-- Sam Malone was originally going to be a retired football player. But the role was changed to a baseball player because of Ted Danson’s body type.
-- The series was originally set in Barstow, California.
-- In a hotel.
-- Norm’s real first name was Hillary. Norman was his middle name.
-- And he didn’t actually get to drink real beer.
It was “near beer,”Â with an alcohol content of 3.2 percent, and a pinch of salt added so that the mug kept a foamy head under the hot studio lights.
-- The address of “Cheers” is 112½ Beacon Street.
112 Beacon Street is a brownstone currently owned by Fischer College.
-- Carla’s full name was Carla Maria Victoria Angelina Teresa Apollonia Lozupone Tortelli LeBec.
-- During Season 1, they constantly mention the back door but no one ever uses it.
-- A cliffhanger was planned for the sixth season where Sam discovers he is at risk to be HIV positive. The episode was never filmed due to the writers’ strike.
-- John Lithgow was the first choice to play Frasier Crane.
-- Cliff Clavin wasn’t originally a character in the script.
When John Ratzenberger went into audition he asked if they had a “bar know-it-all” yet. The writers liked the idea and made a role for him.
-- When Ted Danson chose to leave in 1993 the writers offered the main role to Woody Harrelson. However, he didn’t want to continue the show without Ted.
-- When Sam is first introduced, he is walking out of the pool room. The last time we see him, he is walking back into it.
-- The writers often gave Kelsey Grammer bad lines on purpose to see if he could make them funny.
-- The series finished 77th - dead last - in the Nielsen ratings the week it debuted.
-- But had the second most watched series finale of all time and was voted “the best television show that has ever been” by GQ Magazine.