This set features the 26 episodes that made up the 4th season of one of the most successful sitcoms of all-time, "Cheers". This season brought along with it, the death of the Coach, the introduction of the rookie bartender from Indiana named Woody and the break-up between Diane and Frasier, along with a greater integration of the latter character into the show. All in all, yet another solid year from the gang at the place "where everyone knows your name and they're always glad you came".
I've made it no secret that I grew up and adored this show as a youth (that sounded strange to say-- read
my SEASON 2 review here
), so this stroll down memory lane was doubly-nice since all of the episodes still hold up today and reminded me of how great the show really was, particularly when compared to the crap that's on TV now (I'm beginning to sound like an old curmudgeon, aren't I?). Seriously though, I really can't remember any show in the history of my growing up at least (other than the bickering back-and-forths between Willis/Shepherd on "Moonlighting"-- and when is that being released on DVD?), that had a greater repartee between the two leads, filled with anger, love, hate, lust, frustration and most importantly, humor. Sam and Diane were the ultimate in lovers/haters and their heated, and many times, diametrically opposed relationship, kept much of this show's freshness alive over the years. Kudos to both Ted Danson and Shelley Long for their great chemistry and grasp of character. I could watch these guys trading blows forever.
Of course, the show really became a sensation with the complementary nature of its supporting cast, including Carla, who probably had more one-line insults than any other character on TV, Cliff Clavin, the know-it-all loser, Noooooorm, the fat man who likes to drink beer and who everyone loves, as well as the hilariously pretentious, yet somehow nuts like the rest of them, Frasier Crane, and this year, Woody Boyd, ideally portrayed by the great Woody Harrelson. The death of the Coach might've hurt many other shows, but somehow the dumb-dumb, yet loveable, character of Woody made for a nice transition and greater storylines for the show (the gang invites Woody's girlfriend from Indiana down for one episode in this season, while another episode features the Woodman showing of his future KINGPIN abilities, as a possibly great bowler). This set also includes some classic shows including the aforementioned "bar rumble" vs Gary's Old Town Tavern ("Okay!!"), where the gang actually goes on location to a bowling alley, the season opener featuring Frasier and Diane attempting to marry in Italy and one of my personal favorite "spooky" episodes called "Diane's
Nightmare" in which she keeps having the re-occurring thought of Andy-Andy coming back into her life.
Sadly, nothing to report here. The previous sets had a few extras, but this one has nothing but shows. Darn.
If you're like me and love the entire "Cheers" series (other than the last couple of years with Rebecca (Kirstie Alley) when the focus seemed to be more on her character and her eccentricities, rather than the gang as a whole), there's no reason why you should even be reading this review, since the purchase of this set is a no-brainer. The series was kicking into full gear with Season 4, and with the introduction of Woody Boyd and the greater integration of Frasier Crane, the gang at Cheers kept everyone laughing and loving along with original episodes featuring their many loveable, goofy and relatable characters, all primed to keep us smiling along, sans the need for real alcohol.