Struggling in its first season to find its audience, Cheers soon took on a life of its own. That ordinary, dimly lit bar became the focus for all the laughter, drama, fears and foibles of the cast week after week. In a sense, all of them were loveable losers, but boy did people love them! An incredibly talented cast, the series kept its viewers waiting for cries of ‘Norm!’ for more than a decade, and created some huge stars and spin-offs in the process.
Ted Danson Then
Ted Danson, who played Sam Malone, the bar owner – was the glue of the operation. The good-looking, sweet but at times misled mainstay of the Cheers cast was an instant hit with audiences. Originally written as a retired fooballer, Sam’s character was re-written as a retired baseball player to match Danson’s physique. No cosmetic surgery required.