Boston's Bar Where Everybody Knows Your Name Turns 40, "Cheers" Fans Gather

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The beloved series about Boston's favorite bar where everybody knows your name turned 40 on Friday. "Cheers" premiered on September 30, 1982 and became a huge hit receiving over a hundred Emmy nominations and winning 28 during its 11-season run.

Tour buses full of fans came to Beacon Street to visit the iconic bar that inspired it all, located just outside of Boston Public Garden.

"They were like family, they loved each other," Sue from Philadelphia told WBZ's Karyn Regal as she took pictures in front of the iconic site of her favorite T.V. show.

There was a banner in the vicinity where Melville's would have been, located above the neighborhood Boston bar, commemorating the anniversary and exciting tourists who came by for the occasion.

One woman from Texas told Regal her favorite character from the show was Carla, "You are the only one who said Carla, why?" Regal asked. "I don't know it just reminds me of some people I know I guess," the Texan fan chuckled, "[She} don't take no crap."

The sitcom comedy brought New England to the big screen, for millions to enjoy. In 1993, 93 million people sat in front of their television sets to watch the "Cheers" finale, making it the second most viewed finale after "M*A*S*H."

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"The show makes you feel kind of like family, so it's like a local bar no matter where you're from," one North Carolina man said while visiting.

"Cheers" was a bit before his time as he said, "It premiered probably about the time I premiered," but it still holds a special place in his heart, making its way onto his Boston bucket list.

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