Cheers: Season 7 (1988 - 1989)

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Air date: Oct 27, 1988

Telecast in late October 1988, the long-awaited, eighth-season opener of Cheers finds Rebecca (Kirstie Alley) losing her job as manager of Cheers after the departure of the estimable Evan Drake. Even more humiliating for Rebecca is the decision by Drake's successor to appoint Sam (Ted Danson) in her place. Still hoping to score with the icy Rebecca, Sam offers to get her old job back -- for a certain, um, consideration.

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Air date: Nov 3, 1988

An old flame of Sam claims that he is the father of her child. In a panic, Sam (Ted Danson) uncharacteristically turns to God, promising that he will remain celibate for three whole months if it can be proven that someone else is the father. But once Sam's prayers are answered, he tries to back out of his celestial agreement. Meanwhile, Woody (Woody Harrelson) has a religious experience of his own when he's hired to understudy an actor playing Moses.

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Air date: Nov 10, 1988

In the first episode of a two-part story, Rebecca (Kirstie Alley) tries to keep the libidinous Sam (Ted Danson) at arm's length by explaining that she will only date men who can advance her career. Rebecca soon has cause to regret her resolution when her new boss (Alex Nevil) turns out to be many, many years younger than she. Now she must keep her baby-faced boss from making advances -- to do this, she claims that Sam is her fiancé.

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Air date: Nov 17, 1988

In the conclusion of a two-part story, Sam (Ted Danson) is transferred to Cancún to open up a new bar (which features some surprisingly familiar-sounding "regulars"). This leaves poor Rebecca (Kirstie Alley) back in Boston, and at the mercy of her amorous -- and very much younger -- new boss (Alex Nevil). Will Sam come back to rescue Rebecca or can it be that he enjoys his new South of the Border assignment so much that he'll never return to Beantown?

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Air date: Nov 24, 1988

Carla (Rhea Perlman) contemplates murder when she suspects her hockey-star husband Eddie (Jay Thomas) of fooling around. Rumor has it that Eddie has been making figure eights with another performer in the traveling ice show that now employs him. As it turns out, the sexy East German ice princess (Isa Andersen) with whom Eddie may or may not be dallying has a rather well-developed homicidal streak of her own.

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Air date: Dec 8, 1988

On the recommendation of Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) and Lilith (Bebe Neuwirth), part-time house painter Norm (George Wendt) is hired as an interior decorator by a shallow yuppie couple (Jane Sibbett and George DelHoyo). Unfortunately for Norm, the couple is convinced that all the best decorators are gay. Obligingly, he puts on an outrageously flouncy act for his new employers -- but how will he explain his newfound flamboyance to his macho pals?

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Air date: Dec 15, 1988

Hospitalized for appendicitis, Cliff (John Ratzenberger) is miffed when none of the Cheers gang pays him a visit. Figuring that his abrasive personality has driven away his friends, Cliff returns to the bar a newer, kinder, gentler man. Once they've gotten over the shock of this transformation, Cliff's chums begin to miss the obnoxious blowhard they all know so well. Meanwhile, Rebecca (Kirstie Alley) braces for an interview with a Boston lifestyles magazine.

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Air date: Dec 22, 1988

Fired up with false bravado, Cliff (John Ratzenberger), Norm (George Wendt), and Woody (Woody Harrelson) sign up for skydiving lessons. Once they're in the air, however, the intrepid duo decides that jumping from a plane in flight is not a particularly good idea. Even so, they return to terra firma claiming that they did, indeed, bail out -- and then are forced to prove their courage when Sam (Ted Danson) accompanies them on their next excursion into the clouds. Note how the canny sky-diving instructor uses reverse psychology to turn mice into men (or is it the other way around?).

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Air date: Jan 5, 1989

Woody (Woody Harrelson) volunteers to be the clown at a children's party organized by Rebecca (Kirstie Alley) on behalf of her boss. But things go awry, and it is Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) who dons the big nose and bigger shoes. Speaking of clowns, there's no one clownier than Sam (Ted Danson) when he renews his relationship with a former lady friend -- and hits on the lady's daughter.

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Air date: Jan 12, 1989

Once again, the Cheers gang is swept up in a rivalry with the folks at their chief competition, Gary's Old Towne Tap. On this occasion, the two establishments are vying to create "Boston's Best Bloody Mary." Will Woody (Woody Harrelson), the only Cheers man ever able to best the redoubtable Gary (Joel Polis), save the day again -- or will things get hilariously out of control as usual?

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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.

Critic Reviews for Cheers Season 7

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (0)

This is a typical season of Cheers, which is to say "excellent." The writing staff had, by this time, long since mastered its setup-punchline rhythms and developmental character situations.

Apr 21, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Season Seven is one of the top four seasons from the show's 11-year run.

Jan 19, 2015 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Cheers: Season 7

  • Nov 05, 2016
    Still sharp and witty, silly when it needs to be and the writers have figured out how to write for each character to make them funny without being caricatures. That's very hard after seven seasons!

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