Acting for Two: Rhea Perlman appeared in one episode as Carla's sister Annette.
Actor Allusion: A strange case. For a while, Carla's ex-husband Nick was The Faceless, and was described as Danny DeVito. Rhea Perlman played Zena, Louis DePalma's girlfriend on Taxi. DeVito was going to play Nick, but his movie career took off and Dan Hedaya was hired to play the role instead.
Adored by the Network: When Cheers finally went off the air on May 20, 1993, NBC dedicated a whole night to the show's final episode. The night began with a "pregame" show hosted by NBC sportscaster Bob Costas, followed by the final 98-minute episode itself. NBC stations, O&Os and affiliates alike, then aired tributes to Cheers during their local newscasts, and the night concluded with a special edition of The Tonight Show broadcast live from the Bull & Finch Pub.
The tributes didn't end there. On the following day's Today broadcast, the show dedicated an almost ten-minute segment documenting how loved the show was to people, with Today anchor Katie Couric being seen briefly on the Cheers set. The segment began with the show documenting the Tonight Show broadcast with brief comments from the show's cast, in addition to recapping the finale. The show then did an on location report in which NBC News correspondent Roger O'Neil went on location to actual bars across the country, in which staff and patrons of those bars reflected on watching the program from those exact bars. After that, the segment concluded with Couric, now back at NBC News world headquarters in New York, sitting down for an interview with then NBC Entertainment president Warren Littlefield, speaking from the Bull & Finch, about what shows he was going to use to fill the void, along with a side interview with Jeannie Park, then senior editor for television at Entertainment Weekly, in which she and Couric discussed the phenomenon of how Cheers was able to run for 11 seasons despite having abysmal ratings on its inaugural season.
So adored that the show was an utter bomb in its first year, having the worst Neilsen ratings of the year. Fortunately, NBC Entertainment president Brandon Tartikoff refused to cancel it, and put it in a prime slot right after The Cosby Show and Family Ties, and soon became the #1 sitcom in America, even beating its lead-ins. Ironically, Tartikoff would later serve as chairman of Paramount, which produced both Cheers and Family Ties.
Oddly enough, the character was named Woody before Harrelson got the part.
All of the minor barflies, such as Paul (Paul Wilson), Al (Al Rosen), Pete (Peter Schreiner), Alan (Alan Koss), Tim (Tim Cunningham), Steve (Steve Giannelli), Phil (Philip Perlman, Rhea's father), Hugh (Hugh McGuire), Tom (Thomas Babson), Larry (Larry Harpel), Paul (Paul Vaughn) Tony (Tony DiBenedetto), and Mark (Mark Arnott).
Lampshaded when Woody won the lead in Our Town and remarked that his co-star was named Emily (same as her character), so she wouldn't have to worry about difficult things like responding to a new name.
Irony as She Is Cast: Lilith Sternin was initially depicted as a terrible singer, even though before CheersBebe Neuwirth was mostly known for her singing roles in Broadway musicals; in 1986 she even won a Tony Award for a production of Sweet Charity. Later on the writers had Lilith take some singing lessons, and all of a sudden she became a great singer.
Old Shame: Diane has many, from Poke the Poodle incidents ("I'll never forget the day I brought home a utopian socialist. Unbelievable—I know! Unbelievable. I was a rebel, then....") to her skill at bowling, which she fears would threaten her "refined" image ("If you utter a word of this to anyone who matters, I will find you—and kill you.").
Real-Life Relative: Kelsey Grammer's daughter Spencer had an uncredited role in "One Hugs, the Other Doesn't".
Phil the barfly was played by Phil Perlman, Rhea Perlman's father. In addition, Rhea's sister, Heide Perlman, was a frequent writer.
The Other Darrin: Two different actors played Gary in the various "Bar Wars" episodes.
Real-Life Relative: Whenever Norm's wife is heard and her brief on-screen appearance, she was played by George Wendt's wife.
Recycled Script: Not only is the storyline of the Season 11 episode "Norm's Big Audit" virtually identical to that of the Wings episode "Hell Hath No Fury Like a Police Woman Scorned," but the same actress who played the hard-nosed, lovesick policewoman in Wings was hired to play the hard-nosed, lovesick IRS auditor in this series.
Star-Making Role: True for almost the whole cast, except for Kirstie Alley who got her big break a few years earlier with Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and arguably Bebe Neuwirth with her stage experience. Most dramatically true for Woody Harrelson, who went on to a very successful film career.
Technology Marches On: In the Season 3 finale everyone at the bar is impressed by Sam's new answering machine. In Season 4 Sam is jealous when Diane's boyfriend has a car phone.
In "Where Nobody Knows Your Name" Frasier mentions the bar TV's "sixteen wonderful cable channels",
Rebecca's "very expensive calculator" in "My Son, the Father".
In "Norm and Cliff's Excellent Adventure", Woody buys Rebecca "a portable, solar-powered phone".
In "Those Lips, Those Ice" Frasier needs a briefcase to carry around his "portable cellular telephone".
Throw It In: According to John Ratzenberger, he badly botched his audition for the role of Norm, and, figuring he had nothing to lose, asked if the cast included a bar know-it-all. He proceeded to improvise for a few minutes as such a character, and the writers subsequently created the part of Cliff for him.
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.
Julia Duffy was the first choice for the role of Diane.