From the treacly theme tune to the assertion that “Cheers is filmed before a live studio audience,” the favourite uncle of US sitcom is as comforting as a pint and a pie. Those live audiences might well have died by now, but otherwise “the people are all the same” and their interplay still hums with the genial wit of a happy drunk. Sammy (Ted Danson) is a bequiffed lothario trying to hump new boss Rebecca (Kirstie Alley). Woody (Woody Harrelson) is still magnificently dumb, Norm (George Wendt) crinkles comedy from every jowl and fusty Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) is the last character you’d expect to get his own series. Bets, baseball metaphors and gentle gender politics – though it’s hard to imagine anyone watching all 25 episodes unless they’re in traction.
BEST BIT “I’m having twins!” bawls Carla (Rhea Perlman). “I had twins once – happiest day of my life,” recalls Sam.