24 Surprising Facts About “Cheers” You May Not Know

There is always more to learn about the gang.

1. Sam Malone was originally going to be a retired football player. But the role was changed to a baseball player because of Ted Danson’s body type.

2. The series was originally set in Barstow, California.

4. Cheers was a family affair for Rhea Pearlman, who played Carla.

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Rhea’s sister wrote 17 episodes and produced 26 episodes of Cheers. Their father, Philip Perlman, also appeared in 32 episodes as an extra.

5. Norm’s real first name was actually Hillary. Norman was his middle name.

6. And he didn’t actually get to drink real beer.

It was “near beer,” with an alcohol content of 3.2 percent, and a pinch of salt added so that the mug kept a foamy head under the hot studio lights.

7. Which is even more frustrating for him because the bar was fully stocked.

8. The address of “Cheers” is 112½ Beacon Street.

112 Beacon Street is a brownstone currently owned by Fischer College.

9. Carla’s full name was quiet a mouthful. It was Carla Maria Victoria Angelina Teresa Apollonia Lozupone Tortelli LeBec.

10. During Season 1, they constantly mention the back door but no one ever uses it.

11. A cliffhanger was planned for the sixth season where Sam discovers he is at risk to be HIV positive. The episode was never filmed due to the writers’ strike.

12. John Lithgow was the first choice to play Frasier Crane.

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13. Shelley Long was pregnant during the third season so the writers had her stay behind the bar.

 

14. Cliff Clavin wasn’t originally a character in the script.

When John Ratzenberger went into audition he asked if they had a “bar know-it-all” yet. The writers liked the idea and made a role for him.

15. When Ted Danson chose to leave in 1993 the writers offered the main role to Woody Harrelson. However, he didn’t want to continue the show without Ted.

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16. There is an episode from the first season that has never been aired, nor does it appear in the Season 1 DVD set or on Netflix.

The special “mini-episode” was produced for the U.S. Treasury to be used during savings bonds drives.

A synopsis courtesy of IMDB: Cliff mentions that he is taking a trip to the land of Paul Gaugin, namely Tahiti. How can he afford such a trip? He invested in US Savings Bonds through the post office’s payroll savings plan. When Sam contemplates purchasing some savings bonds himself, Diane balks at the notion, believing that the stock market is the way to make money. Based on literature Sam has on hand and the knowledge that Cliff and Norm have on the issue, they try to convince Diane, Carla and Coach that bonds are not only a safe investment but a high yield and tax smart one.

17. When Sam is first introduced, he is walking out of the pool room. The last time we see him, he is walking back into it.

18. The book that Sam & Coach are using to learn geography, “The World & It’s People,” has a typo in its title.

It should be called The World and Its People.

19. The photo Sam adjusts in the finale hung in Nicholas Colasanto’s (Coach) dressing room.

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The picture of Geronimo, which can be seen on the back wall from the end of season 3 to the final episode of the series, used to be located in Nicholas Colasanto’s dressing room. When the beloved actor passed away, they moved the picture to the set, in his honor. In the final episode of Cheers, before Sam says his final line, he moves to the picture to adjust it. Ted did this as a final farewell to Nick.

20. Eddie’s death was intentional.

Jay Thomas (Eddie), a DJ radio host, was asked by a caller what it was like working on Cheers. Jay then made some not so nice comments about working with Rhea Perlman, who happened to be listening to his show that morning.

His comment cost him the Cheers job, which resulted in the death of Eddie LeBec via zamboni.

21. The writers often gave Kelsey Grammer bad lines on purpose to see if he could make them funny.

22. Chuck, the janitor, is introduced twice.

This scene was used in both the opening to the second part of the first season finale (Show Down: Part 2) and the sixth episode, Coach’s Daughter.

23. The series finished 77th - dead last - in the Nielsen ratings the week it debuted.

24. But had the second most watched series finale of all time and was voted “the best television show that has ever been” by GQ Magazine.

All facts come from IMDB and TV.com

update

This post has been updated to reflect our attribution standards.

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