No hockey in sight, bleh. In the meantime, here's some banter about the TV show "Cheers:"
The way I see it, Cheers had three distinctive periods. First, the Coach years. Then Coach dies and Woody takes over. And finally, Diane leaves and Rebecca enters the picture. These three separate divisions should be ranked in this order:
(1) The Woody and Diane Period ~ this is when Cheers reached its zenith. Every single episode was a study in great comic writing and gave birth to extraordinary supporting characters. Woody Harrelson hadn't yet become the stereotype he portrayed and most of the episodes were still set in the tavern. My personal favorite from this period: the first prank-trading show with Gary's Olde Towne Tavern. Comedy gold.
(2) The Coach Period ~ simple, great episodes. Coach's character was understated yet complex. Each show was about Sam and Diane's budding relationship and rarely spent much time dealing with Norm and Cliff. Solid.
(3) The Rebecca Years ~ despite an occasional gem, most of these episodes went a little far. The writing team spent too much time on Frasier and Lilith Crane as wells as too many plots involving Rebecca's love life. Like all great sitcoms, Cheers went on a few years too long.