Cheers (1982–1993)
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The Bartender's Tale 

Sam hires a waitress that Carla considers to be a perfect replacement for Diane: she's smart, talented and charming, and Sam doesn't want to sleep with her. But then her sexy daughter shows up at the bar and potentially ruins everything.


James Burrows


Glen Charles (created by), Les Charles (created by) | 2 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Ted Danson ... Sam Malone
Shelley Long ... Diane Chambers
Nicholas Colasanto ... Ernie 'Coach' Pantusso (credit only)
Rhea Perlman ... Carla Tortelli
John Ratzenberger ... Cliff Clavin
George Wendt ... Norm Peterson
Lila Kaye ... Lillian
Camilla More ... Carolyn
Rhonda Shear ... Sydney
Brynja McGrady Brynja McGrady ... Brenda (as Brynja Willis)
Gregory Snegoff ... Bellboy
Tim Cunningham Tim Cunningham ... Tim
Kelsey Grammer ... Frasier Crane


In light of Diane's move to Europe with Frasier, Sam is looking for a new waitress. His criteria: someone with who he can have sex. Carla, who he has given approval power, is looking for someone a little more substantial as a waitress. After interviewing a few bimbos who Carla has exerted her veto, they come across Lillian Huxley, a matronly British career tavern waitress. She fits Carla's criteria to a T, even more so in the fact that she poses no sexual complication for Sam. Sam hires her, and admits after her one week probation that he made the right choice: she's a great waitress and the customers love her. He's even slightly relieved that no romantic complications will screw up this arrangement. Just at that moment, a beautiful woman walks into the bar: it's Lillian's daughter Carolyn. Carla threatens to quit if he goes out with Carolyn as she knows that will result in Lillian quitting. Sam begs Carla to let him go out with Carolyn. Carla agrees, only if he tells Lillian and gets... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

18 April 1985 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the first episode to be filmed after the death of Nicholas Colasanto (Coach). He had kept a picture of Geronimo in his dressing room as a good luck charm, and after his death, that picture was hung on the bar/set wall in memory of "Nicky." This is the first episode in which the picture can be seen, behind Ted Danson after Lila spins him around at the bar and the camera angle changes so that the far wall where the piano stands can be seen. Though it moves around a bit depending on the episode, that photograph stayed on the wall permanently. See more »


Carla Tortelli: [to Sam, about qualifications for a new waitress] All I want is someone who doesn't make us both think of the word 'boob' at the same time.
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The White Cliffs of Dover
Music by Walter Kent
Lyrics by Nat Burton
Performed by the entire cast
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11 October 2019 | by Arth_JoshiSee all my reviews


Glen and Les Charles along with James Burrows created a sitcom that never completely created havoc as it should have. It still baffles me considering the reception it received in cultural world. That is not to say that it doesn't hold a valuable position. It is just that I would request it to be put up a few places higher. For there is this impeccable emotion passed on throughout this 11 years of journey that seems surreal to even have existed in the first place. And that simple one word note is sweetness. Almost too much. I am sorry but it is impossible for a series or anything to run nothing but on sweetness for 11 years. 11 YEARS.

And yet, against all odds it does and works. I think it is only because the crass humor that they fill their day time- and it has to and does feel like a day time- with is actually motivated with a flirty language. And no matter what age you are or what culture you come from or what taste do you possess. The grammar of a flirting language is always received with a smile. And that is all this series tries to do. Not a laugh, not a tear, it aims for a light hearted experience and it gets the order done. And it is an order done right in correct order.

And by this you can see why there is not a complete acceptance of this world in ours. Too much of something can be intangible. Even hostile to someone. But I think I would persist on looking its crafting of this self-created genre. If it is assumed to be difficult to watch than it is also difficult to form. Cheers has an environment that may not particularly be your cup of coffee or a glass of beer, but what it remains is a weekday delight and not a weekend wild party. The makers knew it, the cast too and it's time the viewers too.

The Bartender's Tale

The other side of the sea, as they call it, isn't as intriguing as it thinks. But this is where you feel lost, for the second home, the bar, too isn't welcoming tonight. In fact it gives a more afternoon vibe that too of some week day.

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