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.