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'Cheers' Writer Ken Levine on 'The Middle': "The One Show That Really Made Me Laugh"

"Maybe it’s not cool or hip to recommend The Middle, but when have I ever been cool and hip? Check it out. The best new show you might discover this year is one that is now its in fifth season."

-Longtime Cheers and M*A*S*H writer Ken Levine, recommending the little-talked-about ABC sitcom The Middle on his blog.

'Modern Family's Christopher Lloyd Say His Biggest Regret Is He Didn't Write for 'Cheers'

"Through the magic of actor chemistry and excellent writing, they created a world I wanted to be in every week and made me want to learn how the magic was done. I read once that Kurt Vonnegut said his only professional regret was that he never got to write an episode of Cheers. I'd like to put my name second on that list."

-Modern Family co-creator Christopher Lloyd on how he badly, badly wishes he had gotten to write for Cheers. Full disclosure: His dad, David Lloyd, wrote for Cheers. But that doesn't change the fact that it's a great show.

The Rise and Fall of Dr. Frasier Crane

Six months ago, I was living in Boston.  My wife had left me, which was very painful.  Then she came back to me, which was excruciating.  On top of that, my practice had grown stagnant, and my social life consisted of…hanging around a bar night after night.  You see, I was clinging to a life that wasn't working anymore, and I knew I had to do something, anything.  So, I ended the marriage once and for all, packed up my things, and moved back here to my hometown of Seattle.  Go Seahawks! [laughs] I took action, Russell.  And you can, too.  Move, change, do something; if it's a mistake, [...]

Say Goodbye to the Next Hour of Your Life with This Amazing 'Cheers' Oral History

"I hope and assume that every good comedy writer, no matter the age, has a moment where they discover how great Cheers is…And I would encourage any young person getting into comedy to sit down and watch it," says Amy Poehler, in the introduction to an amazing new oral history of Cheers that was just published today in GQ. Writer Brian Raftery interviewed nearly 40 cast members, writers, and producers from the classic sitcom, and also Cheers fans from the next generation of TV like Poehler, Modern Family co-creator Christopher Lloyd, and The Shield creator Shawn Ryan. It's a long, fun, and occasionally heartbreaking read at eight pages, [...]

Laugh with, Not at, the Laugh Track

Unpopular Opinions is a bi-weekly column in which a writer takes a stand against popular opinion, whether it's asserting the true merit of a supposedly guilty pleasure or dissenting against the universally lauded.

Cheers is filmed before a live studio audience.” Those are welcoming words to people of a certain age. They make you think about a home cooked meal after soccer practice. Or a sack of McDonald’s you happily shoved down your throat while waiting for your mom and dad to come home from their weekly night out. Or the can of still beer you guzzled by yourself after stealing it from the front yard of a frat [...]

Watch Opening Credits for 'Always Sunny' in the Style of 'Cheers'

Official Comedy made this opening credit sequence for It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia in the style of Cheers' opening, which manages to make images like Danny DeVito with his shirt off and Charlie Day in a Nazi uniform seem quaint and wholesome.

'The Simpsons' Deemed the Best Sitcom Ever by Vulture, 'Cheers' #2

Over the past few weeks, Vulture has been holding its "Sitcom Smackdown" tournament, pitting a bunch of amazing shows against each other in a bracket to determine the best sitcom of the past 30 years. The Simpsons won yesterday, narrowly beating Cheers. Seinfeld, Community, Roseanne, Arrested Development, and Sex and the City also made it pretty far in bracket. Vulture's Matt Zoller Seitz wrote the argument for why Simpsons is the better of the two excellent, very different shows:

A decade-plus past its prime, The Simpsons has a stronger presence in American life than Cheers,  SeinfeldCommunity, or any other sitcom you can think of. Since Matt Groening’s show debuted in [...]

Watching an Alternate-Universe 'Cheers' That Shelley Long Never Left

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 120,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

When Cheers was in its fifth season in 1987 there weren't really any shows out there that held a candle to it. After a [...]

The Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show: Fred Graver, Who Has Done Everything

"[Writing a Choose Your Own Adventure] is very much like writing a video game, and weirdly enough it was very much like writing remotes for Letterman"

- Fred Graver, my guest on this week's Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show

Other things I discuss with Fred in this episode:

  • What it was like writing for Letterman in the 80's when he was still finding his voice.
  • The challenges of writing a Choose Your Own Adventure novel (#35 – Journey to Stonehenge, pictured above).
  • The difficulty of writing for In Living Color and the joy of writing for Cheers.
  • How he ended up spending two years in the 90's at [...]

The Lost Roles of Cheers

Lost Roles is a weekly column taking a particular subject and exploring all of their movie and TV casting decisions that almost happened but didn't. This week, we turn our attention to the classic sitcom Cheers.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the debut of Cheers, one of the most revered sitcoms ever made. Cheers earned scores of Emmys, sky high ratings, and spawned one of the most successful spin-offs ever (Frasier), but the greatest honor bestowed upon Cheers is clearly landing a spot in the final 8 in Splitsider's Best Sitcom Episode Tournament. From the show's impeccable scripts (most of the Cheers scribes came from [...]

It's That Episode: Matt Moses Studies "Sex Farces" by Watching 'Cheers'

On "It's That Episode" Craig Rowin (UCB Theatre) invites guests over to watch any episode of any TV show they want. They discuss the episode and other crap.

Matt Moses (UCB's Law Firm) googled the term "sex farce" and stumbled upon the wedding themed two-part season 10 finale of Cheers. Matt talks about writing his own cyber-sex farce, discusses getting married and so much more.

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'The Shield' Creator Shawn Ryan Writes About How Great 'Cheers' Is

"Cheers represented writing, acting, and directing at the very highest levels, and Sam and Diane remain the gold standard for a complicated, fascinating relationship on TV. Many have tried to equal their chemistry. All have failed. Television may never see another Roseanne, but I find myself constantly yearning for another Cheers."

-Shawn Ryan, creator of The Shield, wrote a nice piece for Vulture's TV comedy tournament "Sitcom Showdown," comparing Cheers to Roseanne before rightfully concluding that, although both are great, Cheers is the best.

Ted Danson Angrily Quits Jimmy Kimmel's Handsome Men's Club

A couple years ago, Jimmy Kimmel inducted TV icon Ted Danson into his Handsome Men's Club, but during an appearance on Kimmel's show last night, Danson resigned from the organization. Danson's reason is a mean joke Kimmel made about his hairpiece recently, and when he confronts Kimmel about it, it prompts him to half-apologize but to mostly just make more mean hair loss jokes.

The Biggest Liars, Braggarts, and Braggadocios in Sitcom History

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The lying schemer and the arrogant braggart are two tried-and-true sitcom archetypes that have been around since the early days of TV. Watching someone bury themselves in a string of fabrications or demonstrate their own pomposity is always good for a laugh. Here are 10 of the biggest braggarts and liars in sitcom history, including a certain guy who lied about being marine biologist to impress a date and the biggest [...]