For most of the '80s (and the first three years of the '90s), America had a standing appointment every Thursday night at a little bar in Boston called Cheers. The best part was, no travel was required. All we had to do was turn on the TV and — poof! — we were there. And we kept coming back week after week to watch Carla hurl insults, see Norm sip beer and learn the status of Sam and Diane's on-again-off-again relationship. We also loved to chuckle at the dim-witted but endearing Coach, the equally dull but adorable Woody, the know-it-all postman named Cliff and the hilariously neurotic Rebecca Howe. Frasier and Lilith were also on-hand for sparring and psychiatric advice, and, occasionally, we'd meet a very special guest star, such as Johnny Carson or Alex Trebek. But no matter what was happening, one thing was always certain — we knew we'd be served plenty of laughs.
Were you a "Cheers" TV regular? This is your chance to show off what you know about the long-running ensemble sitcom. Answer all of the following questions correctly, and we'll know you're a bonafide barfly. So what are you waiting for? Pour yourself a cold one, and make the gang proud by acing this challenging quiz!
Bebe Neuwirth was already an accomplished dancer and stage actress when she made her first appearance on "Cheers" in 1986. In 1990, she won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for the role.
When the bar's jukebox is taken away for repairs, Frasier becomes obsessed with the machine that replaces it. What is it?
A video game
A karaoke machine
In this season nine episode entitled "The Days of Wine and Neuroses," Lilith explains to the gang, "It's a dangerous combination — a karaoke machine and an obsessive personality whose parents used to play Broadway cast albums to drown out their lovemaking."
Vera Peterson is occasionally heard but never seen on the show. We do get a quick glimpse of her at the end of the episode, "Thanksgiving Orphans," however, her face is covered by a pie that Diane meant to throw at Sam.
Carla has many mean nicknames for Diane. Which of the following does she NOT use?
Baby Fish Mouth
Carla's dislike for Diane never wanes during the five years they're forced to work together. Other memorable nicknames she gives to her nemesis include Miss Chicken Parts, Rebecca of Skinnybrook Farm, Squawk Box and Bleach Bag.
Do you remember the name of the actor who played Cliff Clavin?
In addition to appearing in 273 out of the 275 episodes of "Cheers," John Ratzenberger reprised his role as Cliff in one episode of "Frasier." Titled "Cheerful Goodbyes," the episode also featured George Wendt as Norm and Rhea Perlman as Carla.
Can you tell us the name of the restaurant that sits above the bar?
While the barflies at Cheers often head up to Melville's seafood restaurant for a bite, the interior of the eatery is only shown a handful of times throughout the duration of the show and does not appear until season seven.
Frederick Crane, the son of Frasier and Lilith, says his first word in a season nine episode. What is it?
The Cranes are concerned about little Frederick when he reaches his first birthday and has yet to speak. However, at the end of the episode, the problem is solved. He's heard yelling "Norm!" as the barfly walks in.
How many times does Sam propose to Diane before she says yes?
Sam ends up proposing to Diane a total of five times — once on the phone (she says he needs to do it in person), once on a boat (she says no), once at the bar (she says no) and twice in a courthouse (because the first attempt, which was ordered by a judge, didn't sound sincere).
Played by Nicholas Colasanto, Coach appeared on the show for three seasons, until Colasanto's death. To pay tribute to the actor, a framed picture from his dressing room was added to the background of the bar for the remainder of the series.
Can you tells us the name of the restaurant Norm often talks about frequenting?
The Fat Pig
The Stuffed Chicken
The Hungry Heifer
We see the inside the Hungry Heifer for the first time in the season five episode, "Cheers: The Motion Picture," when Norm takes Woody out to dinner. It's also shown in the season nine episode, "Grease."
Sam utters the last line of the show's series finale. What does he say?
"See you tomorrow, Woody."
"Sorry, we're closed."
"One for the Road," the last episode of "Cheers," aired on May 20, 1993. According to CheatSheet.com, it was watched by 84.4 million people and is the second-highest rated series finale of all time, behind "M*A*S*H."
The rivalry between Cheers and Gary's Olde Towne Tavern is established during the fourth season of the show. Over the years, they participate in many pranks and competitions, almost all of which Cheers loses.
Rebecca gets a new boyfriend — a plumber named Don — in the show's series finale. Which of the following actors plays him?
Rebecca and Don elope in the finale episode of "Cheers." However, when Sam visits Frasier in a second-season episode of the spin-off, we learn that he's leaves Rebecca after making a fortune on a plumbing invention.
This well-known British comedian appears in an episode from season five. Who is he?
In the episode entitled "Simon Says," this Monty Python alum plays Dr. Simon Finch-Royce, an esteemed colleague of Frasier Crane. Diane goads him into giving her and Sam a marriage counseling session, which (of course!) goes hilariously wrong.
When Cliff tries to create a vegetable hybrid, what does he call it?
Entitled "The Gift of the Woodi," this episode from season seven is also the one where Woody performs the funny (and repetitive) "Kelly, Kelly, Kelly, Kelly..." song for his girlfriend as a birthday present.
Rebecca is in love with her boss in season six. What's his name?
Rebecca gets herself into a number of sticky predicaments as a result of her obsession with Evan Drake, who was played by actor Tom Skerritt. In the episode "Let Sleeping Drakes Lie," for example, she's forced to hide under his bed when he comes home while she's snooping. (Norm, who was painting his house, lets her in.)
What's the name of the fiancé who ditches Diane in the show's pilot episode?
Sloan appears two more times during the series' run — in the season two episode, "Sumner's Return," and in the season five installment (and Shelley Long's last episode until the finale), "I Do and Adieu."
Woody appears in a commercial for a health food drink. Do you know what it's called?
In the season nine episode, "Veggie-Boyd," Woody becomes the spokesman for a new health drink made from broccoli, cauliflower and kale. Unfortunately, he only tries it after he makes the commercial, and the honest midwesterner is horrified when he realizes he can't stand its taste.
The first episode of the series, entitled "Give Me a Ring Sometime," aired on September 30, 1982. As with much of the show's first season, it did poorly in the ratings. Thankfully, NBC kept the show on the air, giving it time to find an audience. By season three, the sitcom was a hit.
How many kids does Carla have by the show's final season?
When the show beings, Carla has four children with her ex-husband, Nick. She goes on to have four more — one fathered by Nick, one fathered by Frasier's mentor, Dr. Bennett Ludlow, and twins fathered by her second husband, Eddie Lebec.
In what season does the character of Frasier Crane first appear?
Dr. Frasier Crane is first seen in the season three episode "Rebound: Part 1," which aired on September 27, 1984. Before revealing that he's her new boyfriend, Diane brings him to Cheers to help Sam deal with his alcohol relapse.
Crooner Harry Connick Jr. makes a guest appearance in the season 10 episode, "A Diminished Rebecca With a Suspended Cliff." Who does he play?
Russell Boyd, Woody's cousin
"Cheers" is not the only sitcom Harry Connick Jr. has acted on. Between 2002 and 2006, he starred in more than 20 episodes of "Will & Grace" as Leo Markus, Grace's husband. He also came back in 2017 for an episode of the show's reboot.
In a season five episode, Norm invests in a business. What's it called?
Taxes R Us
Tan N' Wash
Everyone wants in on Norm's new investment, which is a laundromat combined with sun-tanning facilities. The episode features this hilarious putdown from Carla: "You know, Diane, you shouldn't be investing in a tanning salon; you ought to be using one. You've got skin the color of Elmer's glue."
Woody makes his first appearance in the show's fourth season. How is the character introduced?
As a hitchhiker who stops by the bar
As a fan of Sam's
As Coach's penpal
In "Birth, Death, Love and Rice," the first episode of season four, Woody visits Cheers to meet his penpal, Coach. It's then that he finds out that Coach died, however, Sam offers him his late friend's job behind the bar.
In what season does the character of Rebecca Howe make her first appearance?
Played by Kirstie Alley, Rebecca first appears in the sixth season premiere, "Home is the Sailor," which aired on September 24, 1987. In the episode, we learn that Sam sold the bar after Diane left town, and Rebecca is its new corporate manager.
In the season nine episode entitled "It's a Wonderful Life," Norm is teased by the gang when it's revealed that his full name is actually Hilary Norman Peterson. He explains that Hilary was his grandfather's name.