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Cherry Pop

'Cheers - The Complete Eighth Season'
(Ted Danson, Shelley Long, et al / 4-Disc DVD / NR / (1982) 2006 / Paramount)

Overview: Sam Malone, a former baseball star, is the head of a nice little bar where Norm, Cliff, Dr. Frasier and all the other regular customers spend together a few hours every day, talking about their problems, laughing at each other's flaws, trying to be there when someone else needs them. "Cheers" is the place where everybody knows your name...

DVD Verdict: After getting seasons 6 and 7 out at a reasonable timeframe, Paramount sat on this one for awhile. The continuing banter between Sam and Rebecca reaches a climax as we meet pathetic Rebecca's latest love, Robin Colcord. This season also introduces Frederick Crane (Frasier and Lilith's child) and features one of my favorite episodes, Cliff's appearance on Jeopardy! with a guest appearance by Alex Trebek. So, in truth, during the 1989-90 season nothing really changed at the Cheers bar/restaurant. Well, aside from Dr. Frasier Crane(Kelsey Grammer) and Lilith Sternin (Bebe Neuwirth) getting real hot and heavy with their romance. Sometime around now, Sam Malone(Ted Danson) finally regained ownership of his bar, which he sold previously. Rebecca Howe (Kirstie Alley) was demoted to barmaid, so she's working when Carla Tortelli (Rhea Perlman) isn't. Cheers never made it to #1 in the Nielsen ratings this season, for that position was occupied by another NBC sitcom, The Cosby Show. Alley, at this time was a movie star, she wrapped up filming LOOK WHO'S TALKING with John Travolta before this season began. She also filmed MADHOUSE with John Larroquette, the star of another NBC hit sitcom, Night Court. Cheers continued for three more seasons following this one. In closing, Cheers was one of those unique shows that both men and women alike could enjoy because everyone could relate to the characters. My favorite character was Carla because she was so obnoxious, and funny. How could anyone watch Carla without laughing?! This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) and comes with the Special Features of all 26 episodes from the 1989-1990 season on four discs.