Cheers: Season 3 (1984 - 1985)

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Air date: Sep 27, 1984

As season three of Cheers begins, Sam (Ted Danson) and Diane (Shelley Long) are still blaming each other for the breakup of their romance. Diane has herself committed to a mental institution, while Sam goes back to heavy drinking. At the behest of Coach (Nicholas Colasanto), Diane returns to the outside world in hopes of drying Sam out -- with the help of her new boyfriend, psychiatrist Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer, in his first series appearance). This is the first episode of a two-part story.

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Air date: Oct 4, 1984

In the conclusion of Cheers' two-part season three opener, Sam (Ted Danson), at long last, has accepted that it is all over between him and Diane (Shelley Long), and has stopped drinking with the help of psychiatrist Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer). Now the trick is to get Sam to accept the fact that Diane is in love with Frasier.

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Air date: Oct 18, 1984

No sooner has Sam (Ted Danson) reconciled himself to the fact that his romance with Diane (Shelley Long) is a thing of the past, Diane's current heartthrob Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer) comes to Sam for advice. It seems that, while in the throes of passion with Frasier, Diane called out another man's name (guess whose?). In other developments, ex-postal employee Eddie (Sam Scarber), fired when he was turned in by co-worker Cliff (John Ratzenberger) for stealing a perfume sample from a magazine, storms into Cheers with blood in his eye.

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Air date: Oct 25, 1984

The perennially unlucky-in-love Cliff (John Ratzenberger) falls for a girl whom he meets at a costume party. (The girl is played by Bernadette Birkett, the real-life wife of series regular George Wendt). Emboldened by the costume that masks his identity, Cliff is transformed into the world's greatest lover -- and is now afraid to let the girl seem him unmasked. Meanwhile, Sam (Ted Danson) agrees to sub for Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) by escorting Diane (Shelley Long) to a concert.

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Air date: Nov 1, 1984

Sam (Ted Danson) breaks up with his new girl Maxine (Kim Lankford) when he finds out that she's married. Shortly afterward, Maxine's husband (Carmen Argenziano) storms into Cheers, gun in hand. In an attempt to disarm the outraged hubby, Sam shoots himself in an embarrassing location -- then spins an outrageously heroic tale of how he got his wound for the benefit of Diane (Shelley Long). In other news, Cliff (John Ratzenberger) considers buying a house from Norm (George Wendt).

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Air date: Nov 8, 1984

In the first episode of a two-part story, Coach (Nicholas Colasanto) falls in love with a woman named Irene (Bette Ford). Much to Coach's surprise, Irene instantly accepts his marriage proposal. Equally surprised is Sam (Ted Danson), who is turned down flat by Irene's sexy daughter Sue (Ellen Regan). Meanwhile, Diane (Shelley Long) develops a strategy to regain custody of items loaned to Sam during their romance.

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Air date: Nov 15, 1984

In the conclusion of a two-part story, the upcoming marriage between Coach (Nicholas Colasanto) and Irene Blanchard (Bette Ford) is abruptly called off when Irene wins the lottery. Despite this setback, Coach is convinced that Irene still loves him. The gang at Cheers do their best to dissuade Coach from his stubborn insistence that Irene will show up in time for the wedding ceremony.

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Air date: Nov 22, 1984

Nancy Marchand guest stars as the imperious mother of Diane's boyfriend Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer). Preparing to meet Mrs. Crane for the first time, Diane is understandably nervous and on her guard. Even so, she is hardly prepared for the moment in which the gimlet-eyed dowager threatens to kill Diane if she ever marries Frasier! (Fans of Kelsey Grammer's later series, please note: You won't see Frasier's dad [John Mahoney] in this episode.)

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Air date: Nov 29, 1984

Dan Hedaya returns as Nick Tortelli, the slimeball ex-husband of Carla (Rhea Perlman). When Nick demands that he receive custody of his oldest son, the usually combative Carla meekly acquiesces. The Cheers gang decides that it is high time to teach Nick that his word is not law. In another development, ex-lovers Sam (Ted Danson) and Diane (Shelley Long) return to one of their former romantic haunts.

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Air date: Dec 6, 1984

Diane (Shelley Long) is delighted when Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) asks her to move in with him. Unfortunately, she turns out to be allergic to Frasier's dog. Sam (Ted Danson) is skeptical about this turn of events, convinced that Diane's allergy is psychosomatic -- a conviction that seems confirmed when Diane continues sneezing even ever Frasier gives the dog away. Meanwhile, the gang tries to find an appropriately amusing gift for Carla's (Rhea Perlman) birthday.

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Series 3 of the sitcom set in a friendly Boston bar run by Sam Malone, a former Red Sox pitcher and recovering alcoholic.

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  • Aug 28, 2015
    The third season of Cheers sets a new course that gets a little more series, but still brings the laughs. This season marks the introduction of Kelsey Grammer as Dr. Frasier Crane and the tragic loss of Nicholas Colasanto (who played Coach). When Sam falls off the wagon and losses control in the wake of his breakup with Diane, she returns and, with the help of her new boyfriend Dr. Frasier Crane, attempts to help Sam get his life back together; but old habits die hard and Diane finds herself pulled between her feeling for Sam and her feelings for Frasier. The addition of Frasier is really good for the show, as he brings a new energy that allows the writers to re-work some of the character dynamics. Also, several notable guest stars are featured, including Carol Kane, Alison La Placa, and Michael Richards. After three seasons, Cheers remains incredibly funny and keeps getting stronger as it goes along.
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  • Sep 21, 2016
    If you don't LOL at at least one thing (and usually more) in every episode you may be in a coma.

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