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."

Director:

James Burrows

Writers:

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

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
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Trivia

Aired Before Super Bowl XVII-Washington Redskins 27 Miami Dolphins 17 See more »

Goofs

The calendar in the pool room reads 1982, and this episode aired in January 27, 1983. See more »

Quotes

Diane Chambers: Carla, you're not prejudiced against gays, are you?
Carla Tortelli: Well, I'm not exactly crazy about 'em. I mean, I get enough competition from women. I'm telling you, if guys keep coming out of the closet, there isn't going to be anybody left to date and I'm going to have to start going out with girls.
[Carla looks over at Diane and shudders in horror]
Diane Chambers: Carla, you don't have to worry about me. I like my dates a little more masculine than you. Not much, but a little.
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Connections

Spoofs The Boys in the Band (1970) See more »

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Facing a Unique Issue for 1983
6 August 2019 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

A friend of Sam's whom he spent lots of time with has written a book. There is a press conference. Since Sam didn't read the book, he didn't realize that this guy was coming out. The rest of the episode involves all the males acting like idiots. Three men come into the bar and it is assumed that now that Sam has accepted his friend, these guys are gay. It must have been pretty touchy at that time. Good for them.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

27 January 1983 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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