James Burrows On The Making Of “Cheers” | Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend

Published on September 5, 2022

Conan chats with director James Burrows about the experience of creating “Cheers.” Hear more from this episode @ https://listen.teamcoco.com/XQlyhC8W

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  • Colonel Angus 1 year ago

    Great interview!

  • TobinRnr 1 year ago

    If you’re under 30 and haven’t seen Cheers, find episodes here on Youtube. They hold up incredibly well over time. The writers respected the intelligence of the audience unlike most of network TV today.

  • jrpipik 1 year ago

    I loved Cheers from the first, but as the series went on, Sam seemed to become dumber and dumber. It made a great contrast with Diane and must’ve been great fun to write — it was always funny! But I’m just not as interested in having a dumb protagonist in my living room every week.

  • Beverly Sewing & Vacuum 1 year ago

    tee hee hee (Love it)

  • tschw 1 year ago

    Liking your content, you and your crew continue to amuse me.

  • DLZ2000 1 year ago

    There may have been an ironclad rule that the status quo had to be maintained in the 1950s and 1960s, but I Love Lucy and Get Smart broke those rules. Both shows did entire seasons that were serialized.

  • Fantasmister 1 year ago

    For any comedy writer, Fawlty Towers is still a good high bar to set yourself.

  • Derrick Parker 1 year ago

    linear algebra korean was the the only korean girl with a green shirt in my fall semester class 2016 and had a nice chest, large breasts, and she was really pretty, so you can’t really sort of redo or fake that, plus that was the only class i took that semester. martika i knew where she stayed, as did i knew where chinese exchange student stayed there was a chinese dorm for all the chinese students at UofM off campus, plus when you consider she couldn’t stay in undergrad housing not to mention she was a MURP student, there was the other girl who was married and came from st cloud minnesota and was a lawyer and then there might of been two others in our class, but she and the other was the only one’s that worked at the student cafeteria. so there is that and kristty and cindy i actually talked to them and meet them and so forth we meet basically and went on as close to a date as one could and could, if we saw each other again talk about stuf, somewhat succinctly. then RH was basically just someone who you see and she remembers you but you kinda remember her, which would make since cause i would legit be like wow you remembered that, well i mean yea that is cool, but you know. i mean cause it was a big deal for me too. and i think she can’t be that older than micheal like i know she isn’t older than dwight so yea, so yea that is about right. and actually it was the same as the karting korean like legit you didn’t see someone that pretty on saturday mornings at andretti, like that can’t be redone either, yea, also if you wanted to try and send me to like italia or something i would have to race againist like 12 and 14 year old karters, cause that is the caliber of talent that was at andretti, i mean there were teenagers, but actually the kids were faster. same with dirtbikes and motorcycles, like the caliber would have to be 13 and 14 year old dirt track champions, which dirt track, as soon as indian motorcycles got invovled which is owned by polaris they started beating harley. so yea, even harley at it’s core loses, which is sad. enduro is great too husquavana 701 enduro that would be awsome. so yea, so the idea that some how something will change after 7 and half years that won’t happen that is 7 and half years of people playing by the rules, it does seem interesting i guess 5 year plan rolls over to a 10 year plan i guess it may roll over to a 20 year plan, that is how america operates, that is what they know that is what they feel safe with delay and deny.

  • Eduardo A. Saad 1 year ago

    Fascinating. James Burrows is brilliant, and Conan is brilliant, being so appreciative of the great work of great professionals (actors) on Cheers, and the great stories Burrows shared. On his shows Conan was brilliant in showcasing his guests; I especially enjoyed a couple of great moments by Flula Borg and, more recently, Tig Notaro, who is also brilliant and amazing. Thanks Conan, for these moments I have enjoyed so much. Best wishes to you and your closest ones. E

  • DW808 1 year ago

    CHEERS was a perfect show. All the way down to the theme song. Perfection. Easily top 5 greatest sitcoms of all time, IMHO.

  • Dr.Trebuchet 1 year ago

    Norm as the barfly is so iconic in cheers that in star trek ds9 they created a alien called Morn to be a barfly for Quark’s bar.

  • Dennis Bunik 1 year ago

    Sam: “You’re drunk”….Diane: “well you’re stupid, at least I’ll be sober in the morning”

  • Davett53 1 year ago

    We all have our favorite watering hole, tavern, & dive bar, but rarely are they filled with so many endearing , quirky, and colorful regulars. The cast was a great ensemble. Woody, Cliff, & Norm always cracked me.

  • andrew Dup 1 year ago

    They should have the mics separate from the table, it’s an easy fix for this like absent-mindedly hitting the desk.

  • Barrett Pickett 1 year ago

    As a tourist you go to Boston and see cheers. Turns out to be a replica but still a lot of fun. Such a great show.


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