History Trivia / Cheers

8th Nov '16 4:44:17 PM glickmam
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** Creator/LucilleBall 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 then her "Lucy" characters.

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** Creator/LucilleBall 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 then her "Lucy" characters. Instead, Diane's mother would end up being played by Glynis Johns, best known to Broadway fans for originating Desiree Armfeldt in ''Theater/ALittleNightMusic'' and best known to child audiences for playing Winifred Banks in ''Film/MaryPoppins''.
23rd Oct '16 6:53:48 PM Brainbin
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** In the pilot, Diane predicts that her (ex-)fiance Sumner Sloan will be on the cover of ''Saturday Review'' someday - unlikely, considering that it ceased publication that very year (1982).
** The first season is set against the backdrop of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Early_1980s_recession early 1980s recession]] - Norm, an accountant, spends most of the season unemployed.
** Many of the politician and pro athlete guest stars quite firmly date the episode in which they make their appearance:
*** Gary Hart's cameo in the fourth season finale (which aired on May 8th, 1986) really stands out here. When starstruck Diane meets him, she exclaims that he "could have been President" (a reference to his second-place finish in the 1984 Democratic primaries). Then she remarks that he "could ''still'' be President", and indeed he was considered a front-runner for the 1988 nomination... until the Donna Rice scandal broke out just over a year after the episode aired. (Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, who ''also'' appeared on ''Cheers'', won the nomination instead.)
4th Oct '16 5:55:53 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* RevisedEnding: An alternate ending was shot before the studio audience of Creator/ShelleyLong's final episode to hide the fact that Long was leaving the series. 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.
22nd Aug '16 11:20:19 PM Firebird20XX
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* EditedForSyndication: On Hallmark reruns, the show's opening credits are abridged somewhat (playing the opening piano bars then skipping right into the chorus), language is censored (leaving us with gems like "I'm the luckiest son on Earth."), the end credits are sped up a bit and often shrunken down to make room for commercials. The editing also causes slight skips in the footage, occasionally leading to brief moments of a character's lips not matching their dialogue.
16th Aug '16 3:26:17 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* TheDanza: Woody Harrelson played Woody Boyd. Oddly enough, the character was named Woody before Harrelson got the part.

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* TheDanza: Woody Harrelson Creator/WoodyHarrelson played Woody Boyd. Oddly enough, the character was named Woody before Harrelson got the part.



* HideYourPregnancy: When Creator/ShelleyLong got pregnant during the third season, was mostly filmed behind the bar or from the neck up.
** When Rhea Perlman got pregnant, it was worked into the show.



* PlayingGertrude: Frances Sternhagen who played Cliff's mother is only seventeen years older than John Ratzenberger.



** Kelsey Grammer's daughter Spencer had an uncredited role in "One Hugs, the Other Doesn't".

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** Kelsey Grammer's Creator/KelseyGrammer's daughter Spencer had an uncredited role in "One Hugs, the Other Doesn't".



** In Season 7, a newspaper mistakenly runs Rebecca's obituary. Being mistaken for dead is another common sitcom plot, and happened to Frasier on an episode of that series several years later.

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** In Season 7, a newspaper mistakenly runs Rebecca's obituary. Being mistaken for dead is another common sitcom plot, and happened to Frasier ''Frasier'' on an episode of that series several years later. later.
* RevisedEnding: An alternate ending was shot before the studio audience of Creator/ShelleyLong's final episode to hide the fact that Long was leaving the series. 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.



* TroubledProduction: The series had its share of issues over the years, including poor ratings early on, Creator/ShelleyLong often not getting along with the rest of the cast, the illness and death of Nicholas Colasanto during the third season, and recurring actor Jay Thomas being fired and having a [[DroppedABridgeOnHim bridge dropped on]] his character after insulting screen wife Rhea Perlman in a radio interview, but all things told it was a pretty non-troubled production until the final season (season 11) rolled around.
** After the end of season 10, the long-serving showrunner team of Cheri Eichen, Bill Steinkellner and Phoef Sutton departed, leaving the far less experienced duo of Tom Anderson and Dan O'Shannon to take over. Running out of ideas, writers started focusing a lot more on the flaws of the characters in order to create comedic tension, along with recycling a script from spin-off show ''Series/{{Wings}}'' wholesale.
** Near the middle of the season, Ted Danson announced that it would be his final season. The writers approached Creator/WoodyHarrelson to take over as the lead actor, but he declined unless Danson stayed on. Other actors were also starting to grow bored of their roles and wanted out of the series, too, forcing the writers to hustle their resources together to write in an ending that made sense. As the season came to a close, many characters were given closure that seemed to come almost out of nowhere. Lillith's actress, Creator/BebeNeuwirth, also strangely disappeared mid-season and made very few appearances.
** The final episode was set to be filmed and Long was brought back. The writers had a minor feud over whether to allow Diane and Sam to be together. Shoots took so long that Long had to go back to her other commitments, and the episode's closing scene in the bar was filmed without her. The scene was also done in secret without a studio audience, meaning a laugh track had to be added after the fact. The final episode proved to be one of the most watched and remembered series finales in television history.
** Then there's the matter of Creator/KelseyGrammer's substance abuse, which took a spike in this season. Costars 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 ''Series/{{Frasier}}''.



** The show was originally going to be set in a hotel. When they realised the bulk of the show was going to be set in the hotel bar, they dropped the hotel and stayed with the bar.
** At one point during the show's development, producers considered setting it in Chicago



** The network originally wanted to have Woody take over the bar after Ted Danson announced he was leaving after season 11. However, Woody Harrelson refused to do the show without Danson and so it was decided to simply end the series.

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** The network originally wanted to have Woody take over the bar after Ted Danson announced he was leaving after season 11. However, Woody Harrelson Creator/WoodyHarrelson refused to do the show without Danson and so it was decided to simply end the series.


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** 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.
** Creator/LucilleBall 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 then her "Lucy" characters.
** [[Series/MarriedWithChildren Ed O'Neill]] auditioned for Sam Malone.
** Creator/JohnLithgow was the first choice to play Frasier Crane. However, Lithgow refused the role due to the fact that he wanted to concentrate on his film career.
** Creator/SharonStone, [[Series/SexAndTheCity Kim Cattrall]], and Marg Helgenberger are among the actresses that auditioned for Rebecca Howe.
** David Alan Grier auditioned for a proposed African-American character that never came to fruition.
20th Jun '16 10:35:37 PM AdamC
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** The finale for Season 6 would have teased the idea that Sam had possibly contracted AIDS from a former lover. The episode made it as far as rehearsals before it was pulled, since it was becoming clear there was no way for the subject pushed the show really far into DudeNotFunny territory (The episode would have aired in 1988, when the number of AIDS-related deaths was quite high).
26th Apr '16 6:19:36 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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** A few of the recurring characters in the show's early run...including a pre-''Series/NightCourt'' [[HeyItsThatGuy Harry Anderson]] as itinerant ConMan "Harry the Hat".

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** A few of the recurring characters in the show's early run...including a pre-''Series/NightCourt'' [[HeyItsThatGuy Harry Anderson]] Anderson as itinerant ConMan "Harry the Hat".
12th Apr '16 10:33:27 AM hamza678
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* HeyItsThatGuy:
** Rob Long co-wrote 34 episodes. Long is best known as co-creator and co-executive producer of ''Series/SullivanAndSon''.
** David Angell wrote 17 episodes. Angell is best known as co-creator and co-executive producer of ''Series/{{Wings}}'' and ''Series/{{Frasier}}''.
** Peter Casey and David Lee wrote ten episodes. Both also served as co-creators and co-executive producers of ''Wings'' and ''Frasier''.
** Sam Simon wrote five episodes. Simon is best known as co-developer and co-executive producer of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
** Earl Pomerantz wrote four episodes. Pomerantz is best known as developer and executive producer of ''Series/MajorDad''.
** Tracy Newman and Jonathan Stark wrote three episodes. Both are best known as creators and executive producers of ''Series/AccordingToJim''.
** Jeff Abugov wrote two episodes. Abugov is best known as developer and co-executive producer of ''WesternAnimation/FuggetAboutIt''.
** Michael J. Weithorn wrote an episode. Weithorn is best known as creator and executive producer of ''Series/NedAndStacey'' and co-creator and executive producer of ''Series/TheKingOfQueens''.
* HeyItsThatVoice:
** In Season 4, Edan Gross plays the son of a one-episode hiree. He later did the voices for "Nice Chucky" in ''Franchise/ChildsPlay'' and Flounder in the Disney series. He also played the young [[Series/MarriedWithChildren Al Bundy]].
** Darryl Mead, a character who appeared in the episodes "Death Takes a Holiday on Ice" and "The Ghost & Mrs. LeBec", is played by Creator/KevinConroy. Yes, ''[[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries that]]'' one.
19th Feb '16 12:06:54 AM Bruce3456
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* The computer in Sam's office in Season 7.

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* ** The computer in Sam's office in Season 7.
21st Dec '15 7:26:11 PM glickmam
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* YouLookFamiliar: Paul Willson first appears in first-season episode "Someone Single, Someone Blue" as a character named Glen. In second-season episode "Little Sister Don't Cha" he plays a character named Tom. Then, in fourth-season episode "Fools and Their Money" he appears as Paul Krapence, the character he plays for 53 episodes, becoming a semi-regular in the show's later years.
** Interseries example with ''Series/{{Frasier}}''. John Mahoney and Peri Gilpin both guest-star on "Cheers" as different characters.
** Averted with Bernadette Birkett, who appears in one episode ("Fairy Tales Can Come True") as Cliff's date, and then four times without ever showing her face as Vera Petersen.
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