|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||27|
|Original release||September 20, 1990 –|
May 3, 1991
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.
Further information: List of Cheers episodes
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers|
|195||1||"Love Is a Really, Really, Perfectly Okay Thing"||James Burrows||Phoef Sutton||September 20, 1990||32.9|
|After Sam and Rebecca spend the night together, it turns out to be harder to brag about it than originally thought.|
|196||2||"Cheers Fouls Out"||James Burrows||Larry Balmagia||September 27, 1990||28.4|
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.
|197||3||"Rebecca Redux"||James Burrows||Story by : Bill Steinkellner|
Teleplay by : Phoef Sutton and Bill Steinkellner and Cheri Eichen
|October 4, 1990||30.4|
|Sam hires a new manager (Bryan Clark) whom everyone likes, while Rebecca accepts a new job that turns out rotten.|
|198||4||"Where Nobody Knows Your Name"||Andy Ackerman||Dan O'Shannon & Tom Anderson||October 11, 1990||32.9|
|Rebecca becomes upset when one of Robin's past lovers claims to be having an affair with him.|
|199||5||"Ma Always Liked You Best"||Andy Ackerman||Dan O'Shannon & Tom Anderson||October 18, 1990||31.7|
|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.|
|200||6||"Grease"||James Burrows||Brian Pollack and Mert Rich||October 25, 1990||29.9|
|Norm attempts to save the Hungry Heifer. Robin is sentenced to community service picking up refuse along the highway.|
|201||7||"Breaking in Is Hard to Do"||Andy Ackerman||Ken Levine & David Isaacs||November 1, 1990||33.2|
|The Cranes debate over the care of their son. Carla helps Rebecca sneak into prison to visit Robin in an attempt to seduce him.|
|Special||Special||"Cheers 200th Anniversary Special"||James Burrows and Andy Ackerman||Cheri Eichen & Bill Steinkellner and Phoef Sutton||November 8, 1990||45.9|
|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.|
|202||8||"Bad Neighbor Sam"||James Burrows||Cheri Eichen and Bill Steinkellner||November 15, 1990||34.1|
|The new owner of Melville's engages in an exchange of antagonistic stunts with Sam.|
|203||9||"Veggie-Boyd"||James Burrows||Dan Staley & Rob Long||November 22, 1990||29.1|
|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.|
|204||10||"Norm and Cliff's Excellent Adventure"||James Burrows||Ken Levine & David Isaacs||December 6, 1990||32.7|
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.
|205||11||"Woody Interruptus"||James Burrows||Dan Staley and Rob Long||December 13, 1990||33.8|
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.
Awards: Outstanding Directing - Comedy Series (Emmy Awards, 1991); Outstanding Directing - Comedy Series (Directors Guild of America Awards, 1990)
|206||12||"Honor Thy Mother"||James Burrows||Brian Pollack and Mert Rich||January 3, 1991||38.6|
|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.|
|207||13||"Achilles Hill"||Andy Ackerman||Ken Levine and David Isaacs||January 10, 1991||36.3|
|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|
|208||14||"The Days of Wine and Neuroses"||James Burrows||Brian Pollack and Mert Rich||January 24, 1991||32.3|
|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.|
|209||15||"Wedding Bell Blues"||James Burrows||Dan O'Shannon and Tom Anderson||January 31, 1991||32.7|
|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.|
|210||16||"I'm Getting My Act Together and Sticking It in Your Face"||Andy Ackerman||Dan Staley and Rob Long||February 7, 1991||31.5|
|Two days after the canceled wedding, Rebecca is still locked in her office and then leaves town. When she returns, Sam sees an opportunity.|
|211||17||"Sam Time Next Year"||James Burrows||Larry Balmagia||February 14, 1991||31.9|
|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.|
|212||18||"Crash of the Titans"||James Burrows||Dan Staley and Rob Long||February 21, 1991||33.3|
|Sam and Rebecca try to buy the bar's poolroom and restrooms from John Allen Hill.|
|213||19||"It's a Wonderful Wife"||James Burrows||Sue Herring||February 28, 1991||35.9|
|After Vera takes a job at Melville's, Norm looks for a new bar. Lilith has professional photos taken for Frasier's birthday.|
|214||20||"Cheers Has Chili"||Andy Ackerman||Cheri Eichen & Bill Steinkellner and Phoef Sutton||March 14, 1991||30.3|
|Rebecca turns the poolroom into a tea room and starts selling Woody's chili there after Sam dares her to make $500.|
|215||21||"Carla Loves Clavin"||James Burrows||Dan Staley and Rob Long||March 21, 1991||28.8|
|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.|
|216||22||"Pitch It Again, Sam"||James Burrows||Dan O'Shannon and Tom Anderson||March 28, 1991||30.8|
|Sam is invited to pitch to an old nemesis at Yankee Stadium. Woody becomes attached a dog that he finds.|
|217||23||"Rat Girl"||James Burrows||Ken Levine and David Isaacs||April 4, 1991||33.4|
|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.|
|218||24||"Home Malone"||Andy Ackerman||Dan O'Shannon and Tom Anderson||April 25, 1991||27.7|
|Rebecca hires Kelly to work in the bar. Sam runs into trouble when he babysits the Cranes' son Frederick.|
|219||25||"Uncle Sam Wants You"||James Burrows||Dan Staley and Rob Long||May 2, 1991||31.3|
|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).