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Cheers was a 1982-1993 U.S. TV sitcom on NBC about a group of friends who frequently meet one another in a local bar. It later led to a spin-off: Frasier.

References to Cheers in The Simpsons[edit]

Picture Season Episode number Episode name Reference
Flaming Moe's song.png 3 45 "Flaming Moe's" The song "Flaming Moe's" is a parody of the theme song of "Cheers", complete with old-fashioned engravings passing by the screen. At the end when everyone shouts: "Barney!" and the bartender asks him "How does the world treat you, Mr. Gumble" a shout-out is made to the character Norm Peterson who also used to be cheered and greeted by other bar visitors with the same question.
Homercheers.jpg 5 87 "Marge on the Lam" Before Homer enters Moe's Tavern he says: "Sometimes you gotta go where everyone knows your name". This is a nod to the refrain of the opening theme of Cheers.
Sam Malone.png 6 114 "Fear of Flying" When Homer looks for a new bar one of them is the bar from Cheers. Ted Danson (Sam Malone), Rhea Perlman (Carla Tortelli), John Ratzenberger (Cliff Clavin), George Wendt (Norm Peterson) and Woody Harrelson (Woody Boyd) all perform their respective characters. Also seen but without a speaking line is Frasier Crane. As the scene ends the opening bars of Cheers can be heard.
Cheersgang.jpg 6 122 "Homer Badman" One of the corrections Rock Bottom wants to make is that the "Cheers gang is not a real gang."
Cheersref.jpg 14 300 "The Strong Arms of the Ma" Lisa is bothered by the sight of people's feet as they walk by the window, and Homer reassures her by telling her: "It's just like 'Cheers': you always knew it was a half-hour til 'Wings'", referring to the bar's being located in a basement.
How the Test Was Won couch gag.png 20 431 "How the Test Was Won" The couch gag changes to many different sets of TV sitcoms. One of them is "Cheers", with Lisa als Carla Tortelli, Marge as Diane Chambers, Homer as Norm Peterson, Bart as Woody Boyd and Maggie as Cliff Clavin. This gag would be re-used at the opening of Coming to Homerica and Moe Goes from Rags to Riches.
19 408 "Funeral for a Fiend" The family lay-out in the popular series Frasier is repeated in this episode. Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce play brothers in both series, while John Mahoney plays their father. Judith Underdunk is not voiced by a Frasier cast member however (Simpsons regular Tress MacNeille voicing her instead), likely because actress Nancy Marchand, who played Frasier's mother on Cheers, had died several years before this episode was made.
21 463 "The Bob Next Door" Marge and Homer try to reassure Bart by naming people who sound like Sideshow Bob: Frasier on Cheers, Frasier on Frasier, and Lt. Commander Tom Dodge on Down Periscope -- all three of whom were played by Kelsey Grammer, who provides the voice of Sideshow Bob.
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28 599 "The Town" The Simpsons travel to Boston, which is where Cheers takes place, so there are quite some references made to the series, among others the theme song which is heard at various musical interludes. In a class room there is also a 'Cheers' periodic table. When the Boston Americans parade is held we can recognize the Cheers characters Cliff Clavin, Carla Tortelli and Norm Peterson in the crowd.

Common cast members[edit]

Picture Name Role in Cheers Role on The Simpsons
Paul Willson.jpg Paul Willson Played Paul Krapence in Cheers. Voiced Howard in Some Enchanted Evening.
Kelsey Grammer.jpg Kelsey Grammer Played Frasier Crane in Cheers. Voiced Sideshow Bob.
Doris grau.png Doris Grau Played Corrine in Cheers. Played Lunchlady Doris and Della in "Bart Gets Hit by a Car", a waitress in "Like Father, Like Clown" and Lurleen Lumpkin" in "Marge vs. the Monorail".
Ted Danson.jpg Ted Danson Played Sam Malone in Cheers. Played Sam Malone in the episode "Fear of Flying".
Woody Harrelson.jpg Woody Harrelson Played Woody Boyd in Cheers. Played Woody Boyd in the episode "Fear of Flying".
Lisa Kudrow.jpg Lisa Kudrow Played Emily in "Two Girls for Every Boyd". Voiced Alex Whitney in "Lard of the Dance".
Rhea Perlman.jpg Rhea Perlman Played Carla Tortelli in Cheers. Played Carla Tortelli in the episode "Fear of Flying".
John Ratzenberger.jpg John Ratzenberger Played Cliff Clavin in Cheers. Played Cliff Clavin in the episode "Fear of Flying" and the Pixar version of Homer in Treehouse of Horror XXV.
George Wendt.jpg George Wendt Played Norm Peterson in Cheers. Played Norm Peterson in the episode "Fear of Flying".
Brian Pollack.jpg Brian Pollack Writer for Cheers. Co-wrote the episode Helter Shelter.
Mert Rich.jpg Mert Rich Writer for Cheers. Co-wrote the episode Helter Shelter.
Frances Sternhagen.jpg Frances Sternhagen Played Esther Clavin. Voiced Myrna Bellamy in "The Frying Game".

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