Cheers Logo and Opening Titles
A clever Halloween costume triggers nostalgic memories of classic TV typography.
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One of my all-time favorite title sequences! And it’s funny how nostalgic it makes me, considering that the titles themselves were created to match the nostalgic feelings of a historical tavern. The titles were a subtle and adult way of addressing that the show’s bar setting wasn’t intended to be a endorsement for alcohol but the friendship and trust that was built in a place “where everybody knows your name.”
Speaking of the great theme song, composer Gary Portnoy recently made the full theme song to “Cheers” and its many demo versions available on iTunes Store. They sound great — even the rejected themes would have been great for the intro to this classic show.
Could the guy’s hand that was removed from the lady’s shoulder have been removed because of the cigarette it held? In the PC world of those days an important issue, I would think.
And I can’t remember a single cigarette smoked in all the eleven seasons of Cheers…
Rebecca fell back on her old smoking habits in one episode, but the smoking was portrayed as negative.
Bernie — I thought that at first, but the woman in the edited image is still holding a cigarette.
Brett — Yep, not to mention one of her cigarettes burned down the bar! (Season 11)
Smoking was not portrayed as evil on Cheers. Plenty of times they showed patrons smoking at the bar or in the background. Smoking in eating/drinking establishments and malls was still common back then. They didn’t start banning smoking in restaurants until the mid-'90s, and into the new millenium it was banned in bars, too.
The art work, to me evokes imagery from the bar fly theme of Eugene Oneils play, The Ice Man Cometh. Anybody else see that?
What’s the name of Bebe Nuewirth’s pic from the opening credits? I’ve found two more original pictures from the opening credits. Nick Colasanto’s is the Irish Lion back bar in Bloomington, IN. And the picture after Ted’s and Shelley’s picture from the 1st-3rd seasons is Rudy John barbershop in Junction City, KS.
Does anyone know where i can purchase a copy of these prints? Id love to hang them in my hallway in my new flat.
Many thanks in anticipation.
Lee alexander: A quick search on “Saturday night in a saloon” discovers a storefront on Amazon called HistoricalFindings who will sell you a printed scan of the original photo (not the colorized version) for $11 plus shipping—as well as, apparently, many thousands more prints.
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