(Above: Ted Danson in Cheers. Source: Decades)
Over-the-air channel Decades will host a 43-hour, 86-episode binge of Cheers (NBC, 1982-1993), starting this Saturday, October 3, at noon ET (check with Decades.com/binge or Decade’s schedule page for airtime in your area).
Then beginning Monday, October 5, you can catch back-to-back episodes of Cheers weeknights at 11 pm., also on Decades.
Cheers retained its sharp one-liners and comic-timing until the very end of its 11-season, 271-episode run on NBC, although it might disappoint some to learn that this weekend’s Decades marathon doesn’t include many episodes featuring Diane Chambers (Shelly Long). In fact, Diane doesn’t show up until Monday, October 5, at 4:30 am ET for the three-part extended series finale, “One for the Road.” In it, Diane returns to the bar six years after having left Sam (Ted Danson) at the altar to pursue a writing career. Will Sam and Diane rekindle their passion? Get married?
Rebecca Howe (Kristie Alley), who replaced Long as Danson’s foil for seasons six to 12, is featured throughout this Decades curation, along with Carla Tortelli (Rhea Perlman), Woody Boyd (Woody Harrelson), Norm Peterson (George Wendt), Cliff Clavin (John Ratzenberger) and Dr. Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer).
Diane fans can see more of her when Decades begins the series from the beginning on Monday night.
A few of our favorite marathon episodes include:
Saturday, 5 pm, “Ma Always Liked You Best.” Ma Clavin (Frances Sternhagen) moves in with Woody when Cliff turns her away, fearing she would interfere with his freewheeling bachelor lifestyle. In retaliation, Ma tries to make Cliff jealous.
Saturday, 6:30 pm, “Bad Neighbor Sam.” Sam has a feud with the new owner of the upstairs restaurant, John Allen Hill (Keene Curtis), that culminates in Hill constructing a brick wall in front of the hall that leads to the bar’s restrooms and poolroom.
Monday, 6 am, “Cheers 20th Anniversary Special.” The late political talk show host John McLaughlin moderates a panel discussion with cast members.
What are some of your favorite episodes of Cheers? Feel free to add them to the comments section at the end of the article.
Cheers episodes are available from subscription streamers Hulu, CBS All Access and Peacock Premium (all three services make season one episodes available for free). You can also buy episodes for $1.99 each from Google Play, Amazon and other providers.
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