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Cheers (S6)
DVD disk
09.13.2005 By: JoBlo
Cheers (S6) order
Director:
Various

Actors:
Ted Danson
Kirstie Alley
Woody Harrelson

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Season 6 of this extremely popular television series finds a new girl in town by the name of Rebecca Howe (Kirstie Alley). Sam Malone's (Danson) long-time on-again/off-again love affair with Diane Chambers (Shelley Long) is finally a thing of the past and Ms. Howe is now the big boss at "Cheers". Can Sam get his job back as a bartender? Will Carla finally get married and have more kids? Will Lilith and Frasier take their relationship to the next level? Will Sam nail Rebecca? All very important questions to be answered within this continually funny television series.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I guess I remember the last few seasons of the "Rebecca Cheers" years as not being all that great, since I slapped this set into my DVD player expecting the worst, but low and behold, I actually found myself engaged, laughing and almost as entertained as this seminal series' first 5 years on the air. Again, I remembered the years after Shelley Long left as "the suckier" ones, but as of this season (the sixth), which only introduces Rebecca's character to the show, things were still very funny in Beantown with Sammy still acting like the goofy, immature, sex-starved dumb-dumb that we'd grown to love by this point, and staples like Carla, Norm and Cliff, coming into their own -- particularly Carla who has a few shows dedicated to her and her new husband, the great Eddie Lebec.

It was also very obvious that this was the year that the show's producers decided to take the show "on the road", if you will, with almost every episode featuring sets and locations different from just the bar, including bowling alleys, rich people's homes, business offices (Sam is hired as a "ringer" for the company's baseball team), a yacht (Sam tries to nail a girl on the big boss' big boat), Cliff and Rebecca's apartment (Sam tries to nail Rebecca) and many others. Another couple that continued to be humorously fleshed out during this season was Frasier and his cold-as-ice wifey-dear Lilith, who really added a different kind of humor to the proceedings (the episode featuring his bachelor party and her shower is classic). Woody also continued to be as dumb as a post, but his contributions to the shows also started to take precedence, including the one episode in which he and Sam bet on who could kiss Rebecca first. Boys will be boys, right?

But ultimately, it was the show's fiery chemistry between the two leads (Danson and Long) that kept viewers tuning in for all those years, and I'm happy to report that not only was Alley able to connect on a "chemistry" level with Mr. Malone, but she more than held her own, comedy-wise, and that's saying a lot, particularly since I consider Long's character of "Diane" to be one of the funniest female characters in the history of TV sitcoms. Alley also added that bit of overt sexuality that Long didn't necessarily feature in her day-to-day routine, as well as some new intrigue, as her interest in the "big boss" led to many messed up circumstances (in one of the shows, she calls the big boss' daughter a "slut", believing her to be his mistress). Oh, and before I forget, kudos to actor Tom Skerritt for coming through as the "big boss" (the show in which he allows Norm to carry him across the lawn in his pajamas is yet another classic). All that to say that despite my warped memory, the sixth season of "Cheers" was still very funny and should entertain most anyone who enjoys good comedy with fun characters. I guess it was the later years with that "British big boss" that things weren't as consistent. Anyhoo...
THE EXTRAS
Oddly enough, not one extra. I would have thought they'd have added a little featurette discussing the loss of Shelley Long and the addition of Kirstie Alley, but t'was not to be.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Anyone who has read my previous reviews of the "Cheers" seasons (Season 2, Season 4, Season 5) knows that I have always been a big fan of the show, which is why I'm glad to report that it apparently ages quite well too, with this first season featuring the now-hefty Kirstie Alley coming through gangbusters, with plenty of humor sourced from a number of the many entertaining characters established on the show. Sadly, there are no extras on the DVD set, but it ain't too expensive, so don't cry in your beer, get yourself off that damn couch and buy this sucker already! Or better yet, keep drinking your beer, surf on over to Amazon.com and don't even leave the comfort of your own home. And remember, everyone knows your name there, man...everybody knows your name...
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