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The Drew Carey Show (TV Series 1995–2004) Poster

(1995–2004)

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Only the first season was released on DVD or digitally. The other eight seasons have never been released on digital or DVD.
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During the live episodes, the cast members performed twice, once for the East coast and once for the West coast.
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The series finale's ending is a remake of the pilot's ending, but with a small twist. In the pilot, Kate, Oswald, and Lewis watch Drew from his kitchen window as he plays pool, and in the finale, it's Lewis, Oswald, Mr. Wick, Mimi, Kellie, and Drew, Jr., who are watching Drew. Both endings include Drew playing pool outside in the rain, in his yellow rain jacket, humming "Moon Over Parma".
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Due to poor ratings, the show was taken off of ABC's schedule for the 2003-2004 season. The show's contract with the network, however, required ABC to produce a ninth season, broadcast between June 2, 2004 and September 8, 2004. In order to fit a twenty-six-episode season in three months, many weeks featured two half-hour episodes run back-to-back.
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Because of the shows being filmed in advance, the April Fool's Day contest winners would be announced by having Drew open his mouth and the winner's name being dubbed in. In syndication, there is now a voice-over done by Drew saying, "This is an obsolete message."
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Drew's character on the show continued to wear glasses, even though in real life, Drew had laser eye surgery to correct his vision and no longer needs glasses.
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Only Drew Carey (Drew) and Diedrich Bader (Oswald) appear in all 233 episodes.
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In the eighth season, the theme song was performed with a different musical style before each episode.
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Mimi Bobeck (Kathy Kinney) was not meant to be a regular on the show, but was written in after positive public reaction.
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The shots of the outside of the Winfred-Louder Store, Drew's workplace, are actually of Halle's, a similar store in Cleveland, Ohio.
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The show used three theme songs throughout its run: season one had "Moon Over Parma", season two used "Five O Clock World", by season three, the show switched to its longest lasting theme song, "Cleveland Rocks", in 2002, during the show's eighth season, the show switched between new versions of all three.
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John Carroll Lynch, who plays Drew's older brother, Steve, is actually five years younger than Drew Carey.
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The outside shot of the Warsaw Tavern, is actually that of the Memphis Tavern, now called Murphy's Law, on Memphis Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio.
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In The Dog and Pony Show, during the scene in the Warsaw, where the guys are spoofing The Full Monty (1997), actors Hugo Speer, Steve Huison, Paul Barber, and Mark Addy are seen in the back of the bar. They were in the original film.
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Both Tom Bosley and Marion Ross (Howard and Marion Cunningham) of Happy Days fame appear as father and mother in this show albeit not married to each other nor the same family.
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Drew's address is 720 Sedgewick Street.
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Those who were credited in the starring credits at the beginning of the episode were usually featured in every episode (except for Craig Ferguson, who was usually absent for few). However, in season eight, the only cast members to appear in every episode are Drew Carey (Drew), Cynthia Watros (Kelly), and Diedrich Bader (Oswald). The others were all absent for at least one episode. Despite being credited for every episode, Craig Ferguson (Nigel) and John Carroll Lynch (Steve) were only in four and eight episodes, respectively.
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In the first season, Cleveland Browns apparel was seen more than any other Cleveland sports team on the show. This is ironic, as the Browns ended up moving to Baltimore during the show's first season run.
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A running gag at Winfred-Louder is Wick firing an employee named Johnson, but never the same person.
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The name of Diedrich Bader's character, Oswald Lee Harvey, is (obviously) a mixed up version of Lee Harvey Oswald (the supposed assassin of JFK).
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In one episode, Greg Clemens said to the gang, "Even the Clampetts picked up and moved to Beverly". Diedrich Bader played Jethro and Jethrene in The Beverly Hillbillies (1993).
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Techie fun fact: The computers in Drew's workplace keep up with the trends in the market. Starting out as mid to late 90s models and being newer flat screens and smaller terminals by series end.
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In the view from the Winfred-Louder office, the building on the far right is Chicago's Brewster Building, which was the setting for Child's Play (1988).
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

This series shares a few plot devices with M*A*S*H. For example, the swamp rats have a still providing unending alcohol just as Buzz Beer does here. Also, Hawkeye is constantly trolling for women just as Drew does. The main female lead in both shows ends up married and divorced. The main male and female leads are in a brief romantic relationship with each other in both series and still have feelings for each other during their last appearances onscreen. Both Hawkeye and Drew feel trapped in their jobs and both are very conscientious and competent in doing those jobs. Both are classic, well made dramatic comedy series.
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