Cheers (1982–1993)
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The Spy Who Came in for a Cold One 

An Englishman enters the bar claiming to be a spy, but Diane exposes him as a fraud. Everyone is mad at her for humiliating him just to show off her own intellect, until he plays a joke on her.


James Burrows


Glen Charles (created by), Les Charles (created by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Ted Danson ... Sam Malone
Shelley Long ... Diane Chambers
Nicholas Colasanto ... Ernie 'Coach' Pantusso
Rhea Perlman ... Carla Tortelli
George Wendt ... Norm Peterson
Ellis Rabb ... Eric Finch
Jack Knight ... Jack
Bob Evan Collins Bob Evan Collins ... Chauffeur (as Robert Evan Collins)
Kurt Woodruff Kurt Woodruff ... Sailor (as Kurtis Woodruff)
John Ratzenberger ... Cliff


A mysterious man named Eric Finch walks into the bar one evening. He has the persona of James Bond, and does let it slip that he is indeed a spy. Diane doesn't believe his story. Sam reminds her that the bar is a place to escape from reality and if Eric wants to spin this story, real or not, there is no harm. Despite Sam's advice, Diane keeps pressing Eric, and he finally does admit that he has indeed been lying to everyone. This admission deflates everyone in the bar, including Diane, since he was only trying to escape from his hum-drum life. The next "story" he tells hits a little closer to Diane's sensibilities, and thus she falls under his tales. However, is it the truth? Will the next story he tells be the truth? Will anything he says be the truth? Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

16 December 1982 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title is derived from the 1965 film, "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold." See more »


Diane takes off her apron, tosses it on the bar and says, "I'm a total washout as a cocktail waitress." When she brings her hand down as she says the word "as", there is a very audible metallic "ping" as her hand hits the brass rail of the bar. See more »


Sam Malone: What's new, Norm?
Norm Peterson: Most of my wife.
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References 60 Minutes (1968) See more »

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10 October 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews


Glen and Les Charles along with James Burrows created a sitcom that never completely created havoc as it should have. It still baffles me considering the reception it received in cultural world. That is not to say that it doesn't hold a valuable position. It is just that I would request it to be put up a few places higher. For there is this impeccable emotion passed on throughout this 11 years of journey that seems surreal to even have existed in the first place. And that simple one word note is sweetness. Almost too much. I am sorry but it is impossible for a series or anything to run nothing but on sweetness for 11 years. 11 YEARS.

And yet, against all odds it does and works. I think it is only because the crass humor that they fill their day time- and it has to and does feel like a day time- with is actually motivated with a flirty language. And no matter what age you are or what culture you come from or what taste do you possess. The grammar of a flirting language is always received with a smile. And that is all this series tries to do. Not a laugh, not a tear, it aims for a light hearted experience and it gets the order done. And it is an order done right in correct order.

And by this you can see why there is not a complete acceptance of this world in ours. Too much of something can be intangible. Even hostile to someone. But I think I would persist on looking its crafting of this self-created genre. If it is assumed to be difficult to watch than it is also difficult to form. Cheers has an environment that may not particularly be your cup of coffee or a glass of beer, but what it remains is a weekday delight and not a weekend wild party. The makers knew it, the cast too and it's time the viewers too.

The Spy Who Came In For A Cold One

This british mysterious entourage spirals, maybe, an unfamiliar tale in this bar but definitely is the least engaging one uptill now. Still the drunk environment and misty people- irony!- tickles us with not slapstick but cheeky humor that could never-- no matter how harsh-- be offensive or even edgy.

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