So, I’ve begun re-watching Cheers since it’s on streaming Netflix, and also because of a really excellent blog posting on LanceMannion.typepad.com that analyzed Shelley Long and the Diane Chambers character in such an interesting light I decided to take another look at the series.
The article starts out:
“I’ve always thought Shelley Long’s been given a bum rap.
Her name’s become a synonym for really bad career move because of her decision to leave Cheers to pursue a movie career that never amounted to much, unless you think the two Brady movies are masterpieces of high artistic camp.
But given the information she had to work with at the time, a good case can be made—and I’m about to make it—that hers wasn’t a bad decision at all, just apparently unfortunate. In fact, all things considered at the time, it might have been the smart decision.”
Read the rest here: LanceMannion.typepad.com
I was a kid when this show was in syndication, so my memories are foggy and underdeveloped at best. Watching it now is sort of like my first real look at the show that spawned Frasier, (a show I do remember, and really enjoyed growing up). My clearer memories of Cheers revolve around the Rebecca years and the Woody years. So far, I definitely prefer Coach (Nicholas Colasanto) to Woody (Woody Harrelson), and am unsure if I prefer Rebecca Howe (Kirstie Alley), or Diane Chambers (Shelley Long) — I’m sure when I finish watching all 11 seasons on Netflix, I’ll have a verdict.
I’m currently on episode 6 of season 2. But check out this screen capture from S02E02, of Rhea Perlman playing Carla Tortelli’s sister Annette on the show. Annette was so different in demeanor and appearance from Carla, it was a testament to Rhea Perlman’s versatility as an actress:
Do you remember Cheers? Who do you prefer? Coach or Woody? Diane or Rebecca? All of the above or None of the above?