Cheers: Season 2 (1983 - 1984)

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Season 2
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Cheers' second season might be remembered for establishing the relationship between Sam and Diane, but the entire cast of characters is the glue that holds this show together -- and continually makes it clear that there are boundless story opportunities.

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Air date: Sep 29, 1983

Cheers kicks off its second season at the precise moment where season one left off -- with Sam (Ted Danson) and Diane (Shelley Long) inaugurating their torrid romance. No sooner has Diane declared her ardor for Sam, however, she ejects him from her apartment, insisting that their love is doomed from the start. As the rest of the Cheers gang watches from the sidelines in rapt disinterest, Carla (Rhea Perlman) suggests a method whereby Sam can get back into Diane's good graces. The story's famous denouement rather incongruously takes place in a room festooned with cute stuffed animals. With this episode, John Ratzenberger graduates from recurring to regular status in the role of postman Cliff Claven.

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Air date: Oct 13, 1983

With Carla (Rhea Perlman) on maternity leave, Sam (Ted Danson) hires her sister Annette (also played by Rhea Perlman) as a temporary replacement. Outwardly shy and modest, Annette quickly proves that appearances are deceiving -- in fact, she's even hotter to trot than Carla, if such a thing is possible. But though practically everyone at Cheers sees right through Annette's innocent act, Cliff (John Ratzenberger) remains smitten by the "sweet kid."

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Air date: Oct 20, 1983

Now that Sam (Ted Danson) and Diane (Shelley Long) are an "item," a jealous Carla (Rhea Perlman) accuses Diane of keeping her job only because she's the boss' favorite. Outraged, Diane quits Cheers, determined to prove that she can get a better job on her own merits. Alas, it turns out that even the prestigious publishing industry has its share of sexual predators. Meanwhile, Norm (George Wendt) walks out on wife Vera and prepares to play the field.

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Air date: Oct 27, 1983

Ex-convict Andy Schroeder (Derek McGrath), Diane's disastrous blind date in the first-season episode "Diane's Perfect Date," returns to Cheers -- to rob the joint. When it turns out that Andy is merely homesick for prison life, Diane (Shelley Long) tries to turn his life around by introducing him to the art of acting. Alas, Andy's first stage appearance -- with Diane as his co-star -- is merely an excuse to violently come to terms with his achy-breaky heart.

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Air date: Nov 3, 1983

In the very first episode of Cheers, Diane (Shelley Long) took a job at the titular drinking establishment after being jilted by her fiancé, Prof. Sumner Sloane (Michael McGuire). Now Sloane is back, determined to win Diane away from Sam (Ted Danson). Despite Diane's assurances that Sloane means nothing to her, Sam is determined to come up to the professor's intellectual level -- by taking a crash course in Tolstoy's War and Peace.

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Air date: Nov 10, 1983

After so many bums and slimeballs in her life, Carla (Rhea Perlman) cannot believe that a nice, gentlemanly fellow like Hank Zenzola (Don Amendolia) could truly be in love with her. Sensing that Hank must have a "fatal flaw," Carla is inclined to reject him. Finally, however, she acquiesces to his charms, and even decides to go "all the way" with him, little realizing that she might literally love Hank to death.

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Air date: Nov 17, 1983

Sportscaster Dave Richards (Fred Dryer) bets Sam (Ted Danson) that he can break up Sam's romance with Diana (Shelley Long) within 24 hours. Dave launches his campaign by informing Diane that Sam's notorious "little black book," purportedly tossed in the trash, is still very much in existence. Al Rosen makes his first appearance as the famously close-mouthed barfly Al. This episode won an Emmy award for writer David Angell.

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Air date: Nov 24, 1983

When Sam (Ted Danson) turns down the opportunity, Coach (Nicholas Colasanto) accepts a job managing a Little League team. Unfortunately, Coach mercilessly rides the kids as if they were adults; as a result, the team quits en masse. Back at Cheers, Cliff (John Ratzenberger) and Norm (George Wendt) learn the hard way that "Neither a borrower nor a lender be" is not merely a quote from Shakespeare.

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Air date: Dec 1, 1983

Guest star Dick Cavett encourages Sam (Ted Danson) to write his autobiography. Though jealous that Cavett cannot recognize her own literary skills, Diane (Shelley Long) offers her services as Sam's ghost writer. Meanwhile, Norm (George Wendt) tries to extinguish an old flame (Walter Olkewicz) of his estranged wife Vera.

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Air date: Dec 8, 1983

Out of gratitude upon receiving an unexpected gift, Sam (Ted Danson) impulsively tells Diane (Shelley Long) that he loves her. Characteristically, Diane feels the urge to "analyze" her relationship with Sam. This analysis almost results in ending the romance when Sam begins to have second thoughts about his spontaneous expression of ardor.

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Series 2 of the sitcom set in a friendly Boston bar run by Sam Malone, a former Red Sox pitcher and recovering alcoholic.

Critic Reviews for Cheers Season 2

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (7)

It's more than two decades old now, but this screamingly funny classic hasn't dulled one iota.

Aug 29, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The second season of Cheers is still one of the strongest that the sitcom had to offer, now that the 'sit' had been firmly established, allowing the unparalleled writers to focus on the 'com'.

Jul 6, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

I'm excited to see where that confidence, bolstered by a few pieces of Academy hardware (the Emmys also honored Long, James Burrows, and the Charles Brothers that year) and increased ratings, will take the series.

Jan 19, 2015 | Full Review…
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This [first] episode shows a renewed sense of confidence-which is especially apparent on-screen in Long's performance-that I think derives partly from the creators knowing who their hero and heroine were and what they meant to each other.

Jan 19, 2015 | Full Review…

I think Cheers' second season just might be its best.

Jan 19, 2015 | Full Review…

Wow, Shelley Long just gets stronger and stronger.

Jan 19, 2015 | Full Review…
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I've always appreciated the way the course of the Sam/Diane romance feels so unforced, as though the writers genuinely had no idea where this storyline was going to wind up.

Jan 19, 2015 | Full Review…
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There's something so incredibly effective about the way Cheers has refrained from revealing too much about Sam or Diane (or, for that matter, any of the other characters).

Jan 19, 2015 | Full Review…
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There's definitely a confidence about "Power Play" that suggests that the writers were getting a handle on these characters, while remaining curious about how far to push them.

Jan 19, 2015 | Full Review…
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The writing is brilliant here with Sam and Diane sparring like sworn enemies, while maintaining the palpable chemistry that made us fall in love with them in the first place.

Jan 19, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Cheers: Season 2

  • Feb 23, 2015
    Season 2 of Cheers serves up a barrel of laughs as the show gets even funnier. Picking up where the last season left off, ladies' man and bartender extraordinaire Sam Malone meets his match when he starts to date Diane Chambers, a sassy, quick-witted waitress. Progressing the Sam-Diane relationship proves to spicin' up the character dynamics, delivering a new level of hilarity. And several of the other main cast members are also developed, and get more interesting (particularly Coach and Cliff). Additionally, the season attracts some impressive guest stars, including Corey Feldman, Markie Post, and Christopher Lloyd. The second season of Cheers is a lot of fun and continues to deliver hilarious tavern adventures.
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  • Sep 21, 2016
    If you're feeling down Cheers will brighten your day! It's like a reunion
  • Aug 23, 2015
    An even better sophomore year, that benefits from Sam and Diance transgressing from a flirtation to a full-on complicated romantic relationship.

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