A look into one of the most beloved sitcoms of all time, Cheers: A Cultural History examines the early struggles of the show to find an audience to its multiple Emmy wins. This book also takes a look at the shows memorable cast of characters, from Sam and Diane to Carla, Woody, Norm, Cliff, and Frasier.
The authors follow up their recent Frasier: A Cultural History (2017) with an equally interesting look at that show’s predecessor ... Combining perceptive analysis with infectious enthusiasm, this is a must-read for Cheers devotees.
... well-researched and engaging ... An extensive bibliography and notes and a compendium of individual episodes enhance the narrative ... A must for Cheers fans and students of popular culture, this is a thorough and thoughtful look at a groundbreaking television gem.
If readers do not already believe the sitcom Cheers was a monumental television comedy, this book will do little to convince them. A serviceable survey ... Relying heavily on quotes from other critics and bland assertions such as calling it 'one of the greatest television shows of all time,' the Darowskis mostly dish out generalizations. There are the odd gems...But except for those moments, and the odd consideration of issues such as how Sam Malone’s womanizing comes across in the #MeToo era, there is not much here to keep readers’ attention. This thin account of a hugely popular TV show disappoints.