Cheers

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  • TV-PG
  • 1982
  • 11 Seasons
  • 7.9  (50,798)

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.

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One for the Road, One For The Road, Part 3
28. One for the Road, One For The Road, Part 3
May 20, 1993
Diane's re-visit to the bar is not a pleasant one, when she brings her husband up, Sam feels intimidated and pretends to be married to Rebecca. When the date turns out to be a disaster, Sam and Diane get re-engaged, but once again things fall through. Meanwhile, Rebecca at last becomes engaged to her boyfriend.
One for the Road Part 3
28. One for the Road Part 3
May 20, 1993
Sam and Diane are plagued with doubts about getting back together.
One for the Road, Part 2
27. One for the Road, Part 2
May 20, 1993
Diane's re-visit to the bar is not a pleasant one, when she brings her husband up, Sam feels intimidated and pretends to be married to Rebecca. When the date turns out to be a disaster, Sam and Diane get re-engaged, but once again things fall through. Meanwhile, Rebecca at last becomes engaged to her boyfriend.
One for the Road, Part 1
26. One for the Road, Part 1
May 20, 1993
Diane's re-visit to the bar is not a pleasant one, when she brings her husband up, Sam feels intimidated and pretends to be married to Rebecca. When the date turns out to be a disaster, Sam and Diane get re-engaged, but once again things fall through. Meanwhile, Rebecca at last becomes engaged to her boyfriend.
The Guy Can't Help It
25. The Guy Can't Help It
May 13, 1993
Rebecca falls for a plumber, and Sam joins a support group.
Rebecca Gaines, Rebecca Loses, Part 2
24. Rebecca Gaines, Rebecca Loses, Part 2
May 6, 1993
Cliff puts Esther Calvin into a retirement home, but Cliff feels guilty about the move.
Rebecca Gaines, Rebecca Loses, Part 1
23. Rebecca Gaines, Rebecca Loses, Part 1
May 6, 1993
Rebecca impresses Lloyd and he ends up inviting her to a society gala, and is shocked with what the night brings.
It's Lonely on the Top
22. It's Lonely on the Top
April 29, 1993
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.
Woody Gets an Election
21. Woody Gets an Election
April 22, 1993
Frasier tries to get Woody to run for city council.
Look Before You Sleep
20. Look Before You Sleep
April 1, 1993
Sam finds himself locked out of the bar, forcing him to have to find a place to sleep for the night.
Bar Wars VII: The Naked Prey
19. Bar Wars VII: The Naked Prey
March 18, 1993
Sam asks Harry the Hat for help in the latest prank against Gary's Old Towne Tavern.
The Last Picture Show
18. The Last Picture Show
February 25, 1993
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.
The Bar Manager, The Shrink, His Wife and Her Lover (2)
17. The Bar Manager, The Shrink, His Wife and Her Lover (2)
February 18, 1993
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.
Is There a Doctor in the Howe?
16. Is There a Doctor in the Howe?
February 11, 1993
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.
Loathe and Marriage
15. Loathe and Marriage
February 4, 1993
Carla's daughter wants to have her father walk her down the aisle, much to her chagrin.
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Bar
14. It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Bar
January 21, 1993
Robin returns, broke, but remembers that he had left a belt stuffed with cash in the bar.
Norm's Big Audit
13. Norm's Big Audit
January 14, 1993
Norm debates sleeping with in IRS agent to avoid getting audited. Sam tries to stop the gang from watching his old baseball tapes.
Sunday Dinner
12. Sunday Dinner
January 7, 1993
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.
Love Me, Love My Car
11. Love Me, Love My Car
December 17, 1992
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.
Daddy's Little Middle-Aged Girl
10. Daddy's Little Middle-Aged Girl
December 10, 1992
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.
Feelings... Whoa, Whoa, Whoa
9. Feelings... Whoa, Whoa, Whoa
December 3, 1992
Carla hides her true feelings when John Hill has a heart attack. Meanwhile, Cliff thinks Hitler moved into his apartment building.
Ill-Gotten Gaines
8. Ill-Gotten Gaines
November 19, 1992
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.
The Girl in the Plastic Bubble, Part 2
7. The Girl in the Plastic Bubble, Part 2
November 12, 1992
Frasier ends up on a ledge when Lilith tells him she wants to spend a year away from him.
Teaching with the Enemy, Part 1
6. Teaching with the Enemy, Part 1
November 5, 1992
Rebecca spots Lilith with another man, and doesn't know whether or not to tell Frasier.
Do Not Forsake Me O' My Postman
5. Do Not Forsake Me O' My Postman
October 29, 1992
Maggie returns to see Cliff and tells him that she's carrying his baby.
The Magnificent Six
4. The Magnificent Six
October 22, 1992
Rebecca resorts to desperate measures in her quest to quit smoking.
The King of Beers
3. The King of Beers
October 8, 1992
Norm becomes a beer taster at a brewery. Rebecca realizes that she is addicted to the bar's new slot machine.
The Beer is Always Greener
2. The Beer is Always Greener
October 1, 1992
Carla is forced to find another job while Cheers is being rebuilt and for that she has to be nice.
The Little Match Girl
1. The Little Match Girl
September 24, 1992
There is a fire in the bar and it's Rebecca's fault but no one knows it.
Description

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 to Watch Cheers

Cheers is available for streaming on the NBC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Cheers on demand at Apple TV+, Paramount+, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, Google Play, Apple TV and Peacock.

  • Premiere Date
    September 30, 1982
  • IMDB Rating
    7.9  (50,798)