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Cheers (S5)
DVD disk
05.17.2005 By: JoBlo
Cheers (S5) order
Director:
James Burrows

Actors:
Ted Danson
Shelley Long
Kelsey Grammer

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
This season brought along with it, continued laughs with all of the tried-and-true characters from the previous four seasons, along with greater roles for secondary characters like Woody Boyd (Woody Harrelson), Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer) and even Lilith Stern (Bebe Neuwirth). Much of the season's plotline focused on Sam's (Danson) marriage proposal to Diane (Long), and her subsequent negative response (followed by a change of mind). The entire season is filled with even more ups and down between my favorite couple in TV history, along with a number of very funny shows in their own right.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Just when you thought that the amazing CHEERS writers could not wring any more fun, tension, love and frustration from their two lead characters of Sam and Diane, they went ahead and wrote another great season, this one centering around the couple's problems heading toward the altar. Things start off romantic in episode number 1, as Sam finally proposes to Diane, but surprise-surprise, despite wanting to marry Sam, Diane says "no" and the fun continues after that. Almost every episode features the two-some bickering about their relationship, but it's all good, and all enveloped by a number of classic episodes from this amazing sitcom including the infamous Thanksgiving's Day food-fight (which also features the first appearance by Norm's wife, Vera), the "Eddie LeBec" episodes, featuring Carla's latest love, a Boston Bruin hockey goalie with a superstitious mind, a memorable appearance by John Cleese as pompous Dr. Simon Finch-Royce and plenty of others.

This season also expanded Lilith Stern's part in the series, and much like every other character that this show brought into the fray, she turned out to be a great addition, as her pent-up behavior and psychological deductions were a perfect match for Dr. Frasier Crane, whose character also turned out to be one of the funnier ones in the bar (this was also the season that his hair started to get really long and goofy in the back). The episode in which he attends a hockey game and gets arrested is a classic, along with his TV appearance versus Dr. Stern. Hilarious stuff. But ultimately, it was always this show's heart and soul that gave it its greater appeal and this season was no different as a variety of heartfelt moments were featured including a number of scenes in which Diane looked really sad (and Sam felt sorry for her), Carla's struggle to date Eddie LeBec and find a new home for her kids, Diane's dream of becoming a ballerina and of course, the season's final episode ("I Do and Adieu"), which much like every other season before it, turned out to be a classic, and a tearjerker at the same time.

For anyone who wasn't aware, this was also the final season for actress Shelley Long, who in my opinion, was one of the most gifted comedic actresses in any sitcom ever! Truly, I believe that she provided the character of Diane Chambers with everything that was required of her to become the perfect adversary to Danson's bubble-headed Sam Malone, and for that, I thank her and the five seasons with which she graced us with her presence. I still continued to watch the show after she left, but to be honest...I don't think it was ever the same without her. A shame really.

List of episodes:(The Proposal) / (The Cape Cad) / (Money Dearest) / (Abnormal Psychology) / (House of Horrors With Formal Dining and Used Brick) / (Tan N' Wash) / (Young Dr. Weinstein) / (Knights of the Scimitar) / (Thanksgiving Orphans) / (Everyone Imitates Art) / (The Book of Samuel) / (Dance, Diane, Dance) / (Chambers vs. Malone) / (Diamond Sam) / (Spellbound) / (Never Love a Goalie: Part 1) / (Never Love a Goalie: Part 2) / (One Last Fling) / (Dog Bites Cliff) / (Dinner at Eight-ish) / (Simon Says) / (The Godfather, Part III) / (Norm's First Hurrah) / (Cheers: the Motion Picture) / (A House is Not a Home) / (I Do and Adieu)
THE EXTRAS
Nothing, sorry.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
If you enjoyed this series when it originally played on TV, there's no reason why you shouldn't be buying its season sets, as each one features all of the show's classic episodes, particularly from its first 5 seasons, which in my humble opinion, were some of the best situation comedies ever written. Season 5 is no different, and is actually when the show hit its ultimate stride, with all of the regulars coming through in their respective roles, but even the secondary characters growing and becoming funnier as the season went on. This set is a "must" for any fan of comedy, and can actually be re-watched, as proven by yours truly-- I've watched the first few seasons over and over, and you know what...they're still damn funny! Buy it today.
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