I’ll Be at the Bar

December 12, 2012

I started watching “Cheers” on Netflix about a year ago out of curiosity, boredom and an appreciation for Ted Danson.

I’ve worked my way through three seasons, and, lately, it’s become my go-to show to watch before bed.

Just like the regulars at the bar, “Cheers” is where I wind down after a long day.

So why does a sitcom that debuted in 1982 appeal to someone who was born in 1987? I think there’s a timelessness and a rhythm to “Cheers” that keeps it relevant and laugh-out-loud hilarious.

I credit the stellar performances and sharp writing, but there’s also something comforting about how, in almost every episode, you can guarantee that:

— Cheers owner Sam (Danson) will argue with waitress and on-and-off-again girlfriend Diane (Shelley Long).

— Waitress Carla (Rhea Perlman) will say something mean about Diane.

— When regular Norm (George Wendt) enters, everyone in Cheers will simultaneously shout “Norm!”

It’s cliche, but sometimes you really do want to go where everybody knows your name and everything — for the most part — stays the same.

Rudi Greenberg is Express' Weekend Pass editor and comedy columnist.
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