It’s true: sometimes you do want to go where everybody knows your name. For those of us that have yet to find that pristine pub filled with heartwarming personalities who are always glad to see you, Cheers served as our virtual watering hole, est. 1982.

While network TV has always produced a more sanitized version of the world, Cheers did tackle some relevant social issues including alcoholism and addiction, homosexuality and adultery.

The show which would eventually spend six seasons in the top 5 and eventually rise to #1, almost didn’t make it past its first season, where it came in dead last in the rankings. But the show survived and went on to earn 28 Emmy awards (out of 117 nominations) and spin off the successful 90s sitcom Frasier.

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