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Old 11-27-2010, 12:35 PM   #31
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No question, I LOVE the Rebecca years! Oh my goodness she rocked. And I think that she and Sam had a lot of chemistry, she just did her best to ignore it, in her search for what she deemed better (ie Robin). I can tolerate Diane/Shelly Long, after Woody came on, but any episodes before that, I can't stand her at all. I love watching these old shows like Cheers in any event. The crap that is on primetime now, just makes me want to throw up. Cheers is proof that there was, at one time, TV worth watching. I miss Thursay nites! Cosby show, Family Ties, Cheers and Moonlighting. Ahh those were a good few years. Sorry to deviate so much. Cheers is the BOMB!
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I prefered the Diane years. The show wasn't the same after Coach died and Diane left.
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Yeh, I'm pretty sure Moonlighting was on Tuesdays after Growing Pains.

Back on topic, I've only seen 2 episodes of the Rebecca years, but I've got a feeling they just might surpass the Diane years, this being said, the Diane years were still very enjoyable, although Shelley Long left at the right time in my opinion.
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I'm more of a fan of the Rebecca years but some of the Diane episodes were pretty funny.
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I've always loved Cheers, but now as I watch reruns alternately with the Diane and Rebecca years I find that the Diane years are far superior.

The writing, the chemistry, the characterization.

I think Sam became an idiot, they changed his character, when Rebecca arrived. He basically begged her and followed her around, very different than the ladies man we saw before she arrived.

And it was just more fun because Sam and Diane both loved each other but at the same time drove each other nuts. And the supporting cast got to play off that great scenario as well.

Rebecca was just there to be chased by Sam and whine over her life and endlessly look for a sugar daddy.

Pretty boring when the episodes concentrated on Sam and Rebecca.

The supporting cast saved Cheers after Diane left, in my opinion.

Can't add anymore to the above. You summed it up in a nutshell.
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if I had to choose one, i'd pick the Diane years. I feel the best overall writing was during those seasons. But when I think of my personal funniest episodes, a good number of the episodes during Rebecca's years come to mind.
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The originals always best, after Diane left i lost interest in the show.
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I prefer the Diane over the Rebecca years from 'Cheers', mainly because the storylines overall were more believable.
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The Diane years Or the Rebbecca years? They we're both great.I think Sam and Diane Probably had a slightly better chemistry though.
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I've always loved Cheers, but now as I watch reruns alternately with the Diane and Rebecca years I find that the Diane years are far superior.

The writing, the chemistry, the characterization.

I think Sam became an idiot, they changed his character, when Rebecca arrived. He basically begged her and followed her around, very different than the ladies man we saw before she arrived.

And it was just more fun because Sam and Diane both loved each other but at the same time drove each other nuts. And the supporting cast got to play off that great scenario as well.

Rebecca was just there to be chased by Sam and whine over her life and endlessly look for a sugar daddy.

Pretty boring when the episodes concentrated on Sam and Rebecca.

The supporting cast saved Cheers after Diane left, in my opinion.
Your post is dead on. I could not agree with you more. I so love the Diane and Sam years and that's what I watch every night before I go to be. I just love them together. I have the first five years.
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I love the Diane years but I find the Rebecca years more rewatchable, actually season 4-11 are ensemble seasons and I can watch the episodes anytime I want because they focus on different characters. Diane even had a few episodes that focused on her dreams without a romance center (Diane, Dance, Diane, Art Imitates Life)


The first 3 seasons work better in order for me to watch because it's more like a drama.


Admittedly without someone to challenge Sam, he became the surrogate leader, never changing although his friendship with Rebecca, an attractive woman he ended caring about, actually backing off a woman during a bet in season 11 and him wanting a child showed some growth only to be forgotten near the end of the show.

The Diane years were gutsy showing the fallout of Sam's career and relapse of alcohol abuse, this is what made the first 3 so strong but that type of storytelling can't be duplicated year after year.
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I always felt that during the first three Diane years('82-'85)the actors were all working prodigiously at character devolpment.Largley because of this practice,the process was really hitting its stride around the time she left.Also,Kirstie Alley is funnier than Shelley Long.Period.
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Diane years - hands down. But I may be biased because I'm not a Kirstie Alley fan.
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I prefered the Diane years. The show wasn't the same after Coach died and Diane left.
Exactly, after Diane left the show I was not that invested in it at all because I love Diane and Sam together even though I still love Ted. In my opinion Rebecca was just awful.
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Like someone said after Diane left it seems as though his character changed he became so stupid (for lack of a better word). Like I mentioned before I am watching the first five years and coming on to the end Sam seemed so much more smarter and mature. It seems as though he got more intelligent as the show went on and I believed it probably had to be that way because of Diana and the part she played on the show. It seems as though sam got more intelligent as the show went on, but as soon as Diane left and Rebecca came on board he reverted back to his old self.
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