Cheers (1982–1993)
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Sam's brother, whom he feels inferior to, shows up at the bar and sweeps Diane off her feet. Sam doesn't want her to go off with him because he wants her for himself, but he doesn't have the guts to admit it.

Director:

James Burrows

Writers:

Glen Charles (created by), Les Charles (created by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Ted Danson ... Sam Malone
Shelley Long ... Diane Chambers
Nicholas Colasanto ... Ernie 'Coach' Pantusso
Rhea Perlman ... Carla Tortelli
George Wendt ... Norm Peterson
George Ball George Ball ... Derek (voice)
Deborah Shelton ... Debbie
Alan Koss Alan Koss ... Alan
Paul Vaughn Paul Vaughn ... Paul
John Ratzenberger ... Cliff
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Storyline

Sam has an inferiority complex with his brother Derek: he's apparently good looking (we the viewer never do see him), is rich, is an international lawyer, owns a Lear jet, has a beautiful rich baritone singing voice, can make trick pool shots, can tap dance, finds Norm a good job and teaches Coach how to speak Spanish. While at the bar, he's the center of attention, except with Sam. All of this Sam can tolerate. The one thing he can't is the fact that Diane is smitten with Derek, and Derek with her - Derek has asked her to go to Martha's Vineyard in his jet - something she doesn't admit to Sam to massage his fragile ego. Even when Sam later tells his date that he wants to focus only on her and the two of them that night, his mind wanders to Diane and Derek when he hears a jet flying overhead. Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

TV-PG
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It won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Graphic Design and Title Sequences. See more »

Quotes

Ernie 'Coach' Pantusso: Sam, a nuclear bomb just got Boston.
Sam Malone: What?
[Sam and Diane exchange glances]
Diane ChambersSam Malone: Derek's here.
Ernie 'Coach' Pantusso: They're catching on.
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Alternate Versions

The song that Derek sings has been changed for the first season DVD (as well as Netflix Instant). See more »

Connections

References Scooby Doo, Where Are You! (1969) See more »

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Sam and Diane
8 August 2019 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

When Sam's brother Derek, the Renaissance man, shows up, Sam is totally second place. The guy can do anything. He draws crowds wherever he goes. But in the end, it's Diane who is the prize. Sam finally admits his feelings for Diane to Carla, who has jetted off with Derek. Good setup for the finale of Season 1.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

24 March 1983 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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