Behind the Laughter

TV sitcom Cheers ran from 1982 to 1993, and went on to win a total of 28 Emmy Awards over eleven seasons, all of them for comedy. It’s one of the funniest shows of all time. I’m a big fan.  Whenever you need a good laugh, there’s nothing like catching up with the gang from Cheers. Here are a few hilarious episode plots:

“Sam At Eleven” – October 21, 1982
Sam realizes how much he misses his former sports celebrity status when a local newscaster asks to interview him again. The Newscaster later reveals that he only asked Sam for an interview because several, more famous, sports stars weren’t available. Sam realizes that life is passing him by and his glory days are long gone. Sam feels old, worthless and alone.

“Coach’s Daughter” – October 28, 1982
Coach’s daughter brings the obnoxious lout she plans to marry to meet her father. Her fiancé is abusive and cruel. She is so insecure about herself, she feels she doesn’t deserve anyone better. Coach is heartbroken for his unhappy daughter.

“One for the book” – December 9, 1982
An 80-year old arrives at the bar for his WWI squad’s reunion. Sadly, none of his fellow veterans show up, because they have all died. He feels very alone, and old, and the gang at Cheers feels very sorry for him.

“The Spy Who Came in for a Cold One” – December 16, 1982
An Englishman enters the bar claiming to be a spy, but Diane exposes him as a fraud. Everyone is mad at her for humiliating him just to show off her own intellect. He admits to making up exciting, fictional stories about his life, because in reality he lives a sad, lonely, dreary existence.

“Homicidal Hal” – October 27, 1983
Against Sam’s better judgment, Diane tries to help her former ex-criminal blind date Andy (guest star Canadian actor Derek McGrath) become an actor. Andy enters into a jealous rage upon learning Diane is dating Sam, and attempts to strangle Diane to death.

cheers manager coach

CHEERS — “Manager Coach” Episode 8 — Air Date 11/24/1983 — Pictured: (l-r) Nicholas Colasanto as Ernie ‘Coach’ Pantusso, Ted Danson as Sam Malone– Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank


“Manager Coach – November 24, 1983”

Coach becomes a youth league baseball coach. But his competitive nature turns him from lovable guy to angry tyrant. All the kids on his baseball team quit, and accuse Sam (a former-alcoholic) of “being on the sauce”. Coach then breaks down and admits his competitiveness is caused by a horrible, traumatic experience in his youth when, as a young boy in school, he was publicly humiliated for his low intelligence.

Mike Chopowick – March 31, 2016

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