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Cheers

11 Seasons

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Season 1
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4.8 out of 5 stars (1,097) IMDb 7.8/10

Bartender Sam Malone (Ted Danson) and the object of his unrequited love, Diane (Shelley Long), cross swords in hilarious episodes from the landmark television comedy. Joining them for the fun in one of the most popular television series ever are Norm, Cliff, Carla, Frasier and "Coach."

Starring:
Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman

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Season 1
1. Give Me A Ring Sometime

Diane Chambers makes her home at Cheers when her fiancé leaves her.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: September 30, 1982
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2. Sam's Women

Sam tries to prove to Diane that he doesn't always date shallow women.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: October 7, 1982
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3. The Torelli Tort

Carla attacks an especially obnoxious Yankee fan after they beat the Red Sox. He threatens to sue the bar unless Carla is fired.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: October 14, 1982
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4. Sam At Eleven

Sam is to be interviewed for a sports segment on the evening news. What he doesn't realize is that he was only chosen because all the big-name players weren't available.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: October 21, 1982
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5. Coach's Daughter

Coach discourages his daughter from marrying her pompous and rude fiancé.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: October 28, 1982
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6. Any Friend Of Diane's

Diane gets jealous when her friend falls for Sam.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: November 4, 1982
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7. Friends, Romans, And Accountants

Norm asks Diane to fill in as his bosses' date for the firm's annual bash.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: November 11, 1982
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8. Truce Or Consequence

Sam steps in as a mediator between the bickering Carla and Diane.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: November 18, 1982
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9. Coach returns To Action

Coach feels he can't compete with Sam when they fall for the same woman.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: November 25, 1982
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10. Endless Slumper

Sam loans out his lucky cap to a baseball player who's in a slump.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: December 2, 1982
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11. One For The Book

Two unlikely customers enter the bar: One is an 80+ year old who is the only arrival for his WWI squad's reunion, and the other is an awkward virgin looking for a night of drinking and fun before he becomes a monk.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: December 9, 1982
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12. The Spy Who Came In For A Cold One

An Englishman visits Cheers and tells tale tales of being a WWII spy.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: December 16, 1982
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13. Now Pitching, Sam Malone

A casting agent pursues Sam, offering more than just a business proposition.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: January 6, 1983
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14. Let Me Count The Ways

Sam shows his sensitive side when Diane's cat dies.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: January 13, 1983
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15. Father Knows Last

Carla surprises everyone when she announces who her baby's father is.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: January 20, 1983
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16. The Boys In The Bar

Sam's shocked when his ex-teammate comes out of the closet.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: January 27, 1983
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17. Diane's Perfect Date

Sam unknowingly hires and ex-murderer to escort Diane on a double date.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: February 10, 1983
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18. No Contest

Sam enters Diane in the annual Miss Boston Barmaid contest.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: February 17, 1983
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19. Pick A Con, Any Con

Sam tries to set up a sting to catch a crooked poker player.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: February 24, 1983
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20. Someone Single, Someone Blue

Diane proposes marriage to Sam in order to save her mom's inheritance.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: March 3, 1983
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21. Show Down-Part 1

Sam's overshadowed by his charming older brother that visits Cheers.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: March 24, 1983
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22. Show Down-Part 2

Sam's brother forces Diane to chose between him and Sam.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 24 minutes Release date: March 31, 1983
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By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAME on June 22, 2003
Format: DVD
"Cheers" is an atypical classic television situation comedy in that its first season (1982-83) is arguably its best. The show won the Emmys for Outstanding Comedy Series, Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Shelley Long, Directing in a Comedy Series: James Burrows, "Showdown (Part 2)," Writing in a Comedy Series: Glen Charles, Les Charles, "Give Me a Ring Sometime," and even Outstanding Individual Achievement/Graphic Design and Title Sequences: James Castle, Bruce Bryant. This would explain why the series, which finished 75th in the Nielsens with a 13.1 rating, survived on NBC's Thursday night lineup.
Looking back on the series as a whole it becomes clear that one inherent advantage for "Cheers" was that no matter what joke the writers came up with there was the perfect character to tell it. If you had a sarcastic barb then that went to Carla (Rhea Perlman), a dumb comment would come out of the mouth of Coach (Nick Colasanto), the arcane bar trivia belonged to Cliff (John Ratzenberger), the caustic non-sequiters and marriage humor was the province of Norm (George Wendt), the intellectual bon mots went to Diane (Shelley Long), and Sam (Ted Danson) played the Lord of the Come Ons. Equally as important, the bar where everybody knows your name was an appropriate place for all of these types of humor. As Diane says in the first episode: "Where better than here to study life in all its facets? People meet in bars, they part, they rejoice, they suffer, they come here to be with their own kind."
But the most important thing was that "Cheers" made the opposite attract concept work. Televison has a hard time handling romantic comedy.
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If you are Cheers fan, obviously this is a must have. Where else can you get every episode from the first season in one package? The lack of extras is unfortunate, but the reason I purchased the set and the reason I watch it is for the show itself.
Sadly, though, the episodes are not presented in their original order. How hard would it have been to put episodes 1-6 on disk 1, and so on? What's episode 7, Coach's Daughter, doing placed as the second selection of disk one? I may not watch every episode in order every single time I view the disks, but upon my first viewing I would have liked if I could watch the episodes in order without switching disks until I completed each disk.
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It has been a long wait for those of us addicted to Cheers. But patience is rewarded.
The clarity of the images makes it seem like one is watching each episode for the first time. It is easy to forget how REALLY good the first year was (and still is). The shows are very intelligent, noticeably more so than later years, and witty. It is fun to observe the inconsistencies in the characters -- in one episode Norm is clearly not married and Sam brings his "ex-wife" into the bar. But at the same time the characters, without the more clearly defined "roles" of later years, are often more interesting, most especially Carla.
I met Rhea Perlman and she was understandably not all that proud of the rather 2 dimensional Carla of the later years. Here the character is wise-cracking, but with more depth and Perlman's considerable talents have room to shine. Also, Coach is a a great character, expertly realised, and more. One episode has the scene with Coach and his daughter Lisa, who is "not comfortable with her beauty," that is arguably the most moving, and genuinely so, scene ever in a TV series. And the sexual tension between Sam and Diane is about as good as it gets. I marvel that this season's shows were the lowest rated program on TV -- it is simply great comedy, suberbly written, and well performed by a strong cast that is consistently "on." How extremely fortunate that NBC stuck with the show!
Technically, as mentioned above, it is amazing to see the familiar images in such detail and clarity. The sound quality too is much improved over broadcasts of the time and most of the reruns. And, of course, each episode is complete -- unlike the broadcast reruns which frequently cut lines, and occasionally scenes.
One quibble. The shows are not in their original broadcast order, which makes the inconsistencies in character development even more baffling. But it is a quibble.
Overall, magnificent. Highly recommended.
So now, when do we get season 2?
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Cheers very first season premiered on primetime U.S T.V in 1982. Little did people know that this series set in Boston's most famous bar would become such a phenomenon that would last for 11 years and stretch to an impressive 270 episode run. Cheers was deservedly showered with many awards and was still on top when the show sadly ended in 1993 (with the final episode bringing in record viewing figures for the series).

I was merely 2 years old when Cheers first swung into action. Of todays new generation of U.S sitcoms, Will And Grace (1999 -) and Friends (1994 - 2004) rank as my all-time favourites. Cheers is still near at the top of my list as the show is like fine wine - has gotten better with age! Obviously the clothes and hairstyles instantly date the series but overlooking that obvious fact Cheers still plays extremely well.

At long, long last (and way overdue) fans of this classic landmark series in American television history can enjoy the series once again with the first season being released in an attractive four DVD box set containing all 22 episodes that were filmed between 1982-83 (as well as boasting a host of interesting special features including an interview with Ted Danson and a fun trivia game that tests fans knowledge of the series).

The premiere episode of Cheers sees snotty academic Diane Chambers arrive at the infamous bar with her equally pompous partner only to be jilted before they were about to set off on a romantic vacation. In a twist, Diane is soon hired by Sam as a waitress and slowly succumbs to Sams somewhat brash charm. And that was how this fantastic series began.....

What makes Cheers such a knockout classic was the wonderful contrast of characters.
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