On the American television sit-com Cheers there was a seafood restaurant over the bar. This restaurant was called Melville's. Recently I have begun to suspect the restaurant was named after Herman Melville, the author of Moby-Dick. Both Herman Melville and whaling did have a significant connection to Boston, the setting of the show.

Despite being a long-time fan of the show who has seen every episode multiple times I do not recall such a connection being mentioned on screen. All I can find online is a Reddit post from 2018 in which someone suggests the same origin as I do here for the restaurant's name:


Has such a connection ever been confirmed maybe by someone from the show during an interview?


In addition to the Moby-Dick references at the Reddit post above Cliff actually says, 'Call me Ishmael' in the Season 6 episode Our Hourly Bread.

  • Seafood, yeah, would point predominantly towards Herman, but the Melville family name would carry prestigious local connotations beyond just him (eg Herman’s grandfather Thomas Melville) that I guess the script writers might have wanted to tap into.
    – racraman
    Aug 5 '20 at 23:37

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