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.
3. In a hotel.
4. Cheers was a family affair for Rhea Pearlman, who played Carla.
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.
7. Which is even more frustrating for him because the bar was fully stocked.
8. The address of "Cheers" is 112½ Beacon Street.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
19. The photo Sam adjusts in the finale hung in Nicholas Colasanto's (Coach) dressing room.
20. Eddie's death was intentional.
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.
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.
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