Cheers

The Boys in the Bar

Season 1, Ep 16, Aired 1/27/83
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  • Episode Description
  • Cheers' regulars fear the place may become a gay hangout after an old friend and teammate of Sam's reveals his homosexuality in a tell-all book.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Rhea Perlman

    Carla Lozupone Tortelli

  • George Wendt

    Hilary Norman "Norm" Peterson

  • Ted Danson

    Sam "Mayday" Malone

  • Shelley Long

    Diane Chambers

  • Nicholas Colasanto

    Ernie "Coach" Pantusso

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Open homosexuality is addressed in this episode where Cliff and Norm play the homophobes in their attempts to keep the bar straight.

    By kaospilotX, Apr 07, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (12)

    • Sam: What do you think I should say to them? Diane: Oh well, it's very very simple. Just walk up and say hello we're a group of sniveling bigots and we don't care for your kind. Cliff: That's good.

    • Carla: I'm not exactly crazy about them. I mean I get enough competition from women. I'm tell 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. (looks at Diane) Ewww. Diane: Carla, you don't have to worry about me. I like my dates a little more masculine than you. Not much but a little.

    • Sam: Bars don't turn gay over night.

    • Sam: I think this human being image is going to get me more action than cheap wine.

    • Sam: I make 'em the way you like 'em, on the house.

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    Notes (5)

    • On January 24, 1983, NBC broadcast a program called 'TV Guide: 1982 - The Year in Television.' It was cohosted by Michael Landon and Bryant Gumbel. Cheers was one of the series that had clips shown during the special. It is another example of NBC promoting this program during the first year which had dismal ratings.

    • "Cheers is filmed before a live studio audience" is announced by George Wendt.

    • NBC rebroadcast this episode on July 28, 1983 and January 17, 1985.

    • Won a Media Award from GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation).

    • Writers/co-producers Ken Levine & David Isaacs earned a 1983 Emmy nomination for Best Writing in a Comedy Series for their script. Levine & Isaacs would leave "Cheers" in 1983 (for "AfterMASH," then "Mary") but serve as periodic creative consultants and frequent contributors throughout "Cheers'" eleven-year run.

    Allusions (1)

    • Title: Reference to "The Boys in the Band."

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