Air Dates: Sept. 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
Cheers was 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 recover, 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.
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