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Ted Danson is back in the small-screen spotlight, as his hit series The Good Place heads toward the end of its fourth and final season. Danson has been acting since the ‘70s, although his breakout role came in the ‘80s as the bartender in Cheers. He’s won awards, covered sitcoms, crime shows, and movies in every genre, and it’s almost impossible to pick his absolute best roles…but we’ve given it a shot anyway. For five of his best-known characters, we’ve got the perfect Quirk recommendations (and they might be just as good for fans, too). 

 

 

The Good Place: Forking Good by Stephen H. Segal, Valya Dudycz Lupescu

The Good Place is so much more than just a fun comedy about relationships—for many fans, it has also become a jumping-off point for questions of ethics and philosophy. Thankfully, that’s where Forking Good steps in, to combine simplified explanations of the philosophers and theories referenced in the show with fun recipes inspired by it. With recipes for food as comforting as the show itself, Forking Good is the perfect book for The Good Place fans (who don’t find cooking Hellish).

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Cheers: Last Call At The Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger

If anyone knows bartending, it’s Sam Malone—and while he might usually just be slinging suds, he’s not the kind of guy that would appreciate a book on beer trivia or cocktail recipes. However, he might just love Last Call At The Nightshade Lounge. This fictional story elevates bartenders to the status of superheroes, with the ability to gain specific powers by downing the perfectly mixed drink. Throw in a little will-they-won’t-they romance that would put Sam and Diane to shame, and you’ve got the perfect read for fans of beer and supernatural adventures. 

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Becker: How To Behave by Caroline Tiger

It’s no secret that although Becker is a brilliant doctor, his bedside manner leaves more than a little to be desired…but thankfully, there’s a book for that! How To Behave is the perfect guide for modern-day etiquette, more focused on road rage than garden parties. Of course, Becker would probably believe that he’s not the one who needs a guide like this, it’s everyone else around him that does. Still, this may be a helpful way to give Becker a big hint—if anyone would be brave enough to hand it to him!

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Three Men And A Baby: The Baby Owner’s Manual by Joe Borgenicht, Louis Borgenicht, M.D.

Three Men And A Baby was a hugely popular film franchise in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, seeing three party-loving bachelors suddenly having to care for an infant. While some of the gags may be a little outdated these days (traditional gender roles definitely made themselves at home here!), that doesn’t mean it can’t still get a few laughs…and that it won’t hit home for anyone who knows they have no idea what to do with a baby. Enter The Baby Owner’s Manual, a book that presents helpful parenting advice for newborns in a truly hilarious and approachable way. From swaddling to doctors, expect diagrams and advice that makes sense…even if the style is clearly that of an instruction manual for a machine, not a human being. The boys could definitely have used this when their mystery baby showed up!

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CSI: The Remaking by Clay McLeod Chapman

Finally, Danson took on the role of D.B. Russell, an eccentric crime scene investigator in the hugely popular CSI franchise. Given his talents with crime and his love of botany, The Remaking would be an ideal read for Russell. A supernatural crime/thriller that traverses the ages, The Remaking covers witch hunts, apothecaries, and urban legends. The Remaking is also a perfect read for fans of CSI, even if it’s missing that iconic soundtrack…

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