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Cheers, the ensemble situation comedy centered on a friendly Boston bar, successfully anchored the NBC network's Must See TV for 11 successful seasons from 1982 to 1993. Over the years, the show consistently earned high ratings and won numerous awards, including 28 Emmy Awards with four of those trophies for Best Comedy Series.

The series storyline was simple, but effective. Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Sam Malone (Ted Danson) has recovered from alcoholism and now runs a modestly successful neighborhood bar. He hires Diane Chambers (Shelley Long), is a pretentious but down on her luck graduate student, who deftly resists Sam's romantic interest in the early part of the series, but these opposites attract and eventually fall in love.

Colorful supporting characters in the other bar staff and regular customers added comic opportunities and storylines to the ongoing love story. The other series' regulars include dim-witted but kind-hearted bartender Coach (Nicholas Colasanto), foul-mouthed single mom Carla (Rhea Perlman), Norm (George Wendt), a heavy-set accountant, and Cliff (John Ratzenberger), a talkative postman. In its later seasons, Cheers replaced the Coach character, after Colasanto's death, with his equally intelligence-challenged pen pal Woody (Woody Harrelson); Diane left to pursue her writing career and ambitious executive Rebecca (Kirstie Alley) stepped into Cheers to run the bar. Dr. Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammar) joined the regular clientele in the third season after an ill-fated romance with Diane, and would later enjoy a spinoff series that also ran for 11 seasons.

As the Cheers theme song so aptly captures, sometimes you just want to go where everybody knows your name. The series created a home away from home for a likeable bunch of misfits that merged perfectly together to become one of the most memorable TV series of all time. In 2002, TV Guide selected Cheers as number 18 on their list of the 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time, as well as selecting two of its episodes on their 1997 list of 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time. For the engaging crowd at the Cheers bar, it seems closing time will never truly come as the show continues to find new audiences. The series continues in syndication, both domestically and in 38 countries worldwide.

Cheers is a series that is currently running and has 11 seasons (284 episodes). The series first aired on September 30, 1982.

Where do I stream Cheers online? Cheers is available for streaming on NBC, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Cheers on demand at Apple TV+, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, Google Play, iTunes, CBS, Peacock online.

Thursdays at 9:00 pm on NBC
11 Seasons, 284 Episodes
September 30, 1982
Cast: Ted Danson, Shelley Long, Nicholas Colasanto, Rhea Perlman, George Wendt
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Cheers Full Episode Guide

  • Sam and Diane are plagued with doubts about getting back together.

  • Rebecca falls for a plumber, and Sam joins a support group.

  • Cliff puts Esther Calvin into a retirement home, but Cliff feels guilty about the move.

  • Rebecca impresses Lloyd and he ends up inviting her to a society gala, and is shocked with what the night brings.

  • A night of drinking leads to some surprising twists -- Carla tells Sam she slept with one of the bar's regulars, but can't remember who.

  • Frasier tries to get Woody to run for city council.

  • Sam finds himself locked out of the bar, forcing him to have to find a place to sleep for the night.

  • Sam asks Harry the Hat for help in the latest prank against Gary's Old Towne Tavern.

  • Sam asks the bar's former owner to watch the place while he and the gang go to a drive-in theater before it closes for good.

  • Lilith returns to try to get back Frasier, only to find him with Rebecca. The situation becomes even more complex when Lilith's former lover arrives in town as well.

  • The gang throws a party to try to cheer Frasier up when his divorce from Lilith is finalized. The drinking is to blame when Frasier and Rebecca share a moment.

  • Carla's daughter wants to have her father walk her down the aisle, much to her chagrin.

  • Robin returns, broke, but remembers that he had left a belt stuffed with cash in the bar.

  • Norm debates sleeping with in IRS agent to avoid getting audited. Sam tries to stop the gang from watching his old baseball tapes.

  • Frasier tries seeing other women after Lilith leaves him and starts by dating his secretary, Shauna. Meanwhile, Cliff and Norm video tape a family reunion held at Cheers.

  • Sam decides to sell his car, but has a hard time doing so. When he finally decides to sell it, he tries to do everything possible to get it back. Meanwhile, Rebecca becomes attached to the pig Woody is going to fix for Christmas dinner.

  • Rebecca's father tries to convince her to go with him to San Diego. Woody attempts to get Kelly to move her stuff into his apartment.

  • Carla hides her true feelings when John Hill has a heart attack. Meanwhile, Cliff thinks Hitler moved into his apartment building.

  • Kelly's father thinks that Woody is out to blackmail him when he sees him cheating on his wife. Meanwhile, Rebecca puts together a Thanksgiving dinner at the bar.

  • Frasier ends up on a ledge when Lilith tells him she wants to spend a year away from him.

  • Maggie returns to see Cliff and tells him that she's carrying his baby.

  • Rebecca resorts to desperate measures in her quest to quit smoking.

  • Norm becomes a beer taster at a brewery. Rebecca realizes that she is addicted to the bar's new slot machine.

  • There is a fire in the bar and it's Rebecca's fault but no one knows it.

  • It's Woody and Kelly's wedding day, but they must face several obstacles, both before and during the wedding itself.

  • Woody and Kelly's big day turns into a marital disaster.

  • It's Woody and Kelly's wedding day, but they must face several obstacles, both before and during the wedding itself.

  • Norm fools Cliff into thinking that Johnny Carson will use Cliff's joke on "The Tonight Show", so the gang heads off for Hollywood and comedy ensues. The subplot follows Sam as he tries to install a satellite dish.

  • The new owner of Gary's Olde Towne Tavern doesn't see the humor in Cheers' newest prank.

  • Rebecca's high school crush arrives in town, and is shocked to see how much he has changed.

  • Sam debates a baseball comeback, but has a change of heart when he sees how much younger the players are than he is. Meanwhile, Frasier scrambles when he loses Lilith's lab rat.

  • Frasier tries to convince Lilith to confront her mother. Rebecca tries to persuade Norm to pay his tab.

  • Woody returns to reality after a trip to London with Kelly.

  • Rebecca looks after the bar while the gang plays poker, but is to blame when the liquor license lapses.

  • Woody's cousin falls for Rebecca. Cliff is upset over the new post office uniforms.

  • Frasier's past is brought to light during a performance by children's singer Nanny Gee at Frederick's birthday party.

  • Sam plots a way to get even with John Hill. Carla's son decides to become a priest.

  • Woody takes a job as a gravedigger to try to earn some money for an engagement ring.

  • Cliff and Norm try to help boost Frasier's self-esteem. Meanwhile, Woody cuts Sam's hair.

  • Sam and Rebecca have a weekend full of trying to make a baby, but both have different dreams of their future child.

  • Frasier struggles to write out his will; Sam worries about getting bad news from the fertility specialist.

  • Woody wants to propose to Kelly, but Henri gets in the way.

  • Sam is upset when Carla begins to fall for John Hill.

  • The gang thinks they are to blame when Celtics' star Kevin McHale hits a slump after becoming preoccupied over the number of bolts in the floor at Boston Garden.

  • Sam takes his pranks too far when he believes that he may have killed Gary during a Halloween gag.

  • Sam and Rebecca become discouraged in their quest to have a child after they have trouble taking care of Carla's children. Meanwhile, Cliff tries to convince Woody to let him be the director for his video project.

  • Cliff's girlfriend quickly befriends his mother. Rebecca tries to get Sam to wear frozen fertility underwear.

  • Norm is stuck with Lilith and Frasier when he injures his back while painting at their house.

  • Carla is given a crystal ball by a retiring psychic, Madame Lazora.

  • Frasier decides to go on a trip to find his "inner man," and takes the guys with him.

  • Sam and Rebecca are planing to have a baby so they decide to ask Dr. Crane's help.

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