Glen Charles
Born
Glen Gerald Charles

(1943-02-18) February 18, 1943 (age 81)
EducationUniversity of Redlands
Occupation(s)Screenwriter and producer
Known forCheers
AwardsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series and Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Episodic Comedy (Cheers episode "Give Me a Ring Sometime")
Les Charles
Born (1948-03-25) March 25, 1948 (age 76)
EducationUniversity of Redlands
Occupation(s)Screenwriter, producer
Known forCheers
AwardsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series and Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Episodic Comedy (Cheers episode "Give Me a Ring Sometime")

Brothers Glen Gerald Charles (born February 18, 1943) and Les Charles (born March 25, 1948) are American screenwriters and television producers, best known for working on Taxi and co-creating Cheers.[1][2]

Early lives and careers

The Charles brothers attended University of Redlands. Glen graduated in 1965, and Les graduated in 1971.[3] Glen began his professional life as an advertising copywriter but moved into television. Both Glen and Les began their television careers together as writers for M*A*S*H in 1975; all their work throughout their entire TV and film career was done jointly. They later wrote for The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Phyllis and The Bob Newhart Show, and were head writers and producers on the TV series Taxi. They then formed the Charles-Burrows-Charles production company with James Burrows, and created and produced the television series Cheers, which ran from 1982 to 1993.

After Cheers ended, the brothers largely retired from the business, although they did co-write the screenplay for the 1999 film Pushing Tin. This remains their final produced writing credit. Both were credited in every episode of Frasier as the creators of the "Frasier Crane" character from Cheers, but the duo had no other creative involvement in either the original series or the revival.

Cheers

Cheers is a sitcom that ran on NBC from September 30, 1982, to May 20, 1993, with a total of 275 half-hour episodes for eleven seasons. The show was produced by Charles/Burrows/Charles Productions in association with Paramount Network Television. The show is set in a bar named Cheers in Boston, Massachusetts, where a group of locals meet to drink, relax, and socialize. The Cheers finale aired on May 20, 1993, and was watched in an estimated 42.4 million households across the country.[4]

Filmography

Television

Writing credits
Series Episode Air date
M*A*S*H "The Late Captain Pierce" October 3, 1975 (1975-10-03)
Doc "Doc, Heal Thyself" November 8, 1975 (1975-11-08)
Phyllis "Paging Dr. Lindstrom" December 22, 1975 (1975-12-22)
"Phyllis in Love" January 19, 1976 (1976-01-19)
"Crazy Mama" January 26, 1976 (1976-01-26)
"Sonny Boy" February 16, 1976 (1976-02-16)
"The Triangle" March 1, 1976 (1976-03-01)
"Phyllis Cries Wolf" October 25, 1976 (1976-10-25)
"Out of the Closet" November 1, 1976 (1976-11-01)
"Mother Dexter Cohabitates" November 22, 1976 (1976-11-22)
"Mother Dexter's Wedding" December 6, 1976 (1976-12-06)
"Bess Airs Her Views" December 20, 1976 (1976-12-20)
"Broken Hearted Bess" January 30, 1977 (1977-01-30)
"Dan's Ex" February 13, 1977 (1977-02-13)
"And Baby Makes Six" March 13, 1977 (1977-03-13)
The Mary Tyler Moore Show "Mary and the Sexagenarian" February 12, 1977 (1977-02-12)
The Bob Newhart Show "Bob's Change of Life" September 24, 1977 (1977-09-24)
"Who Was That Masked Man?" October 15, 1977 (1977-10-15)
"Happy Trails to You" April 1, 1978 (1978-04-01)
The Betty White Show "Goodnight Sweet Fletch" October 31, 1977 (1977-10-31)
Taxi "Come As You Aren't" October 10, 1978 (1978-10-10)
"Paper Marriage" October 31, 1978 (1978-10-31)
"Sugar Mama" January 16, 1979 (1979-01-16)
"Elaine and the Lame Duck" February 13, 1979 (1979-02-13)
"Mama Gravas" February 27, 1979 (1979-02-27)
"Hollywood Calling" May 8, 1979 (1979-05-08)
"Honor Thy Father" September 18, 1979 (1979-09-18)
"Reverend Jim: A Space Odyssey" September 25, 1979 (1979-09-25)
"Latka's Revolting" November 27, 1979 (1979-11-27)
"Art Work" March 4, 1980 (1980-03-04)
"Going Home" December 17, 1980 (1980-12-17)
"Latka's Cookies" February 5, 1981 (1981-02-05)
"Zen and the Art of Cab Driving" March 19, 1981 (1981-03-19)
"Latka the Playboy" May 21, 1981 (1981-05-21)
"Of Mice and Tony" December 10, 1981 (1981-12-10)
"I Wanna Be Around" January 7, 1982 (1982-01-07)
"Bobby Doesn't Live Here Anymore" January 14, 1982 (1982-01-14)
Cheers "Give Me a Ring Sometime" September 30, 1982 (1982-09-30)
"Sam at Eleven" October 21, 1982 (1982-10-21)
"Showdown": Part 1 March 24, 1983 (1983-03-24)
"Showdown": Part 2 March 31, 1983 (1983-03-31)
"Power Play" September 29, 1983 (1983-09-29)
"I'll Be Seeing You": Part 1 May 3, 1984 (1984-05-03)
"I'll Be Seeing You": Part 2 May 10, 1984 (1984-05-10)
"Rebound": Part 1 September 27, 1984 (1984-09-27)
"Rebound": Part 2 October 4, 1984 (1984-10-04)
"I Do, Adieu" May 7, 1987 (1987-05-07)
"Home Is the Sailor" September 24, 1987 (1987-09-24)
"One for the Road" May 20, 1993 (1993-05-20)
All Is Forgiven "With Child" March 20, 1986 (1986-03-20)

Film

Personal lives

They were raised in Henderson, Nevada, as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[5][6]

References

  1. ^ Haithman, Diane (January 14, 1988). "Romance, Quality Writing Make 'Cheers' NBC's Happy (Half) Hour". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 3, 2015.
  2. ^ "Glen Charles Interview". Archive of American Television. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation. Retrieved July 22, 2017.
  3. ^ "Notable Alumni". University of Redlands. Archived from the original on September 18, 2012. Retrieved August 17, 2012.
  4. ^ Harris, Will (2018-05-18). "'Cheers' Team Reflects on Series Finale on 25th Anniversary, Talks Revival Potential". Variety. Retrieved 2019-07-29.
  5. ^ "Splitting Up Takes Nights For Sam, Diane Of 'Cheers'". The Blade. Toledo, OH. The Associated Press. May 3, 1984. p. P6. Retrieved August 3, 2015.
  6. ^ Raftery, Brian (October 2012). "The Best TV Show That's Ever Been". GQ. Archived from the original on May 23, 2015. Retrieved September 27, 2012.