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Cheers (TV Series 1982–1993) - Plot Summary Poster

(1982–1993)

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  • The regulars of the Boston bar Cheers share their experiences and lives with each other while drinking or working at the bar where everybody knows your name.

  • 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, 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, who he hires as a waitress and whose cultured mentality is foreign to anyone else in the bar. He also has an evolving relationship with Rebecca Howe, 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 away from home, and in many ways more a home than their actual home as witnessed by the fact that there "everybody knows your name".

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  • Laid-back Sam Malone, a former relief pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, owns and runs Cheers, a cozy bar in Boston. He hires smart, uptight -- and jilted -- Diane Chambers as a server, out of sympathy, but their attraction causes constant bickering. Wacky characters fill the bar: sarcastic waitress Carla, beer-loving accountant Norm, know-it-all postman Cliff. When Diane leaves Boston much later, Sam sells the bar, buys a boat and sails the world, but his boat sinks, so he returns. New, ambitious manager Rebecca Howe hires him back, but they love to hate each other too.

  • Sam Malone's drinking problem (which led him to buy the bar Cheers) soured his career as a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. When a young teaching assistant named Diane Chambers is left by her Professor fiancée, she took a job waitressing at Cheers, leading to a rocky, on-again, off-again relationship with Sam. The bar where everybody knows your name is home to: Sam's old Coach, naive farmboy Woody, know-it-all Cliff, bitter waitress Carla, troubled psychiatrist Frasier and his wife, and regular Norm, owner of the hugest bar tab.

  • Cheers is a bar in Boston owned by Sam Malone, a former Boston Red Sox pitcher, whose drinking problem ended his career. Helping Sam in the bar is Ernie Pantusso, whom he refers to as Coach and Carla, a tough waitress. Among the regulars are Norm, an accountant who spends most of his time at Cheers to avoid his wife, Vera and Cliff, a mailman, whose conceitedness, annoys everyone. Sam is also a womanizer, who thinks that there isn't a woman he can't have. Diane Chambers, a grad student, who was going away with her boyfriend, stops by the bar but he dumps her. Diane with nowhere else to go, gets a job as a waitress. Sam is attracted to her and makes his move but Diane is turned off by his smug attitude. Eventually they get together but break up and Diane gets a new boyfriend, psychiatrist, Fraiser Crane. They were about to get amrried when Diane leaves him and goes to the bar. The actor who played Coach died, so a new character, Woody Boyd was added. Sam and Diane would get engaged and were about to get married when Sam urged her to fulfill her dream to be a writer. Sam would sell the bar to a corporation. When Sam needed a job, he tried to get a job from the new manager, Rebecca Howe, whom Sam tried to make a move on but resisted, for awhile. Sam would eventually buy back the bar and make Rebecca the manager.


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