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Raise a Glass and Take Our ‘Cheers’ Quiz

We’ve got some sitcom trivia on tap for you


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For the millions of people who watched the beloved sitcom Cheers, Sam (Ted Danson), Diane (Shelley Long), Carla (Rhea Perlman), Woody (Woody Harrelson) and the rest of the gang weren’t just TV characters — they were friends you might rub elbows with at the bar. Wish you could buy them a beer? Do one better: Show them how much you miss them by acing our quiz, then stream your favorite episodes on Paramount+.

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Question 1 of 10

In what U.S. city was Cheers based?

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The show’s creators ultimately chose Boston because “It hadn’t been used very much on television, and we wanted a city with some charm — a city that would have that English-style sort of pub in it,” writer Les Charles told GQ. The Cheers bar was inspired by the Bull & Finch Pub in Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood, which officially changed its name to Cheers in 2002.

Question 2 of 10

When Shelley Long left after the show’s fifth season, she was replaced by what sitcom actress?

After five seasons playing uppity bartender Diane Chambers, Long decided to leave to pursue a career in film and spend more time with her newborn child. Kirstie Alley played bar manager and corporate foil Rebecca Howe for the show’s remaining six seasons.

Question 3 of 10

Bar owner Sam Malone was a local celebrity known for his short-lived career playing what sport?

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Before he was proprietor of his own bar, recovering alcoholic Sam “Mayday” Malone was a relief pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. His Major League Baseball career came to an untimely end after just five years due to excessive drinking.

Question 4 of 10

Which Cheers regular never paid his bar tab?

Bottomless beer-drinker Norm Peterson (George Wendt) was Cheers’ most loyal customer. He also was its most delinquent. One of the show’s running gags was that Norm never paid his tab. In 2022, men’s magazine MEL decided to calculate his beer debt, and writer Brian VanHooker determined that Norm owed an astonishing $124,406.90.

Question 5 of 10

Know-it-all barfly Cliff made his living working what job?

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Fellow bar patrons knew Cliff Clavin (John Ratzenberger) for his tall tales and his pretentious penchant for erroneous trivia. Cliff lived with his mother and worked as a mail carrier, and his uniform from the show is now on permanent display at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum.

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Question 6 of 10

True or false: Cheers was an instant hit when it premiered in 1982.

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Cheers is one of the highest-rated shows in television history — and one of the 10 greatest TV shows of all time, according to Rolling Stone magazine. But when it first aired on NBC in 1982, it ranked 77th out of 100 shows, according to Nielsen. Fortunately, audiences eventually caught on, allowing the sitcom to endure for an impressive 11 seasons before it ended in 1993.

Question 7 of 10

True or false: The character of Woody was not in the show’s original ensemble.

Dim-witted bartender Woody Boyd didn’t make his series debut until the show’s fourth season. Harrelson replaced actor Nick Colasanto, who played “Coach” Ernie Pantusso.

Question 8 of 10

Which show regular received his own spinoff?

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Dr. Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer) made his Cheers debut in Season 3 as a love interest for Diane. When the couple eventually split, the beer-swilling psychiatrist remained, eventually marrying fellow psychiatrist Lilith Sternin (Bebe Neuwirth). Frasier aired on NBC from 1993 until 2004 and won a whopping 37 Emmys.

Question 9 of 10

True or false: In the series finale, Sam and Diane finally get married.

In its final episode, “One for the Road,” Long reprises her role as Diane and rekindles her romance with Sam, who decides to close the bar and move to Los Angeles to be with her. At the last minute, however, the couple reconsiders and decides not to wed. Instead, Sam returns to his “one true love” — Cheers.

Question 10 of 10

Which beloved character received a touching tribute at the end of the show’s final episode?

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When actor Nicholas Colasanto died of a heart attack in 1985, Cheers producers wrote Coach out of the show. In the final scene of the show’s final episode, Sam straightens a crooked picture of Geronimo. The picture, it turns out, had previously hung in Colasanto’s dressing room.

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