Cheers. It was one of my favorite shows way back in the 80s. Even today, my wife and I are watching the series on Netflix almost every night. But I have a major gripe. I feel there’s very little reason for the show to exist after season five. I know the die hard Cheers fans will like every season and every episode regardless – so I guess I’m not a die hard Cheers fan. But I did LOVE the series for the first five seasons.
It seems to me that almost the entire story revolves around Sam “Mayday” Malone (Ted Danson) and either Diane Chambers (Shelley Long) or Rebecca Howe (Kirstie Alley). The other characters were great but their lives are kind of a side story to Sam, Diane and Rebecca. Now the first five seasons were really interesting in this aspect because Sam and Diane were complete opposites. You kept wondering, “Are they ever going to get together?” – and for good reason. One might expect Sam to own a bar after drinking himself out of baseball stardom – but Diane portrayed a woman of very high character and intellect – someone who may have a career in the corporate world.
Sam and Diane getting together would certainly be interesting… And when they eventually did – it WAS interesting – watching them go back and forth being together and separating almost constantly. After all, they weren’t really a very good match – though they say “opposites attract”.
After the end of season five – things changed drastically. Rebecca Howe, AKA “Backseat Becky”, came into the picture – and I still can’t figure out why she won’t hook up with Sam. I also can’t figure out what Sam likes about her. I guess it’s the whole, “I can’t have her so I want her” syndrome… But really? We’re almost done with season seven and I’ve really lost interest. What if Sam and Rebecca DO get together? Who cares?
I think that’s my biggest problem… Who cares if they get together? When Sam and Diane started dating it was like, “No, really?”. If Sam and Rebecca ever start dating it’ll be like, “Oh. That’s nice. Mayday Malone and ‘Backseat Becky‘ got together. What a surprise.”. The woman can’t get a F’n date to save her LIFE – but she won’t hook up with Sam…
It’s kind of nice that it’s been so many years since I’ve seen Cheers that I remember nothing at all. I watched way back in the day when shows like “Night Court” were still new. So I’ve really forgotten just about everything.
Another big disappointment of mine was when Ernie “Coach” Pantusso (Nicholas Colasanto) passed away (in real life). I loved his character and I felt it was a huge loss when he was gone. However, Woody Boyd (Woody Harrelson) did a good job taking his place. Norm Peterson (George Wendt) and Cliff Clavin (John Ratzenberger) were essential characters that were always fun to watch. It’s a great thing they were around for the entire series. Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer) was also really great as well as Lilith Sternin (Bebe Neuwirth) when they both came into the picture.
All in all, what a well rounded show Cheers was. It really amazes me that there was never a reunion TV SHOW with all the remaining living characters.
What are your thoughts about my opinions? What did you think of the show?