Cheers/The Boys in the Bar

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The Boys in the Bar
Season 1, Episode 16
Airdate January 27, 1983
Written by Ken Levine &
David Isaacs
Directed by James Burrows
Produced by James Burrows,
Glen Charles,
Les Charles
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The Boys in the Bar is the sixteenth episode of the first season of Cheers.

Starring: Ted Danson (Sam Malone), Shelley Long (Diane Chambers), Nicholas Colasanto (Ernie "Coach" Pantusso), Rhea Perlman (Carla Tortelli), George Wendt (Norm Peterson)

Alan Autry (Tom Kenderson), John Furey (Larry), Michael Kearns (Richard), Kenneth Tigar (Ken), Lee Ryan (Bob), Jack Knight (Jack), Tom Babson (Barney), Wesley Thompson (Photographer), Shannon Sullivan (Reporter #1), John Bluto (Reporter #2), Harry Anderson (Harry Gittes)

and John Ratzenberger (Cliff)


Plot Overview

Sam's old friend writes a book, and Sam agrees to let him use the bar for some publicity events before reading the book. When the day arrives, we learn that the book is about Sam's former teammate coming out of the closet. When the gang at the bar sees all the publicity for a gay book being conducted at Cheers, they fear it will turn their beloved bar into a hangout for gay men.


Arc Advancement





The Show

Behind the Scenes

  • This episode received a Media Award from GLAAD (the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation).

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments