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It looks great: season two of the situation comedy many consider the best ever produced on American television has a superb presentation on this DVD collection. The colors are rich, the images sharp--a vast improvement over those murky reruns in perpetual TV syndication.

Then, of course, there are the consistently brilliant episodes from Cheers' sophomore year. Despite its low-rated debut in 1982, the ensemble farce set in a Boston bar confidently returned with several strong story arcs, including the turbulent, screwball romance between intellectual poseur Diane Chambers (Shelley Long) and affable primitive Sam Malone (Ted Danson), romantic conflicts for the sexually voracious and deeply cynical barmaid Carla (Rhea Perlman), and marital separation for beloved barfly Norm (George Wendt). With John Ratzenberger signing on as a full-time cast member (playing pompous jive-slinger and postman Cliff Claven), and those opaque one-liners by the clueless Coach (Nicholas Colasanto), Cheers was firing on all cylinders.

Episode highlights include "They Call Me Mayday," in which talk-show personality Dick Cavett, playing himself, convinces Sam the public would be interested in the former major league pitcher's autobiography--a notion that throws the unpublished, would-be novelist Diane into disbelief. Also wonderful is "Where There's a Will," guest-starring George Gaynes as a rich, dying man who leaves the gang $100,000 on a paper napkin will. "No Help Wanted" finds Sam's friendship with down-on-his-luck accountant Norm strained when the latter has a go at the bar's books, while the great "Coach Buries a Grudge" features the addled, elder statesman of Cheers delivering a memorable eulogy for a friend after discovering the dead man had an affair with his wife. Opinions vary about the worthiness of Cheers' latter years (the show ended in 1993), but no one disputes the merit of its groundbreaking start. --Tom Keogh

DVD Features

  • Available Audio Tracks: English
  • 4 discs, 22 episodes
  • Strictly Top Shelf: The Guys Behind The Bar (includes interviews with Ted Danson, George Wendt, and Rhea Perlman)
  • Cliff's Notes: The Wisdom of Cliff Clavin
  • Carla The Comeback Queen: Insults for Every Occasion
  • Di Another Day: Dianne Chambers From A-Z
  • Gag Reel: Bloopers From Season 2
  • Number of discs: 4

Cast

Ted DansonSam Malone
Shelley LongDiane Chambers
Nicholas ColasantoErnie 'Coach' Pantusso
Rhea PerlmanCarla Tortelli
John RatzenbergerCliff Clavin
George WendtNorm Peterson
Derek McGrathAndy Schroeder
Fred DryerDave Richards
Corey FeldmanMoose
Harry AndersonHarry 'The Hat' Gittes
Markie PostHeather Landon
George GaynesMalcolm Kramer
Dan HedayaNick Tortelli
Jean KasemLoretta Tortelli
Anne SchedeenEmily Phillips
Christopher LloydPhillip Semenko

  • Genre: TV
  • Director: Tim Berry
  • Producer: Paramount
  • Length: 539 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaSep 29, 1983
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJan 6, 2004
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