland somewhere.
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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 »
The series finale was edited into three half-hour episodes for syndication. Part one of the 1 hour "200th Episode Celebration" episode, edited into two parts for syndication, is the only syndicated episode that features the complete opening sequence used throughout the series. The first scene of the teaser of the series' first episode, where Sam walks from the Pool Room into the Bar area of Cheers', was edited completely out of the syndicated broadcast. See more »
The difference between Cheers and about 90% of the other sitcoms that have come and gone, is that in Cheers, nothing seems forced. The characters interact with such chemistry, that all you have to do is tune and it's like sitting at a bar listening to you're best friends tell tall tales. The characters, especially Sam Malone and Coach, are so well-rounded that the joy comes simply from watching them interact. As far as I can remember almost every episode of Cheers ended with someone smiling or laughing, and it's that sense of warmth that is so rare in television, that it makes Cheers stand tall amongst any competitor, then OR now. I feel wholly justified in calling Cheers the best program ever made. It's just that good.
PS-I hope in Heaven I can sit at Cheers, and watch Sam hit on girls, listen to Carl tell useles trivia, and see Norm catch curving beer bottles around the corner of the bar.
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