The BEST Episodes of Cheers

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 27, 2020

Network: NBC

Sam, a former pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, owns and runs Cheers, a cozy bar in Boston. Somewhat snobby, beautiful and intelligent Diane -- forced to become a waitress when her fiance jilts her -- constantly bickers with Sam. Eventually, they fall in love. Several wacky characters make the bar their home-away-from-home, including sarcastic waitress Carla, beer-loving Norm and Boston letter carrier Cliff.

Sisterly Love

#1 - Sisterly Love

Season 7 - Episode 21 - Aired Apr 27, 1989

Sam tries to reconcile Rebecca and her sister.

star 8.47
150 votes
Directors: James Burrows
Writers: David Lloyd
Home is the Sailor

#2 - Home is the Sailor

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 24, 1987

Sam returns to Cheers six months after he sold it to a large corporation to pursue a life of leisure on board a new boat. Now the boat has sunk and he's looking for a job.

star 8.24
219 votes
Directors: James Burrows
Writers: Glen Charles, Les Charles
One Hugs, the Other Doesn't

#3 - One Hugs, the Other Doesn't

Season 10 - Episode 16 - Aired Jan 30, 1992

A Boston performance by children's singer Nanny Gee for Frederick's birthday sheds light on Frasier's past as Lilith and the barflies discover Nanny is Frasier's first wife! Frasier had forgotten to mention this fact to Lilith and when Nanny arrives at Cheers she and Lilith soon get into a catfight!

star 8.24
106 votes
Directors: James Burrows
Writers: Bill Steinkellner, Cheri Steinkellner
The Big Kiss-Off

#4 - The Big Kiss-Off

Season 6 - Episode 24 - Aired Apr 28, 1988

Sam and Woody wager over who can be the first to plant a three-second kiss on Rebecca.

star 8.19
165 votes
Directors: James Burrows
Writers: David Isaacs, Ken Levine
I Do, Adieu

#5 - I Do, Adieu

Season 5 - Episode 26 - Aired May 7, 1987

Dr. Sumner Sloane returns to Cheers on Diane and Sam's wedding day to tell her that a publisher is interested in one of her class manuscripts if she can go to work immediately on rewrites.

star 8.11
177 votes
Directors: James Burrows
Writers: Glen Charles, Les Charles
A Fine French Whine

#6 - A Fine French Whine

Season 10 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 21, 1991

Woody wants to propose to Kelly, but Henrí and his expiring visa take precedence.

star 8.10
134 votes
Directors: James Burrows
Writers: Dan Staley, Rob Long
One for the Book

#7 - One for the Book

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 9, 1982

While Diane keeps notes on bar conversation, a novice comes in for one final fling before entering a monastery and a World War I doughboy shows up for a very small reunion.

star 8.06
378 votes
Directors: James Burrows
Writers: Katherine Green
Bar Wars III: The Return of Tecumseh

#8 - Bar Wars III: The Return of Tecumseh

Season 8 - Episode 21 - Aired Mar 15, 1990

Despite the truce negotiated by Rebecca, the gang decides to warm up the cold war against Gary's Olde Towne Tavern when they notice the statue of Tecumseh the Indian is missing.

star 8.05
112 votes
Directors: James Burrows
Writers: David Isaacs, Ken Levine
I'm Okay, You're Defective

#9 - I'm Okay, You're Defective

Season 10 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 5, 1991

Frasier has to face making out a will while Sam braces himself for bad news from Rebecca's fertility doctor.

star 8.04
168 votes
Directors: James Burrows
Writers: Dan Staley, Rob Long
The Norm Who Came To Dinner

#10 - The Norm Who Came To Dinner

Season 10 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 10, 1991

Norm becomes a permanent house guest when he injures his back while painting at the Cranes'.

star 7.97
142 votes
Directors: Tom Moore
Writers: Dan O'Shannon, Tom Anderson
Sam Ahoy

#11 - Sam Ahoy

Season 8 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 14, 1989

Robin lends Sam and the gang his yacht race in a regatta, but the motley crew discovers a bomb in the refrigerator, right next to the beer.

star 7.96
114 votes
Directors: James Burrows
Writers: David Lloyd
An Old-Fashioned Wedding (1)

#12 - An Old-Fashioned Wedding (1)

Season 10 - Episode 25 - Aired May 14, 1992

Woody and Kelly's wedding faces some funny obstacles, before and during the ceremony, including Sam's flirtation with a German guest who turns out to be married, the priest dying and Kelly's Uncle Roger having to perform the ceremony - but only if he is drunk, Rebecca having to ice the cake after insulting the kitchen staff, and Lilith having to sing to the guests in order to stop them, and Woody and Kelly, from finding out the disasters going on behind the scenes.

star 7.96
132 votes
Directors: James Burrows
Writers: David Lloyd
Showdown (2)

#13 - Showdown (2)

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired Mar 31, 1983

Diane's fascination with Sam's older brother brings their long simmering relationship to a boil when the sibling asks Diane to go to Paris with him.

star 7.96
344 votes
Directors: James Burrows
Writers: Glen Charles, Les Charles
Dinner at Eight-ish

#14 - Dinner at Eight-ish

Season 5 - Episode 20 - Aired Feb 26, 1987

Frasier and Lilith invite Sam and Diane over for dinner to celebrate their first week of cohabitation. But things start going wrong when Lilith finds out Frasier and Diane were engaged, and she locks herself in the bathroom. Then Sam and Diane have an argument as well. Meanwhile Cliff agrees to babysit Carla's kids.

star 7.96
164 votes
Directors: James Burrows
Writers: Phoef Sutton
Ma's Little Maggie

#15 - Ma's Little Maggie

Season 10 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 17, 1991

Cliff's girlfriend and mother take an instant liking to each other while Rebecca tries to entice Sam into some frozen fertility underwear.

star 7.95
109 votes
Directors: James Burrows
Writers: Jonathan Stark, Tracy Newman
Bar Wars II: The Woodman Strikes Back

#16 - Bar Wars II: The Woodman Strikes Back

Season 7 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 12, 1989

Cheers' gets another chance of losing a contest to their cross-town rivals at Gary's Old Towne Tap; this time the contest is for "Boston's Best Bloody Mary".

star 7.95
148 votes
Directors: James Burrows
Writers: David Isaacs, Ken Levine
Norm, is That You?

#17 - Norm, is That You?

Season 7 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 8, 1988

Norm tries to hide the fact that he's become an interior decorator.

star 7.95
124 votes
Directors: James Burrows
Writers: Bill Steinkellner, Cheri Steinkellner
The Magnificent Six

#18 - The Magnificent Six

Season 11 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 22, 1992

Henrí challenges Sam to a contest to see who's the bigger ladies' man. Rebecca resorts to desperate measures in her quest to quit smoking.

star 7.95
165 votes
Directors: James Burrows
Writers: Sue Herring
Bar Wars VII: The Naked Prey

#19 - Bar Wars VII: The Naked Prey

Season 11 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 18, 1993

Sam enlists Harry the Hat to help win the latest war of practical jokes between Cheers and Gary's Old Towne Tavern.

star 7.94
139 votes
Directors: James Burrows
Writers: David Isaacs, Ken Levine
An Old-Fashioned Wedding (2)

#20 - An Old-Fashioned Wedding (2)

Season 10 - Episode 26 - Aired May 21, 1992

Woody and Kelly's wedding faces some funny obstacles, before and during the ceremony, including Sam's flirtation with a German guest who turns out to be married, the priest dying and Kelly's Uncle Roger having to perform the ceremony - but only if he is drunk, Rebecca having to ice the cake after insulting the kitchen staff, and Lilith having to sing to the guests in order to stop them, and Woody and Kelly, from finding out the disasters going on behind the scenes.

star 7.93
46 votes
The Bartender's Tale

#21 - The Bartender's Tale

Season 3 - Episode 23 - Aired Apr 18, 1985

Carla insists that Sam should hire an older woman to replace Diane but she doesn't reckon on Sam's attraction to the woman's daughter.

star 7.93
180 votes
Directors: James Burrows
Writers: Sam Simon
Cry Harder (2)

#22 - Cry Harder (2)

Season 8 - Episode 26 - Aired May 3, 1990

Rebecca and Sam both have mixed emotions as they face the fact that Robin Colcord, after proposing to Rebecca, is arrested for insider trading based on information supplied by the once and future owner of Cheers.

star 7.93
106 votes
Writers: Bill Steinkellner, Cheri Steinkellner, Phoef Sutton
One for the Road (2)

#23 - One for the Road (2)

Season 11 - Episode 27 - Aired May 20, 1993

Whilst watching the National Cable Ace Awards, the gang sees ex-waitress Diane Chambers winning the award for best writing in a mini-series. This leads to Sam calling Diane to congratulate her, and to find out that she is married and has children. Sam tells her Diane that he too has a wife and kids, and invites Diane and her husband to visit them. Sam strongly believes Diane is lying and becomes really shocked when she walks into Cheers the following day to meet Mrs Malone. Meanwhile Rebecca's boyfriend Don proposes to her and she accidently says no, ends up heartbroken and agrees to play Sam's wife to fool Diane. Sam and Rebecca have dinner with Diane and her husband, Reed Manchester. During the dinner Don arrives and proposes to her again, and this time she manages to say yes! They leave the dinner, and Sam thinks he must look like a fool. Then Diane's husband turns out to be a fake when *his* husband Kevin appears! Now alone, Sam and Diane reminisce about the good old times, and end

star 7.93
55 votes
Veggie-Boyd

#24 - Veggie-Boyd

Season 9 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 22, 1990

Woody gets a big break when he's cast in a commercial for a new vegetable drink but Cliff just feels broken when the new trivia napkins upstage him.

star 7.92
132 votes
Directors: James Burrows
Writers: Dan Staley, Rob Long
Love Me, Love My Car

#25 - Love Me, Love My Car

Season 11 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 17, 1992

Sam gets cold feet about selling his beloved car, and goes so far as to romance the buyer's widow to get it back. Rebecca befriends a pig destined to be Woody's Christmas dinner.

star 7.92
196 votes
Directors: James Burrows
Writers: David Lloyd