If you catch yourself humming "Cleveland Rocks" as you sip on your coffee craft beer, there’s a good chance you spent some time watching The Drew Carey Show.
Set in Cleveland, The Drew Carey Show (1995-2004) centered on everyman Drew. He spent years in a dead-end job as the assistant director of personnel for the Winfred-
Louder department store. Joining him there is, Mimi (Kathy Kinney), an assistant with big hair, a bigger attitude, and the bluest eye shadow this side of the 80s. Starting in season two, Colin Ferguson comes on board to play Drew’s boss, Nigel Wick.
When Drew wasn’t being antagonized at work, he was usually hanging out with his childhood friends. Oswald Lee Harvey (Diedrich Bader) worked as a delivery man, and was the group’s token idiot. Lewis Kinisky (Ryan Stiles) was a genius, but also borderline insane. Tomboy Kate O’Brien (Christa Miller) started as a platonic friend, but became romantically involved with both Oswald and Drew by the time the show ended its run. The group hangout was often Drew’s house, as it should be, because he had an outdoor pool table.
His garage also served as the headquarters for Buzz Beer, the group’s home brewing side project that combined beer and coffee. The beer eventually becomes popular enough to be served at the gang’s bar, The Warsaw.
For a character portrayed as being perpetually single, Drew got married—a lot. First, he married a cocktail waitress from Las Vegas, which lasted just a week. When Mr. Wick was threatened with deportation back to England, he and Drew went to Vermont to get married. Kate Walsh played Nicki, an on-again-off-again girlfriend who eventually married Drew. Kate and Drew got married while Drew was still married to Nicki, and the combination of marriages led to him becoming known as The Impotent Bisexual Bigamist. Once the dust settled from that, Lewis and Oswald set out to find a wife for Drew, settling on Lily, a southern Belle who left Drew immediately following their wedding. Finally, Drew connected with childhood friend Kellie (Cynthia Watros) when he found her working as a stripper to support herself through her divorce. He lets her move in with him, and they eventually become romantically involved. Kellie quickly becomes pregnant, and the couple married as the child was being born in the series finale.
The Drew Carey Show took some experimental and irreverent turns in its final couple seasons. It used single cameras and sets with four full walls and connecting rooms. Characters broke the fourth wall and talked to the camera. It was also the first show to have an episode simulcast on the Internet.
"Five O’Clock World" show intro
"Cleveland Rocks" show intro