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Glen and Les Charles

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Glen Charles
Glen Gerald Charles

(1943-02-18) February 18, 1943 (age 77)
EducationUniversity of Redlands
OccupationScreenwriter and producer
Known forCheers
AwardsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series and Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Episodic Comedy (Cheers episode "Give Me a Ring Sometime")
Les Charles
Born (1948-03-25) March 25, 1948 (age 72)
EducationUniversity of Redlands
OccupationScreenwriter, producer
Known forCheers
AwardsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series and Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Episodic Comedy (Cheers episode "Give Me a Ring Sometime")

Glen Gerald Charles (born February 18, 1943) and Les Charles (born March 25, 1948) are American screenwriters and television producers, best known for Taxi and Cheers.[1][2]

Early life and careers

The Charles brothers attended University of Redlands. Glen graduated in 1965, and Les graduated in 1971.[3] Glen began his professional life as an advertising copywriter but moved into television. Both Glen and Les began their television careers together as writers for M*A*S*H. They later wrote for The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Phyllis and The Bob Newhart Show, and were head writers and producers on the TV series Taxi. They then formed the Charles-Burrows-Charles production company with James Burrows, and created and produced the television series Cheers. The brothers also co-wrote the screenplay for the 1999 film Pushing Tin. Both were credited in every episode of Frasier as the creators of the "Frasier Crane" character from Cheers.


Cheers is a sitcom that ran on NBC from September 30, 1982, to May 20, 1993, with a total of 275 half-hour episodes for eleven seasons. The show was produced by Charles/Burrows/Charles Productions in association with Paramount Network Television. The show is set in a bar named Cheers in Boston, Massachusetts, where a group of locals meet to drink, relax, and socialize. The Cheers finale aired on May 20, 1993 and was watched in an estimated 42.4 million households across the country.[4]


List of productions
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
The Bob Newhart Show
Pushing Tin

Personal lives

They were raised in Henderson, Nevada as members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[5][6]


  1. ^ Haithman, Diane (January 14, 1988). "Romance, Quality Writing Make 'Cheers' NBC's Happy (Half) Hour". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 3, 2015.
  2. ^ "Glen Charles Interview". Archive of American Television. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation. Retrieved July 22, 2017.
  3. ^ "Notable Alumni". University of Redlands. Archived from the original on September 18, 2012. Retrieved August 17, 2012.
  4. ^ Harris, Will (2018-05-18). "'Cheers' Team Reflects on Series Finale on 25th Anniversary, Talks Revival Potential". Variety. Retrieved 2019-07-29.
  5. ^ "Splitting Up Takes Nights For Sam, Diane Of 'Cheers'". The Blade. Toledo, OH. The Associated Press. May 3, 1984. p. P6. Retrieved August 3, 2015.
  6. ^ Raftery, Brian (October 2012). "The Best TV Show That's Ever Been". GQ. Retrieved September 27, 2012.

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