CHEERS ? THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON focuses on the colorful staff and offbeat patrons of a friendly Boston bar where "everybody knows your name." Starring Shelley Long as Diane Chambers and Ted Danson as Sam Malone, Cheers... more » co-stars Nick Colasanto as "Coach," Rhea Perlman as Carla Tortelli, John Ratzenberger as Cliff and George Wendt as Norm.« less
"As bad as I felt when hearing Shelley Long was leaving Cheers, in retrospective her character had absolutely no where to go. If television history teaches us anything, is that once couples wed or end of together their magic just dissapears (see Moonlighting and future seasons of Cheers with Ted Danson / Kristie Alley). Anyway, in her first season, Kristie brought Cheers so many new possibilities, some of this season's shows are my favorite such as the hilarious hearthbreaking scene when she declares her love for her boss in a limo only to realize he's behind sound proof glass ! Highly recommended !"
Rebecca was a much needed change.
Krusty Fan | Miami | 09/30/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"While I was a big fan of the show from the start, and it's still one of my favorites, the Sam-Diane relationship was getting pretty tired by the end of the fourth season. The fifth season was great, but seemed like one long plotline. A change was desperately needed; that relationship had to be resolved. The Rebecca character made the show fresh again. While Diane's comedy was intellectual, Rebecca's was more phyical. Kirstie Alley conveyed more without words with Rebecca than was possible with the Diane character. Frasier and Lilith took over the intellectual comedy aspect of the show. I don't think the show would have lasted much longer if Diane had not departed. This season is a good introduction to Rebecca with her pathetic crush on her boss, and I always loved Frasier and Lilith. The episodes are still very funny. I can't wait for the rest of them."
Enter the neurotic Rebecca Howe
Joshua Spaulding | Ossipee, New Hampshire | 02/21/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The sixth season of Cheers saw the second major cast change in the history of the show. Only two years after Woody Harrelson's Woody Boyd replaced the beloved Coach, played by Nicholas Colasanto, Kirstie Alley stepped into the large shoes left by the departure of Shelley Long as season six began.
As a youngster, I didn't begin watching Cheers until the later years, thus I only remember Cheers with Rebecca, not Diane Chambers. Watching the first five seasons on DVD truly helped me appreciate the amazing chemistry between Ted Danson's Sam Malone and Long's Chambers. Surely everybody knew it would be tough to have that chemistry again, but viewers stuck with the show and it continued to be one of the top comedy shows on the air.
As the season begins, we find Woody and Carla (Rhea Perlman) still working at Cheers, but wearing goofy green and white striped shirts, as Sam has sold the bar to a large corporation and taken off on his boat after Diane left him. Norm (George Wendt), Cliff (John Ratzenberger) and Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) still inhabit their favorite watering hole, despite the changes.
However, after his boat sinks, Sam returns to Cheers, looking to go back to the glory days he enjoyed in his bar. Instead, he has to return first as a relief bartender, then as a full time bartender under the watchful eye of the new boss, Rebecca Howe.
Kirstie Alley truly shined in the role of Rebecca. Her neurotic and nervous behavior is absolutely perfect and she is able to get a great chemistry with Sam right away. It is obvious that Sam is into Rebecca, and the more she stays away, the harder he works to get to her. Rebecca's ridiculous crush on her boss (Played by Tom Skeritt) is a great story line and her constant snubbing of Sam makes for great television moments.
Of course Danson is still strong as former Major Leaguer Sam. He finds it humbling to return to the bar a broken man and takes the part time gig as a way to get back into the place that for so long, was his home. He eventually returns to the Sam viewers knew and loved, playing practical jokes on Gary's Old Towne Tavern and dutifully chasing every woman in Boston.
As Carla, Perlman is an entertainer. In this season, Carla is pregnant. Her and her new husband Eddie LeBec (Jay Thomas) welcome the baby and Carla also finds out that she is going to be a grandmother. Her constant barbing of Cliff is a riot and she takes to putting down Rebecca just as she did Diane for the previous five years.
Ratzenberger and Wendt, as Cliff and Norm, are the greatest barflies in the history of television. While neither will admit it, they are probably each other's best friends. Their crazy ideas and "interesting" conversations are what anyone would hope to find if they walked in to a random bar in the 1980s.
Harrelson continues his portrayal of the innocent Indiana farmboy turned bartender. Woody is one of the best character's on the show, simply because he is so simple and sees things as only black and white. HIs turn as Mark Twain in a local theater production is quite amusing.
Kelsey Grammer joins the regular cast as Dr. Frasier Crane, a psychologist who tends to spend too much time in Cheers. He brings a touch of upper class to the bar, yet at the same time, can fit right in with the guys. This season we get to know the love of his life, Lilith (Bebe Neuwirth) a little better, and the insight into that relationship provides a number of story lines.
Once again, as has been the case with the last few seasons, the one downside to this set is the lack of extras. Surely with the success that this show had, there must be some interviews and such that could be put together. I guess we'll just have to wait for other seasons to see if something comes along."
This season brought new life to the series
bixodoido | Utah, USA | 07/10/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The departure of Shelley Long from Cheers was a difficult hurdle to overcome, and her departure certainly left some shoes that needed filled. In retrospect, however, it seems like it was for the best. Kirstie Alley joins the cast in Season 6 as Rebecca Howe, a corporate brown-noser who ends up managing the bar because she can't seem to cut it at the corporate level. Sam, of course, is attracted to her, but the nature of his pursuit is different then it was with Diane, and is therefore fresh and not repetitive.
Cheers, in fact, does just fine without Diane. By Season 6 Frazier and Lilleth are regulars on the show, and the cast just seems balanced. Norm and Cliff continue to entertain, Carla continues to make her wisecracks, and Woody continues to play the dumb country bumpkin. Sam continues to womanize, though he's getting older now, and Rebecca and the Cranes bring an eclectic mix of personality into the already dynamic cast. The impressive thing about Cheers is that it made it Eleven seasons and yet remained fresh and exciting through almost all of it. This season features some hilarious episodes, and certainly some of the most memorable. It also features a stint by Tom Skerritt as Evan Drake, the corporate bigwig Rebecca is in love with. All in all this is a great season."
What the f..... is this?
H. Harskamp | Netherlands | 01/24/2010
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Coming home late from work and open the box of season 6 to watch before going to sleep a episode of Cheers. It starts with lots of promo's and i want to skip it or play it fast, both are not possible. To stop it and to go to main menu so that i can start Cheers is not accepted, it won't stop!!!! Unless you push eject than it stops and throws out the dvd. After 3 times trying i put on the dvd and while the commercials are running i am typing this message. It's so much easier to download complete seasons from the internet but i'm a big fan of this serie so i like to buy all seasons. But why they torture us with this kind of stuff??? If i like to see promo's why not give me that as a option? Right now there was only one thing that i wanted; seeing a episode of Cheers. Just now i finally see on my screen the menu of Cheers ...... Only for this reason i will give this box a low star, it has nothing to do with the serie Cheers, but how they have handled this dvd box!!!!! Yes, i'm angry! Because everytime when i start this first dvd i must watch all the promo's for other serie's. "