Saturday, October 29, 2011

CHEERS Bar Wars V: The Final Judgment

Okay, hopefully this works.  For Halloween weekend I'm trying to show the Bar Wars episode of CHEERS that David Isaacs and I wrote that took place over Halloween.  It's Bar Wars V: The Final Judgment.   So assuming this works, click on this link and it should take you to a site where you can watch.   If it doesn't, you can always just scroll down to my World Series post.

Of all the Bar Wars episodes that we wrote, this is my favorite.

Note: When this show originally aired, the song that the juke box was playing was "Monster Mash" by Bobby Boris Pickett.  I guess Paramount didn't want to pay for the rights for syndication so a different song is substituted.  And it's not nearly as funny.

Tomorrow:  Results on your scariest movies.  Boo.

19 comments:

Johnny Walker said...

Thanks for sharing that, Ken. I'm watching and loving it after a Halloween night out.

Eric J said...

Thanks. One of the most consistently funny shows on television. Thanks for your contributions to it.

Mac said...

Classic episode. Hilarious - always a joy to watch it again.

DanTedson said...

You know what I think of Bar Wars. If the episodes were corporeal, I'd take them roughly, like a feral Baldwin. (Probably while sobbing the Lord's Prayer, but that's really more about me.) That's a great pic too. Could have doubled for the episodes where Diane kept turning down his marriage proposals.

Brian said...

I like how the scene changes to the next morning after finding Gary "dead" and they are all back at Cheers drinking. (Except Sam of course). Its even confirmed with a "Good morning" greeting and the fact that the funeral is "today at 2". Sam held on as long as he could, but why, or why would everybody go against him and play a joke on him?

Anonymous said...

Where can we get the blooper where naked Woody Harrelson is in the coffin?

Johnny Walker said...

This was a favourite episode of mine when I first saw it as a kid. I absolutely LOVED it. Thanks again.

pumpkinhead said...

Bonus... hearing the full Cheers theme for the first time in years.

Mimsy said...

This episode actually aired just the other night. On HCHD, I believe. And "Monster Mash" was definitely the song that played on the juke box, as well as the phone, etc. In fact, I remember the timing of Sam hanging up the phone and then picking it back up coinciding rather, um, fortuitously with the "Monster Mash" lyrics. After seeing it with this song instead, I'm only sorry I didn't record the rerun from the other night! In any case, great episode!

Mimsy said...

P.S. HCHD is a Hallmark channel, I believe...

Michael Reed said...

Well done on that one. My favourite episode.

Mike Schryver said...

This song isn't as funny as using "Monster Mash", bu at least it's kind of identifiable as a Halloween song.
An example of this that I really hated was when Sam and Rebecca were taunting each other by playing "I Fought the Law" at each other on the jukebox and a tape player. It was replaced with another song with no identifiable (to me) lyrics. At that point, the episode made no sense at all.

Tim W. said...

Wow. I clearly remember Monster Mash playing and watching it with that horrible song playing was incredibly jarring. One weird thing is that it kind of sounds like Ted Danson singing.

Nick said...

very enjoyable to watch Ken. It was about halfway through before I realised that this was one of my all time favourite eps - that I haven't seen in about fifteen years. And yet i still remembered exactly how it ended... he he....

Oh and I just played Monster Mash in my head whenever the other lame song was on...

DyHrdMET said...

where the the opening intro video for CHEERS come from? with all the old-timey pictures that seem to represent the different characters in the show.

Rob in Toronto said...

The syndication prints still include "Monster Mash" : it was changed for the DVD release of the series as nobody included home video in the original contracts for a lot of tv shows like this. The link you have has been taken from the DVD release of the series.

DanTedson said...

The Monster Mash version was better (I love how he picks up the phone the second time and it just has time to spit out "Mash" before he quickly hangs it up again), but that other song has grown on me.

LAprGuy said...

What amazes me about "Cheers" - and this episode is a good example - is how you were able to naturally incorporate so many different characters into 22 minutes. In this episode, even Paul contributes to advancing the story.

A nice Halloween treat, Ken.

Chris Attrill said...

I had that episode on tape. My mum had so many episodes recorded during their original airing and I wore those tapes out. So when I saw it on the DVD and it wasn't monster mash I was so pissed off. I hate the music industry.