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Cheers 40th Anniversary: The Boston Bar Where Everybody Knows Your Name

Florence Carmela

Famous Boston Landmark

September 30th, 2022 will mark the 40th anniversary of Cheers debut episode. This beloved NBC comedy about a Boston bar where "everybody knows your name" that aired from 1982 to 1993, lasting eleven seasons, has become a very special landmark in Boston, Massachusetts. The bar that inspired Cheers was originally named the Bull and Finch Pub, and it was established in 1969. The bar has since been renamed the Cheers Restaurant.

Sam and Diane

The sitcom starred two newcomers to the television landscape, Ted Danson who played Sam Malone, the handsome, smooth-talking, jock turned bartender of Cheers. It also starred Shelley Long as Diane Chambers, the pretty, snobbish yet witty, intellectual that Sam hires as a waitress at Cheers when she is dumped by her much older fiance at the bar in the first episode.

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Ted Danson as Sam Malone and Shelley Long as Diane Chambers from CheersGary Null/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images

Cheers For the Win

The show also starred a talented, well-assembled group of actors who delivered memorable performances. The cast included; Rhea Perlman, George Wendt, John Ratzenberger, Kelsey Grammar, Woody Harrelson, BeBe Neuwirth, Kirstie Alley, and the late Nicholas Colasanto, who played ''Coach'' were all nominated (or won) Emmy Awards during the show's run.

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Shelley Long wins the Emmy for 'Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series' for Cheers in 1983RON GALELLA/WIREIMAGE/GETTY IMAGES

Close To Cancellation

After its debut in 1982, the comedy was nearly canceled due to the extremely low ratings for its premiere episode, the show ranked 74th out of 77 shows for the week.

As explained in Wikipedia ''Cheers eventually became a Nielsen rating juggernaut in the United States, earning a top-ten rating during eight of its 11 seasons, including one season at number one (season 9). The show spent most of its run on NBC's Thursday night "Must See TV" lineup.''

Cheers Spin-Off

Cheers also had a widely popular spinoff, Frasier. It starred Kelsey Grammar as Dr. Frasier Crane, the successful, yet odd-ball Boston Psychiatrist. This series, like Cheers, also lasted eleven seasons. Fans will be happy to know there is also a reboot of Frasier in the works.


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