Saturday, June 26, 2010

Cheers is Filmed Before a Live Studio Audience

As a child, the intro to every episode of Cheers baffled me. They played a catchy but whiny piano song over a montage of pictures of people wearing clothing from the early 1900s. They showed the intro credits, but the names of the actors did not match the genders of the pictures or correspond with their characters in any way. Then, at the very end of the song, a different cast member each week would say, "Cheers is filmed before a live studio audience." I finally understand what this phrase means, but I still don't understand why they had to say it. Maybe it was some odd FCC compliance, or maybe they were trying to prove that the laughs were real and not a canned laugh track recorded off a bunch of people in the 50s, most of who by now are dead.

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