In episodes in which the voice of Norm's unseen wife could be heard, her voice was portrayed by George Wendt's real-life wife Bernadette Birkett.

Kelsey Grammer's alcoholism became a problem during the final season. Co-stars noticed that he was oddly difficult to work with and would often be nearly catatonic between takes. After several intervention attempts, Grammer finally got help. He would ultimately not make a full recovery until the early seasons of Frasier (1993).

After Ted Danson announced that he was leaving the series, NBC wanted to continue the series by having Woody take over the bar. But Woody Harrelson refused to continue with the series without Danson.

From the start of the series, writers and producers made it a point to never show anyone leaving the bar drunk to drive home. The series would come to be recognized and cited by anti-drinking and driving groups for depicting and helping promote designated driver programs.

This is the only sitcom in the history of television to place in first and last place in the ratings during its run. It placed seventy-seventh in the ratings, last place, on the first night it aired, and it was in first place in the ratings for the ninth season.

Cliff wasn't in the original script. John Ratzenberger auditioned for the part of Norm and wasn't thought suitable. He then asked the writers if they had a "bar know-it-all" and quickly improvised a character. This impressed the producers to the point that they created the part of Cliff Clavin for him.

A recurring gag was Sam's vanity relating to his hair. Ted Danson actually had a bald spot requiring him to wear a hairpiece.

Cliff was originally to be a Police Officer, but producers felt that his being a Mail Man would give him more access to information regarding his trademark "Little Known Facts". Many of Cliff's "Little Known Facts" were ad-libbed by John Ratzenberger, with scripts written simply to cue him in to the lines relating to his facts.

A cliffhanger was planned for the sixth season wherein Sam discovers a former girlfriend is H.I.V. positive, thus putting him at risk. The episode was never filmed, due to the writers' strike.

Staff Writer and one time Producer Heide Perlman is the sister of Rhea Perlman. In addition, Rhea Perlman's father Philip Perlman played the often seen and rarely heard Cheers patron Phil.

Ted Danson's character "Sam Malone" is a recovering alcoholic. A known practice for people in recovery, is to always be drinking something non-alcoholic, especially around alcohol to help with the desire to want to drink. Sam Malone is almost always drinking a bottle of seltzer or coffee in every scene.

Including the spin-off Frasier (1993), Kelsey Grammer played the character of Dr. Frasier Crane for twenty consecutive years, a record for an American actor in a comedy series.

The series finished seventy-seventh, dead last, in the Nielsen ratings the week it debuted.

John Ratzenberger was the only cast member to attend Nicholas Colasanto's funeral. NBC would not allow the entire cast to take a break from filming to fly to Providence, Rhode Island where Colasanto's funeral was held. So Ratzenberger was sent as a representative for the cast. The cast and crew held a memorial for Colasanto on the set in Los Angeles.

When Shelley Long (Diane) and Rhea Perlman (Carla) became pregnant in real-life during the third season, only Perlman's pregnancy was written into the script. For most of that season, Long was mostly filmed behind the bar or from the neck up.

The series was shot on film unlike most sitcoms during this time, which were shot on tape. Because the series was low-rated at first, NBC was losing money on it. Paramount considered switching to tape, due to its lower cost. A test scene was shot on tape, but the producers hated how it looked.

Ted Danson (Sam Malone), Rhea Perlman (Carla Tortelli) and George Wendt (Norm Peterson) are the only actors and actress to appear in all two hundred seventy-five episodes of the series. In second place is John Ratzenberger (Cliff Clavin), who appeared in every episode except season one, episode four, "Sam at Eleven".

Early episodes did not have the familiar "Cheers was filmed before a live studio audience" announcement spoken by a different cast member at the beginning of each episode. The spoken disclaimer was added in 1983, due to some viewers' complaining that the laugh track was too loud. No laugh track was used on the show. Despite the disclaimer, viewers still complained about the "laugh track".

The fact that Woody Harrelson shared the same first name as his character was a total coincidence. The character was named Woody before any actor had auditioned for it. According to Harrelson, he had never seen the show, and was not interested in doing television, but auditioned at the suggestion of a friend.

David Angell (who was a Writer, Story Editor, and Producer for this show) and his wife were killed on September 11, 2001, when the plane that they were on, American Airlines flight 11 from Boston to Los Angeles, was hijacked and flown into the World Trade Center in New York City. They were returning home to California after attending a family wedding in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Shelley Long never intended to stay with the show beyond her initial contract. Long had only reluctantly agreed to co-star in the series, as she was more interested in a career as a movie actress rather than one for television.

It was the decision of Ted Danson to leave the show at the end of the eleventh season that led to its cancellation at the end of that season.

All ten actors and actresses who appeared as regulars during the show's run, Ted Danson, George Wendt, John Ratzenberger, Kirstie Alley, Shelley Long, Rhea Perlman, Kelsey Grammer, Woody Harrelson, Nicholas Colasanto, and Bebe Neuwirth, received Emmy nominations for their roles. Ted Danson, Kirstie Alley, Shelley Long, Rhea Perlman, Woody Harrelson, and Bebe Neuwirth have won. Grammer also won, but for playing his character on Frasier (1993).

One special episode was filmed, but never aired on television, called "Uncle Sam Malone", in which the gang tries to convince Diane that U.S. Savings Bonds are a good investment. This is a special episode produced for the U.S. Treasury to be used during savings bonds drives. It was written by Ralph Phillips and directed by James Burrows.

Carla's full name was Carla Maria Victoria Angelina Teresa Apollonia Lozupone Tortelli LeBec.

Cheers was located under and adjacent to a restaurant called Melville's. The Bull and Finch Bar, which served as Cheers model and inspiration, was located under a restaurant called The Hampshire House.

The regularly seen background patrons, who at times would have one or two lines per episode, shared their first names with the actors who played them.

According to Kelsey Grammer in his autobiography, he and Shelley Long did not get along. Long did not like the addition of the character of Dr. Frasier Crane, who upset the romance between Diane and Sam. Grammer claimed that Long tried to have all of his punchlines removed from the script, but Long denies this. Grammer stated that he and Long made peace with each other during her guest appearance on Frasier (1993).

Norm Peterson's oft-mentioned wife, Vera, was never shown. In a Thanksgiving Day episode, she finally appeared, only to have her face covered with a pie meant for Sam (and thrown by Diane) before the audience can see her face.

The show was originally going to be set in a hotel. When they realized the bulk of the show was going to be set in the hotel bar, they dropped the hotel and stayed with the bar.

Sadly, the set used for the bar is no longer available for viewing by the public. In 2006, The Hollywood Entertainment Museum was closed, and the set is now being held in storage. But there are plans in the next couple years to re-open a larger museum where the set will be featured again.

Although Nicholas Colasanto had been working primarily as a television Director in the years leading up to him being cast as Coach, he never directed an episode of this show.

NBC came close to cancelling the show in its first season, but it was championed by then-NBC entertainment President Brandon Tartikoff, who later worked for Paramount, the show's production company.

Diane always addressed Norm and Cliff as "Norman" and "Clifford". Woody addressed everybody, except Sam, Eddie, and Carla as "Mr., Miss, Dr." et cetera.

Rhea Perlman's husband Danny DeVito frequently attended recordings of the show, though never made any guest appearances.

Dr. Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer) was only intended to be a temporary character for the story arc, in which he first appeared. Dr. Lilith Sternin (Bebe Neuwirth) was only meant to appear in one episode before she became a regular, and likewise Kelly Gaines (Jackie Swanson) was only supposed to be in one episode before becoming a semi-regular on the series.

According to the sign outside the bar, Cheers was established in 1895. But in the episode where Rebecca wants to have a 100th Anniversary party for Cheers, Sam says that when he bought the bar, he made up the date.

Lucille Ball was a fan of the series, and met with the producers about possibly playing Diane's mother. But she backed out, because she felt that viewers would not accept her as a character that was different than her "Lucy" characters.

Originally, the character of Rebecca Howe was written as a frigid, no nonsense ice Queen, and this was how she was portrayed in her early episodes, and fans did not warm to her character. Meanwhile, Kirstie Alley had actually become quite popular with the cast. It was not until the episode where Rebecca gets drunk and confesses her feeling about her boss to Sam Malone that audiences finally responded to the character. The writers, seeing this, re-wrote the character as neurotic and zany, and she remained that way for the rest of the show.

When the need came to create a new character to replace Coach, following the death of Nicholas Colasanto, producers determined that the new character shouldn't be a replica version. Producers saw the success that Family Ties (1982) was having with Michael J. Fox, and felt a youthful character would mesh well with that resulting in developing Woody. At first Coach's permanent absence was to be explained by his moving out of town. However, it was felt Coach was too loyal to his friends and job at Cheers, so it was decided to explain that he passed away off-screen from nonspecific causes.

For the final audition, the finalists for the roles of Sam and Diane were paired together in order to pick the best "couple". The pairings were: Fred Dryer and Julia Duffy, William Devane and Lisa Eichhorn, and Ted Danson and Shelley Long. Danson and Long were chosen because they had the best chemistry. Dryer and Duffy ended up making guest appearances in the first season.

While there were initial concerns, Shelley Long's departure is largely credited with helping rejuvenate the series. Writers were able to evolve the show to a more ensemble series about a bar, which provided for a better variety of stories than the large focus on Sam and Diane. In addition, Rebecca came to be more popular than Diane amongst many viewers and critics, while cast members found Kirstie Alley better to get along and work with than Long.

In early 1990, Postmaster General of the United States Anthony Frank was filmed for a cameo scene. His scene was to be used as a teaser, in which he awarded a Post Department Medal to Cliff, and subsequently made Cliff type comments about Bronze. The scene wound up not being aired on the series for unknown reasons.

Norm's real first name was Hillary. Norman was his middle name. In real life, George Wendt has a daughter named Hillary.

Most of the opening teaser scenes were written by the show's lower level writers. Others were scenes that had been cut for time from earlier episodes.

Due to the nature of filming the series (episodes were not filmed in consecutive order for their respective season and cold opens were either filmed independently or were scenes cut out of a previous episode) Nicholas Colasanto's death led to a somewhat confusing latter half of season three for his character Coach. His last consecutive appearance in each episode was season three, episode seventeen, "The Mail Goes to Jail". The last episode filmed entirely with Colasanto was season three, episode twenty-three "Cheerio, Cheers". Coach also appeared in the cold open of season three, episode twenty-five, "Rescue Me", due to the aforementioned way some cold opens were filmed for episodes. The episodes in which he did not appear briefly explained in each episode where Coach was at the time, usually by Sam. Finally, in season four, episode one, "Birth, Death, Love, and Rice", Sam tells Woody, who comes in looking for Coach, that Coach passed away. As a nod to the character and actor, in the series finale, "One for the Road", Sam adjusts a picture of Geronimo, which Colasanto kept in his dressing room as a "good luck charm". The picture hung up on the set of the bar, and can often be seen, after the actor's death. A line Colasanto had trouble remembering and wrote near the entrance to the set became a good luck charm for the cast, touching it every day as they walked in. It was later painted over when the set was repainted, very much upsetting members of the cast, some of which, according to Ted Danson, threatened to quit.

Though every main actor and actress on the show received either an Emmy nomination or an Emmy win throughout the show's run, Ted Danson was the only person to be nominated for an acting Emmy for all eleven seasons.

The writers of the show admitted that they preferred writing the show after Shelley Long left, as they felt they had more freedom to make the show more ensemble-based and there was no pressure to make Sam and Diane the central focus.

The writers often gave Kelsey Grammer deliberately bad lines as a game to see if he could make them funny, and Grammer always did. (Though Writer Ken Levine denied this on his blog.)

Beginning with season nine, cast and crew would annually travel to Boston to film scenes on-location there. While most were filmed outside the "actual" Cheers bar for teaser scenes, some scenes were also filmed at other Boston locations as well.

Kirstie Alley refused to sign a typical five-year contract when she replaced Shelley Long. Alley felt that she was a rising movie star, and would only agree to a one-year contract. When the producers wanted to renew her contract the next season, Alley was able to negotiate a large pay raise.

The photos in the opening credits were taken from archives of photos from the 1940s and earlier, with some being and treated to look older. The newspaper headline "We Win!" refers to the Boston Braves winning the 1948 National League championship. In the final photo, three men in a black and white photo are colorized, and the credit for the three Creators, Glen Charles and Les Charles, and James Burrows is shown. Two of the men in the photo are brothers like the Charles brothers. The photo to represent Woody Boyd, starting in season four, was from a logging camp cafeteria in Wisconsin in 1905.

Although it takes place in Boston, Massachusetts, the only ones with a Boston accent are John Ratzenberger and Nicolas Colasanto, both New England natives. However, not all characters are confirmed to be Boston area natives. Woody was originally from Indiana, Frasier from Seattle, Washington, and Rebecca from San Diego, California. It's possible that Sam didn't settle in Boston until he played for the Red Sox, and similarly for Diane until she first attended college there.

Since Ted Danson and Shelley Long both felt that they were the star of the series, the producers compromised by placing "Ted Danson" on the lower left-hand side of the screen in the opening credits, and "Shelley Long" on the upper right-hand side. That way, whether you read the names from left to right (Ted and Shelley) or up to down (Shelley and Ted), they were both top billed.

In November 1990, a Cheers To Boston celebration was held in that city in celebration of the show's 200th episode. A celebration featuring cast members was held at the actual Cheers bar. Cast members and show producers were also honored in a parade, followed by a public ceremony and rally outside Boston's City Hall.

The show's theme song "Where Everybody Knows Your Name" was released as a single in 1983, and became a moderate hit. There was some belief that Woody Harrelson was the song's singer, and was cast on the show as a result. That was not the case, as Harrelson wasn't involved with the show until being cast. The song was performed by its songwriter Gary Portnoy. A 2011 Rolling Stone reader's poll ranked the song at number one on their list of Greatest TV Theme Songs Ever.

Much of the show's success was attributed to the real-life close knit nature of the regular cast members. One exception, however, was reported to be Shelley Long, who by many accounts would always keep to herself during any down time on the set. In a case of life imitating art, Long was also said to be perceived as seeing herself "above" those with whom she worked on the show. However, years later many Cheers writers and cast members admitted that Long was very professional to work and was always a team player. Long tendency to method act what kept created some tension on the set although it did help Long create a great character in Diane.

John Lithgow was the first choice to play Dr. Frasier Crane. However, Lithgow refused the role, due to the fact that he wanted to concentrate on his movie career.

Almost every episode has someone peeling a lemon.

Towards the end of Kirstie Alley's second season on the series, reports began to surface that producers were looking to bringing back Shelley Long, and dropping Alley. Long later clarified, saying while she had been in contact with producers, she was only in discussions with them about possibly making a guest appearance.

According to his 2009 autobiography, George Wendt's originally scripted role was George, who was supposed to appear as Diane Chambers' first customer at the end, and consisted of only one word: "Beer!" Later, the writers expanded and then revised Wendt's role into Norm Peterson. Contrary to popular belief that he auditioned for Norm Peterson, John Ratzenberger auditioned for the role of George, as well, before the role was revised into Norm. When the one-line role was taken, John Ratzenberger suggested to the producers that a know-it-all be available. Consequently, Cliff Clavin was created.

More performers (seventeen) received Emmy nominations as lead, supporting, or guest actors and actresses on this show, than did for any other series, until ER (1994), which received Emmy nominations for thirty-one different actors and actresses (as of 2009, its last season).

In episodes where scenes are set in the pool room at the rear of the bar, a poster for the "Boston Barleyhoppers" can sometimes be seen. The Barleyhoppers were a running club that met at the actual "Bull & Finch" pub in Boston.

The stage at Paramount Studios where this show was shot became the home of its hit spin-off Frasier (1993).

Shelley Long and George Wendt were members of Chicago's famed Second City comedy improv group before signing on with the series.

Kelsey Grammer's favorite episode was season five, episode twenty, "Dinner at Eight-ish".

The exterior shots of the bar were filmed at "The Bull and Finch Pub" in Boston. The bar was named after famous American architect Charles Bulfinch (1763-1844).

After the series ended, Rebecca was the only regular character not to appear on Frasier (1993). Kirstie Alley explained that she refused to appear on the show as psychiatry conflicted with her beliefs in Scientology.

Recurring barfly actor Al Rosen was sounded out about possible elevation to main cast status in-between seasons six and seven, but he turned it down on the grounds that his health wouldn't permit it. Rosen ultimately died of cancer a couple of months after season eight finished filming.

Baseball Hall Of Famers Casey Stengel, Yogi Berra, and Sparky Anderson served as the inspiration and basis for Coach.

Bebe Neuwirth left the series during the final season to do Broadway stage work in order to find a more satisfactory career path. This resulted in the storyline which saw Frasier and Lilith's separation after her affair with a male colleague and moving into an experimental Eco Pod. Neuwirth returned for a final appearance, in which Lilith returned and reconciled with Frasier, and was portrayed off-screen for the duration of the series. Neuwirth would later reprise her role on episodes of Frasier (1993).

Aside from Frasier (1993), this show only spun off one other series, The Tortellis (1987). The series focused on Carla's ex-husband Nick, and aired for thirteen episodes in the winter and spring of 1987. After its cancellation, the show's characters Nick, Loretta, Anthony, and Annie returned to their recurring status on this show. While Wings (1990) was created and produced by this show's writers, and characters crossed over between the two shows, it was considered more of a companion show, and in no way a spin-off of this show.

Fred Dryer was a finalist for the role of Sam, a former professional athlete (originally, Sam was an ex-NFL player, but this was changed to Sam being a former Major League pitcher to match Ted Danson's thin physique). Dryer had played thirteen seasons in the NFL, but Danson was a non-athlete. When Dryer later made guest appearances as Sam's friend Dave Richards, James Burrows suggested that Danson watch how Dryer carried himself for tips on how Sam would move and behave.

When Jay Thomas wasn't portraying Carla's Bruin-turned-ice-show-performer husband Eddie LeBec, he was the host of a popular morning radio show in Los Angeles, California. Which is exactly what led to his character being killed off rather prematurely by way of a Zamboni. "A few episodes of recurring bliss and then one day on Jay's radio show, a caller asked him what it was like to be on Cheers", recounted Writer Ken Levine. "He said something to the effect of, 'It's brutal. I have to kiss Rhea Perlman.' Well, guess who happened to be listening. Jay Thomas was never seen on Cheers again." Thomas was actually a shock-jock à la Howard Stern, and would regularly make incendiary statements like this about everybody; but the potshots at Rhea Pearlman did not sit well with her and the show's creators, and the character was killed off. Rhea denies the story and said the following in a recent interview: "That's not true. I loved Jay Thomas as Eddie LeBec. But there was a point where they thought maybe we would live together, and I didn't like the idea of Carla being with somebody because that would make you feel like you're not part of the people in the bar." Rhea's story that she actually just liked that Carla was a loner and that made her more identifiable has not been backed up by other people on the show, however. Everyone else seems to think she just wanted Thomas to be fired. Producer Ken Levine addressed the controversy in a recent article about the show: "Longtime TV comedy Writer, Producer, and Creative Consultant on Cheers at the time, backs up Thomas' version of events, noting: 'Rhea came up to my office and she was furious. I'd never seen her like this. She said, "I want him off the show."'

John Ratzenberger (Cliff Clavin) was originally hired for seven episodes during the 1982-1983 season. Kelsey Grammer (Dr. Frasier Crane) was hired for the same number of episodes during the 1984-1985 season.

The full-length single version of the song, "Where Everybody Knows Your Name", was recorded by Gary Portnoy, and included a second and third verse.

Magician/comedian/actor Harry Anderson had made a couple of appearances on this show, playing a character named "Harry the Hat", a conman, and was such a hit with viewers that the network decided to build a whole show around him, hence Night Court (1984) was born. If Night Court (1984) had not been developed, Anderson might very well have become a regular on this show.

While Carla was portrayed as a devout and practicing Roman Catholic gentile, Rhea Perlman is Jewish.

John Mahoney, who played Frasier's father on Frasier (1993), also had a single episode role in this show as a jingle writer.

John Ratzenburger's trousers were always cut too short, the better to show his character's signature white socks.

As the years went on, during the show's run, the rehearsal time with main cast became less and less to the point that for some of the cast they began relying on cue cards. Roger Rees, who played Robin Colcord, said that on many Monday morning rehearsals only he and Bebe Neurwith, disciplined theater actors who liked to rehearse, and the episode's guest stars were amongst the only ones who were there to rehearse. The main cast were so used to their characters that they did less and less rehearsal. Ted Danson saw this as a sign that series had run its course leading to his decision that season eleven would be his last.

David Alan Grier auditioned for a proposed African-American character that never came to fruition.

Paramount was so convinced in the potential of this show, the producers were promised that if the show was cancelled by NBC, new episodes would be shot for first run syndication in an early version of Paramount's network UPN. This proved to be unnecessary.

Kirstie Alley said in a recent Entertainment Tonight interview there was enough sexual harassment on the set of Cheers "to make Harvey Weinstein blush. There was groping, unwanted kissing, people taking pictures of each other naked and posting it everywhere, everything you can think of. We all did it to each other and we all loved it. I didn't hear anyone complaining about it."

Sharon Stone, Kim Cattrall, and Marg Helgenberger are amongst the actresses that auditioned for the part of Rebecca Howe.

Jackie Swanson, who played Woody's girlfriend and then wife Kelly, admits she had a crush on Woody Harrelson during the early years of this show. "Everyone did!" she said.

The part of Carla was, at one point, offered to singer and songwriter Janis Ian. Ian declined, as she would effectively have to take seven years out of her musical career to fill the acting contract. Ironically, the following year, Ian was dropped by her label after the commercial failure of the album she had declined Cheers to write. It was seven years before she recorded or toured significantly again.

Kirstie Alley co-starred on the show longer than Shelley Long, whom she replaced. Alley appeared for six seasons, as opposed to Long's five.

The address of "Cheers" is 112½ Beacon Street. If that fractional address were real, it would be in the middle of a row of brownstone townhouses. Beacon Street runs from the center of Boston about ten miles to I-95 at Newton Lower Falls.

In casting the part of Rebecca, producers looked largely for an unknown actress, and specifically one with dark hair and other physical looks that were the opposite of Shelley Long. Kirstie Alley turned out to have been quite the opposite, having played the pivotal character of the young Vulcan officer Lieutenant Saavik in the mega-hit, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982).

Ted Danson was initially uncomfortable portraying playboy Sam Malone.

Prince once visited the set, as he was friends with Kirstie Alley and Jackie Swanson.

The auditions for the roles of Sam and Diane were held on the hotel bar set of Bosom Buddies (1980).

Robert Prosky was considered for the role of Coach. Prosky eventually made a guest appearance late in the series playing Rebecca's father. Prosky made a guest appearance on the show's spin-off Frasier (1993) as a different character.

George Wendt suggested he reprise his role from Cheers (1982), by doing an episode in which his character Norm (along with John Ratzenberger as Cliff) made a series of prank calls to Frasier's radio show. Ultimately, Norm and Cliff appeared on this show together under a different scenario during this episode.

"The second Kirstie Alley walked on the Cheers set, It was one of those moments when you have a vision that everything's going to be okay. It was like this is the exact lady we need right now to save the show." This was Rhea Pearlman's reaction when Kirstie Alley arrived for work for Cheers her first day; after the devastating loss of Shelley Long leaving the show earlier that year, in 1987.

The silhouetted photo of Sam "Mayday" Malone, his nickname during his baseball career, in his baseball days that hangs in the bar, is actually a photo of Jim Lonborg, a Boston Red Sox pitcher in the 1960s and early 1970s. Lonborg wore #16 for the Red Sox. In one episode, Sam's jersey is shown with #16 on it.

Cliff often wears his USPS uniform in the bar. It is illegal for USPS workers to wear their uniforms inside bars.

Ed O'Neill auditioned for the part of Sam. Shelley Long played the ex-wife of O'Neill's character on Modern Family (2009).

Carla's two youngest kids were a set of twins named Jesse and Elvis. Elvis was naturally named after Elvis Presley, of whom Carla was a big fan. Elvis Presley had a stillborn twin brother named Jesse.

"How could he say that? I mean to feel that way and not tell the other person, it's such a crime you know? I mean...I'm a fan of his." Shelley Long responding to Kelsey Grammer's claim in interviews that she complained to producers when he was on Cheers about him and tried to get him fired. Grammer concedes in interviews now he might have been wrong, he might have been listening too much to gossip and jumping to conclusions.

In Germany, this show premiered in 1985 as "Prost, Helmut" ("Cheers, Helmut") on ZDF. The storylines and character names were completely changed, also the dubbing was completely inaccurate. From 1995-1996 RTL showed all episodes with an accurate translation.

During the run of the series, George Wendt played off his role of Norm in a series of television ads for Meister Brau beer. Similarly at the same time, Kelsey Grammar played off Frasier's therapist image in television ads for Snapper Lawnmowers.

Harry Anderson continued to appear on this show periodically as "Harry the Hat" even after he had gotten his own show, Night Court (1984).

Ted Danson never worked as a bartender and had no interest in sports when he was cast as Sam Malone. He was trained in bartending and sports knowledge for months before the filming of the pilot.

The series was originally to have been set in Barstow, California, and Sam Malone was to originally to have been a retired football player. When Ted Danson was hired for the role, his character was re-written to be a retired baseball player for the Boston Red Sox to match Danson's body type.

Diane was originally to be a businesswoman or executive, but evolved into a pretentious "scholar vs. intellect" to play off Sam's "dumb jock" persona. Producers successfully revisited the businesswoman contrast when developing Rebecca.

The jukebox in the bar was a classic 1946 Wurlitzer, model 1015. It did not actually play any music, any time a tune was played on it, it would be added in post-production.

It was not originally intended for Dr. Frasier Crane to be spun off into his own series. In 1990, NBC simply offered Kelsey Grammar his own undefined series upon the conclusion of this show. It was only until the series was well into development when the idea of Grammar reprising his role as Frasier was proposed and agreed upon.

When this show left the air in 1993, amongst network-aired shows, it was the last Paramount-produced series from the company's "Blue Mountain" era to end its run. The Blue Mountain was seen on the first five seasons of this show, but on recent reruns and DVD releases, all seasons, including the "Blue Mountain" seasons, have either the 1995 Paramount logo, or in the case of seasons nine through eleven, the CBS Television Distribution logo, plastered over the original end logo.

A digitally remastered set of episodes was recently donated to the Museum of Television and Radio by Creator James Burrows on behalf of Paramount Pictures in the summer of 2001. Paramount began circulating the digitally remastered episodes in syndication in the fall of 2001, and on Nick at Nite on October 7, 2001.

Shelley Long's favorite episode was season one, episode fourteen, "Let Me Count the Ways".

Cliff Clavin, whose motor mouth unintentionally provokes trouble, is ironically the only series regular who was never in a physical altercation. Sam Malone kissed his best friend on the lips as part of a "Let's pretend to be lovers" charade aimed at Rebecca, that didn't include kissing, which prompted Sam's friend to punch him in the face. Off-camera, Dr. Lilith Sternin-Crane's road rage sailor mouth while Sam was teaching her how to drive prompted a fight between him and a motorist. Also off-camera, Dr. Frasier Crane was involved in a sports event scuffle while in attendance at a hockey game. Woody Boyd was involved in a "domino effect" bar fight that ensued at Cheers. Off-camera, his wife Kelly Gaines' then-boyfriend punched Woody in the face. Norm Peterson got into a "match" at Cheers with his high school wrestling buddy who tried to make a pass at Vera after finding out that she and Norm were separated. Cliff Clavin came close twice: when a bar patron who was fed up with Cliff's know-it-all banter, wanted to step outside with him, and when Cliff said something disrespectful to Frasier about his wife, Lilith.

At one point during the show's development, producers considered setting it in Chicago, Illinois.

William Devane was a finalist for the role of Sam, along with Fred Dryer, and Ted Danson. James Burrows later said it was very tough to pass on Devane because he was "so good".

In the pilot, the first line spoken is by John P. Navin, Jr., a child actor. The line is, "How about a beer, chief?" Sam turns around and says, "How about an I.D.?" In the series finale, Sam says the last line when someone tries to enter the bar to who he says "Sorry, we're closed!"

The episode where Harry "the hat" Anderson plays a trick on Coach's old rival Duke is basically lifted from the movie The Sting.

John Lithgow was originally approached to play Frasier, but he flatly turned down the producers as he had no interest in being a regular on a television series at the time. This would change later, as he became the star of 3rd Rock From the Sun (1996).

Frasier's last name was originally Nigh, not Crane. Kelsey Grammer suggested to producers that "Nigh" sounded wrong and it should be changed. (If they hadn't changed it, Frasier's brother's name might have wound up being Niles Nigh.)

Of the many vintage images that appeared in the opening credits, the photo shown with Kirstie Alley's name does not depict a place where alcoholic beverages are being served or consumed. The image (which is the cropped left half of a larger photo) is of a store clerk at a pharmacy in Springfield, Massachusetts. The cropped-out right half of the photo shows a female patron sitting at the counter of the store's soda fountain and a male clerk ready to dispense a soda from behind the counter. The photo was taken circa 1895 by one of the Howes Brothers, three professional photographers who specialized in recording images of daily life and work in Western Massachusetts from about 1880 to 1910. The image used for Woody was from the cafeteria in a remote logging camp in Wisconsin in 1905.

Ted Danson, George Wendt, and Kirstie Alley are the only cast members whose names never lost their places in the opening credits when a new cast member was added. Ted was always first, Kirstie was always second, and George was always last.

In season five, episode five, "House of Horrors with Formal Dining and Used Brick", Boo Boo Kitty from Laverne & Shirley (1976) is seen in a corner at Carla's house.

The producers original concept of the series female lead was that of a high powered corporate businesswoman who's company owned the bar never ever truly came to fruition. In the beginning of the series that approach was dropped when the idea of developing a Tracey/Hepburn love/hate relationship between Sam and Diane was with Sam owning the bar and Diane working in it. Producers thought of that storyline as a better angle for the couple. When Long left the series in 1987 and Kirstie Alley was brought in the producers revisited their original concept with Sam selling the bar and Rebecca's company buying it thus making Sam her subordinate. Producers wrote Alley's character in that vain. However, during season six audience members hated the character and it got to a point where the writers found themselves finding ways to get Rebecca out of a scene as quickly as possible. The writers, however, soon discovered that Alley's character was better suited to be a neurotic emotional mess. That characterization clicked with the audience. The writers established that Rebecca is really on the lowest rung of the corporate world by running Cheers and that eventually her subpar work at the bar leads to her corporation firing her and making Sam the manger of the bar, eventually selling it back to him in season nine. These events make Rebecca even more neurotic which audiences found hysterical. Thus the producers and writers original concept of the show never proved to be the right fit for the series.

In the state of Massachusetts it is illegal to have a "happy hour" where drinks are offered at reduced price. This law was passed in 1984.

In the early seasons featuring Shelley Long, if you pay attention to Norm's entrance when everyone shouts out "Norm!", Long's character Diane, never joins in the shouting. After everyone shouts "Norm!", a moment later, Diane will quietly, and properly, address him as "Norman".

Several actors and actresses appeared on this show and Taxi (1978). Ted Danson, Christopher Lloyd, Carol Kane, J. Alan Thomas, Anne Desalvo, George Wendt, Michael Mcguire, Allyce Beasely, Murphy Cross, and Rhea Perlman.

According to writers Ken Levine and David Issacs reports of Shelley Long's snobby attitude have been exaggerated over the years and that Long was kind and a very professional. According to the writers Long's process for playing Diane followed a very much method way of acting. Long was known for studying her character and asking for the director for motivations among other things. Long would spend many hours rehearsing her character. The rest of the cast had a much more laid back approach towards rehearsing and acting. Thus it looked as if Long was being snobby and not getting along with the rest cast. Levine and Issac's said that Long's process for playing Diane turned out to be a success as Long took a character who could come across as unlike-able very lovable and praised Long as one of televisions best leading ladies. In later years both Ted Danson and George Wendt echoed Issac and Levine saying Long's performance helped really make the show the success it was.

According to Glen and Les Charles, the photo of the young bartender during Woody Harrelson's credit is actually a photo of a young butcher. This is in error, however. The original photo was of the staff of a cafeteria in a logging camp. Arrayed in front of the staff are two long tables covered in place settings and covered dishes. In addition to the bus boy, there are two adult cooks and three violin players, plus the boss of the camp. The violinists entertained the loggers during meals. The camp was located in the Chippewa Valley in Brill, Wisconsin.

The name of the company that owned Cheers and employed Rebecca from seasons six through eight was the Lillian Corporation.

Rebecca's nickname in college was "Backseat Becky".

To help boost ratings during the first season, a special scene was produced and aired right before Super Bowl XVII (1983). The scene featured commentator Pete Axthelm.

Early in the casting process, Bill Cosby was considered for the role of Sam Malone, as NBC was interested in having him star on a show for their network and Cosby once worked as a bartender. However, Cosby was interested in developing his own program, which would become The Cosby Show, and passed on the opportunity.

In season two, episode two, "Little Sister Don't Cha", Paul Vaughn is Paul, while Paul Wilson is Tom. Later in the series, Paul Wilson becomes recurring character, Paul.

It has been erroneously reported the actress Elaine Stritch appeared in the original pilot of the show, playing Mrs. Littlefield, a sharp-tongued Boston Brahmin, who was confined to a wheelchair. In reality the actress playing Mrs. Littlefield was in fact Margaret Wheeler. The character was cut due to producers feeling that she didn't fit well with the other characters plus the fact of her being in a wheelchair seemed odd given that the bar was located in the basement of a building requiring one to go down many steps. It is believed the character was named after Warren Littlefield, NBC's then President of the Entertainment division.

Real food wasn't used at the infamous Thanksgiving Food Fight. According to Creator Glenn Charles, real food wouldn't stick on things.

Timothy Treadwell auditioned for the role of Woody. According to Grizzly Man (2005), not getting the role caused Treadwell to fall into a deep depression.

Wendie Malick auditioned for the role of Diane. Malick would later go on to appear on Frasier (1993), as the eventual second wife of Martin Crane (John Mahoney)

The actual address for the exterior establishment shots is 84 Beacon Street, in the Beacon Hill district of Boston. "Cheers" was formerly known as Bull & Finch Pub prior to the series being aired.

In the show Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the alien regular in Quarks Bar was named "Morn" (an anagram for "Norm") as a homage.

Rebecca's world map that occupied the wall by her office for her first three seasons on the show is a reproduction of a 1670 map ("Magna Carta Mundi") by Dutch mapmaker and engraver Nicolaes Visscher I (1618-1679).

Held the title for longest-running multi-camera sitcom at two hundred seventy-five episodes, until May 2, 2019, when The Big Bang Theory (2007) premiered its two hundred seventy-sixth episode.

John Cleese played Dr. Simon Finch-Royce, a psychiatrist and marriage counselor on this show in season five, episode twenty-one, "Simon Says". In the episode, he counsels (or confronts) Sam and Diane several times (at Diane's insistence). Cleese starred in the sitcom that was the model and inspiration for this show, Fawlty Towers (1975).

Lyrics to the theme song " Making your way in the world today Takes everything you've got Taking a break from all your worries Sure would help a lot Wouldn't you like to get away? All those nights when you've got no lights The check is in the mail And your little angel Hung the cat up by its tail And your third fiance didn't show Sometimes you want to go Where everybody knows your name And they're always glad you came You want to be where you can see Our troubles are all the same You want to be where everybody knows your name Roll out of bed, Mr. Coffee's dead The morning's looking bright And your shrink ran off to Europe And didn't even write And your husband wants to be a girl Be glad there's one place in the world Where everybody knows your name And they're always glad you came You want to go where people know People are all the same You want to go where everybody knows your name Where everybody knows your name And they're always glad you came Where everybody knows your name And they're always glad you came Where everybody knows your name And they're always glad you came Where everybody knows your name Source: Musixmatch Songwriters: Portnoy Gary / Angelo Judy Hart"

In the original conception of this show, Diane Chambers was a tough business woman and the owner of Cheers and Sam Malone was to be in her employ. As we all know, this was changed in part because of how Shelley Long and Ted Danson played the parts during the audition process. After Shelley Long quit in season five, producers went back to the original concept, with Rebecca Howe in the manager role and Sam in her employ.

Although Julia Duffy lost out on the part of Diane, in the end it ended up being a windfall for her. During season one Duffy guest starred as a friend of Diane's on Cheers. Producer Barry Kemp saw that episode and thought Duffy would be perfect for a guest part on Newhart, it to in its first season, as Stephanie Vanderkellan cousin to Lesilie Vanderkellan played by Jenifer Holmes. Stephanie was portrayed as a comically spoiled rich girl from Rhode Island who was unsure about marrying her wealthy boyfriend that her parents approved of. Duffy was excellent in the part and Kemp and CBS, who were dissatisfied with the Leslie character, decided in season two to offer her a co-starring role as Stephanie. In the plot line Stephanie had left her boyfriend and was disowned by her parents, necessitating her to find a job. Dick and JoAnna Loudon, Newhart and Mary Frann's characters, offer her a job at their Stafford Inn as a maid, the comedy arising from the rich pampered Stephanie now having to work as a maid and do menial work. The character became a television classic and would earn Duffy a record seven Emmy nominations.

With the exception of Shelley Long and John Ratzenberger, each member of the main cast hosted Saturday Night Live (1975).

John Ratzenberger had bit parts in two of the biggest franchises of that era; Star Wars and Superman. He appeared as a Rebel Alliance sergeant who talks to Leia on Hoth in Empire Strikes Back. And he is a Nassa comptroller in Superman 1.

In another case of life imitating art, or art imitating life, John Ratzenberger is a conservative traditionalist Republican, much like his character.

Since 1994, the rights to "Cheers" have been owned by National Amusements, a theater chain headquartered in the Boston suburb of Norwood. That year, NA subsidiary Viacom purchased Paramount Pictures, which produced the series. Six years after merging with CBS, Viacom split into two companies, with the rights to "Cheers" going to CBS Corporation. Both CBS and Viacom were still controlled by National Amusements, and in 2019, the companies re merged, forming ViacomCBS.

Throughout the series the front "Cheers" sign will sometimes have a spotlight (in shots from the stairs side), while in the majority of shots there is no spotlight.

The only Oscar winner associated with this whole production was James L. Brooks, who was a director on this show, and also won an Oscar for directing Terms of Endearment (1983).

One of the recurring gags for George Wendt's character, Norm, was every time he entered the bar, the entire bar would shout, "Norm!" But the amazing thing about this gag is as the series progressed, the gag opened up to the audience. So whenever Norm entered the bar in later episodes, the live studio audience began shouting his name!

In season four, episode nine, "From Beer to Eternity" Woody mentions that he was crippled by a bowling injury in his youth. In Kingpin (1996), Roy Munson (Woody Harrelson) has his hand chopped off in a ball return ending his bowling career.

Ted Danson and George Wendt share the distinction of playing Macaulay Culkin's father: Ted in the movie Getting Even with Dad (1994) and George in the music video Michael Jackson: Black or White (1991).

The image in this show's opening credits that appears when Kirstie Alley's name is on the screen, was taken circa 1895 in Springfield, Massachusetts by the Howe brothers, known for their imagery of American workers. Kirstie Alley's character's name is Rebecca Howe.

In season three, episode twenty-four, "The Belles of St. Clete's", Carla and her friends from grade school are hanging out in the bar. Even though Carla and one of her friends are pregnant, they are drinking beer, despite the fact that fetal alcohol syndrome was discovered in 1973.

Frances Sternhagen and John Ratzenberger appeared in Outland (1981) with Sir Sean Connery before they appeared on this show as Cliff Claven and his mother Mrs. Esther Claven, respectively.

Coincidentally, when Shelley Long (Diane Chambers) left the show after season 5 in 1987, Paramount discontinued the blue mountain logo for the CGI mountain one.

With the exception of the final scene, the series finale was filmed just twenty days before the eleven-year anniversary of the day that the pilot episode was filmed. That scene was filmed the following week, thirteen days before the eleven-year anniversary.

The series became the longest running American primetime scripted series then on the air when Knots Landing (1979) ended on May 13, 1993 and retained that status for only one week before its final episode was broadcast on May 20, 1993. This is the shortest length of time that any series has held that distinction. Conversely, The Simpsons (1989) has held it for the longest time: 23 years since Family Matters (1989) ended on July 18, 1998. This show was succeeded by Murder, She Wrote (1984).

Sumner walks out on Diane right before their wedding and then Diane winds up walking out on Sam right before their wedding.

In the Rebecca Howe years, there is an attractive blonde woman in the background scenes of the bar more than ninety percent of the time.

Ted Danson and Shelley Long appeared on Family (1976).

Karen Valentine was one of the original choices for the role of Diane.

Frances Sternhagen, who played Cliff's mother, is only seventeen years older than John Ratzenberger. Both co-starred in Outland a couple years before the Cheers premiere.

Before Boston was picked as the setting for the program, other places considered included Barstow, California; Chicago, Illinois and Kansas City, Missouri.

Corey Feldman and John Furey appeared on this show and in the Friday the 13th film franchise.

The Charles brothers and James Burrows held the auditions for this show on the set of Bosom Buddies (1980).

Bess Armstrong turned down the role of Diane.

In the "I Do, Adieu" episode where Diane and Sam almost get married, it is very clear Ted Danson is wearing a wig.

David Alan Grier was almost cast on Cheers. Jimmy Brooks and Jimmy Burrows were trying to create a recurring character that he would play. (Grier is a gifted comedian and Cheers did need a little more diversity-- a problem which they never really solved). Instead of casting him on Cheers they wound up creating a role for him on another NBC sitcom they developed, All is Forgiven. All is Forgiven starred another would be Cheers star, Bess Armstrong. Armstrong was the show creators' original choice to play Diane, who was originally going to be a tough manager playing opposite show star Bill Cosby (!!). Bess turned down the role though, and the show decided to go in a whole other direction. All is Forgiven ran for a year and then it was cancelled. Ironically Shawnee Smith, one of the stars of All is Forgiven, starred for several years on the Ted Danson sitcom Becker; his big hit after Cheers.

Ritch Shydner was a finalist for the role of Woody.

Sam's number with the Red Sox was 16, and Eddie LeBec's number with the Bruins was 38.

"Norm!" is the catchphrase of the series.

Nicholas Colasanto was a recovering alcoholic who regularly attended AA meetings while starring on the show.

Anthony Heald played Kevin in the series finale "One for the Road". He was famous for playing Hannibal Lecter's jailor Frederick Chilton in The Silence of the Lambs (1991). He also played Judge Cooper on The Practice (1997) and Scott Guber on Boston Public (2004).

The Chester Heights, Pennsylvania-based professional wrestling promotion Liberty All-Star Wrestling has a Norm Peterson-inspired character called "Norm the Barfly", who is billed from Boston, Massachusetts. He teams with the Maverick, a "The Lone Ranger"-inspired character who, as a single, is billed from "Frontierland", as TV Gen, who are billed from "TV Land".

Nearly everyone - writers, producers, and the two actors themselves - have observed that in real life Ted Danson was not much like his character, while Shelley Long was exactly like hers. Unlike Sam, Danson was a college graduate who was shy around women and didn't really follow sports. Like Diane, Long was erudite, hypersensitive and prone to perfectionism. Long would have frequent discussions with the writers about the character, something that caused friction with the rest of the cast.

The show was unsual for employing several background players on a regular basis. Director James Burrows would instruct them to always be "on" so they would have natural reactions in scenes. Many of the extras, most notably Al Rosen, Jack Knight, Thomas Babson, and Phil Perlman would deliver punchlines at key moments.

One of the most difficult tasks for the writers was coming up with "Normisms", the quips delivered by Norm every time he entered the bar.

Lilith, the unusual first name for psychiatrist character Dr. Lilith Sternin first appeared as psychologist character Dr. Lilith Ritter in the 1947 feature film, "Nightmare Alley".

The vast majority of the lines of Rebecca Howe (Kirstie Alley) pertains to herself.

Kevin Nealon auditioned, and was called back, 5 times for the role of Sam Malone but ultimately Ted Danson was cast.

James Burrows is the son of Abe Burrows, a writer and director who worked on Duffy's Tavern, a popular radio comedy which centered around a bar and its patrons.

The show started with Sam walking out of the pool room. It ended with Sam walking back into the pool room.

Sam was occasionally seen wearing Coach's baseball jacket after he died.

An alternate ending was shot before the studio audience of Shelley Long's final episode to hide the fact that she was leaving the show. That ending, in which Sam and Diane actually go through with the wedding ceremony and get married, was discarded in favor of the real ending, which was filmed without a studio audience, in which Sam and Diane stop the ceremony before they are married.

Before Jay Thomas (Eddie LeBec) got the call that his character was going to be killed off, he was sure he was about to be permanently added to the cast.

Sam, Diane and Cliff are the only main characters to never marry at some point during the series. Woody marries Kelly at the end of season ten, Frasier married Lilith Sternin (though they end up divorcing by the events of Frasier: The Good Son (1993), the first episode of the spin-off Frasier (1993)), Coach was married prior to the events of the show, Carla was married twice, Rebecca marries Don Santry in the final episode (though it is later revealed they have split up in the Frasier (1993) episode Frasier: The Show Where Sam Shows Up (1995)) , and Norm was married to Vera for the entirety of the series. Sam and Diane almost married each other at the end of the fifth season, though they both decided to call off the wedding.

For half of its series run Cheers shared a network with St. Elsewhere, a drama with comedic elements that was also set in Boston (The two shows debuted within a month of each other in 1982). In the second season episode "Little Sister Don't Cha," Carla goes into labour and is taken to St. Eligius (nicknamed "St. Elsewhere" because you want to be sent anywhere else). The hospital is never actually shown, but in a 1985 episode of St. Elsewhere entitled "Cheers" several of the doctors visit the bar and meet Carla, Norm, and Cliff. This would make Cheers part of the theoretical "Tommy Westphal Universe," which allegedly encompasses several dozen TV shows as part of the imaginings of Tommy Westphal, an autistic character on St. Elsewhere.