Cheers (1982–1993)
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The Coach's Daughter 

Coach is distressed when his sweet but insecure daughter introduces him to her boorish, obnoxious fiancé.


James Burrows


Glen Charles (created by), Les Charles (created by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Ted Danson ... Sam Malone
Shelley Long ... Diane Chambers
Nicholas Colasanto ... Ernie 'Coach' Pantusso
Rhea Perlman ... Carla Tortelli
George Wendt ... Norm Peterson
Allyce Beasley ... Lisa
Philip Charles MacKenzie ... Roy
Tim Cunningham Tim Cunningham ... Chuck
Jacqueline Cassell Jacqueline Cassell ... Woman No. 1 (as Jacqueline Cassel)
Teddy Bergeron Teddy Bergeron ... Man No. 1
John Ratzenberger ... Cliff


Coach's daughter, Lisa, stops by the bar to introduce her fiancé, Roy. Unfortunately, he's an obnoxious lout, which is obvious to almost all (Diane initially gives Roy the benefit of the doubt but comes to the same conclusion). Coach has a heart-to-heart with his daughter, in which she acknowledges that Roy is flawed and is using her but says she wants to be married and have a family and thinks that Roy may be her only chance. Elsewhere in the bar, Diane tries her hand at caricature, only to find that -- as is the case with most of her creative endeavors -- her ambition exceeds her talent. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

28 October 1982 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first time Coaches name is mentioned in the title See more »


When Diane tells Coach about her father, she uses the present tense "is" implying he is still alive. Later in the season, it is established he died several years ago. See more »


Diane Chambers: Sam, I'll only ask this once. Now if you say no, it's no. But I would love to start doing caricatures of the customers here. Caricature is a satirical form of art that the common man loves and I think that it would just be a wonderful memento of our customers visits here...
Sam Malone: No.
Diane Chambers: ...and my art instructor said, he said I'm an original and this would be an invaluable experience, and...
Sam Malone: No.
Diane Chambers: ...and I'd only do it during the slow periods, so it really wouldn't interfere with my waiting tables.
Sam Malone: No.
Diane Chambers: So ...
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William Tell Overture
Composed by Gioachino Rossini
Performed by Shelley Long
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5 August 2019 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Coach's daughter shows up at the bar with her sleazy fiance. He is a suit salesman and about as cocky as a man can be. He also has ulterior motives in marrying her. So the bar patrons immediately take a dislike to him. The story is a bit touching, but it doesn't have the zip others have. After all, it's the first season and they are trying to find their way yet.

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