Okay, I know what you’re thinking. This is my third post in a row for an ensemble-cast TV sitcom. Yes, that’s true, but I love me my classic sitcoms, and “Cheers” is definitely one.
“Cheers” was an American sitcom that ran on NBC from September 30, 1982, to May 20, 1993. It was created by the team of James Burrows and Glen and Les Charles. The show, a mixture of comedy and soap-opera romance, followed the lives of the staff and patrons of Cheers, a fictional bar in Boston.
Bartender-owner Sam Malone (Ted Danson), a witty former Major League Baseball pitcher, was forever on the make. Graduate student–waitress Diane Chambers (Shelley Long) was the primary object of his affection, and their sparring, filled with sexual tension, provided plenty of humor over the course of their on-again, off-again relationship. After Long left the show in the fifth season, her character, Diane, was replaced by and Rebecca Howe (Kirstie Alley).
Joining Sam behind the bar was the absentminded but lovable Coach (Nicholas Colasanto), an associate from Sam’s days with the Red Sox. After Colasanto died in 1985, Woody Boyd (Woody Harrelson), a naïve, dim-witted Hoosier replaced Coach. Rounding out the staff was the tiny acid-tongued waitress Carla (Rhea Perlman). The other regulars in the bar “where everybody knows your name” were Dr. Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer), a haughty, insecure psychiatrist, Dr. Lilith Sternin (Bebe Neuwirth), a frosty psychologist who married and then divorced Crane, accountant Norm Petersen (George Wendt), and his best friend, salt-of-the-earth mailman Cliff Clavin (John Ratzenberger).
Cheers became one of the most popular series in history and received critical acclaim from its start to its end. It was nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series for all eleven of its seasons on the air, and earned 28 Primetime Emmy Awards from a record of 117 nominations. A true classic sitcom.