The One TV Revival You Won’t Ever See

Ted Danson
Vanity Fair

If you’ve been watching The Good Place on NBC, you already know that Ted Danson is a national treasure. And if you’ve watched TV at all in the last few years, you know that rebooting or reviving classic TV shows from the 80s and 90s is a thing that we do now.

It would seem obvious that the world is due for a Cheers revival. With Ted Danson’s career enjoying a renaissance and the current thirst for nostalgia viewing, it’s more surprising that we haven’t already seen new episodes of his most beloved sitcom.

Well, there’s a reason for that. And that reason is Danson himself.

Cheers: The Old Age Home

Ted Danson stopped by Late Night With Seth Meyers late last month to promote the new season of The Good Place. When asked if he’d like to see a 12th season of Cheers, Danson was seriously about saying no.

“It would be a bunch of people in their seventies in a bar going: ‘What? What? A horse walked into a what? A car?’ That’s not funny. Maybe Cheers: The Old Age Home.”

Everybody Knows Their Names

Cheers had a great run. It lasted 11 seasons and racked up 179 Emmy nominations. It also spawned one of the most successful spinoffs ever in the form of Frasier. (Yes, Frasier Crane was a character on Cheers first.) The theme song “Where Everybody Knows Your Name” by Gary Portnoy is instantly familiar to anyone who grew up in the 80s and 90s. It rose from one of the worst-rated shows on TV during its freshman season to one of the most beloved sitcoms of all-time.

So what do Ted Danson and company have to gain from returning to the bar where it all started? Sure, Kirstie Alley would probably like the paycheck, but the other standout performers have all moved on or retired. For once, let’s let the past stay where it belongs and tell some new stories for a change. We’ll always have the reruns.