That final line, uttered by leading actor Ted Danson, sums up the bittersweet 11-year run of one of television's greatest situation comedies. It is one of those rare TV moments not easily forgotten, much like a year earlier when a tearful Bea Arthur on The Golden Girls said, "You'll always be my sisters...always." The three-part series finale of Cheers, appropriately titled "One for the Road," originally aired on May 20, 1993, and is (as of this writing) the second-highest-rated series finale of all time, behind that of M*A*S*H. It's easy to see why: 1) the superb script by creators/brothers Glen and Les Charles; and 2) the long-awaited return of former leading actress Shelley Long as Diane Chambers, to wrap up the Sam and Diane romance once and for all.
Aside from the finale (which btw is an edited version), Season 11 contained only a handful of what I would consider "great" episodes: "The Beer Is Always Greener," "Feelings...Whoa, Whoa, Whoa" and "Is There a Doctor in the Howe?" The remaining episodes, to me at least, could have been a little stronger. However, I thought actress Dana Delany was delightful in "Love Me, Love My Car." Her performance as Susan, the widowed kindergarten teacher whom Sam deceives, was exceptional and very natural.
What disappointed me most about Season 11 was the estrangement of Frasier and Lilith. I loved these two characters together; they were made for each other. Their breakup, which spanned two episodes, was painful to watch and seemed rushed and out of character. For example, I don't believe for a moment that Lilith would abandon her child. Although actress Bebe Neuwirth appeared in only six episodes in Season 11 - two of which were fleeting appearances - I wish the writers had kept them together throughout this final season. (Then again, "Is There a Doctor in the Howe?" would not have been as great an episode had there been no estrangement.)
Also disappointing was the lack of extras / special features. It would have been nice to have cast and crew interviews commemorating not only the final season but the series as a whole.
Nevertheless, Cheers is television comedy at its finest. With Season 11 available on DVD, your collection is complete. So, raise your glasses and offer a toast: "Cheers to Cheers...thank you for the heartwarming memories of a little bar in Boston where everybody knows your name." :)