SoCS — Jeers to Cheers

D4EF05E5-CF92-40F5-831D-E248237B230FLinda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt this week is “cheers.”

When I first read the prompt, my mind got stuck on the TV show Cheers, a great and very popular half-hour sitcom, which ran for eleven seasons from September 1982 through May 1993.

F67EA43F-907A-4BEE-A9CC-5608F9BA0321An eclectic ensemble of actors portrayed the regular patrons of a Boston bar, Cheers, who shared their experiences and lives with each other while drinking or working at the bar “where everybody knows your name.”

My wife and I loved that show and when we decided to visit Boston one year, high on our agenda was a visit to the Cheers bar. Little did we know that, while the show reused the same exterior shots in Boston for nearly every episode, the interior shots of the bar were filmed with a live studio audience at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles.

It turned out that the name of the bar in Boston where all the exterior shots were taken wasn’t even Cheers. The bar’s name was actually the Bull & Finch Pub!

What a disappointment it was to walk into what we thought was the Cheers bar that we had come to know and love on TV only to find a place that was totally unfamiliar to us. And the food wasn’t very good, either.

So jeers to Cheers.

15 thoughts on “SoCS — Jeers to Cheers

  1. Kenneth T. June 30, 2018 / 8:07 am

    Ninety-five percent of what you see on tv is bull crap. The other five percent isnt much better either.

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  2. ellenbest24 June 30, 2018 / 2:40 pm

    Oh dear what a let down. On the other hand it gave you a good response to Linda’s prompt. 😁

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  3. rugby843 June 30, 2018 / 7:57 pm

    My son went to Emerson in Boston, lived there for a while, hated the “Cheers” bar

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  4. Marilyn Armstrong June 30, 2018 / 9:39 pm

    You should have asked someone. We ALL knew they only shots of boston were the exterior. Everything else was done in studio. i think that’s pretty much the way they do it these days for every show.

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    • Fandango June 30, 2018 / 10:19 pm

      Yeah. I guess it was the same with “Full House.” The exterior shots were taken in front of a classic Victorian house in San Francisco not far from where I live. But all of the interior shots were in the studio.


  5. leigha66 July 2, 2018 / 12:20 pm

    What a let down… I figured it was at least still named Cheers. Bummer.

    Liked by 1 person

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