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Cheers (S2)
DVD disk
10.08.2004 By: JoBlo
Cheers (S2) order
Director:
James Burrows

Actors:
Ted Danson
Shelley Long
Rhea Perlman

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
During the second season of this longtime running TV series, “Cheers” focused on the burgeoning relationship between dimwitted bar owner Sam Malone and his overly intellectual waitress Diane Chambers. Add to that, the rest of the bar gang, lots of humor, a touch of emotion and plenty of hatred and love all around, and you’ve got a recipe for success
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
For my money, there haven’t been any more consistently entertaining TV sitcoms as “Cheers” was in its first 4-5 years. The television series’ first year was a brilliant introduction to its many diverse characters, including ex-baseball player Sam, his right-hand man Coach, his feisty lead waitress Carla, his newfound eloquent waitress Diane, as well as the bar-flies like Norm, the man who made a sport out of making fun of his wife and Cliff, the postman with no life. At the end of year one, the contentious relationship between Sam and Diane was finally consummated (“I want to bounce you off every wall in this office!!”), which might’ve put fear in some that season two would be stale. What happened instead was the exact opposite effect, with the shaky relationship between the two extreme personalities leading to plenty of new humor and one-liners to go around. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if this season had the most insults than any other television series in history! The writing is brilliant here with Sam and Diane sparring like sworn enemies, while maintaining the palpable chemistry that made us fall in love with them in the first place.

The rest of the characters in the show also received their moments to shine, with the “roaming barflies” from the first season dwindled down to the two most popular fellas: Norm and Cliff. Norm, especially, got extra attention this year, with his separation and newly found unemployment status leading to fresh storylines (the one in which he’s egged on to cheat on his wife is one of the funnier ones) Coach and Carla also continued their routines, with Coach multiplying his misunderstandings and Carla sharpening her already-poisonous tongue, especially against her main nemeses: “stick”. And oh yeah, Carla’s amazing ex-husband, Nick Tortelli, played handsomely by the great Dan Hedaya, also makes his first (but thankfully not last) appearance during this season, as does Markie "great tits" Post, playing Diane’s best friend, in one of the funniest episodes from the entire series (in my opinion) “Dinnertime!!”

Finally, the show has to be commended for both its season finales, the first one of which led to one of the best fights in TV history (and the “money shot” of the bar gang listening at the door) and this one, featuring Christopher Lloyd ("You sir, are an ignorant man!”), which provided just the required amount of guffaws, but even more importantly, a believable “break-up” between Sam and Diane that was as sad, as it was, brilliant. I’ve got my order in for Season 3 already…bring on Frasier Crane! PS: This show’s timeless theme song is on my list of tunes to be played at my burial.
THE EXTRAS
Strictly Top Shelf: The Guys Behind the Bar: This is a 9-minute piece featuring 1983 interviews with Ted Danson, Shelley Long and the creators of the show, as well as some recent interviews with George Wendt, Rhea Perlman and Danson. It’s interesting, but not particularly mind-blowing. They each talk about how “great” it was to work on the show, etc and so forth.

Cliff’s Notes: The Wisdom of Cliff Clavin: This is about 4-minutes of Cliff’s best lines from the show, with an extra few words from Wendt about his friend. Decent.

Carla The Comeback Queen: Insults for Every Occasion: As I mentioned in my review earlier, this was the year of insults with Carla leading the way. This feature compacts a handful of her zingers into about 3 ½ minutes of fun. There’s a slew of them missing, but you get the basic idea. Danson says some nice things about her as well. Decent.

Di Another Day: Diane Chambers from A-Z: Yet another retro featurette, this time focusing on Shelley Long’s brilliant characterization of Diane Chambers. Easily one of the funniest and best written women roles in TV history. Wow, listen to me and the hyperboles today? Another 3 ½ minutes here. Decent, but now it’s starting to feel like filler.

Gag Reel: Bloopers from Season Two: This is exactly what the title implies with about 3 minutes worth of bloopers from the show. I love this kind of shite, so I enjoyed watching them, especially since they were all in their original TV versions, which shows you how friggin’ brilliant the "cleaned-up" DVD version looks in comparison.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
One of the series’ best seasons packed into 4 discs each of which can be viewed over and over again. Heck, I’d seen most of these episodes 2-3 times already, but I watched them all over for this review. Then again, I gotta get a life. That said, the extras are weak and mostly filler, but the 22 hilarious episodes more than make up for that. Buy it, own it, love it, marry it. Like a girl... :)
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