Cheers: Season 1 (1982 - 1983)

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Critic Consensus: 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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Episodes

1
Air date: Sep 30, 1982
2
Air date: Oct 7, 1982
3
Air date: Oct 14, 1982
4
Air date: Oct 21, 1982
5
Air date: Oct 28, 1982
6
Air date: Nov 4, 1982
7
Air date: Nov 11, 1982
8
Air date: Nov 18, 1982
9
Air date: Nov 25, 1982
10
Air date: Dec 2, 1982
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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
Ron Karabatsos
as Ed Kellner
Allyce Beasley
as Lisa Pantuso
Barbara Babcock
as Lana Marshall
Tom Babson
as Customer #1
Stephen Keep
as Dr. Graham
James Read
as H.W. Sawyer
Ron Karabatsos
as Ed Kellner
Macon McCalman
as Darrell Stabell
James Read
as H.W. Sawyer
Keone Young
as Tourist No. 1
Alan Autry
as Tom Kenderson
Michael McGuire
as Prof. Sumner Sloane
Anne Haney
as Miss Gilder
Richard Hill
as Tibor Svetkovic
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
Eapen Mathai
as Recordist
Bill Wiley
as Tour Guide
Eve Smith
as Tourist No. 3
Frank McCarthy
as Mr. Phillips
Dean Dittman
as Harrison Fiedler
Jonathan Terry
as Accountant No. 1
Ken Kimmins
as Fred Wilson
Jim Hudson
as Accountant No. 2
Julia Hendler
as Little Girl
Keenen Ivory Wayans
as Customer No. 1
Jim Hudson
as Accountant #2
Thomas Babson
as Customer No. 1
Eve Smith
as Tourist #3
Richard McGonagle
as Customer No. 2
Peter Van Norden
as Misha the Cymbal Player
Rex Ryon
as Man #1
Edie Berry
as Accountant No. 3
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 (13) | Top Critics (9)

Cheers is a brilliant sitcom that is rightfully considered perhaps the best of all-time.

Sep 19, 2018 | 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…

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…
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Audience Reviews for Cheers: Season 1

½

"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.

DannM

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