A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series highlights the value of friendship and community. It also treats drinking as a natural and acceptable part of creating community.
Positive Role Models
The characters all have good hearts, but many have serious character flaws. Sam is a womanizer. Diane is pretentious. Rebecca is a gold digger, etc. Some stereotyping.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Non-stop sexual innuendo. One of the main characters is a loveable womanizer. Some kissing, etc.
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Nothing beyond "hell" and "damn."
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Products & Purchases
The owner of the real Cheers bar made lots of money selling branded merchandise.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The show is set in a bar, and alcohol is constantly consumed, though characters don't ever seem drunk. Sam is a recovering alcoholic.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this classic 1980s bar-set sitcom is chock-full of sexual innuendo and sarcastic put-downs. The main character is a womanizer who talks constantly about getting women into bed, albeit through euphemisms only. The central joke is that he wants sex but doesn't want a commitment. Characters drink constantly, though rarely get drunk (Sam is a recovering alcoholic). All characters, though women a bit more frequently, are on the receiving end of biting insults.
Is It Any Good?
Cheers' humor, while expertly executed, is aimed squarely at adults. Not only does almost all of the action take place in a bar, with characters who drink constantly (though they never seem drunk), but sexual innuendo and sarcastic put-downs make up the bulk of the jokes. For example, Sam, talking about his hard-earned date for the evening, says she's "a tough nut to crack," and says she'll be going on "all the rides in Sammy's Magic Kingdom" later that night.
Jokes at the expense of women are common, from Norm's constant complaints about his unseen wife, Vera, to comments about Cliff's mother ("a hyena on bennies"). And Woody and Coach (Nicholas Colasanto) get their share of ribbing for being less than bright. Some viewers may find some of the humor offensive, like when Sam talks about a waiter at an Indian restaurant as a "300 pound Hindu with a goiter," but most of the jokes fly by so quickly that it's hard to stay focused on a single incident.
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