Film Friday: Cheers

Screen shot 2014-03-29 at 8.52OK, it’s not a movie, but I can’t ignore America’s best known letter carrier, Cliff Clavin on the long running comedy, Cheers. The resident know-it-all, Cliff pontificated from his barstool for 11 years, always proudly sporting his postal uniform. To Cliff, being a mailman was the highest calling.

Played brilliantly by John Ratzenberger, Cliff delivered his rambling factoids in a wicked Boston accent, and apparently John ad-libbed many an embellishment. While Cliff spent most episodes seated beside Norm at the bar, he occasionally kicked over the traces and even broke the rules.

Screen shot 2014-03-29 at 8.31Perhaps his most postal-themed storyline was Season 7, Episode 12: “Please Mr. Postman.” Cliff begins the episode irked that he has been assigned to train a new recruit. However, letter carrier Margaret O’Keefe (played by Annie Golden) quickly wins him over, and Cliff tells her to get some rest before their training begins, “You’ll need plenty of sleep. Tomorrow is TV Guide day.”

Screen shot 2014-03-29 at 8.37They fall for one another, but Margaret commits a cardinal sin when she steals a postal van to rendezvous with Cliff at a sleazy motel. Inevitably, she’s found out and fired, and their short-lived romance ends when she leaves for Canada to join their postal service. “I’m a mail carrier; I have to deliver the mail.”

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