April 10, 2012 — We may not have invented time travel yet, but we do already suffer from some of the side effects. Let me illustrate. A few months back I cancelled cable. Not everybody’s, just mine. Ten years ago, that would mean my evenings would involve a lot of conversing with neighbors over back fences and pacing hallways bemoaning existence. Today, with Hulu, Amazon Prime, Netflix, and YouTube, I still have way too much TV to watch.
But what’s also changed in recent years is that I have my choice of whatever year of TV history I want to watch on any given night whenever I want. I can make meth with Bryan Cranston in the 2010s, help coach a midwestern college football team with Craig T. Nelson in the 1990s, or enjoy the resort life with Patrick McGoohan in the 1960s. It’s the classic time travel quandary.
I say all this because recently, my wife has pulled me back into Cheers. She's a woman of strange impulses. Also, she was too young to watch this bar-set sit com during its original run from 1982 to 1993. I, on the other hand, watched the latter half of its original run and caught the rest in syndication, but I was also in my home state of Maryland at the time. These days, I’m in downtown Boston just about every day, only a few blocks away from the Bull and Finch Pub, in fact, where all the exteriors were filmed. So now I’m watching the series with a bit of new resonance.
These days, 20 years after Cheers went off the air, the Bull and Finch has renamed itself after the fictional bar that it inspired and boasts a gift shop bigger than the bar itself. I posted about that site before, so this post isn’t about that. Nor is it a review of the show to see how it’s weathered the decades.
Instead, it’s a review of the show’s bathroom graffiti. Yes, the Internet needs this post on its servers.
In the first season, the men’s bathroom of Cheers was only shown once. During episode 9, Coach Returns to Action. In that episode, Coach has the hots (a rampant condition in the 1980s that they eventually cured) for a much younger girl but was having trouble getting up the courage to ask her out. It takes a bathroom meeting with Diane and Carla to finally motivate him.
I think that’s how the scene went, anyway. I was a bit distracted and, admittedly, mesmerized by what passed as graffiti in the men’s room of this 1980s prime time sit com bar.
|Get into sports dummy|
|For a Good Time Call Diane Chambers 867-5309.|
|Show me the way to the next whiskey bar...don't ask why|
|Super Jock and Hit That Man|
|Please Don't Take Towels Home.|
|God Save the Kinks and Add It Up|
|Don't stop and think, have another drink|
Instructions: Push, Push.
|Static, Static, Static, Frank Irving, Frank Irving|
|It's Not Easy Being Good Looking|