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  • Sam (Ted Danson), a former pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, owns and runs Cheers, a cozy bar in Boston. Somewhat snobby, beautiful and intelligent Diane (Shelley Long) -- forced to become a waitress when her fiance jilts her -- constantly bickers with Sam. Eventually, they fall in love. Several wacky characters make the bar their home-away-from-home, including sarcastic waitress Carla (Rhea Perlman), beer-loving Norm (George Wendt) and Boston letter carrier Cliff (John Ratzenberger) A few seasons later, Sam sells the bar to buy a boat and sail around the world. But his boat sinks and he returns to bartending. Rebecca (Kirstie Alley), the new (more ambitious) manager, hires him back. They love to hate each other and eventually get together as well. Intro Theme: Making your way in the world today takes everything you got. Taking a break from all your worries sure would help a lot. Wouldn't you like to get away? Sometimes you wanna go where everybody knows your name, And they're always glad you came. You wanna be where you can see our troubles are all the same. You wanna be where everybody knows your name. You wanna go where people know people are all the same. You wanna go where everybody knows your name. Nielsen Ratings: #75 in the 1982-1983 season #13 in the 1984-1985 season #5 in the 1985-1986 season #3 in the 1986-1987 season #3 in the 1987-1988 season #4 in the 1988-1989 season #3 in the 1989-1990 season #1 in the 1990-1991 season #4 in the 1991-1992 season #9 in the 1992-1993 seasonmoreless

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  • S 11 : Ep 28

    One for the Road, Part 3


  • S 11 : Ep 27

    One for the Road

    Aired 5/20/93

  • S 11 : Ep 27

    One for the Road, Part 2


  • S 11 : Ep 26

    Last Call! A Cheers Celebration

    Aired 5/20/93

  • S 11 : Ep 25

    The Guy Can't Help It

    Aired 5/13/93

  • Cast & Crew
  • Woody Harrelson

    Woodrow Tiberius "Woody" Boyd (1985-1993)

  • Kelsey Grammer

    Dr Frasier W Crane (1984-1993)

  • George Wendt

    Hilary Norman "Norm" Peterson

  • Ted Danson

    Sam "Mayday" Malone

  • John Ratzenberger

    Clifford C "Cliff" Clavin, Jr

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  • Quotes (1799)

    • Carla: He's not back yet? Diane: Uh, no. Carla: Why don't you make a run for it? Diane: You're a bitter little person, aren't you?

    • Everyone is asking why Diane is there. Coach: Take it easy, will ya. Sam's kind of shy about this sorta thing, so I'll fill ya in. She's a hooker. Sam: She's not a hooker. Look, she does not want to be bothered. She is waiting for her fiancee. They're going down to the Carribean tonight to get married. Okay? Everyone: Oh... Diane walks out of the bathroom and everyone begins to clap Sam: They missed you.

    • Sam: Take it easy, Coach. Coach: (talking about Sam's pitching career) No, I mean it! He was the very best. So sure as the Earth is round. Sam: You don't believe that, Coach. Coach: I never use to believe it, Sam, until I saw those pictures from the space shuttle.

    • Coach: Oh! Hi. Diane: Hello. Coach: I hope nobody told you the bus goes by here. Sam: No, Coach, she's going to be sitting here for a while... Diane: Um, excuse me, I hate to keep asking for special attention, but could you not discuss my private life with everyone that comes in. Sam: What would you like me to tell them? Diane: I don't care. Sam: to Coach She's a hooker. Coach: Oh, yeah!

    • Coach: You call that a football team? Sam: What's wrong, Coach? Coach: What's wrong? The Patriots did it again. This has gotta be the worst draft yet. They got a first round pick, right Sam. Did they get a jackrabbit for the back field? No! A gunslinger at quarterback? No! A linebacker, they get Sam, a linebacker. Sam: I don't know, Coach. I've seen a good linebacker turn the whole team around. Coach: Yeah, me too.

    • Diane: Sumner, am I stupid to let you go see a woman you were once in love with? Sumner: Oh, my darling, I'm leaving you alone in a bar. (turns to Sam) Which one of us is the stupider, Sam? Sam: Too close to call.

    • Diane: What he actually said was "Come with me, and be my love, and we will some new pleasures prove." That's Dunn. Sam: I certainly hope so.

    • Diane: Sumner, this is crazy. Sumner: Diane, we're about to be married. Diane: I know... Teenager: Married! Congratulations! Why don't we celebrate with a drink. Sumner: Ah, I think not. Teenager: I give it six months. Sumner: Perhaps we won't have children right away.

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    • The original setting was going to be a hotel lobby, but was changed to a bar.

    • This episode was filmed on April 20, 1982.

    • TV Guide citation: In the October 9, 1982 issue of TV Guide, there is a feature article on Ted Danson which contains quotes from creator Glen Charles about the show's genesis. Also, there are quotes from Shelley Long and Nicholas Colasanto about their costar. "The show grew out of an NBC guarantee to Les and Glen Charles and James Burrows to develop a 13-week unspecified series. "We wanted to do an ensemble show, like M*A*S*H or Taxi, rather than a family story," Glen Charles says. "First we thought of setting it in a hotel, to bring a lot of different people together. Then we realized that much of the action takes place in the bar, so we dropped the hotel and concentrated on the bar." "Being sports fans, we decided our bar owner would be an ex-football player. We actually tested some ex-players (most notably Fred Dryer) for the role. But we finally decided we needed a professional actor to carry the role. Ted had made an episode of Taxi and we saw him in 'Body Heat," and he seemed to have the right blend of humor and character, and the right responses for a leading man. Except that he was the most unathletic person we tested. So we rebuilt the show to suit him. With his height and build, he could be a baseball player. We concluded that a former relief pitcher would add humor to the show since some of them, like Tug McGraw, tend to be flaky anyway. And all of his friends would not have to be 275 pounds. Now we find him developing into a jock before our eyes." He smile. "Of course, we wouldn't let him throw a baseball yet. That might be a little risky." Shelley Long then adds, "We tested together for the parts and that was real Tension City. Ted kept saying, 'Oh gee, I'm not good at improvisation, I'm not good at comedy,' and I said, 'Oh, pshaw, you're a good actor, that's the No. 1 priority in improvisation.' We did two scenes from the pilot and he was terrific. On the other hand, the other day I called him up about some business matter and wound up crying on his shoulder about this week's show. It was his turn to reassure me. It's like in the show itself. The show's not so much about his character or my character, but about two people who care for each other and help each other." Nicholas Colasanto adds, "Teddy and I have a real father-and-son relationship," says Colasanto, a veteran of 30 years in show business who counts Cheers among "eight or ten things I'm proud of. We give a lot of help to each other."

    • TV GUIDE Citation: In the August 14, 1982 issue of TV Guide NBC Chairman Grant Tinker is the subject of a feature article. Tinker states that NBC will have several quality shows this season. His mention of Cheers states: "Cheers, a fast paced romantic comedy produced by former MTM producers that will provide the television audience with a little less sizzle and a little more substance." This is very important because the ratings were so low that the show may have been saved from cancellation by the fact that Tinker and NBC President of Entertainment Brandon Tartikoff were unabashed fans of Cheers.

    • TV GUIDE Citation: The first notice of Cheers to appear in the magazine was in the April 3, 1982 issue. NBC made an annoucement of 5 new shows for the upcoming fall season with very brief plot descriptions. Cheers reads as follows: "Cheers, a half-hour comedy about a former major league player who now runs a neighborhood bar."

    • NBC rebroadcast this episode on December 23, 1982 and July 21, 1983.

    • Cheers Theme song lyrics: Making your way in the world today takes everything you've got. Taking a break from all your worries, sure would help a lot. Wouldn't you like to get away? Sometimes you want to go Where everybody knows your name, and they're always glad you came. You wanna be where you can see, our troubles are all the same You wanna be where everybody knows Your name. You wanna go where people know, people are all the same, You wanna go where everybody knows your name.

    • The theme song is called Where Everybody Knows Your Name and was written by Gary Portnoy and Judy Hart Angelo.

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    Trivia (234)

    • Goof: Norm tells Sam that he his happy that he is proud of him beating his drinking problem. Norm then takes a "gulp" of beer from a quarter full glass of beer. They cut away from Norm and shortly go back to him where he now has a half full glass of beer in front of him.

    • Cliff is way, way, way out of uniform for his first appearance ever at the bar. He is wearing a blue letter carrier jacket with the round patch that features an express rider. This logo was replaced in 1970, when the USPS ceased being a cabinet agency, by the rightward facing blue eagle, perched atop the words "US Mail."

    • In Cheers, we see the front door in almost every episode. The front door of the famous Boston bar opens in. In Boston and all of Massachusetts, it is against the law to have an exit door open in. In 1942 a fire broke out in a Boston nightclub called the "Cocoanut Grove" They had doors that opened in like the the one in Cheers. People rushed the door trying to escape the flames. The door became blocked because of the people pushing forward.492 people died as a result of that fire and many fire code laws were changed shortly after, including all exit doors in a public places must swing out

    • About halfway through this episode, when Carla is making some small talk with Diane, she has a shot glass about half full on her tray. When the camera changes angles and again back to the first angle, the shot glass is empty.

    • Diane brings a large order of drinks to the wrong table in the opening. In the 1st episode, Diane remembers a large order Carla gave to Sam, and repeats it back to Sam. With that kind of knowledge, it just doesn't seem that Diane can make a mistake like bringing drinks to the wrong table. Especially when the bar didn't seem "busy" and the tables were so close together.

    • This episode marks the first appearance of actor Thomas Babson. Although here he is credited only as┬áCustomer #1, he would go on to guest multiple times in Cheers as aspiring lawyer 'Tom'.

    • It's not uncommon for patrons who are anxious to just hound any waiter or waitress. While that means it must be implied that the customer was a returning one, there's no reason to say they weren't. So, he probably knew Carla was a waitress, and just wanted his beer - or even just wanted to hound Carla personally.

    • In this episode the Yankee fan states that the Yankees have won 23 World championships as where the truth is that the Yankees had won 22 at that point.

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    Allusions (109)

    • Sam: Yeah, that's what they say, war is gross. The actual saying is "War is Hell".

    • Diane and Sumner: "Come live with me, and be my love / And we will some new pleasures prove" Diane and Sumner are quoting the first two lines of John Donne's "The Bait".

    • Sam and Debra went to see Star Wars. Star Wars was a 1970's and 1980's sci-fi triology, from George Lucas.

    • The episode title is a pun of a line from William Shakespeare's play, Julius Caesar. The original line was "Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears."

    • Diane's attempt to play charades with the 1981 movie "My Dinner with Andre" proves to be futile.

    • The name of this episode is a parody name to The Beach Boys 1975 album Endless Summer.

    • Lafayette, we are here!: When Buzz yells this line out to Diane (thinking she is his comrades), he is referring to the line that was frequently attributed to General John Pershing, the commander of the American forces in World War I. The line is in recognition (and thanks) of the debt owed to the Marquis de Lafayette, who came from France to fight with the colonials during the American Revolution.

    • The title of this episode is an allusion to a sonnet by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, after whom Diane's cat was named. The famous poem is called "How Do I Love Thee, Let Me Count the Ways."

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  • Fan Reviews (94)
  • I hate the advice Sams bad friends gave him at the end!!!

    By Andyssss, Oct 12, 2015

  • Sammy, how bout a beer buddy?

    By JimC39, Aug 17, 2015

  • Where everyone knows your name

    By TimDrakeRobin, Jul 25, 2015

  • Never Gets Old

    By m123c, Jun 14, 2015

  • Cheers

    By JuliaWilkinso, Jul 30, 2012