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Old 02-28-2010, 07:04 PM   #1
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Question Was Cheers the BEST Sitcom of the 80's?

1 - Cheers

The number one sitcom of the 80s is much deserving of this coveted spot. Cheers is all about the characters. The entire show takes place in a bar in Boston, and despite what one would think would be a creatively constraining setting the casting director made all the right choices to get it to work. Sam, Norm, Cliff, Frasier, Carla, Coach and Diane all played their roles to perfection, and as the star of NBC's must-see-TV Thursday, Cheers delivered the laughs week in and week out. The show went on for so long that actors inevitably left the show, but their replacements filled the void expertly. Many thought the show would suffer when Nicholas Colasanto who played the bumbling, forgetful Coach, died, but actor Wood Harrelson was fantastic in taking over, not as Coach, but the equally bumbling Woody. The truest tribute to the strength of the show is the number of its actors that have gone on to hugely successful acting careers. The stars of most 80s sitcoms seemed to gradually fade, perhaps because of marginal acting ability, or maybe because the actors had become typecast, but Cheers has solidly bucked that trend and boasts many alumni that have gone on to hugely successful television and film careers. As good as the other shows on this list are there can only be one choice for the best sitcom of the 80s. Cheers got it exactly right.

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No arguments here, great article. Cheers is my number 2 all time behind the one and only Frasier.
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Hands down number 1 of the 1980's and neck and neck with Mary Tyler Moore for number 1 all-time.
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Definitely #1 of the 80s...and to me #1 of all time. I don't really get Three's Company on this list...yes I would put it at #2, but I consider it more of a 70s show than 80s.
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