Cheers - Season Eleven - Buy from Amazon
Eleven seasons. Eleven. Do you know how rare it is for a show to last eleven seasons?
As for this specific season, it starts where season ten left off, with the aftereffects of the Woody Boyd / Kelly Gaines wedding. It is during this aftermath that Rebecca Howe accidentally burns down the bar. While the bar is being rebuilt, Carla gets a job at a chain bar, where she hates the job but loves the money. Norm gets a job tasting beer, and he loves everything about that. Cliff Clavin's old girlfriend, Margaret O'Keefe, returns, and she's got a surprise for him. (Also in this episode, Fraiser's father shows up, but he calls himself Sy Flembeck and is a jingle writer.) Lilith cheats on Fraiser and leaves him to live in a biodome.
Disc two starts with gang holding Thanksgiving at the bar. Carla's love-hate relationship with upstairs restaurateur, John Hill, takes a turn for the worst when he suffers a heart attack while in the throws of passion. Sam gets his Corvette back, after scamming the widow of the man he sold it to (Dana Delany in a guest role), but the guilt drives him nuts. Norm Peterson gets an audit, meanwhile, they are replaying one of Sam's big games on TV and the guys come to the bar to watch; however, it turns out that game wasn't one of his prouder moments. Robin Colcord (Roger Rees) returns and tells the gang that before he was arrested, he hid some of his money in the bar, so the gang decide to tear it apart to find it.
The third disc opens with Carla finding out her daughter is pregnant and getting married, and Nick returns for the ceremony. Lilith asks for a divorce from Fraiser, who then seeks comfort with Rebecca. It's St. Patrick's Day and Cheers and Gary's Old Time Tavern have a bet who can do more business, and the loser has to bare it all. Fraiser bets he can get Woody elected as a councilman, but later had nightmares about Woody and political power.
Finally, after Woody's win, Carla is promoted to bartender and mixes up one of her special drinks, and no one can remember what happens next. Cliff Clavin decides its time for his mom to live in a retirement home, but his friends at Cheers think he killed her. Meanwhile, Rebecca thinks she has a shot at becoming the next Mrs. Gaines, but the very next episode she falls for a plumber. Rebecca falling in love prompts Sam to re-evaluate his life, which causes him to get in contact with Diane. And this sets up the three-part series finale.
Most shows that last this long have a hard time wrapping up all of the lose ends during their finale. (Seinfeld, for instance.) Other shows don't even make it to their finale running at least one season too many. (That 70s Show, for instance.) However, not only did the 90-minute finale felt (nearly) perfect, the final season was strong from start to finish with a batting average of more than 70%. And that's more than 70% with high replay value, and all of them are worth checking out. It wrapped up the lives of these people we've come to love, without feeling gimmicky. Changes that came about in the final season were because of real character development, and that's rare.
Extras on the 4-disc set include just the promos for the episodes. These are interesting, but hardly substantive. Also, there are no subtitles, but there are play all buttons and proper chapter placements. On a side note, for the most part the video is quite good, all things considering. These episodes are about 16 years old, and sitcoms are rarely known for technical prowess. However, at times the quality was terrible.
Eleven season. Over 100 Emmy nominations. 28 Emmy wins. 31 Golden Globe Nominations. 6 Golden Globe Wins. And to think it finished dead last in the ratings its first year and was nearly cancelled. Cheers - Season Eleven is an easy recommendation. I just wish the DVD was half as good as the show, because then it would be the DVD Pick of the Week.