Season 9
Region 1 DVD
StarringTed Danson
Kirstie Alley
Rhea Perlman
John Ratzenberger
Woody Harrelson
Kelsey Grammer
George Wendt
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes27
Original networkNBC
Original releaseSeptember 20, 1990 (1990-09-20) –
May 3, 1991 (1991-05-03)
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The ninth season of Cheers, an American television sitcom, originally aired on NBC in the United States between September 20, 1990, and May 3, 1991. The show was created by director James Burrows and writers Glen and Les Charles under production team Charles Burrows Charles Productions, in association with Paramount Television.


Cheers is a sitcom that started in 1982. Though it experienced early low ratings, the show became a part of mainstream culture. The sitcom is set in a Boston bar originally owned by Sam Malone, a retired baseball pitcher, but Sam sells the bar at the start of Season 6. Waitress Carla Tortelli, bartender Woody Boyd and manager Rebecca Howe, work at the bar and serve regular patrons Norm Peterson, Cliff Clavin and Frasier Crane. The show was a key part of NBC's "Must See TV" Thursday night lineup.

Cast and characters

Recurring characters

Season synopsis

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Further information: List of Cheers episodes

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
1951"Love Is a Really, Really, Perfectly Okay Thing"James BurrowsPhoef SuttonSeptember 20, 1990 (1990-09-20)32.9[1]
After Sam and Rebecca spend the night together, it turns out to be harder to brag about it than originally thought.
1962"Cheers Fouls Out"James BurrowsLarry BalmagiaSeptember 27, 1990 (1990-09-27)28.4[2]

In an attempt to beat Gary's Olde Towne Tavern in an annual employee basketball game, Cheers acquires the Boston Celtics' Kevin McHale by insisting that the game is for charity.

Although not formally titled as such, this episode is also known as "Bar Wars IV". "Bar Wars III" was aired the previous season; the episodic numbering of "Bar Wars" segments would resume with "Bar Wars V" in season 10.
1973"Rebecca Redux"James BurrowsStory by : Bill Steinkellner
Teleplay by : Phoef Sutton and Bill Steinkellner and Cheri Eichen
October 4, 1990 (1990-10-04)30.4[3]
Sam hires a new manager (Bryan Clark) whom everyone likes, while Rebecca accepts a new job that turns out rotten.
1984"Where Nobody Knows Your Name"Andy AckermanDan O'Shannon & Tom AndersonOctober 11, 1990 (1990-10-11)32.9[4]
Rebecca becomes upset when one of Robin's past lovers claims to be having an affair with him.
1995"Ma Always Liked You Best"Andy AckermanDan O'Shannon & Tom AndersonOctober 18, 1990 (1990-10-18)31.7[5]
Cliff's mother takes a liking to Woody, much to Cliff's chagrin. Despite Cliff's protestations, his mother moves in with Woody. Norm becomes caught in one of the bar's windows.
2006"Grease"James BurrowsBrian Pollack and Mert RichOctober 25, 1990 (1990-10-25)29.9[6]
Norm attempts to save the Hungry Heifer. Robin is sentenced to community service picking up refuse along the highway.
2017"Breaking in Is Hard to Do"Andy AckermanKen Levine & David IsaacsNovember 1, 1990 (1990-11-01)33.2[7]
The Cranes debate over the care of their son. Carla helps Rebecca sneak into prison to visit Robin in an attempt to seduce him.
SpecialSpecial"Cheers 200th Anniversary Special"
James Burrows and Andy AckermanCheri Eichen & Bill Steinkellner and Phoef SuttonNovember 8, 1990 (1990-11-08)45.9[8]
A special recap of the first 199 episodes of Cheers, hosted by John McLaughlin, that includes discussions with the cast (including former cast member Shelley Long), writers and directors of the series.
2028"Bad Neighbor Sam"James BurrowsCheri Eichen and Bill SteinkellnerNovember 15, 1990 (1990-11-15)34.1[9]
The new owner of Melville's engages in an exchange of antagonistic stunts with Sam.
2039"Veggie-Boyd"James BurrowsDan Staley & Rob LongNovember 22, 1990 (1990-11-22)29.1[10]
Woody is nervous about appearing in a commercial for a product that he hates. Cliff is upset over the attention the new cocktail napkins in the bar are getting.
20410"Norm and Cliff's Excellent Adventure"James BurrowsKen Levine & David IsaacsDecember 6, 1990 (1990-12-06)32.7[11]

Woody discovers a shopping channel and becomes hooked. Norm and Cliff go too far when they start a fight between Sam and Frasier.

NOTE: This episode is dedicated to Al Rosen, who played Al in the show.
20511"Woody Interruptus"James BurrowsDan Staley and Rob LongDecember 13, 1990 (1990-12-13)33.8[15]

Kelly brings Henrí (Anthony Cistaro) with her to Boston after a trip to France. Unbeknownst to her, his plan is to steal her away from Woody, who in turn becomes jealous and worried. Sam suggests a motel to improve Woody and Kelly's relationship. Later, Woody takes Kelly out to a cheap motel for their evening together. However, Carla arrives to stop them from doing it in the motel and tells them that making out in a cheap motel is a bad idea and bad luck for their precious love. Therefore, the couple decide to save their moment for the right time, while Carla comes in and tries to seduce Henrí. Meanwhile, Cliff tells his friends that he plans to freeze his head after death, but they mock him and his plans. Cliff and Frasier pull a prank on the other patrons by bringing a box with a frozen head to the bar, which turns out to be only a microcassette in a metal box.

This episode marks Anthony Cistaro's first appearance as recurring character Henrí.[12]
Awards: Outstanding Directing - Comedy Series (Emmy Awards, 1991);[13] Outstanding Directing - Comedy Series (Directors Guild of America Awards, 1990)[14]
20612"Honor Thy Mother"James BurrowsBrian Pollack and Mert RichJanuary 3, 1991 (1991-01-03)38.6[16]
Carla refuses the family naming tradition, as it would result in her new son being named Benito Mussolini. Woody's plan to issue free coupons for Cheers backfires.
20713"Achilles Hill"Andy AckermanKen Levine and David IsaacsJanuary 10, 1991 (1991-01-10)36.3[17]
Woody brings in a foosball table, but Carla believes that it is evil. Sam begins dating Hill's daughter to get back at Hill. Guest star: Valerie Mahaffey
20814"The Days of Wine and Neuroses"James BurrowsBrian Pollack and Mert RichJanuary 24, 1991 (1991-01-24)32.3[18]
Robin proposes to Rebecca shortly before he is released from prison, but Rebecca gets drunk because she has doubts. Frasier becomes obsessed with a karaoke machine.
20915"Wedding Bell Blues"James BurrowsDan O'Shannon and Tom AndersonJanuary 31, 1991 (1991-01-31)32.7[19]
On the morning of her wedding, Rebecca finally realizes that she only loves Robin for his money, and he leaves with $6 million that he had hidden under her desk drawer. Guest appearance by Bobby Hatfield of the Righteous Brothers.
21016"I'm Getting My Act Together and Sticking It in Your Face"Andy AckermanDan Staley and Rob LongFebruary 7, 1991 (1991-02-07)31.5[20]
Two days after the canceled wedding, Rebecca is still locked in her office and then leaves town. When she returns, Sam sees an opportunity.
21117"Sam Time Next Year"James BurrowsLarry BalmagiaFebruary 14, 1991 (1991-02-14)31.9[21]
Sam has a date with an old valentine (Barbara Feldon) but injures his back when he slips down the stairs outside Cheers. Guest appearance by Michael Dukakis.
21218"Crash of the Titans"James BurrowsDan Staley and Rob LongFebruary 21, 1991 (1991-02-21)33.3[22]
Sam and Rebecca try to buy the bar's poolroom and restrooms from John Allen Hill.
21319"It's a Wonderful Wife"James BurrowsSue HerringFebruary 28, 1991 (1991-02-28)35.9[23]
After Vera takes a job at Melville's, Norm looks for a new bar. Lilith has professional photos taken for Frasier's birthday.
21420"Cheers Has Chili"Andy AckermanCheri Eichen & Bill Steinkellner and Phoef SuttonMarch 14, 1991 (1991-03-14)30.3[24]
Rebecca turns the poolroom into a tea room and starts selling Woody's chili there after Sam dares her to make $500.
21521"Carla Loves Clavin"James BurrowsDan Staley and Rob LongMarch 21, 1991 (1991-03-21)28.8[25]
With the Miss Boston Barmaid contest held at Cheers, Sam is upset because the rules have changed, Carla enters to win a new car and Cliff is one of the judges. Rebecca hires Norm to paint Sam's office.
21622"Pitch It Again, Sam"James BurrowsDan O'Shannon and Tom AndersonMarch 28, 1991 (1991-03-28)30.8[26]
Sam is invited to pitch to an old nemesis at Yankee Stadium. Woody becomes attached a dog that he finds.
21723"Rat Girl"James BurrowsKen Levine and David IsaacsApril 4, 1991 (1991-04-04)33.4[27]
Sam strikes out with a girl who prefers Paul, Rebecca goes on a healthful-eating kick and Lilith has an unhealthy obsession with her dead lab rat.
21824"Home Malone"Andy AckermanDan O'Shannon and Tom AndersonApril 25, 1991 (1991-04-25)27.7[28]
Rebecca hires Kelly to work in the bar. Sam runs into trouble when he babysits the Cranes' son Frederick.
21925"Uncle Sam Wants You"James BurrowsDan Staley and Rob LongMay 2, 1991 (1991-05-02)31.3[29]
Sam becomes obsessed with Frederick and begins to wonder about becoming a father. Elvis Presley: Pete Willcox


In the 43rd Primetime Emmy Awards (1991), this season won four Emmys: Outstanding Comedy Series of 1990–1991, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (Kirstie Alley), Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Bebe Neuwirth), and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series (James Burrows).[30]


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