Cheers was a long-running American situation comedy produced by
Charles-Burrows-Charles Productions in association with Paramount
Television for NBC. The show was set in the eponymous Cheers bar in
Boston, Massachusetts, where a group of locals met to drink and
generally have fun. The show's theme song was written and performed by
Gary Portnoy with its famous refrain, "where everybody knows your
name" that also became the show's tagline. After premiering on
September 30, 1982, it was nearly cancelled during its first season
when it ranked dead last in ratings. However, Cheers eventually became
one of the most popular television shows in the United States, earning
a top-ten rating during seven of its eleven seasons and spending the
bulk of its run on NBC's Must See Thursday lineup. Its widely watched
series finale was broadcast on May 20, 1993, and the show's 273
episodes have now entered into a long and successful syndication run.
The show earned 26 Emmy Awards, out of a total of 117 nominations. The
character Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer) later starred in his own
successful spin-off, Frasier, after Cheers ended.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Emperor Charles VI issued the Pragmatic Sanction to ensure his
daughter Maria Theresa would inherit the Habsburg monarchy.
The American Revolutionary War began with the Battles of Lexington and
The signing of the Treaty of London formally recognised Belgian
independence from the United Kingdom of the Netherlands.
The first space station, Salyut 1, was launched.
Oklahoma City bombing: A car bomb was detonated in front of the Alfred
P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, killing 168
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By the rude bridge that arched the flood,Their flag to April's breeze
unfurled;Here once the embattled farmers stood;And fired the shot
heard round the world. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson