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Norm Peterson


First Appearance
Last Appearance
Episode Count
270 (+1 episode of Frasier)
1-11 (1982-1993)
House painter
Family members
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Hillary Norman "Norm" Peterson is one of the main patrons at Cheers, known for sitting in the same stool at the bar every day. Norm is the most loyal customer Cheers has had since anyone can remember. His bar tab extends back to when he was referred to as "that skinny guy at the end of the bar", and by the end of the series its total is literally astronomical. Every time Norman enters the bar, he is greeted with all the employees with them yelling "Norm!" and Diane calls out shortly after "Norman." After this Sam, Coach (in earlier seasons), or Woody, (who would address Norm as "Mr. Peterson", in later seasons) with ask him Norm a question, usually about how life's treating him. In response to this, Norman always responds with something witty, causing the audience to laugh, and would usually request a beer. Norm was originally an accountant, but then later became a housepainter. He is one of only 3 characters that appeared in every episode (The others being Sam and Carla.)

Norm likely went to Cheers long before Sam Malone bought the bar, due to the fact Coach didn't know who Gus (previous owner of Cheers) was and Norm did.

In season one, Norm loses his job after throwing a company party a Cheers where he asks Diane to to be his boss‘s date for the night. His boss tries to force himself on Diane, so Norm puts him in a Full Nelson to drag him off [1].

In season two, Norm is still looking for work. At some point unemployment checks stop and he takes a job upstairs at Melville’s as a dishwasher. Diane convinced Sam to hire Norm.

Appearances outside of Cheers[]

St. Elsewhere:S3E24-Cheers (1985)

The Tortellis:S1E3-Frankie Comes to Dinner (1987)

Mickey's 60th Birthday (1988)

The Magical World of Disney:S34E15-Disneyland's 35th Anniversary Celebration (1990)

The Earth Day Special (1990)

Wings:S2E2-The Story of Joe (1990)

The Simpsons:S6E11-Fear of Flying (1994)

Frasier:S9E21-Cheerful Goodbyes (2002)

Family Guy:S5E9-Road to Rupert (2007) and S7E15-Three Kings (2009)