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Cheers, Vol. 1 - Give Me a Ring Sometime (Pilot) [VHS] (1982)

Ted Danson , Rhea Perlman  |  NR |  VHS Tape
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  • Actors: Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger, George Wendt, Kelsey Grammer
  • Writers: Glen Charles, James Burrows, Les Charles
  • Producers: David Isaacs
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Paramount Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: September 12, 1995
  • Run Time: 26 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302869404
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #608,908 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Cheers, Vol. 1 - Give Me a Ring Sometime (Pilot) [VHS]

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the Premiere Episode! September 5, 1999
By A Customer
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Yep, the very first Cheers! Diane Chambers and her fiance come into Cheers to make a telephone call on their way to a romantic wedding in the Caribbean. Diane's fiance has to leave for a bit, but never returns. Sam makes the biggest mistake of his life when he offers Diane a job.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Volume 7 in the "Cheers" collection offers us "The Best of Sam and Diane." The common theme is actually that others might be coming between the happy couple. The first episode is "Power Play," the season premier from the show's second year (Original Airdate: 09/29/83). When last we left Sam and Diane they had finally kissed and now the gang at Cheers has to deal with the new relationship between the two. Not everyone is happy with the new state of affairs, especially Carla. Later than same season, "Just Three Friends" throws Markie Post into the mix as Diane's old friend Heather Landon, whose flirting with Sam makes May Day uncomfortable (Original Airdate: 12/15/83). He confesses this to Diane who assures him there is no problem, so Sam becomes just friends with Heather (a new relationship for him to be sure), but now Diane is the one who has serious doubts. Meanwhile, back at Cheers, the gang has an attack dog in Sam's office. Both of these episodes (#23 and #33 if you are counting) are written by the Charles brothers and directed by Jim Burroughs.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CHEERS THE BEST TELEVISION SITCOM EVER WRITTEN? January 13, 2001
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Without a doubt "Pick a con any con" is Cheers at it's finest. Harry Anderson's debut as Harry the hat stands out as his best work to date. I strongly recommend "Cheers Volume 2" to anyone who just wants laugh themselves silly!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious episodes! September 23, 2000
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Both episodes are hilarious!!! "Diane's Perfect Date" cracks me up whenever I get the chance to watch it. Sam and Diane agreed to find each other a date... Diane found an attractive and intelligent date for Sam, but he couldn't find anyone for Diane! He spotted a guy who was so opposite of Diane, but there was so much more than to this! I love the part when they all four arrived at the bar from their date, and Shelley Long was HILARIOUS! :) Check it out!
"Any Friends Of Diane"-- Diane was determined to find a companion for her friend, Rebecca Prout (played by Julia Duffy). After hearing Rebecca's detailed description on what she wanted to seek in a man, Diane immediately thought of a perfect man for her. Rebecca had someone else specific in her head--- SAM! Oh, woe is Diane! :) Again, check this out!
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This fourth volume in the Cheers collection presents a couple of choice episodes from the show's second season. In "Homicidal Ham" Andy Schroeder (Derek McGrath) the ex-convict who was "Diane's Perfect Date" in the first season when he was known as Andy Andy, returns to rob the bar so he can go back to prison. Diane tries to help Andy launch his acting career and arranges a tryout for a drama professor (Severn Darden). Andy falls in love with Diane, not knowing that she and Sam are an item. When he learns the truth, performing the murder scene from Othello looks like a big mistake. "Homicidal Ham" (Original Airdate: 10/27/83) was written by David Lloyd, directed by James Burrows, and is episode #26 for those keeping count.
"They Call Me Mayday" (Original Airdate: 12/01/83) has Sam writing his autobiography after Dick Cavett walks into Cheers and suggests the idea. Everyone is happy with the idea except, of course, Diane, who is understandable jealous, but who ends up helping him, uh, punch up the sex scenes. Meanwhile, Norm has had to spend the night at Cheers because Vera has kicked him out. The big guy is upset that his old high school buddy Wally Bodell (Walter Olkewicz) has been putting the moves on Vera and finally takes matters into his own hands (literally). "They Call Me Mayday" was written by David Angell, directed by James Burrows, and is episode #31 in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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"Give Me A Ring Sometime," the pilot episode for the celebrated television sitcom "Cheers," still stands up 20 years later. Sam "May Day" Malone (Ted Danson), the ex-Red Sox relief pitcher and recovering alchoholic, runs his Boston bar with the less than able assistance of his old pitching coach Ernie Pantusso (Nicholas Colasanto) and Carla Torteli (Rhea Perelman), the wise-cracking waitress. Into this madhouse comes Diane Chambers (Shelley Long), a teaching assistant about to leave for the Caribbean with her current fiance and former literature professor, Summer Sloan (Michael McGuire). By the end of the episode Diane has been jilted, Sam offers her a job as a waitress, and the rest is televison history. Written by Glen Charles & Les Charles, the script sells us on the characters right away. My only complaint is that I would have liked to have seen more bar arguments like the one they have in this episode concerning "the Sweatiest Movie" of all time. Summer Sloan might be a nattering boob, but the man does know his sweaty films. This tape is the first volume in the "Cheers" series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars TV Gold August 27, 2002
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Watching these old Cheers episodes just conviinces me all the more that in the beginning, Cheers was parallel to Seinfeld, Mash and any other great American sitcom, sadly this couldn't be said by the end of the show's run. Boys in the bar is the first episode to properly explore Sam's character and morals, by the end of the show's run, it was hard to tell whether Sam still had a personality. Let me count the ways is, in my opinion, one of the greatest Cheers episodes. In the show's early years, the beauty of the writing was in how out of place Dinae was in the bar, and the the rest of the gang reacted in contrast. This episode also proves the sprak that actors Ted Danson and Shelley Long created were when put together (although it was said Sam and Diane's bitter squabbling spilled over into the on-set atmosphere.) In my opinion, it was this spark that was the soul of the whole show, I rarely watched once Kirstie Alley came on board, all that was left was great characters, while the writing had no real focus. But watch these classic episodes, and you're watching some of the best television ever written.
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3.0 out of 5 stars condition
Not anyone's fault, but it does work on one player so we're happy. It must have something to do with hookup of equipment, but my son is fine as long as he can hear the sound on... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Sandra J. Rozek
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheers for "Cheers"
I purchased ep. 1 to replace a missing episode from a collection. I don't remember ever seeing ep. 1 before, so this was a real treat to see how it all began. Read more
Published on December 18, 2010 by Ronnie L. Nichols
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic U.S Sitcom
Paramounts smash hit sitcom, Cheers enjoyed an astoundingly successful run between 1982 - 1993. In that time, a total of 270 episodes were made and (purley from my own personal... Read more
Published on December 8, 2002 by ianphillips@uk.dreamcast.com
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheers-Volume 4
I personally am an avid fan of cheers.I Think these Episodes were some of the best in the second season. The humor in "homocidal ham" sort of represented that of cheers. Read more
Published on October 20, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars very funny!
These eposiods of diane were very funny!This is a must see.You will laugh and laugh.Carla was very,very funny....
Published on May 11, 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars NOT ONE OF THERE BEST
...I do not think that thes two eposidos of sam and diane are not there very best.THey needed the last 2 episiods when shelly long came back. Read more
Published on May 11, 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars Could be better
I really like these episodes; however, I personally think that these are not the "Best of Sam and Diane. Read more
Published on March 2, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars three cheers for cheers
hi i think you should relly consider theis one it is the best i have seen yet and i relly love it it makes you just want more cheers and it makes you wish it was non fiction but... Read more
Published on January 19, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Like a fine one-act play
Seeing this recently, I was reminded how much Cheers' premiere was paced like a fine one-act play. The humor was smart, the acting wonderful. This went well beyond normal TV fare. Read more
Published on January 1, 2002 by Mark Nave
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny!
Cheers is a good show, one of my favorite episodes is The Homicidal Ham, Derek McGrath who played Andy was great in that famous Othello murder scene with Shelley Long (Diane)! Read more
Published on December 22, 2001
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