‘Frasier’ Wasn’t the Only ‘Cheers’ Spinoff

by Jeremy Spirogis
John Ratzenberger as Cliff Clavin, Rhea Perlman as Carla LeBec, Roger Rees as Robin Colcord, Kirstie Alley as Rebecca Howe, Kelsey Grammer as Dr. Frasier Crane, Ted Danson as Sam Malone, Bebe Neuwirth as Dr. Lilith Sternin-Crane, Shelley Long as Diane Chambers, Woody Harrelson as Woody Boyd and George Wendt as Norm Peterson

Cheers was an enormous success for NBC within the 1980s. For 11 seasons, viewers tuned in to see the inner-workings of a neighborhood bar in Boston and, in doing so, grew to become part of the institution’s household. Naturally, NBC needed to capitalize on Cheers‘ success and finally did so with the spinoff, Frasier, that includes Kelsey Grammer. Frasier wasn’t the primary spinoff of the collection. It was one of many community’s largest successes, although. 

NBC tried to make use of a secondary character for a derivative of Cheers 

In 1987 NBC tried to capitalize on the success of Cheers with a spin off collection. The present, nevertheless, was poorly acquired and ended up canceled after simply 13 episodes. TV consultants usually level to The Tortellis as an ideal instance of how to not create a derivative.

John Ratzenberger as Cliff Clavin, Rhea Perlman as Carla LeBec, Roger Rees as Robin Colcord, Kirstie Alley as Rebecca Howe, Kelsey Grammer as Dr. Frasier Crane, Ted Danson as Sam Malone, Bebe Neuwirth as Dr. Lilith Sternin-Crane, Shelley Long as Diane Chambers, Woody Harrelson as Woody Boyd and George Wendt as Norm Peterson
The forged of ‘Cheers’ | NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal by way of Getty Images

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According to IMDb, Cheers producers have been requested repeatedly to create a spin off of the profitable collection. They got here up with two concepts. One premise centered on Coach Ernie’s life earlier than he started working on the bar. The second premise zeroed in on a minor character, Nick Tortelli, and his household. NBC determined to go along with the latter plot. 

Nick was Carla Tortelli’s slimy ex-husband. Mostly disliked when he appeared on Cheers, Nick’s new household life didn’t draw the eye of Cheers viewers. The present ranked extremely poorly throughout its first season and was not given an opportunity to redeem itself. 

NBC modified instructions when crafting a second Cheers spinoff

While The Tortellis was an absolute failure, NBC was nonetheless keen on utilizing Cheers as a springboard for an additional sitcom. Their second try was way more profitable. Instead of utilizing a comparatively small character to hold the collection, NBC executives took a widely known forged member and created a brand-new life for him. 

Peri Gilpin as Roz Doyle, David Hyde Pierce as Doctor Niles Crane, Kelsey Grammer as Doctor Frasier Crane, Jane Leeves as Daphne Moon,  and John Mahoney as Martin Crane Peri Gilpin as Roz Doyle, David Hyde Pierce as Doctor Niles Crane, Kelsey Grammer as Doctor Frasier Crane, Jane Leeves as Daphne Moon,  and John Mahoney as Martin Crane
the forged of ‘Frasier’ | NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal by way of Getty Images by way of Getty Images

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NBC additionally discovered from the errors they made with The Tortellis and utilized a storyline from Cheers to steer into the brand new collection. With Frasier, producers used the demise of Dr. Frasier Crane’s marriage to clarify why he left Boston and returned to his hometown of Seattle. From there, showrunners created a novel present however nonetheless paid homage to Cheers. The collection was well-received by followers. 

Frasier grew to become probably the most profitable spinoffs in TV historical past  

Not solely was Frasier successful for NBC, however it’s thought of probably the most profitable spinoffs in tv historical past, and probably the most profitable comedies in a extra basic sense. Just like Cheers, Frasier ran for 11 seasons and managed to garner love from followers and accolades from the Television Academy. Over the course of its 11 seasons, the present was nominated for 108 Emmy awards and gained 38 statues. 

Shelley Long, Rhea Perlman, Kelsey Grammer, Ted Danson and John Ratzenberge at the TV Land Awards in 2006Shelley Long, Rhea Perlman, Kelsey Grammer, Ted Danson and John Ratzenberge at the TV Land Awards in 2006
Shelley Long, Rhea Perlman, Kelsey Grammer, Ted Danson and John Ratzenberger | Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

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In distinction, Cheers was nominated 117 instances and took house 28 awards, together with 4 wins within the Outstanding Comedy Series class. Cheers was nominated within the class for all 11 of its seasons. 

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