The ’90s were a great decade for NBC, and my favorite era in the network’s history. It had a nice batch of sitcoms, most of which made up the “Must See TV” Thursday-night lineup (a lineup that was, overall, superior to the current “Comedy Night Done Right” block). The sitcoms were an eclectic mix, but they all had one thing in common: excellent holiday-themed episodes. Thanksgiving and Christmas are always popular in the sitcom world, but Valentine’s Day is the one that provides the best material for a fun half-hour of television. Here are the ten best Valentine’s Day episodes from that decade, perfect for revisiting whether you love or hate the holiday.
Cheers: “Sam Time Next Year” (1991)
Arguably the best sitcom that has ever aired on NBC, Cheers ran for 11 seasons — most of which were practically flawless. Even the mediocre seasons featured classic episodes, such as Season 9’s “Sam Time Next Year.” Sam Malone gears up for his once-a-year Valentine’s Day date but slips on the ice outside of the bar. Even though he throws his back out, Sam is determined to make the date (after all, it’s been a year since he has last seen her). The episode ends on a sweet note, as he learns that growing old isn’t a bad thing.