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Thanksgiving with the gang from Cheers



One of my favorite sitcoms back in the 80s and early 90s was NBC’s Cheers. I liked the ensemble cast and writing and it was a fun show to watch whether it was the ongoing love spats between Sam Malone (Ted Danson) and Diane Chambers (Shelley Long), Carla Tortelli’s (Rhea Pearlman) acerbic wit and disdain for Diane or those lovable barflys Norm Peterson (George Wendt) and Cliff Claven (John Ratzenberger) debating life’s foibles and troubles.


One of my favorite episodes that I never get tired of watching was the one entitled Thanksgiving Orphans. In this classic episode, Diane is the only one who has made plans for Thanksgiving, as such Carla invites the rest of the Cheers gang to her place. They come over, but get very impatient as the afternoon passes waiting for Norm’s turkey (affectionately called “birdzilla” as the day progresses and their patience begins to wear thin) to cook. When Diane’s plans fall through, she joins them, to Carla’s disgust. And what happens next is a classic moment on television.







Happy Thanksgiving!


May the day be blessed with love and filled with warmth for you and your loved ones no matter where you are and how you celebrate this day.




  1. lisa leverton (lillyrose)

    November 27, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    Here I am, I used to love cheers as well, the people init are all so different in personality! have fun x

  2. I love this sitcom also, we came to the US in the 80s and I loved the Theme song, and often think back of Laos where I was born, these are my favorite parts of the song,

    “Making your way in the world today takes everything you’ve got.
    Taking a break from all your worries, sure would help a lot.

    Wouldn’t you like to get away?

    Sometimes you want to go

    Where everybody knows your name,
    and they’re always glad you came.
    You wanna be where you can see,
    our troubles are all the same
    You wanna be where everybody knows
    Your name.

    You wanna go where people know,
    people are all the same,
    You wanna go where everybody knows
    your name. “

  3. Thanks so much Lisa and Nye for stopping by and for your kind comments.

  4. Jeffrey,
    Cheers was one of my favorite sitcom. English is my second language. The joking part took me a while to understand since I have to translated from lao back to english. But now as I watch any sitcom I get the joke. Right now I’m hooked on Seinfield.

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