Where everybody knows your name
Cheers is one of the best ensemble comedies which revolves arounds the characters found in its namesake bar. There is conflict as well as camaraderie between the different members who frequent the drinking establishment and it creates a pleasant diversion from the monotony of everyday life, without actually having to go to a bar.
The show was funny because of its easy going simplicity marked with touches of sophistication without pretension. The main protagonist was the glue holding the disparate drinking buddies together with his kind demeanour and street smarts. A side character would even eventually go on to star in his own hit show.
While I was in Boston, I tried paying a visit to the replica bar created after the original bar in the show but unfortunately it did not allow entry before 11am. As always, one leaves any great city, such as Boston, with at least one thing left undone.
“Family meeting! Family meeting!”
— Dick Solomon
“Bernard, I have served eleven governments in the past thirty years.
If I had believed in all their policies, I would have been passionately committed to keeping out of the Common Market, and passionately committed to going into it…
… A nationalisation freak and a privatisation maniac; but above all, I would have been a stark-staring, raving schizophrenic.”
— Sir Humphrey Appleby
“Education in this country is a disaster. We’re supposed to be preparing children for a working life. Three quarters of the time they’re bored stiff!”
”Well I should have thought that being bored stiff for three quarters of the time was an excellent preparation for working life.”
— Jim Hacker & Sir Humphrey