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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
Nicholas Colasanto

Nicholas Colasanto

Ernie "Coach" Pantusso (1982-1985)

Kelsey Grammer

Kelsey Grammer

Dr Frasier W Crane (1984-1993)

John Ratzenberger

John Ratzenberger

Clifford C "Cliff" Clavin, Jr

Woody Harrelson

Woody Harrelson

Woodrow Tiberius "Woody" Boyd (1985-1993)

Ted Danson

Ted Danson

Sam "Mayday" Malone

Rhea Perlman

Rhea Perlman

Carla Lozupone Tortelli LeBec

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  • Sammy, how bout a beer buddy?

    9.5
    Love this show. It was one of the funniest shows on the tube. I do prefer Diane to Rebecca. Plus Coach over Woody. And the two losers, Norm and Cliff. God they were idiots! Funny idiots.
  • Where everyone knows your name

    8.5
    "Cheers" followed the lives of the operators and patrons of a bar in Boston. The relationships between them was so strong that they spent more time with each other than the other people in their lives. The show often touched upon sensitive subjects with humor without ever being negative. Sam, Diane, Coach, Carla, Norm, Cliff, Frasier, Woody, Lillith and Rebecca are all instantly recognizable names as the theme proclaims and you know who they are, their personalities and understand their relationships with each other.



    Sam is a constant womanizer, who slowly over the course of the show opens up to the idea of a serious relationships and maybe even a family.



    Diane is a psuedo-intellectual who always saw herself as better than the people she served in the bar. Her relationship with Sam drove the first few seasons of the show but beyond him she never clicked with any of the other characters. Her departure was really necessary as there was nothing really to do with her.



    Coach was often the conscience of the show, at least when he could comprehend what was going on around him. The actor passed during Season 3, but he was kept alive on the show by having a portrait he owned placed on the set. It is the photo Sam adjusts in the finale.



    Carla is never afraid to share a mean spirited comment with anyone. And despite her numerous children and trouble maintaining a romantic relationship, she does have the admirable ability to persevere.



    Norm is such a fixture at the bar his entrance is commented on by the whole bar. While everyone enjoys his slovenly ways and his trials in finding a job that doesn't interfere with his drinking habits, he also goes through the least amount of growth as a character.



    Cliff is the know-it-all mail man who often offers unsolicited information on a plethora of subjects. His codependent relationship with his mother and lack of a romance life causes lots of jabs at his expense, especially from Carla.



    Frasier was brought in as just to be a plot contrivance to keep Sam and Diane apart. As her former psychiatrist, he was crushed when it ended. As the people at the bar knew Diane and understood what she was like, they were there for him as he tried to get over her. He eventually got married (didn't last) and had a child. He became so popular he got his own spin-off.



    Woody was similar to Coach with his kind and innocent demeanor. Initially his farm boy comes to the big city defined his character. But the longer he lived in Boston, the more he acclimated and tried things he wouldn't have. He took acting lessons and performed in plays. Dated and married a wealthy girl. And in the last few episodes he even tried out for city government.



    Rebecca was brought in as a new foil and potential love interest for Sam. She presented herself as an intelligent and capable business woman immune to Sam's charm. Everyone learns that she is also a gold digger who is only interested in men with money. As these romantic pursuits fail, Rebecca becomes an emotional basket case, proving to the collective group she is part of them.



    Lillith was introduced to help Frasier get over Diane. Her icy demeanor contrasts greatly with everyone, but she had limited social interaction beyond academia so slowly warms to the group if only due to scientific curiosity. She makes Rebecca her best friend (because she has no female acquaintances) and actually finds Cliff funny.



    The show was continuously funny and even touched upon some sensitive subjects still a concern today. The only real problem was lack of development for some of the characters. Norm, with minor fluctuation, was still the same as he was after 11 years. Cliff was still living with his mother and had no romantic prospects. And most of the changes for the other characters didn't happen until the last season, even the last few episodes.moreless
  • Never Gets Old

    10
    Love This show , I started watching with Rebecca and Woody loved it, and so pleased to discover earlier episodes, with coach and Diane. Cheers just never gets old. I I will be watching reruns forever.
  • Cheers

    10
    This is one of the funniest shows ever!! Woody Boyd is my favorite character!! I think the funniest moment on cheers was when Frasier goes "I am running with scissors!!!!" hahaha yeah this is an awesome show!
  • A CLASSIC

    10
    Probably one of the best.

    If only shows were made with the witty humor that Cheers had. The whole cast of Cheers was incredible and you could relate to parts of every character.

    Shows like Cheers and Friends are so good because they are about people and they make you want to be a part of their group. I dont know how many times when i was watching the show that I dreamed of being able to in the the bar and shout NORM!moreless
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    Comedy, Drama

    Themes

    80s, Classics, Dramedy, ensemble cast, ladies man