The 50 Funniest TV Comedies of All Time

13. Cheers

Network: NBC
Air Dates: September 30, 1982–May 20, 1993
Stars: Ted Danson, Shelley Long, Nicholas Colasanto, Rhea Perlman, George Wendt, John Ratzenberger, Woody Harrelson, Kelsey Grammer, Kirstie Alley, Bebe Neuwirth

Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name. Obviously, that place would have to be a bar, because you are an alcoholic. Also, it's the premise of Cheers, a beloved show that handled the serious stuff just like your bartender does: with humor.

The main character, Sam (Ted Danson) ended his pro baseball career because of alcoholism, before finding himself as a bartender. If that sounds like an awful way to recovery, we'd invite you to go to a bar at 2 a.m., completely sober, and watch everyone's poor choices. It'll probably be enough for you to give up the devil juice all together.

But despite its humorous portrayal of addiction, class conflicts, and homophobia, Cheers will always be about finding the one place where you do belong. We're still looking for a place that will joyfully greet us every time we enter, and hand us a beer. Maybe we'll change our name to "Norm." —TA

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