Cheers (season 8)

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Cheers (season 8)
Cheers season 8.jpg
Region 1 DVD
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 26
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Original run September 21, 1989 (1989-09-21) – May 3, 1990 (1990-05-03)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1 June 13, 2006 (2006-06-13)
Region 2 August 6, 2012 (2012-08-06)
Region 4 April 27, 2009 (2009-04-27)
Season chronology
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List of Cheers episodes

The eighth season of Cheers, an award-winning American television sitcom, originally aired on NBC in the United States between September 21, 1989 and May 3, 1990. The show was created by director James Burrows and writers Glen and Les Charles under production team Charles Burrows Charles Productions, in association with Paramount Television.

Background[edit]

Season synopsis[edit]

Rebecca begins to fear she will die alone and has erotic dreams about Sam, and just as she is about to pursue these dreams, the English billionaire Robin Colcord, dazzles Rebecca which leads to them dating. Later she finds out he has another girlfriend, and so the two women compete for his affections. Eddie is killed by saving a fellow team member, by pushing him out of the way of an oncoming ice vehicle, but is hit by it himself. At his funeral, Carla learns that Eddie had a secret wife, with whom he had a child. Norm gets a stalker in the form of his secretary, who believes he fired her because he is attracted to her. Lilith finally gives birth to little Frederick, while Frasier is not there, but Sam is! Cliff appears on jeopardy and loses all his money on the last question, for making a stupid remark. Robin lends Sam, Norm, Cliff and Carla his yacht to enter a race, but has a bomb on board. Woody meets Kelly's mother who performs sexual advances towards Woody. Lilith writes a new book for women, which becomes a success, based on why some men are bad for women, which she based on Sam. Rebecca realizes that Robin has used her to gain access to the company's accounts and becomes unsure as to whether she should turn him over to the police.

Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No. No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Ratings / share / viewers / rank
169 1 "The Improbable Dream, Part 1" James Burrows Cheri Eichen and Bill Steinkellner September 21, 1989 (1989-09-21) 24.1 / 39 / 36.4 mil. / #3[rat8 1]
Just as Rebecca fears for her sanity because of the erotic dreams she's been having about Sam, multi-millionaire Robin Colcord sweeps her off her feet. 
170 2 "The Improbable Dream, Part 2" James Burrows Cheri Eichen and Bill Steinkellner September 28, 1989 (1989-09-28) 24.3 / 39 / 36.1 mil. / #3[rat8 2]
Rebecca quickly forgets about Sam after she agrees to go to California with Robin Colcord. 
171 3 "A Bar Is Born" James Burrows Phoef Sutton October 12, 1989 (1989-10-12) 22.4 / 37 / 33.6 mil. / #3[rat8 3]
Sam is upset that he has no real goal in life so he is driven to open up another bar of his own, which isn't very easy on the eyes. 
172 4 "How to Marry a Mailman" James Burrows Brian Pollack and Mert Rich October 19, 1989 (1989-10-19) 24.7 / 38 / 37.2 mil. / #1[rat8 4]
The young woman Cliff turned in for stealing a Post Office vehicle returns from Canada with an offer that literally blinds Cliff. 
173 5 "The Two Faces of Norm" Andy Ackerman Eugene B. Stein October 26, 1989 (1989-10-26) 24.1 / 39 / 35.7 mil. / #3[rat8 5]
Norm invents a strict curmudgeon of a partner to boss around his easygoing paint crew while Sam goes crazy with concern after selling his precious 'Vette. 
174 6 "The Stork Brings a Crane" Andy Ackerman David Lloyd November 2, 1989 (1989-11-02) 24.4 / 37 / 37.6 mil. / #3[rat8 6]
Lilith goes into labor as Cheers celebrates its centennial. Guest appearance by Mayor Raymond Flynn
175 7 "Death Takes a Holiday on Ice" James Burrows Ken Levine and David Isaacs November 9, 1989 (1989-11-09) 24.3 / 38 / 36.2 mil. / #2[rat8 7]
Carla learns that Eddie led a secret life when a second widow shows up at his funeral. 
176 8 "For Real Men Only" James Burrows David Pollock and Elias Davis November 16, 1989 (1989-11-16) 24.0 / 37 / 36.1 mil. / #4[rat8 8]
Frasier and the guys cringe over plans to attend his son's circumcision while Rebecca struggles to throw an interesting retirement party for a very dull corporate employee. 
177 9 "Two Girls for Every Boyd" James Burrows Dan O'Shannon and Tom Anderson November 23, 1989 (1989-11-23) 16.5 / 31 / 28.4 mil. / #13[rat8 9]
Woody has trouble with the love scenes (with Lisa Kudrow) for his first starring role and the guys have a beard-growing competition. (In this episode, Frasier tells patrons that his father was neglectful and a busy scientist before he died. (This later turns out to be a lie, as reveal in the Frasier episode "The Show Where Sam Shows Up".) 
178 10 "The Art of the Steal" James Burrows Sue Herring November 30, 1989 (1989-11-30) 25.4 / 40 / 37.1 mil. / #2[rat8 10]
Rebecca and Sam are trapped overnight in Robin Colcord's deluxe security apartment while the gang passes the time playing Monopoly. 
179 11 "Feeble Attraction" Andy Ackerman Dan O'Shannon and Tom Anderson December 7, 1989 (1989-12-07) 24.2 / 38 / 36.2 mil. / #2[rat8 11]
Norm fires his secretary, who sees it as proof that he's wildly attracted to her and Rebecca becomes obsessed with a surprise hidden in the desk Robin gave her. 
180 12 "Sam Ahoy" James Burrows David Lloyd December 14, 1989 (1989-12-14) 22.5 / 36 / 33.3 mil. / #2[rat8 12]
Robin lends Sam and the gang his yacht race in a regatta, but the motley crew discovers a bomb in the refrigerator, right next to the beer. 
181 13 "Sammy and the Professor" James Burrows Brian Pollack and Mert Rich January 4, 1990 (1990-01-04) 24.2 / 36 / 35.8 mil. / #1[rat8 13]
Carla faces an audit while Rebecca's idol, her business school professor, makes an investment in Sam. 
182 14 "What Is... Cliff Clavin?" Andy Ackerman Dan O'Shannon and Tom Anderson January 18, 1990 (1990-01-18) 24.7 / 37 / 37.7 mil. / #1[rat8 14]
Cliff appears on the game show Jeopardy! when it comes to Boston. Sam attempts to find out who lifted his little black book of girlfriend's names. 
183 15 "Finally! Part 1" James Burrows Ken Levine and David Isaacs January 25, 1990 (1990-01-25) 25.0 / 37 / 37.9 mil. / #3[rat8 15]
Tonight might be the night that Rebecca and Robin finally get together, despite Sam's presence. 
184 16 "Finally! Part 2" James Burrows Ken Levine and David Isaacs February 1, 1990 (1990-02-01) 22.7 / 34 / 33.4 mil. / #2[rat8 16]
The aftermath of their get together isn't all she hoped it would be, when Rebecca finds Robin with another woman. 
185 17 "Woody or Won't He" Andy Ackerman Brian Pollack and Mert Rich February 8, 1990 (1990-02-08) 22.8 / 35 / 34.5 mil. / #2[rat8 17]
A mechanical bull gets the better of Cliff while Woody tries to deal with the romantic advances of his girlfriend's mother. 
186 18 "Severe Crane Damage" Andy Ackerman Dan O'Shannon and Tom Anderson February 15, 1990 (1990-02-15) 23.3 / 35 / 35.2 mil. / #2[rat8 18]
Lilith goes on a talk show to promote her new book about men who are bad for women and takes along her prime example-Sam. 
187 19 "Indoor Fun with Sammy and Robby" Andy Ackerman Phoef Sutton February 22, 1990 (1990-02-22) 23.6 / 36 / 35.8 mil. / #1[rat8 19]
Rebecca dreams of a perfectly romantic day with Robin. Robin on the other hand has dared Sam to a series of adolescent challenges. 
188 20 "50–50 Carla" James Burrows David Lloyd March 8, 1990 (1990-03-08) 23.4 / 36 / 34.4 mil. / #2[rat8 20]
Carla and Eddie's other widow Gloria become best buddies but the friendship is threatened when Carla learns the two-timer left $50,000 in insurance and Woody worries about a nude scene when he's cast in a revival of Hair. 
189 21 "Bar Wars III: The Return of Tecumseh" James Burrows Ken Levine and David Isaacs March 15, 1990 (1990-03-15) 22.1 / 35 / 32.6 mil. / #1[rat8 21]
Sam and the gang team up to get back at Gary when it appears as if the Olde Towne Tavern had a role in Tecumseh's disappearance. Note that there is a possible continuity error made in this episode with respect to the character Frasier Crane. Frasier mentions that his parents are dead – which contradicts the Cheers spinoff series Frasier, in which Frasier lives with his father in Seattle. 
190 22 "Loverboyd" James Burrows Brian Pollack and Mert Rich March 29, 1990 (1990-03-29) 23.8 / 38 / 35.5 / #2[rat8 22]
Norm becomes the designated driver for Cheers while Woody is a little less than pleased when Kelly heads to Europe for school. 
191 23 "The Ghost and Mrs. Lebec" James Burrows Dan Staley and Rob Long April 12, 1990 (1990-04-12) 19.7 / 33 / 30.1 mil. / #2[rat8 23]
Carla calls for an exorcism at Cheers after seeing Eddie's ghost. Rebecca goes on television to complain about a defective product, not knowing who actually owns the company that makes it. 
192 24 "Mr. Otis Regrets" Andy Ackerman Ken Levine and David Isaacs April 19, 1990 (1990-04-19) 21.9 / 35 / 32.9 mil. / #1[rat8 24]
In an attempt to find out what Robin's new girlfriend is like, Rebecca asks Sam to oversee she and Robin at an outing, while Sam continues to try and get Rebecca into bed. Woody gets a female response to his ad for a roommate. 
193 25 "Cry Hard" James Burrows Dan O'Shannon and Tom Anderson April 26, 1990 (1990-04-26) 21.2 / 34 / 31.8 mil. / #2[rat8 25]
Rebecca is taken by surprise when she finds out Robin had used her personal corporate account to gain information about the company. She must now face the tough decision of whether or not she wants to turn him in to the authorities. 
194 26 "Cry Harder" James Burrows Teleplay: Cheri Eichen, Bill Steinkellner and Phoef Sutton
Story: Bill Steinkellner
May 3, 1990 (1990-05-03) 21.1 / 33 / 30.8 mil. / #3[rat8 26]
After Sam turns Robin in, he is rewarded with an offer to buy back Cheers at the price of one dollar. Robin proposes to Rebecca but flees the country, only to quickly return and find out she and Sam have been fooling around. 

Production[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Season 8 received a 91 out of 100 on metacritic, meaning critical acclaim.[1] Jeffrey Robinson of DVDTalk said that "it offers 26 episodes of hilarity." He felt the episodes were well written with hilarious dialogue, and decently crafted storylines.[2] W.L. Swarts gave the season a mixed review, saying "It’s a tough thing to keep a show fresh for years on end, but Cheers season 8 is still good." But say's "it falls back on some standards."[3]

Accolades[edit]

DVD release[edit]

Cheers: The Complete Eighth Season
Set Details[2]
Release Dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
June 13, 2006 August 6, 2012 April 27, 2009

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cheers - Season 8 Reviews". Metacritic. 2013-06-07. Retrieved 2013-08-16. 
  2. ^ a b "Cheers - The Complete Eighth Season : DVD Talk Review of the DVD Video". Dvdtalk.com. Retrieved 2013-08-16. 
  3. ^ "W.L. Swarts Reviews The Universe: Leaning Average, Cheers Season Eight Is Still Fun!". Wlswarts.blogspot.co.uk. 2012-12-21. Retrieved 2013-08-16. 

Ratings sources[edit]

According to many newspapers, including the main source USA Today, the 1989–90 Nielsen ratings are based on 92.1 million households that have at least one television.

  1. ^ September 27, 1989. Record no. 214331.
  2. ^ October 4, 1989. Record no. 215742.
  3. ^ October 18, 1989. Record no. 218595
  4. ^ October 25, 1989. Record no. 220074.
  5. ^ November 1, 1989. Record no. 221508.
  6. ^ November 8, 1989. Record no. 222932.
  7. ^ November 15, 1989. Record no. 224364.
  8. ^ November 22, 1989. Record no. 225766.
  9. ^ November 29, 1989. Record no. 226865.
  10. ^ December 6, 1989. Record no. 228257.
  11. ^ December 13, 1989. Record no. 229628.
  12. ^ December 20, 1989. Record no. 230948.
  13. ^ January 10, 1990. Record no. 234602.
  14. ^ January 24, 1990. Record no. 237376.
  15. ^ January 31, 1990. Record no. 239189.
  16. ^ February 7, 1990. Record no. 240525.
  17. ^ February 14, 1990. Record no. 241948.
  18. ^ February 21, 1990. Record no. 243308.
  19. ^ February 28, 1990. Record no. 244938.
  20. ^ March 14, 1990. Record no. 247753.
  21. ^ March 21, 1990. Record no. 249195.
  22. ^ April 4, 1990. Record no. 252035.
  23. ^ April 18, 1990. Record no. 254889.
  24. ^ April 25, 1990. Record no. 256312.
  25. ^ May 2, 1990. Record no. 257677.
  26. ^ May 9, 1990. Record no. 259054.