Watch the Last Scene from Cheers for the Finale's Anniversary
Little-known fact: This scene makes 95% of the population cry in their beer
Cheers, one of the greatest sitcoms of all time – if not the greatest – ended its 10-plus-year-run on May 20, 1993.
“It was on the air for 11 seasons and 270 episodes, and it was good for nearly all of that run,” Todd VanDerWerff writes at The AV Club. In honor of that run, we’d like to spend just over two minutes of your day re-living the last time Sam "Mayday" Malone closed the bar.
“Sorry, we’re closed,” is actually the last line spoken in the series: Many people remember it as, “I’m the luckiest son of a b—- on Earth,” though for a show that would consistently mix high and low drama, that’s a pretty good one-two punch, don’t you think?
Oh, and just for good measure, here’s the scene where Sam and Diane say their goodbyes, just in case you weren’t already crying at your desk.
“As soon as they finished [the finale], the floodgates came down,” Paul Wilson, who played the barfly Paul, told PEOPLE in 1993. “Everyone was crying. It’s like your parents selling the house you grew up in. You can’t go back anymore to where your memories are.”
That may be true, but now thanks to Netflix and YouTube, you can always spend a few hours where everybody knows your name.