The phenomenon of "fan favorites" always seems a bit dubious to me, just another marketing strategy. But CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount recently conducted a Facebook poll on seven of its popular classic programs (Cheers, Happy Days, Frasier, The Odd Couple, Hogan's Heroes, The Honeymooners, and MacGyver) to determine what would be included on these Fan Favorite DVD releases. These are no-frills editions for only the most casual viewer (each of these shows is readily available in complete seasons and/or series editions), so if you already own the previous, and more complete, releases--this really adds nothing to the discussion. These bargain priced entries, therefore, might appeal to newer viewers who wish to sample a program or to someone who just wants a few episodes of their favorite show for those rainy days with nothing better going on.
However, as the number of episodes and which ones are not being provided (as of 2/28/12), I thought I'd give a rundown to the interested parties about what is included on each DVD set.
Cheers: In Dolby Digital English Stereo with English SDH subtitles (1) Give Me a Ring Sometime (Pilot: Season One, Episode 1): A jilted Diane meets the Cheers crew for the first time and Sam, despite his better instincts, offers her a job. (2) Diane's Perfect Date (Season One, Episode 17): Sam and Diane agree to set up blind dates for one another and disaster ensues. (3) Pick A Con, Any Con (Season One, Episode 19): This won the Facebook poll as favorite episode. When Coach is swindled, the crew hatch a plan to get his money back. (4) Abnormal Psychology (Season Five, Episode 4): A pushy Diane works to put Frasier and Lilith together.Read more ›
I agree with the reviewer who said this is easily one of the best shows on television. I will add that it's the best past present and future, and there are a lot of good shows out there. I already own the seasons so I just want to tell those who may purchase this what I think of what is included. While these are all good episodes, I think the thanksgiving episode rates as one of the top ten episodes of all time (according to tv guide) as it is well remembered. I do think these are really good episodes but it seems to be too Diane-Centric, there are a lot of great episodes from the Rebecca Era. Cheers is one of the few shows to lose a main character and then find someone equally as good but totally different, and then successfully continue the show for six more years. One of My favorites is where Sam thought he got a girl pregnant and he swore to God if it wasn't his he would give up sex for two months. When the bar caught fire was a good one too, though a bit more darker drama/comedy than usual. I would probably cut out a few of these episodes in order to add those. My opinion though, as I am a collector and a completist, is that if you are new to Cheers or only caught some of the episodes in passing and you are curious as to whether you should buy the seasons, this is a great way for you to get inducted in a really awesome show. The writing/directing and acting are above par. After working on Mary Tyler Moore, Taxi etc, they hit the ground running with Cheers, they are the best team for this type of comedy. You had your main stars, but the supporting cast were awesome, and always got great lines.Read more ›