Why the Cheers Creators Picked Boston



To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Cheers premiere (feel old yet?) GQ magazine assembled the show’s creators, writers, and actors to conduct an oral history. Super-fans of the show are, of course, encouraged to read the whole thing, but being interested as we are in the fair city where the show took place, we were particularly interested in on co-creator Les Charles’s explanation for selecting Boston as the show’s setting:

Les Charles: We talked about putting this bar out in the desert somewhere, or in a small town, but once we were looking at a city, we immediately went to Boston. It hadn’t been used very much on television, and we wanted a city with some charm—a city that would have that English-style sort of pub in it. [Plus], it was a sports-crazy city. Everything seemed right about it.

Thirty years later, Boston might retain its charm and sports fandom, but it feels a bit more represented on TV. So there’s progress for you.

Oh, also, there’s this fun fact:

Andy Ackerman(editor-director): The city held a big parade for us for our 200th-episode anniversary [in 1990]. We were treated like royalty. The governor, Michael Dukakis, was there. They named an alley after Kirstie, and gave us the keys to the city.

Despite ourselves, we’re quite entertained at the idea of naming an alley after Kirstie Alley. Does anyone know if this still exists and where it is?