Synopsis: It’s the cozy Boston bar where everybody knows your name…welcome to Cheers – the Emmy® Award-winning, smash-hit television series that kept the laughs uncorked for 11 years. Sam (Ted Danson) and Rebecca (Kirstie Alley) share their first kiss in Cheers: The Complete Eighth Season, but their romance is short-lived when millionaire playboy Robin Colcord sweeps Rebecca off her feet. But Sam quickly rebounds…with Rebecca’s favorite college professor! The laughs are on the house when Carla (Rhea Perlman), Woody (Woody Harrelson), Cliff (John Ratzenberger), Norm (George Wendt), along with Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) and Lilith (Bebe Neuwirth), order up double shots of unforgettable fun in the incredible eighth season of TV’s classic comedy hit…Cheers!
Cheers: Season 8 7.5
This is the weakest overall season since the beginning of the series. There are no excruciatingly bad episodes like there used to be, but there are also no especially great ones either; it’s all middle-of-the-road, average situational humour.
At this point, ‘Cheers’ has strictly become comfort food, but without much zing; I chuckled a lot along the way, smiled with quiet satisfaction even more, but I rarely lost my composure – as I used to with previous seasons (especially seasons 1-5).
Despite some intriguing premises, none of the episodes delivered rousing laughs. Only episode 13, “Sammy and the Professor”, truly stood out for me. The reason that I enjoyed it as much as I did is because they made it acceptable for an older woman to be casually sexual, without branding her a “cougar” in any way. There were no questions about it or issues aside from the fact that she was Rebecca’s college professor – and Rebecca was shocked that Sam would bed her idol.
Beyond this, I have very little to say about this season.
Everyone is basically going through the motions at this point, delivering their lines adequately but without any real vibrancy. George Wendt is mostly sleeping at the wheel, acting lifelessly, and his lines aren’t as funny as they used to be (not even his intros when he walks into the bar! ). Woody still has a few good bits, but his best remarks are behind him now. Sam’s returning to his old tricks, making him a livelier character than he’s been in years, but the energy isn’t here.
The only changes in this season are that Rebecca finally has a beau in Robin Colcord. But only a few good things come of it. And then there’s the fact that Sam finally gets to buy the bar back – which sets up a whole new dynamic for Season 9, seeing as Rebecca was, until now, a corporate employee. They will have to find a way for her to stay, and the dynamic with Sam as owner will certainly change things.
But do I care? Not that much. At this point, I’m a bit tired of the old gang. Who knows? Perhaps the show will get better in the next season – but I’m sceptical, based on the last three. No doubt I’ll get to Season 9 with time – but, for now, I feel no urgent need to go “where everybody knows your name”.