Cheers

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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 DansonShelly LongNicholas Colasanto
Genres
Comedy
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. Give Me A Ring Sometime
    September 30, 1982
    25min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Diane Chambers makes her home at Cheers when her fiancé leaves her.
  2. 2. Sam's Women
    October 7, 1982
    22min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Sam tries to prove to Diane that he doesn't always date shallow women.
  3. 3. The Torelli Tort
    October 14, 1982
    25min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Carla attacks an especially obnoxious Yankee fan after they beat the Red Sox. He threatens to sue the bar unless Carla is fired.
  4. 4. Sam At Eleven
    October 21, 1982
    25min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    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.
  5. 5. Coach's Daughter
    October 28, 1982
    25min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Coach discourages his daughter from marrying her pompous and rude fiancé.
  6. 6. Any Friend Of Diane's
    November 4, 1982
    25min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Diane gets jealous when her friend falls for Sam.
  7. 7. Friends, Romans, And Accountants
    November 11, 1982
    25min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Norm asks Diane to fill in as his bosses' date for the firm's annual bash.
  8. 8. Truce Or Consequence
    November 18, 1982
    25min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Sam steps in as a mediator between the bickering Carla and Diane.
  9. 9. Coach returns To Action
    November 25, 1982
    25min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Coach feels he can't compete with Sam when they fall for the same woman.
  10. 10. Endless Slumper
    December 2, 1982
    25min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Sam loans out his lucky cap to a baseball player who's in a slump.
  11. 11. One For The Book
    December 9, 1982
    24min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    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.
  12. 12. The Spy Who Came In For A Cold One
    December 16, 1982
    25min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    An Englishman visits Cheers and tells tale tales of being a WWII spy.
  13. 13. Now Pitching, Sam Malone
    January 6, 1983
    24min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    A casting agent pursues Sam, offering more than just a business proposition.
  14. 14. Let Me Count The Ways
    January 13, 1983
    24min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Sam shows his sensitive side when Diane's cat dies.
  15. 15. Father Knows Last
    January 20, 1983
    24min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Carla surprises everyone when she announces who her baby's father is.
  16. 16. The Boys In The Bar
    January 27, 1983
    24min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Sam's shocked when his ex-teammate comes out of the closet.
  17. 17. Diane's Perfect Date
    February 10, 1983
    24min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Sam unknowingly hires and ex-murderer to escort Diane on a double date.
  18. 18. No Contest
    February 17, 1983
    24min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
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    English
    Sam enters Diane in the annual Miss Boston Barmaid contest.
  19. 19. Pick A Con, Any Con
    February 24, 1983
    24min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Sam tries to set up a sting to catch a crooked poker player.
  20. 20. Someone Single, Someone Blue
    March 3, 1983
    24min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Diane proposes marriage to Sam in order to save her mom's inheritance.
  21. 21. Show Down-Part 1
    March 24, 1983
    24min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Sam's overshadowed by his charming older brother that visits Cheers.
  22. 22. Show Down-Part 2
    March 31, 1983
    24min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Sam's brother forces Diane to chose between him and Sam.

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Directors
James Burrows
Supporting actors
Rhea PerlmanGeorge WendtJohn Ratzenberger
Producers
James BurrowsLes CharlesGlen Charles
Season year
1983
Network
CBS
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blondewriter99Reviewed in the United States on November 7, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Most brilliant, hysterical, touching bar ever
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There are few shows that come out of the gate with a bang like Cheers does, most take a few episodes, if not a season, to get their bearings. Additionally, there is little of the cognitive dissonance that comes when characters change so much over the length of a long series that you barely recognize them in the earlier episodes. Here in the first season, the characters - Sam, Diane, Norm, Carla, Coach, and Cliff - are all at their sweetest and most vulnerable - even chronically-hotheaded Carla shows her human side once and awhile. They will all become more obnoxious as the show goes into its later seasons - with the possible exception of Norm, who mellows. Watch for the episode where Norm dashes across the bar to check out a sexy woman's legs passing by on the street - and then how he rushes over to light her cigarette when she enters the bar - it's something later Norm would never have the nerve (or the energy) to do.

The complex relationship between lowbrow ex-athlete bartender Sam and snobbish perpetual student and slumming barmaid Diane is the underpinning of the series, and the strangely electric chemistry is there from the get-go. Rumor had it the actors didn't get along in real life, but if so, they certainly deserved all their acting accolades because they look at each other with real affection - and undeniable attraction. The characters are flirtatious but just friends until the last episode of the season - and you can see their friendship deepen over time. This lends credibility to when the polar opposites finally end up in a clinch.

However, the seeds of their dysfunction are already there - Sam, while honest and loyal to a fault with his friends, is pathologically emotionally unavailable to women - and Diane is a co-dependent who thinks its her duty to get in there and teach him some morals and solve all his problems. (If you notice, Sam never takes one ounce of interest in Diane's everyday problems - he merely wants to bed her.)

Dysfunctional as it is, the sexual chemistry is palpable and it's what drives the series.

Sam seems to lose brain cells as the show goes on - but in this first season, he matches intellectual Diane barb for barb. He also has a charm about him in the first season that makes Diane's attraction to him (as well as his success with the ladies of Boston) completely realistic - unfortunately, this charm descends into one-dimensional buffoonery in the later seasons (especially in the Rebecca Howe seasons - which I can't watch).

A few of the jokes are hoary and repetitive (How often can Diane call Sam stupid? How often can Coach take something literally?) but for the most part, they stand up amazingly well. And where else are you going to find a sitcom that finds the funny in topics like Schopenhaur and John Dunne?

Cliff is but a footnote in the first season, his character will become more integral later on - but it's impressive to think he reportedly made up his character on the spot during a failed audition for Norm.

The series ends with Sam and Diane in a huge, hysterical argument that culminates in a passionate kiss, and I really don't think any two characters have ever done that kind of thing better. It's got to be one of the funniest, yet most touching, and also most sexually exciting scenes ever filmed for TV. (The defining moment where Sam yells 'How do you think it feels to be attracted to someone who makes you sick?' is surely one most of us can relate to.)

[Note: While it's no secret that the Sam/Diane relationship was an homage to Spencer Tracy/Katherine Hepburn and '30s screwball comedies - the writers seem to overdo it during the 'Showdown' two partner finale and their big argument, which has Sam emitting lines like 'I've always wanted to pop you one!' and Diane actually saying things like 'I'm the best thing that's ever happened to you, and you're too stupid to realize it!' For characters who normally have such edgy wit, it's like they were suddenly thrown into a wayback machine for their ultimate clash. Somehow the chemistry between the actors makes it seem fresh though.]

The first season just makes you want to dive into the second season, which plumbs the discord between Sam and Diane even more winningly and to bigger laughs.

They just don't make 'em like this anymore.
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Mark Baker - Carstairs ConsidersReviewed in the United States on May 24, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Return to the Place Where Everybody Knows Your Name
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I think it would be impossible to have lived in the 80's without having heard of the sitcom Cheers. The characters were used for everything from a Disneyland birthday special to introducing the Superbowl. Even now, it is a well-known classic of the genre beloved by many people. While I have seen maybe a third of the episodes, I have always enjoyed the show, so I recently decided to start from the beginning with the season 1 DVD set.

The show is set in Cheers, a popular bar in Boston, Massachusetts. It's owned by Sam (Ted Danson), a former relief pitchers and former alcoholic. The staff includes Carla (Rhea Perlman), a short tempered waitress and Ernie "Coach" Pantusso (Nicholas Colasanto), Sam's former coach who helps tend the bar and has taken one too many hits with a baseball over the years. The pilot brings a new waitress to the bar in the form of Diana (Shelley Long), a professional student who is dumped by her professor boyfriend at the bar. Her cultural touchstones are very different from her new co-workers and the patrons. Round out the cast are bar regulars, accountant Norm (George Wendt) and mailman Cliff (John Ratzenberger). What's interesting to note is that John Ratzenberger isn't in the main credits this season. He guests stars in every episode, however, and is promoted to regular status in the second season.

There are lots of laughs over the course of the 22 half hour episodes of the first season. Carla's attack on an obnoxious Yankees fan almost costs her the job, Diane takes a stand against female exploitation in the Miss Boston Barmaid contest, until she wins. Coach is upset by his daughter's obnoxious fiancée. On Christmas Eve, a stranger wanders into the bar and claims to be a spy. Norm uses Cheers to host his annual office party - a party with a toga theme. And a buddy from Sam's professional baseball days comes out of the closet at Cheers, causing the regulars to wonder if the clientele of the bar will change.

But the heart of the show, especially during the first year, was Sam and Diane's relationship. Their relationship is nothing new on TV - two people who are complete opposites trying to deny their feelings while impressing each other at the same time. It's familiar ground, but the chemistry between Shelley Long and Ted Danson is amazing. A simple exchange between them leaves you wondering just when they'll realize their attraction. This is the biggest constant, popping up in just about every episode, although it does become the focus of some of them, like the one where they agree to set each other up on blind dates, or the two part finale where Sam's brother comes to town and appears to be sweeping Diane off her feet.

With much of the focus this year being on Sam and Diane, it might be easy for the rest of the cast to get lost in the background, but that never happens. True, the characters are still being defined this year, but that's true with just about any show in its first season. The acting by all the regulars is great. They are making these characters their own right from the start, and it's this group of characters that were the core of the show for its eleven year run. Even so, it takes a little while to fall into the rhythm of the show and truly come to love them.

Some of the staples of the show were in place right from the start, like everyone yelling out "Norm" as he walks in the door or his lines as he goes to his normal stool at the bar. Carla's already complaining about her kids even as she becomes pregnant with another one (since Rhea Perlman was really pregnant with her first kid).

The show famously struggle in its first year. (It's often used as an example of a show being given time to grow since by today's standards it wouldn't have lasted all season.) I noticed while watching this season that the jokes were a bit slower in coming. Maybe that has something to do with it. I'm certainly not saying this season isn't funny; I laughed plenty of times. What I mean is that sometimes the jokes required a bit more set up than just one straight line. I actually like this. It makes the humor seem more real when every other line isn't a joke. In some ways, this is a very intelligent sitcom, which is ironic since it is set in a bar.

Speaking of setting, I'm trying to think of they left the bar once all season. If so, it was very brief. Almost every episode takes place completely in the main bar, the back room, and Sam's office.

Having watched the show randomly in reruns over the years, I was not too familiar with Coach. He's your typical not quite all there sitcom character, but he's very lovable. He gets some of the best lines of the season as his nearly constant confusion is always fresh and funny. You know it's coming, but you never quite know when or how. And underneath it all is a sweetness that makes you truly love this guy.

The 22 episodes from this season are all here on four discs. They are in stereo and full frame. The picture and sound aren't super outstanding, but for a show that is almost 30 years old, they work. I don't remember anything about the quality that really bothered me. Disc four does have a few extras, although most of them are compilations of greatest moments centering on certain characters. We get three of them, one for Sam and Diane and their insults, one for Coach, and one for Norm. Rounding out the extras are a very brief interview with Ted Danson and a trivia game. All of these are filled with clips from the season you've just watched, so there isn't much point to them.

The disappointing extras aside, season 1 of Cheers still brings the laughs. The show is still building this year, but it's already enjoyable.
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Kevin S. HallReviewed in the United States on September 20, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Each character has a compelling story and all are given great lines to speak
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Watching Season 1 over 30 years after it premiered, I can see that is as fresh as it ever was. The writing can't be beat. Each character has a compelling story and all are given great lines to speak. The Sam/Diane attraction is so fully realized, I kept thinking one of the writers had to have a background in psychology. Even smaller scenes with supporting characters (the very moving scene between Coach and his daughter) pulse with life. Although Cheers went on for, I believe, 12 seasons, it was never as good for as in those early seasons. Shelley Long's Diane Chambers was one of the greatest television characters of all time and, sadly, she never found one as good after she left at the end of Season 5. You will be howling with laughter and, occasionally, shedding a tear.
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WillRMReviewed in the United States on May 24, 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars
After all these years, Cheers still sparkles
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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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KryptoniteReviewed in the United States on May 24, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
This is one of our favorites.
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We are into the best of the older tv programs.
This is one of our favorites.
When Cheers was originally broadcast I was working and didn't have too much time for TV.
Now, retired and wanting a pleasant evening away from current tv this is one of our favorites.
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Patricia A. HayesReviewed in the United States on October 8, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Quality not geat
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Loved Cheers so figured I'd start with 1st season. The quality is pretty poor. Especially the sound. Have to raise volume much higher than other comparable DVDs. But that said, it's been fun to see the old gang. Will probably get others as time goes on. Always afraid to just dive in with complete series.
MReviewed in the United States on January 7, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
A fun series 1.
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This was a great series that came out when I was in high school. The character development through the first season was cool. I really enjoy the memory's and look forward to the future episodes with the following seasons. I didn't see every episode after graduating as I was deployed in the Marine Corps but I think it will be fun.
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DianeReviewed in the United States on October 15, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Love all the old sitcoms
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Love all the old sitcoms. Wish there were more on my Kindle. I've watched all of the Frasiers, Family Ties and now starting on Cheers. Wish they had Andy Griffith, Leave it to Beaver, Ozzie and Harriett, MASH, Friends, etc. (free of course). I already pay $99.00 a year-I would be most grateful to be able to watch the shows of my youth and young adult years. I hope Amazon/Kindle actually read these reviews. I'm sure I'm not the only one who thinks this way. Thank you
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