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Excellent Season, Excellent Show, Average Special Features.,
By A Customer
This review is from: Cheers: Series One [DVD]  (DVD)
Unlike most shows, Cheers hit the ground running. Most television shows take a couple of seasons to find the characters and discover what the show should be about. Seinfeld, Married with Children & Everybody Loves Raymond are all classic shows which had an average first season. For Cheers however the first season is one of the best.
For those unfamiliar with the show here is a summary of what it is about Sam Malone is a former baseball player for the Boston Redsox, He ruined his playing career due to his love of alcohol. He has since stopped drinking which is ironic seeing as how he owns a bar called Cheers (he bought it when he was an alcoholic) Diane Chambers is a snobby, witty and big-headed student who recently started work there as a waitress (she gets the job in the pilot). Diane and Sam both seem to dislike each other and have a relationship involving bickering and making fun of each others flaws, but is there a passion beneath the surface?
Then we have the other two people who work there, Coach and Carla. Two characters who are entire opposites. Coach is a charming, forgetful and somewhat dumb character while Carla is feisty and at times downright nasty. The brilliance of these two characters is that they both have flaws which could make you really dislike them but somehow you like them even more for it (I can not imagine anybody else playing Carla's character and still being likeable)
For this season there are only two regulars, Norm and Cliff. Cliff is a boring man who is obsessed with his job as a mailman. Norm is your typical barfly, always in the bar. These two characters are best friends and they provide much of the comic relief with their strange conversations.
For those of you who want to know about the other characters who arrive later here is the series that they debut.
Frasier Crane (He appears in seasons 3 & 4 but it isn't until season 5 that he really become one of the regulars.)
Woody Boyd/Woody Harrelson (Season 4)
Rebecca Howe/Kirtie Alley (Season 6)
Lilith Sternin/Bebe Neuwirth (Appears in one episode in season 4 for a few seconds, is a bit character in season 5 and fully arrives in season 6)
I will give a small episode guide here and will give you my rating (I will simply rate it as 'memorable' or 'forgettable'. If I rate it as forgettable it doesn't mean that it's bad or unfunny it just means that it has nothing that will make it stick out in your mind)
Pilot - Diane Chambers visits a small Boston bar with he fiance (Memorable)
Sam's Women - Diane mocks Sam's choice of woman (Forgettable)
The Tortelli Tort - Carla attacks a customer in the bar (Memorable)
Sam at Eleven - A newscaster wants to interview Sam (Forgettable)
Coach's Daughter - Coach's daughter visits with her obnoxious fiance (Forgettable)
Any Friend of Diane's - Sam hits on Diane's depressed friend. (Forgettable)
Friends, Romans, Accountants - Norm plans his boss's party which is hosted in Cheers (Memorable)
Truce or Consequences - Carla and Diana share drinks in an attempt to become better friends (Memorable)
Coach Returns to Action - Coach has a crush on his new neighbour. (Forgettable)
Endless Slumper - Sam has a terrible run of bad luck (Memorable)
One for the Book - Diane begins to compile a book based on her experiences as a waitress. (Forgettable)
The Spy Who Came in for a Cold One - A man visits the bar claiming he is a spy (Memorable)
Now Pitching, Sam Malone - Sam is tempted into returning to the media spotlight. (Forgettable)
Let Me Count the Ways - Diane's cat dies but nobody in the bar seems to care.(Forgettable)
Father Knows Last - Carla has a suprise for somebody (Memorable)
The Boys in the Bar - The regulars threaten to leave the bar over a certain fear they have (Memorable)
Diane's Perfect Date - Diane and Sam agree to set each other up, but Sam misunderstands (Memorable)
No Contest - Diane is entered into a barmaid contest by Sam.(Forgettable)
Pick a Con ... Any Con - Sam comes up with a scheme to win Coach's money back from a card shark. (Memorable)
Someone Single, Someone Blue - Diane's mother turns up with some alarming news (Memorable)
Showdown - Sam's brother shows up and sweeps Diane of her feet.(Forgettable)
Even though I found the last episode forgettable the last scene of the season if maybe the most memorable in Cheers history.
I love this season, if you have seen the later seasons then I can assure you that this is as good if not better. If you have never seen Cheers before I think you should buy this because I am almost certain you will like it.
This only gets 4 stars from me because the special features are poor, I think that they are nothing more than filler. The only decent extra is the Ted Dansen interview. The rest is clips of the show arranged in some sort of order. For example a highlight reel of Norman's snappy sayings from the season. There is nothing new.
Excellent show, decent dvd, fairly poor special features.
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Initial post: 18 Nov 2012 12:51:02 GMT
too much info, you need to get out more!
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Last edited by the author on 22 Dec 2014 07:58:55 GMT
Possibly, but only under the very close supervision of highly trained personnel.
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