Monday, October 01, 2012

Your Turn

Yesterday marked the 30th anniversary of the show Cheers. Considering it was on or its spinoff, Frasier for what seems like the entire 30 years since, it does not seem like it was that long ago when it first aired. Thoughts? Best show ever? Is there anyone who has not seen it?

47 comments:

FSP said...

Norm!!!

Syko said...

I always thought it was just so-so.

Alicia said...

Cheers is great for nostalgia.. Def not the best show ever but in its prime it was great. Shelly Long was so awesome.

Roman Holiday said...

The best show ever IMHO is M.A.S.H.

Cheers was just ok.

emancipateme said...

Totally unrelated but Oktoberfest in Ottawa just came in and went and Norm was actually there...He was really grouchy and pretty rude when people asked for pictures and autographs. He even had a booth set up so people were expected to approach him for those things so it wasn't like anyone was hounding him down to get a picture. Weird experience.

shauniebear said...

I was too young to appreciate Cheers when it was on the air, but I love watching the late night re-runs as an adult!

VIPblonde said...

Never seen Cheers!

auntliddy said...

Liked it when it was in his heydsy, now absolutely HATE it. Weird, eh?

BF said...

The first season was best with Coach. Loved Lillith. Didn't much care for Rebecca. Loved, just loved Carla. Even better was her ex-husband and the way he would say "Lo-Ret-uh" to his current wife played by Casey Kasem's wife. Loved this show...

Ms Cool said...

I liked Frasier better.

rhinovodka said...

Never really liked it for some reason.

smashbash said...

My great uncle took me to the cheers bar in Boston when I was 13. We sat in a large window facing the bay. It was beautiful. I drank a sherley temple. I think of that everytime I drink one.

nolachickee said...

I too liked Frasier better, however I watched every season of Cheers.

I like to frequent certain businesses. When people get to know me, and they say my name when I walk through the door, I have my Norm moments that make me feel all warm and fuzzy.

Snapdragon said...

It was the cool thing to watch when I was in school. Loved it, haven't seen it in years--terrified it hasn't aged well. Gah! Hard to believe it's been 30 years!

Does anyone else remember the failed spin-off with Mrs Kasem (The Tortellis, I think it was called)? I never watched it, just remember that it existed. :)

SusanB said...

Loved them both. @nolachickee - I know the feeling - there's a local deli Mr. B and I eat breakfast at 2-3 times a week - it's so nice when they welcome you by name and know what you want to drink!

Patty said...

I watched and liked Cheers. Don't watch the re-runs now.

I concur with Roman Holiday...M*A*S*H was better and I'm glad that the season finale for Cheers didn't have higher ratings than the finale for M*A*S*H. And, I will still watch M*A*S*H reruns.

Sarah said...

I was too young to appreciate it. I prefer Friends, still funny on reruns.

Redd said...

I think the writing on Frasier surpassed the Cheers team. But hey, we all got a Woody out of it.

AKM said...

Best sitcom ever, yes. Love that show. Snapdragon, I feel that it's aged well, so watch an epi or four for old time's sake!

Yet I've never seen one episode of "Frasier." I like Kelsey's work, I love John Mahoney, David Hyde Pierce is wonderful...so I have no idea why this should be. Perhaps when I'm done catching up with my current classic sitcom marathon du jour, I'll check it out.

All about Eve said...

It's a good show, not the best but good

Stacey Charter said...

@ BF didn't the husband and casey kasem's wife end up with a spin-off show too? I loved Cheers but felt Frasier was better. Tho you can't beat Woody when it comes to making me laugh. We named our daughter kelly and I can't count the times I have sang that damn song to her as she has grown up..."Kelly, kelly, kelly, kelly, kelly, kelly kelly...LMAO

ButterKwup said...

I'm too young to know 'Cheers', but I liked the other shows these guys did, like 'Frasier' and 'Wings', so I would probably like it okay if I remembered a single episode of it.

Snapdragon said...

AKM, Frasier was great. I think I liked it better than Cheers. Loved all the celeb cameos.

Sunny said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScpDRX18sBU

Ryan said...

I've never heard of this show.

:-/

Del Riser said...

I loved Cheers, several of us at work were all great fans and the day after a show the office was full of people recreating the lines between Coach and Sam, or Woody, we'd have ourselves in stitches all over again.

AndrewBW said...

Happy Thanksgiving!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yF1dfXDsV4s

Mango said...

I'll still watch a rerun of cheers from time to time. Woody Harrelson was adorable!

Factoid: The guy who played Cliff auditioned for the part of Norm but didn't get it but suggested to the producers that they create a bar know-it-all so the producers created the part of Cliff the Mailman for him. How cool is that?

I can't watch Frasier. It makes me cringe.

califblondy said...

I was a big fan for a long time, but I rarely watch now. ITA that Frasier was the better show and I still watch all the time.

califblondy said...

Oooops, too fast with the send button....

I watch Frasier on the Hallmark Channel and it's funny what gets dubbed or bleeped. I don't think they can even say "butt"...

Mango said...

Parker Posey was my first thought too, but I haven't read any reports or seen any photos of her out and about. She seems rather low key.

Momster said...

I always like the theme song. One of the best.

lc said...

I did so love Woody Harrelson in this show

bobbi_1025 said...

Maybe cause I was born in 1981 I've never watched either of these shows nor do I care to now. Kelsey Grammer just comes off as a dick to me.

Now Night Court, that was the shit.

Jolene Jolene said...

I LOVED Cheers. But I think the best show ever on TV was and will always be The Wonder Years.

MadLyb said...

I adored this show and remember being really sad when it ended. GREAT TV!

.robert said...

@bobbi_1025, that was the point of his character, stuffy guy around normal Joes.

I used to love MASH but now I don't find it appealing.

iheartjacksparrow said...

I've never seen a single episode. I don't watch sitcoms because they are never funny to me.

SusanB said...

Oh geez, I forgot about Night Court - I loved that show!I liked MASH but the last 2 years or so it was like they were trying too hard to be socially relevant or something. Also loved Wings too.

Selock said...

Classic! Filled many family-TV-watching evenings, for sure. Nothing like that, these days...

NYCGirl said...

I watched it in its later years (when I was old enough), and have watched the earlier years in re-runs. My mother met Ted Danson at a conference a few years ago-- he signed his autograph as "Cheers! Ted Danson." :)

Oh, and Diane > Rebecca.

ClaireFrasier said...

ITA, NYCGirl... I loved the Diane years... hated the Rebecca years. There are quite a few of the Rebecca episodes I've never seen. But I loved it from the first episode (well, except for Rebecca). The guy I was seeing at the time knew if he wanted to see me on Thursday night... he was gonna watch Cheers!


AKM ... Three of the most perfect Frasier episodes:

The Ski Lodge, Season 5

Merry Christmas, Mrs. Moskowitz, Season 6

Three Valentines, Season 6.


All sheer perfection and comic timing!


OH! and Lilith is a goddess! There was one (Frasier) episode, where she walked across the room in a blue sleepshirt... I about fell out of my chair! (And i'm straight! but she was beyond gorgeous).

Kloie said...

Let's celebrate with some lubster and bef.

Lelaina Pierce said...

Cheers had a great theme song. Not the best show ever but I loved it and Frasier.

gordon said...

One of the best sitcom pilots ever, and the first 5 years are fantastic. The rest are good too--just not quite as good!

bumbumgirl said...

I loved Cheers, but is it the BEST show ever on TV? Not at all. I can only watch certain seasons now - the later ones with Sam & Rebecca trying to have a baby was just a mess. As for Fraiser? I spend my Friday nights with him. Love that show and have seen every episode multiple times.

AKM said...

Well, the best sitcom ever is different from the best TV show ever. (That would, of course, be "The Twilight Zone," which coincidentally premiered on this date in 1959. Hee hee.) "Best sitcom?" was the actual question.

I do think it's the best sitcom ever. Well, maybe tied with "M.A.S.H.," which I've actually never seen, but this is what I hear. Or maybe "All In the Family." Or WKRP. Or Mary Tyler Moore.

Huh.

Okay, I'm going to revise my answer and call "Cheers" the best sitcom to come out of the '80s. That...gives me some leeway. ;-)