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
audio in italianoa boston, sam malone, ex giocatore dei boston red sox ed ex alcolista, gestisce il bar cheers.al bar lavorano lo smemorato ex allenatore della squadra ernie pantusso, la sarcastica cameriera carla e diane chambers, con cui sam avra' una lunga relazione che durera' alcune stagioni.a completare il quadro, i frequentatori del bar, in particolare norm, contabile piu' appassionato alla birra che al lavoro, e cliff, postino dalla vita piuttosto grama. nel 1987, diane verra' sostituita da rebecca e anche ernie pantusso, scomparso nella realta' nel 1985, lascera' il posto allo stralunato woody. le storie riguardano soprattutto l'altalenante relazione tra sam e diane nonche' alle vicissitudini dei frequentatori.