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  • Actors: Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger, George Wendt, Kelsey Grammer
  • Writers: Glen Charles, James Burrows, Les Charles
  • Producers: Gary Khammar, Hillel Wasserman, Jon Barbour, Linda Frank
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Danish, French, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Nov. 2003
  • Run Time: 569 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009Z4XH
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,704 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The entire first series of the US sitcom (based in the bar where everybody knows your name) following the love-hate romance between Sam (Ted Danson) and Diane (Shelley Long), the hate-hate relationship between Carla (Rhea Perlman) and Cliff (John Ratzenberger), and the indestructible love affair between Norm (George Wendt) and his pint. Episodes included are: 'Give Me a Ring Sometime', 'Sam's Women', 'The Tortelli Tort', 'Sam at Eleven', 'Coach's Daughter', 'Any Friend of Diane', 'Friends, Romans, Accountants', 'Truce or Consequences', 'Coach Returns to Action', 'Endless Slumper', 'One For the Book', 'The Spy Who Came in For a Cold One', 'Now Pitching, Sam Malone', 'Let Me Count the Ways', 'Father Knows Last', 'The Boys in the Bar', 'Diane's Perfect Date', 'No Contest', 'Pick a Con...Any Con', 'Someone Single, Someone Blue', and finally 'Showdown: Parts 1 and 2'.

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The definition of comfort television is this: you want to go where you know everybody's name. And you're always glad you came. Cheers is open for business once again in this set that contains all 22 episodes of the first, and best, season of the show that inherited Taxi's mantle as television's best ensemble-driven workplace comedy.

It can be instructive to return to a long-running series' more humble beginnings. While Cheers got drunk on farce in its later years, it began life as a much more grounded human comedy. In these inaugural episodes, the action does not stray from the Boston bar owned by Sam Malone, a washed-up baseball player three years sober. The straws that stir the drink are the supporting players: Nick Colasanto as addled Coach; Rhea Perlman, the Thelma Ritter of her generation, as surly and fertile waitress Carla; George Wendt as quintessential barfly Norm; and John Ratzenberger as Cliff, the bar know-it-all ready with "little-known facts" (and blessedly far from the pathetic blowhard his character would evolve into).

Spiking this concoction is the palpable chemistry between Ted Danson's Sam and Shelley Long's Diane Chambers, fledgling waitress and self-described "student of life". The battle lines are drawn in the episode "Sam's Women": He's the "dim ex-baseball player" and she, "the post graduate". But, as Carla so indelicately puts it, they can't "put their glands on hold". In the first blush of lust, they were primetime's most potent mismatched couple until Moonlighting's David and Maddie bantered double entendres. Here are little remembered facts: Sam was initially "an astute judge of human character"; guest stars Fred Dryer ("Sam at Eleven") and Julia Duffy ("Any Friend of Diane's") were among those considered for the roles of Sam and Diane; and a pre-"Night Court" Harry Anderson stole his scenes in his recurring role as flim-flam man Harry ("Pick a Con...Any Con"). --Donald Liebenson

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 12 Sept. 2004
Format: DVD
What can i say that hasnt been said already? Cheers season one is magnifacently funny. It shows Diane entering Cheers and how her relationship with Sam develops. I wont go over episode details as a previous reviewer has already done that but GET THIS DVD! It will make you laugh time & Time again. Cast list -
Ted Danson (Sam Malone) Shelly Long (Diane Chambers) Rhea Pearlman (Carla Tortelli) Nicholos Colasanto (Coach Pantuso) Gorge Wendt (Norm Petterson) and John Ratsenberger (Cliff Claven)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Norbert on 28 July 2004
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Great script, great characters, great delivery. This really is top-notch stuff and guarunteed to put a smile on your face. Another sure sign of its worth is that it's not really dated at all. Can't think of a comedy show that's bettered this since.
LOVE IT!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Jan. 2004
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After spending the last several years trying to update my collection of Cheers tapes, this DVD is like a breath of fresh air. Flawless acting combined with dialogues that stay fresh, incredibly funny and that at times bring tears to your eyes. No matter how many times you watch them. In the interview with Ted Danson in one of the extras at the end he says how lucky he feels because 'I got to play Sam Malone'. I imagine that each of the actors in Cheers would say the same about the character that they played. Tremendous, marvellous, unbeatable, timeless, hilarious. Waiting for the other series to become available with baited breath.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Captain EO on 31 Aug. 2005
Format: DVD
If, like me, you often look back to your childhood & teenage years thinking how much better music, movies & tv was back then, you probably snap up many of the re-released products in the hope that they're still as good as you remember. Quite often this can prove a huge dissapointment. Music, unless truly great, can sound very dated. Films, again unless your watching the classics, can now look very past-their-sell-by-date. TV Series unfortunately however usually prove to be most dissapointing. Programmes that you may have loved 15-20 years ago will more than likley look and sound terrible. Never mind the costumes, sound & picture quality, references and jokes often mean nothing as we're now living in a different world. There are very few tv comedy series that have stood the test of time ... Cheers is one of them.
Series 1 of the show following the goings-on in the Boston Bar where everybody knows your name is quite simply brilliant. We often forget that any long running series of any type has been granted numerous seasons because of how successful the first series was and watching this Box Set it's very easy to see just why this show was so popular.
The main characters are brilliantly crafted both in terms of who they are and how they are played. The setting is perfect and gives the writers endless opportunities to bring new characters in and out, whether that be for individual shows or entire series. There's an equal amount of warmth & sarcasm throughout each show which leaves the viewer smiling by the time the cosiest theme tune in television history ends & the Paramount logo pops up.
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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful By DL Productions UK VINE VOICE on 16 Oct. 2003
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Cheers has to be one of the longest running sitcoms in American history, and spawned Frasier's show. But in the 11 years it was showing, many actors and actresses were part of the great show; Ted Danson, Woody Harrelson, John Ratzenberger, Kelsey Grammer and the grumpy bar owner Kirstie Alley. Here's an insight into the first series, aired back in 1982.
1 - Give Me a Ring Sometime
This is the pilot. Diane decides to work at Cheers after her Fiancée leaves her there while he gets his ex-wife's wedding ring.
2 - Sam's Woman
Diane teases Sam about the strange women he dates, sending him on a quest to find his perfect match.
3 - The Tortelli Tort
This is the first time we see Carla's firery temper, which nearly costs Sam the bar. Why? Because she attacks a rather rude Yankee's fan.
4 - Sam At Eleven
Sam feels nostalgia when a sports writer wants to interview him about his celebrity life as a sprtsman. This brings back great memories for Sam Malone.
5 - Coach's Daughter
There's a bit of a stair when Coach's daughter brings back an undesirable boyfriend and announces to Coach that she's going to get married to him. This doesn't please him at all.
6 - Any Friend of Diane's
Sam hits on one of Diane's old friends, who has consequently just bounced back from a bad affair.
7 - Friends, Romans, Accountants
Norm's trying to score points with the boss - he arranges an office party at Cheers, but arranges a rather unauthodox date with Diane.
8 - Truce or Consequences
Carla and Diane decided to let a matter drop about work drinks. But Carla has a confession to make about her younger child.
9 - Coach Returns to Action
Coach and Sam fall in love with Coach's new neighbour. Quite a funny episode.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ian Phillips on 14 Mar. 2006
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Cheers very first season premiered on primetime U.S T.V in 1982. Little did people know that this series set in Boston's most famous bar would become such a phenomenon that would last for 11 years and stretch to an impressive 270 episode run. Cheers was deservedly showered with many awards and was still on top when the show sadly ended in 1993 (with the final episode bringing in record viewing figures for the series).
I was merely 2 years old when Cheers first swung into action. Of todays new generation of U.S sitcoms, Will And Grace (1999 -) and Friends (1994 - 2004) rank as my all-time favourites. Cheers is still near at the top of my list as the show is like fine wine - has gotten better with age! Obviously the clothes and hairstyles instantly date the series but overlooking that obvious fact Cheers still plays extremely well.
At long, long last (and way overdue) fans of this classic landmark series in American television history can enjoy the series once again with the first season being released in an attractive four DVD box set containing all 22 episodes that were filmed between 1982-83 (as well as boasting a host of interesting special features including an interview with Ted Danson and a fun trivia game that tests fans knowledge of the series).
The premiere episode of Cheers sees snotty academic Diane Chambers arrive at the infamous bar with her equally pompous partner only to be jilted before they were about to set off on a romantic vacation. In a twist, Diane is soon hired by Sam as a waitress and slowly succumbs to Sams somewhat brash charm. And that was how this fantastic series began.....
What makes Cheers such a knockout classic was the wonderful contrast of characters.
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