Cheers/At a Glance

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Basic Information

  • Full Name: Cheers
  • Premiere Date: September 30, 1982
  • Finale Date: May 20, 1993
  • Network: NBC
  • Airtime: Thursdays at 9:00PM




  • The picture of Sam on the mound wearing Red Sox #16, prominently displayed at the bar, is actually of real-life Red Sox pitcher Jim Lonborg.
  • Cheers is located at 112 1/2 Beacon Street, Boston, MA.
  • Every billed actor on the series was nominated for at least one Emmy award.
  • Cheers is based on the Bull and Finch Pub in Boston. The exterior shots of Cheers were filmed at the Bull and Finch.
  • After Nicholas Colasanto died, a picture of Geronimo which hung in his dressing room was moved onto the set. It can be seen next to the piano in the back corner (to Norm's right) of the bar.
  • The Cheers set is now on display at the Hollywood Entertainment Museum.
  • Sam, Carla, and Norm are the only characters to appear in every episode of the series.
  • An episode of St. Elsewhere had some scenes with the doctors relaxing at Cheers after work. This, along with the bizzare finale episode of St. Elsewhere, introduces the possibility that Cheers only existed in Tommy Westphall's mind.
  • The theme song was written by Gary Portnoy and Judy Hart, and performed by Gary Portnoy. Though generally only the first verse and chorus were included, the complete song appeared in the 200th episode special, and received a fair amount of radio play leading up to the series finale

Awards and Accolades

Nominated for 13 Emmys in 1983, and won 5:

  • Oustanding Comedy Series
  • Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series (James Burrows)
  • Outstanding Individual Achievement in Graphic Design and Title Sequences
  • Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Shelley Long)
  • Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series (Glen Charles and Les Charles).