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9. Cheers

Aired: September 30, 1982 - May 20, 1993 (NBC)
Theme Song: Gary Portnoy "Where Everybody Knows Your Name"

If it were a sports team, “Where Everybody Knows Your Name” would be the 100-to-1 underdog that wins it all. Gary Portnoy and Judy Hart Angelo's soft little number, with lyrics that resemble lines from a Hallmark greeting card, begins with a rather basic intro on the piano then suddenly sneaks up on you as it soars with emotion that comes out of left field (credit to singer Gary Portnoy's background harmonizing which boost energy levels up).

And, of course, the lyrics aren't just drivel; rather, the words subtly allude to the show's premise and characters. For example, “Making your way in the world today takes everything you got” hints at Sam Malone's alcoholic past while everybody at Cheers does indeed know Norm on a first name basis. What perhaps resonates most with people, however, is that “Where Everybody Knows Your Name” is much deeper than a drinking anthem; like the sitcom it's based on, it's a tribute to friendship.

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