Cheers: Season 1 (1982 - 1983)

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With an instantly comfortable setting as endearing as its characters, Cheers lays out the template for a classic ensemble comedy with its entertaining first season.

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Critic Ratings: 12

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User Ratings: 48

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Air date: Sep 30, 1982

Included here is the premiere episode from the much-loved '80s NBC barroom comedy: "Give Me a Ring Sometime."

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Air date: Oct 7, 1982

Angered when Diane (Shelley Long) laughingly points out that he only dates airheads, Sam (Ted Danson) makes it his mission in life to find a more intellectual female companion. Diane stops laughing when Sam finds a girl who may actually have half a brain. Meanwhile, an old customer demands to see Cheers' owner immediately, if not sooner. This episode represents the only appearance of Sam Malone's ex-wife Debra (played by Broadway musical comedy headliner Donna McKechnie).

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Air date: Oct 14, 1982

Rabid Red Sox booster Carla Tortelli (Rhea Perlman) gets steamed when boorish Yankees fan Ed Kellner (Ron Karabatsos) drops in at Cheers. So inflammatory are Ed's abrasive anti-Boston insults that Carla ends up slugging the guy. As a result, Ed threatens to slap an enormous lawsuit on Sam (Ted Danson) unless Carla is immediately fired. But never fear, there's a "sweet revenge" finale in this classic episode.

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Air date: Oct 21, 1982

Dave Richards (Fred Dryer), an old baseball buddy of Sam Malone's (Ted Danson), is now a local TV newscaster. When Dave asks Sam for an interview, Sam suddenly realizes how much he misses being a sports celebrity. When the interview falls through, however, it looks like Diane (Shelley Long) may have to rescue Sam from crawling back into a bottle. Harry Anderson makes his first series appearance as baby-faced scam artist Harry the Hat.

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Air date: Oct 28, 1982

Coach (Nicholas Colasanto) is delighted that his successful, but fundamentally lonely, daughter Lisa (Allyce Beasley) has found the man of her dreams. He is less delighted when he meets her fiancé: a door-to-door salesman -- and class-A creep -- named Roy (Philip Charles MacKenzie). Virtually everyone at Cheers (even Lisa) agrees that Roy is a slimeball, but Diane (Shelley Long) typically insists that there must be some good in the man. At least, that's what she thinks until she engages Roy in a mercifully brief conversation.

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Air date: Nov 4, 1982

On the rebound from a failed romance, Diane's former college roommate Rebecca (Julia Duffy) decides that it's time to stop searching for the "perfect man" and begin aiming her sights a bit lower. As a result, Rebecca attaches herself to Sam (Ted Danson). Diane (Shelley Long) is outraged that the relationship between Sam and Rebecca is founded solely on sex -- even more so when she realizes that it was all Rebecca's idea.

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Air date: Nov 11, 1982

Norm (George Wendt) hopes to curry favor with his boss by holding the annual office party at Cheers. Swept up in preparing for the festivities, Diane (Shelley Long) suggests that Norm throw a toga party. What she doesn't know is that Norm has arranged for Diane to be his boss' date for the evening -- and "the old man" doesn't need a toga to have a good old fashioned Roman orgy.

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Air date: Nov 18, 1982

Fed up with the incessant squabbling between Diane (Shelley Long) and Carla (Rhea Perlman), Sam demands that they try to bury the hatchet. This they do over a couple of drinks...and a couple more and a couple more. By the time the two girls have reached the "best buddy" stage, Carla feels relaxed enough to impart a deep dark secret about her youngest child to the garrulous Diane.

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Air date: Nov 25, 1982

Normally, it wouldn't bother Coach (Nicholas Colasanto) one bit that Sam (Ted Danson) is attracted to Coach's sexy new neighbor Nina (Murphy Cross). Trouble is, Coach is carrying a torch for the lady himself. The only person to whom Coach admits his infatuation is Diane (Shelley Long) -- whom he immediately swears to secrecy. Meanwhile, Carla (Rhea Perlman) tries her hand at plumbing -- with disastrous results.

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Air date: Dec 2, 1982

When Rex Sox relief pitcher Rick Walker (Christopher McDonald) goes into a lengthy slump, big-hearted Sam (Ted Danson) lends Rick his special good-luck charm, an old bottle cap. The result: Rick's ballpark performance improves dramatically, while Sam experiences a spectacular streak of rotten luck. Could this reversal of fortune knock the ex-alcoholic Sam off the wagon or will Diane (Shelley Long) be able to come to the rescue in the nick o' time?

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Tv Season Info

Series 1 of the sitcom set in a friendly Boston bar run by Sam Malone, a former Red Sox pitcher and recovering alcoholic.

Cast

Ted Danson
as Sam Malone
Shelley Long
as Diane Chambers
Nicholas Colasanto
as Ernie `Coach' Pantusso
Rhea Perlman
as Carla Tortelli
George Wendt
as Norm Peterson
John Ratzenberger
as Cliff Clavin
Paul Vaughn
as Customer No. 3
Harry Anderson
as Harry `The Hat' Gittes
Alan Koss
as Allan
Paul Vaughn
as Customer #3
Mark King
as Marshall Lipton
George Ball
as Derek Malone
Mark King
as Marshall Lipton
Harry Anderson
as Harry "The Hat" Gittes
Fred Dryer
as Dave Richards
Glynis Johns
as Helen Chambers
Barbara Babcock
as Lana Marshall
Julia Duffy
as Rebecca Prout
Dean Dittman
as Harrison Fiedler
Macon McCalman
as Darrell Stabell
Ellis Rabb
as Eric Finch
Rick Hill
as Tibor Svetkovic
Rick Dees
as Young Guy
Allyce Beasley
as Lisa Pantusso
Michael McGuire
as Prof. Sumner Sloan
Julia Duffy
as Rebecca Prout
Bill Wiley
as Tour Guide
Ian Wolfe
as Buzz Crowder
Reid Shelton
as George Wheeler
Derek McGrath
as Andy Schroeder
Ellis Rabb
as Eric Finch
Derek McGrath
as Andy Schroeder
Glynis Johns
as Mrs. Helen Chambers
Barbara Babcock
as Lana Marshall
Ron Karabatsos
as Ed Kellner
Allyce Beasley
as Lisa Pantuso
Tom Babson
as Customer #1
James Read
as H.W. Sawyer
Stephen Keep
as Dr. Graham
Macon McCalman
as Darrell Stabell
James Read
as H.W. Sawyer
Keone Young
as Tourist No. 1
Alan Autry
as Tom Kenderson
Ron Karabatsos
as Ed Kellner
Anne Haney
as Miss Gilder
Richard Hill
as Tibor Svetkovic
Michael McGuire
as Prof. Sumner Sloane
Kenneth Kimmins
as Fred Wilson/Eddie Barnes
David A. Penhale
as Customer #1
Anne Haney
as Miss Gilder
Barry Cutler
as Tourist No. 2
Jonathan Terry
as Accountant #1
Barry Cutler
as Tourist #1
Doug Sheehan
as Walter Franklin
Stephen Keep
as Dr. Gordon
Bill Wiley
as Tour Guide
Eve Smith
as Tourist No. 3
Frank McCarthy
as Mr. Phillips
Dean Dittman
as Harrison Fiedler
Eapen Mathai
as Recordist
Jonathan Terry
as Accountant No. 1
Ken Kimmins
as Fred Wilson
Jim Hudson
as Accountant No. 2
Julia Hendler
as Little Girl
Jim Hudson
as Accountant #2
Keenen Ivory Wayans
as Customer No. 1
Eve Smith
as Tourist #3
Thomas Babson
as Customer No. 1
Peter Van Norden
as Misha the Cymbal Player
Richard McGonagle
as Customer No. 2
Edie Berry
as Accountant No. 3
Rex Ryon
as Man #1
Edie Berry
as Accountant #1
Richard McGonagle
as Customer #2
Peter Van Norden
as Cymbal Player
Keone Young
as Tourist #1
Wesley Thompson
as Photographer
Daryl Roach
as Judge No. 1
Rex Ryon
as Rough-Looking Guy No. 1
Alan Autry
as Tom Kenderson
Shannon Sullivan
as Reporter No. 1
John Bluto
as Reporter No. 2
Bob Ari
as Judge No. 2
Jan Rabson
as Director
Wesley Thompson
as Photographer
James Sherwood
as Judge No. 3
Shannon Sullivan
as Reporter #1
John Bluto
as Reporter #3
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Critic Reviews for Cheers Season 1

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (9)

Ted Danson is remarkably good as Malone, countered at every turn by the equally brilliant Shelley Long as Diane.

Jan 30, 2018 | Full Review…

I love the way this pilot shows how these particular characters end up spending so much time together.

Jan 19, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Sam is immediately established as a bit of a cad, but he's also surprisingly sweet; I was touched by how protective he was of Diane, despite her haughtiness.

Jan 19, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

What strikes me in this pilot is Ted Danson's awesomeness.

Jan 19, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

I actually watched this episode when it originally aired-I even remember NBC's evocative little teaser ads, with two beer glasses smashing together-and I do remember finding it immediately inviting, even for a 12-year-old.

Jan 19, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Part of what makes the world of Cheers (the series) so inviting so quickly is that it really seems like Cheers (the bar) existed long before Diane, Sumner, or that kid with the fake ID walked through its door.

Jan 19, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It's a refuge from work, and the show presents itself to the viewer as its own refuge, both from real-world pressures and the noisy aggravation of most of what else is on TV.

Jan 19, 2015 | Full Review…

What struck me when rewatching this pilot was the incredible patience the show exhibits in introducing its characters.

Jan 19, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

I've often said that Cheers boasts the best comedy pilot I've ever seen.

Jan 19, 2015 | Full Review…

While I think the ensemble was strong throughout the entire run of the series, the cast in the early episodes seemed to work off of each other a bit better than in the final years.

Aug 29, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Cheers' humor, while expertly executed, is aimed squarely at adults.

Mar 6, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The 22 episodes in this season include some of their funniest verbal exchanges and knock-down-drag-out fights.

Jan 19, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Cheers: Season 1

  • Feb 24, 2015
    "Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name..." and Cheers does a great job at creating that friendly, hometown atmosphere. Season 1 follows a young woman named Diane Chambers who takes a job at a Boston bar named Cheers, where she gets to know the colorful clientele, and strikes up a romance with former baseball star/bartender Sam Malone. The casting is outstanding; Ted Danson and Shelley Long have great chemistry, and George Wendt, John Ratzenberger, and Nicholas Colasanto give strong supporting performances. Still, the laugh track can be kind of annoying and some of the '80s sitcom humor is out of date. Yet all in all Season 1 of Cheers is hilariously entertaining, and sets a solid foundation for what would become a seminal television series.
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  • Mar 18, 2019
    Best tv series ever. Template for modern ensemble comedies. The writing is the most intelligent so far.
  • Dec 15, 2018
    While establishing quite an enjoyable atmosphere inside a small Boston bar with lovable regular customers and sharp humor, the most entertaining moments come from the cat and mouse games played by the standout performances of Ted Danson and Shelley Long.
  • Dec 21, 2017
    Every character is superb! One of the best!
  • Feb 24, 2017
    Gave this first season a legitimate try, but just couldn't get into it. Perhaps it needs to be watched "in its time", but the humor just didn't make me laugh enough to keep going much past about 10 episodes.
  • Feb 04, 2016
    Cheers to the perfect show!
  • Dec 23, 2015
    This show is like an old friend; No matter where you find it it will make you smile.
  • Jul 13, 2015
    Cheers would go on to be one of television's best-loved sitcoms, and it's easy to see why just from the very first season. With an indelible cast of lovable characters, and scripts that were smart and funny, Cheers had all the makings of a perfect sit-com. That said, it was perhaps the complex character chemistry between Sam and Diane that really made the show stand out. Maybe not the show's best year, but a near-perfect debut season for any show's standards.

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