Sep. 30, 1982
30 min.
NBC TV Network

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Cheers is a popular American situation comedy. The show is set in the Cheers bar (itself named for the toast "Cheers") in Boston, Massachusetts, where a group of locals meet to drink and generally have fun. The show's theme song written by Judy Hart Angelo & Gary Portnoy, & performed by Portnoy with its famous refrain, "where everybody knows your name", also became the show's tagline.

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Nicholas Colasanto, the actor and television director who achieved his greatest success as "Coach" on ...

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Coach was a sweet absent-minded bartender who worked with Sam. A former pro baseball coach and manager, he liked to share memories of his good old days, no matter how fuzzy, with his customers. Sadly, in 1985, Nicholas Colasanto passed away, and therefore Coach did as well. Against the far wall on the set of Cheers is a picture of the Indian Geronimo. This picture hung in Nicholas’ dressing room and was hung on the wall of the set after he passed away. The picture was a constant reminder that Coach would always be looking after Sam. At the end of the last episode after Sam says those now famous words, “Sorry, we’re closed,” he walks over to the picture and straightens it as if he was saying good-bye to his old coach and friend.

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06x22 - Slumber Party Massacre
Season 6, Episode 22
05x18 - One Last Fling
Season 5, Episode 18
03x12 - A Ditch in Time
Season 3, Episode 12
10x17 - A Diminished Rebecca with a Suspended Cliff
Season 10, Episode 17
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