Cheers (1982–1993)
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The Boys in the Bar 

When Sam publicly supports an old teammate who has come out of the closet, Norm and the gang are afraid that "Cheers" will become a "gay bar."


James Burrows


Glen Charles (created by), Les Charles (created by) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ted Danson ... Sam Malone
Shelley Long ... Diane Chambers
Nicholas Colasanto ... Ernie 'Coach' Pantusso
Rhea Perlman ... Carla Tortelli
George Wendt ... Norm Peterson
Alan Autry ... Tom Kenderson
John Furey ... Larry
Michael Kearns Michael Kearns ... Richard
Kenneth Tigar ... Fred
Lee Ryan Lee Ryan ... Bob
Jack Knight ... Jack
Thomas Babson ... Barney (as Tom Babson)
Wesley Thompson ... Photographer
Shannon Sullivan Shannon Sullivan ... Reporter #1
John Bluto John Bluto ... Reporter #2


Tom Kenderson, Sam's old roommate from his Red Sox days, has just written his autobiography and is launching the book at Cheers since Sam is mentioned in it. Despite Tom asking Sam to read it before the book launch, Sam fails to do so. As the book is launched in front of a few reporters, Sam wishes that he had read it since Tom used the book as his way of coming out, which shocks Sam if only because Tom was a bigger womanizer than even him back then. Sam wants to be supportive of his old friend, but he is also deathly afraid of being construed as being gay himself. His support for Tom eventually wins out, which angers the regulars of the bar, who are afraid that Cheers will turn into a gay bar. Those regulars' concerns extend to being surrounded by what they assume will be stereotypically effeminate accoutrement around the establishment. They are also certain that they could spot a gay man a mile away, and as such they vow to scare off anyone who fits that mold. Sam has to decide ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama







English | French

Release Date:

27 January 1983 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The autobiography of Sam's gay baseball friend in "The Boys in the Bar" Episode: #1.16 is called "Catcher's mask" See more »


Norman says that 7pm is "seven bells." Later in the series, it is disclosed that Norm served in the US Coast Guard. As such, he should be aware that 7pm would equate to either 2 bells or 6 bells (depending on whether the ship split the dog watch). Character backstories are created as a series progresses. There is no way the writers could know in Season 1 that Norm was going to be in the Coast Guard later in the series. As such, this is not an error. See more »


Diane Chambers: [durring Sams interview when he is jumped with the fact that Tom is gay and starts babaling Diane gives him an out and they are in the back room] I was fast but you were faster.
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Spoofs The Boys in the Band (1970) See more »

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