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Today in Nerd History | May 20

Pull up a barstool and grab your detective hats because today we’re toasting to the heartfelt farewell of a beloved sitcom and the animated comeback of a dynamic duo. On May 20, we celebrate the final episode of “Cheers” in 1993, a series that defined television comedy for over a decade, and the revival of “Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers” in 2022 on Disney+, which brought the adventurous chipmunks back into action in a brand new format. Let’s explore some “Nerdy Facts” about these memorable moments in pop culture.

Inclusion on this list does not imply that the entry is family friendly, only that is was a nerd culture milestone. Parents should, of course, use discernment.
1993: The Final Episode of Cheers (NBC)

After 11 seasons, “Cheers,” the sitcom about a Boston bar where everybody knows your name, closed its doors with an emotional finale that drew in over 80 million viewers, making it one of the most-watched finales in television history.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • A Star-Studded Sendoff: The final episode, titled “One for the Road,” was a 98-minute special that brought back several beloved characters, including Diane Chambers (Shelley Long), who had left the show after the fifth season.
  • Highly Anticipated: The build-up to the finale was so significant that many bars across America hosted viewing parties, turning the airing into a nationwide event.
  • End of an Era: “Cheers” received a total of 28 Emmy Awards out of 117 nominations during its run, making it one of the most acclaimed TV shows of its time and leaving a lasting legacy on the sitcom genre.
2022: Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers (Disney+)

“Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers” returned in a feature-length movie on Disney+, reimagining the classic animated series with a mix of live-action and CGI. The film offered a fresh take on the iconic characters, blending nostalgia with new adventures.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • Innovative Animation: Unlike the original cartoon series, the 2022 movie used a combination of live-action scenes and CGI to bring the characters to life, offering a unique visual experience that appealed to both new viewers and longtime fans.
  • Meta and Humorous: The film played with a self-referential and meta-humorous style, including jokes about Hollywood and various cameos from other famous cartoon characters, making it a hit among adult audiences as well as children.
  • Voice Star Power: The movie featured the voices of John Mulaney as Chip and Andy Samberg as Dale, whose comedic styles added a modern twist to the personalities of the classic chipmunk duo.

May 20 is a day to reminisce about the laughter and camaraderie of a beloved bar in Boston and to celebrate the return of two intrepid chipmunks on their zany adventures. Whether it’s sharing a laugh over a beer or solving quirky mysteries, these shows have carved their niche in our hearts. Happy Nerd History Day to all who cherish these moments of joy and adventure in television and film!

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