Cheers (1982–1993)
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The Coach's Daughter 

Coach is distressed when his sweet but insecure daughter introduces him to her boorish, obnoxious fiancé.


James Burrows


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




Episode cast overview:
Ted Danson ... Sam Malone
Shelley Long ... Diane Chambers
Nicholas Colasanto ... Ernie 'Coach' Pantusso
Rhea Perlman ... Carla Tortelli
George Wendt ... Norm Peterson
Allyce Beasley ... Lisa
Philip Charles MacKenzie ... Roy
Tim Cunningham Tim Cunningham ... Chuck
Jacqueline Cassell Jacqueline Cassell ... Woman No. 1 (as Jacqueline Cassel)
Teddy Bergeron Teddy Bergeron ... Man No. 1
John Ratzenberger ... Cliff


Coach's daughter, Lisa, stops by the bar to introduce her fiancé, Roy. Unfortunately, he's an obnoxious lout, which is obvious to almost all (Diane initially gives Roy the benefit of the doubt but comes to the same conclusion). Coach has a heart-to-heart with his daughter, in which she acknowledges that Roy is flawed and is using her but says she wants to be married and have a family and thinks that Roy may be her only chance. Elsewhere in the bar, Diane tries her hand at caricature, only to find that -- as is the case with most of her creative endeavors -- her ambition exceeds her talent. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

28 October 1982 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first time Coaches name is mentioned in the title See more »


When Diane tells Coach about her father, she uses the present tense "is" implying he is still alive. Later in the season, it is established he died several years ago. See more »


Norm Peterson: What do you sell?
Roy: I sell suits door-to-door.
Sam Malone: [pointing at what Roy's wearing] Is this one of the suits, here?
Roy: You took the bait, Sam.
Sam Malone: I did?
Roy: [handing over his cigar to his fiancée, Lisa] Hold this.
Roy: [standing up to show off what he's wearing] I'm wearing an Omni suit right now, and man am I comfortable. The best part is it's versatility. This suit comes with two coats, three pairs of pants, and five reversible vests. This ensemble makes one hundred twenty combinations, everything from dignified to ...
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William Tell Overture
Composed by Gioachino Rossini
Performed by Shelley Long
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a satirical form of art..
10 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 Coach's Daughter

Time after time, the screenplay in this episode manages to surprise you. Not particularly funny, not even entertaining, but utterly dramatic to the core. The theme and the road it takes to explore is something we have later seen in so many sitcoms over the years, you are dealing with that sort of quality.

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