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Cheers Weekly

George Tsakiridis and Randy Woodbury embark on a weekly rewatch of the classic TV sitcom Cheers in a podcast that engages classic television, 80's pop culture, and nostalgic euphoria. George is an actor/writer from Chicago, IL and Randy is a screenwriter currently based out of London.
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May 3, 2021

A season finale for the ages!  First, you get the normal top shelf product with reviews of S7E21 "Sisterly Love" and S7E22 "The Visiting Lecher". Then you get the bonus of the season 7 bottle service winner.  But the grand prize...an interview with Cheers executive producer and writer, Phoef Sutton!!!!  Invite some friends, grab a crate of the good wine from the basement and enjoy!  (Interview starts: 9:40 / S7E21 starts 1:13:48 / S7E22 starts 1:39:00)

Apr 26, 2021

If this were a Seinfeld episode, it would be called "The Song".  If this were a Friends episode, it would be called "The One with The Song".  It's the Song.  Woody's Song.  That's all that needs to be said.  Count up your gambling winnings, order up a some martinis and enjoy "The Gift of the Woodi" and "Call Me Irresponsible"!  (S7E19 starts 8:35 / S7E20 starts 31:25)

Apr 12, 2021

A turning point in the history of Cheers as over the course of two episodes, Sam starts realizing some of his deep emotional and character flaws.  But does it work as comedy gold?  Is it more of "Slimy Sam", as Randy puts it, that's difficult to laugh along with? Or is it the long but progressively improving growth in a character's journey as George would contend?  Plus we get multiple chances to discuss Sam's hair and the most powerful use of the word "maybe" in sitcom history.  Order up some lobster, be sure to eat everything including the green stuff, and enjoy "Hot Rocks" and "What's Up, Doc?"!  (S7E17 starts - 6:45 / S7E18 starts - 28:30)

Mar 29, 2021

Rebecca has finally had it with corporate and takes a side-gig helping Norm's struggling painting business.  And with it, comes the creation of Carl Chameleon!  Will this success be enough to allow Rebecca to finally tell the bosses to take this job and shove it?  Will the Cranes be changed in their eternal outlook now that Lilith is pregnant?  And will Sammy survive trying to keep up with a new love interest half his age?  Order up some Cosmos and enjoy "Don't Paint Your Chickens" and "The Cranemakers"! (S7E15 starts - 7:00 / S7E16 starts - 27:45)

Mar 22, 2021

A few key parts of the Cheers canon are introduced in our episodes this week. First, we witness the introduction of Kelly Gaines, a possible love interest of Woody's. Is this just a revenge ploy on her boyfriend or possibly something more. And then we get the introduction of a future cast member...Baby Sternin-Crane! Which one do you remember more fondly?  How does a "hot foot" come into play?  And more importantly, see if you can recognize Jackie Swanson from an iconic 80s action movie.  Order up a couple drinks from that bartender that keeps telling sob stories and enjoy "Golden Boyd" and "I Kid You Not"!  (S713 starts - 10:10 / S714 starts - 34:00)

Feb 22, 2021

Following up the heels of two of the best episodes in the Cheers canon, can the momentum continue? Rebecca is stuck doing favors for another corporate hack while Cliff finds love in the most likely of places.  Plus, Sleazy Sam is on the prowl and may have finally found something that may be of interest to Rebecca.  All that and a  handy public speaking technique as recommended by our own Dr. Crane.  So light a couple of candles, put on the Righteous Brothers and enjoy "Adventures in Housesitting" and "Please Mr. Postman"! (S7E11 starts - 10:15 / S7E12 starts - 30:30)

Feb 15, 2021

Our loyal listeners are in for such a treat this week as they will witness one of the best episodes of the entire series.  But which one is it?  Will it be the one that focuses on Sam trying to date both a mother and daughter at the same time while Frasier subs as a clown at a child's birthday party?  Or will it be the next chapter of the Bar War sage against Gary's Olde Towne Tavern?  Or maybe they both will raise to the occasion?  It is just an abundance of riches this week, so order up your favorite Bloody Mary and enjoy "Send in the Crane" and "Bar Wars II:  The Woodman Strikes Back"! (S7E9 starts - 10:10 / S7E10 starts - 34:25)

Feb 1, 2021

It's Transportation Week here at Cheers Weekly!  The Lilith Sternin-Crane Driving Academy is now accepting applications while the NWC Sky-Diving School (that would stand for Norm Woody Cliff) are readying another epic jump.  Will Lilith be the source of a road rage incident?  Will are favorite barflies really jump out of plane and convince Sam to come with?  And more importantly, would either George or Randy take the plunge if given the opportunity.  Sit back, enjoy and try not to blow chow at 5000 feet while enjoying "How to Win Friends & Electrocute People" and "Jumping Jerks". (S7E7 starts - 11:40 / S7E8 starts - 35:45)

Jan 25, 2021

A homage to Eastern German figure skaters and Cold War nuclear negotiations.  Allegations of unfaithfulness.  Secret interior design skills masking a hidden relationship with a sports star.  Is it even possible to imagine a better combination of ingredients for sitcom hilarity for our beloved show?  But do George and Randy agree?  Order up a couple brewskis and enjoy "Those Lips, Those Ice" and "Norm, Is That You?"! (S7E5 starts - 9:15 / S7E6 starts - 28:50)

Jan 4, 2021

The executive carousal at the corporate parent of Cheers continues as Mr. Stone is out and Mr. Teal is in.  But Mr. Teal is quite a bit different from the other executives Rebecca has pined for.  How will Sam and Rebecca play this to their advantage?  And in this two-parter, we have both George's and Randy's favorite lines of the series...but they are NOT the same line.  Can you guess what they are?  Order up a couple of pina coladas and enjoy "Executive Sweet" and "One Happy Chappy in a Snappy Serape"!  (S7E3 starts - 11:55 / S7E4 starts - 31:35)

Dec 28, 2020

The bar is back open and Cheers Weekly is back for the season 7 premiere!  And what a premiere we have as roles have been reversed.  Mr. Drake is out at corporate and Mr. Stone is in.  This leads to a manager change at our beloved pub that is not received well.  Then in our second episode, we go deep into theology as Sam struggles regarding an oath made to God.  Will Sam get to live out Rebeccas's fantasy?  Will Sam keep his oath to God?  And does Cliff Clavin has a big mouth figuratively and literally?  Find all those answers and more with "How to Recede in Business" and "Swear to God".  (S7E1 starts - 7:50 / S7E2 starts - 29:08)

Nov 9, 2020

It's the Season 6 finale!  It's the Season 6 edition of Cheers Weekly bottle service designation for best episode of the year!  And for a bonus, we get to learn the context for "hot fire below".  Nothing else really needs to be said.  Enjoy "Backseat Becky, Up Front"!  (S6E25 starts - 13:35)

Nov 2, 2020

It is time for the battle of the titans and we have a dual main event!!  In our first bout, we have Gary's Olde Towne Tavern versus our gang at Cheers! In our second bout, we have Boyd versus Malone for king of the pack!  Who comes our victorious?  Who retains their pride?  And who, in the immortal words of Al, ends up pretty weenie?  Order up some Kahlua and enjoy "Bar Wars" and "The Big Kiss-Off"!  (S6E23 starts - 5:48 / E6E24 starts - 33:50)

Oct 26, 2020

Let's play 'would you rather' on Cheers Weekly!  Would you rather be a Senior Bartender or the Executive Supervising Bartender?  Would you rather go on a Caribbean vacation or be given an original Tidwell?  And most importantly, would you rather listen to a 2-hour lecture on the Revolt of the Comuneros or become a grandfather in your 40s?  Be quick on the draw at family dinner and enjoy "Our Hourly Bread" and "Slumber Party Massacred"!  (S6E21 starts - 8:45 / S6E22 starts - 30:35)

Oct 19, 2020

Eddie finds a new job but Carla has an overriding fear that is preventing her from embracing it.  And we've seen Sleazy Sam quite a bit this season, but now we see Corporate Sam?!?!  What's up with that?  All that plus a bonus help...do you know where your happy place is?  Order up something from the drink cart and enjoy "Airport V" and "The Sam in the Grey Flannel Suit"! (S6E19 starts - 6:05 / S6E20 starts - 30:45)

Oct 12, 2020

These are crazy times at our favorite neighborhood bar!  We have bachelor parties and cold feet on marriage.  We have Wang Chung lyrics and rich people's closets.  And we even have a threat of killer bees!!!  But most importantly, we have the LARGEST difference of opinion in the history of Cheers Weekly!  Who is right?  Who is wrong?   Let your voice be heard and witness the chaos of "To All The Girls I've Loved Before" and "Let Sleeping Drakes Lie"!  (S6E17 starts - 6:50 / S6E18 starts - 40:20)

Oct 5, 2020

Evan Drake looms large over Cheers Weekly as not only does he arrange for an employee to cover for Carla while on maternity leave (for reasons unknown) but he also hosts Sam and Rebecca on his yacht.  Does Sleazy Sam show up?  Does Jealous Rebecca ruin her chances with Evan?  And in a historic moment we meet Sam's 'sister'.  Plus as a bonus, take a guess on how much Evan's yacht costs.  Order up some lobster and ham and enjoy "Tale of Two Cities" and "Yacht of Fools".  (S6E15 starts - 11:30 / S6E16 starts - 36:58)

Sep 14, 2020

Frasier versus Ali.  Magic versus Bird.  Hamilton versus Burr.  And to the classic pantheon of rivals we add:  Clavin versus Peterson.  Mailman versus Painter.  Who will prevail between these titans of the bar? Plus, we get a cameo from a star from a rival network as well as the definition of true grit and courage.  Order up some Manhattans and enjoy "Woody for Hire Meets Norman of the Apes" and "And God Created Woodman"!  (S6E13 starts - 12:10 / S6E14 starts - 34:45)

Sep 7, 2020

This week's double feature is greatly influence by movies and musicals.  My Fair Lady and It's A Wonderful Life are more than just alluded to, they are foundational to our dear gang in the bar.  But which one uses the influence more effectively?  Will it be Cliff's attempt to channel Henry Higgins or Sam's attempt to channel George Bailey?  And how does a lingerie fashion show play into all that?  Grab a chair by the piano, some Irish Coffee and enjoy "My Fair Clavin" and "Christmas Cheers"!  (S6E11 starts - 8:22 / S6E12 starts - 35:14)

Aug 31, 2020

As the great Ernie Banks once said, let's play two!  Not only do we get to witness the birth of Woody's love of acting (as Mark Twain), we also get to witness the first appearance of the all-powerful Evan Drake (in a great recurring guest role for Tom Skerritt).  Plus as a bonus, George and Randy debate the future of movie theaters and you get to answer for yourself the life-altering question - would you rather see Woody Boyd in "Authors from Hell" or "Hello Donald!"?  Grab yourself a mimosa and enjoy "Puddin' Head Boyd" and "A Kiss is Still a Kiss".  (S6E9 starts - 8:05 / E6E10 starts - 27:08)

Aug 24, 2020

Cheers Weekly goes deep this week.  An in-depth examination of the role gentrification plays in urban society and the generational reaction function.  In other words...Cliff and Ma Clavin fight over selling the family home to developers.  Plus, Woody and Sam are the capstones of bachelor auction for charity - but their respective winners could not be more different.  Put on some nice music to dance to and enjoy "The Last Angry Mailman" and "Bidding on the Boys"! (S6E7 starts - 8:40 / S6E8 starts - 38:45)

Aug 17, 2020

The season is now in full swing and we are starting to see the ensemble shine!  Frasier is feeling the pressure of Lilith's commitment demands and seeks hope in another.  Norm's talents are broader then we realize and leads to us learning more about the new manager of Cheers.  Then there is Sam.  Sam....Sam..Sam.  What path are you on my friend?  So sit back and relax and enjoy "The Crane Mutiny" and "Paint Your Office"! (S6E5 starts - 8:33 / S6E6 starts - 32:15)

Aug 10, 2020

Love is in the air and wedding bells abound as the Cheers gang witness one of the more unique wedding engagements, toasts, ceremony and reception in all of history....in a span of about 48 hours.  Plus Randy has a mea culpa from a previous episode and George debates singing a few bars of Whitesnake.  So enjoy "Little Carla, Happy At Last Part 1 & Part 2".  (S6E3 starts - 10:35 / S6E4 starts - 33:47)

Aug 3, 2020

Cheers Weekly is back open for Season 6!  And things...oh they have changed.  Kirstie Alley enters stage right as the new female lead.  Our beloved bar is under new management by a large corporation. And Sam is sailing around the world...sort of.  Closer to home, Cheers Weekly will now be dropping double episodes each week and, in the biggest news yet, a new Cheers Weekly Rating Challenge scale is being introduced for the Rebecca Howe years!  So sit back, order up a Kon Tiki Tiki and enjoy "Home is the Sailor" and "I on Sports".  (S6E1 starts - 10:05 / S6E2 starts - 38:30)

May 18, 2020

There are few words to describe how historic this episode is.  The Season 5 finale.  The final performance of Shelley Long as Diane Chambers.  The possible wedding of Sam and Diane.  And to top it all off, George and Randy revealing their best episode of the season and bestowing the revered "Cristal with Bottle Service" designation.  Maybe for the last time... so sit back, relax and enjoy "I Do Adieu"!  (Review starts - 13:40)

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