“ Frasier is a popular American situation comedy television series that starred Kelsey Grammer, reprising the character of psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane from parent show Cheers, which had ended months before. David Hyde Pierce, John Mahoney, Jane Leeves, and Peri Gilpin rounded out the regular cast. „
I mean it. Frasier is 'The Greatest Sitcom of All Time'. As a young person, I have grown up in the aftermath of so many cult ensemble situation comedies. I love most of them and some that stick out include Friends, Everybody Loves Raymond and the list goes on. However, when I watched Frasier, gave it some time, was drawn into the characters and the ideas, it was sheer perfection. The characters are classic. For example, the main protagonist epitomises the tragic creation that makes for good sitcoms. Kelsey Grammer gives stunning performances as the radio psychatrist with an ego and an ascerbic quick wit. David Hyde Pierce steps up to the bar as his brother Niles Crane and delivers comedy classic moments with convincing farce. It is no wonder that they live on in popular culture, for example, appearing in The Simpsons as brothers with other names.
Frasier is more than just a TV show, it is a way of life. Its depiction of Seattle high-life has resonated with so many people and many have tried to emulate this way of life and have been inspired by its affectionate pretensions. The writing is sublime, with phrases staying with you for the rest of your life. I love the line 'petite elite feet', a kitsch moment of flamboyance from Niles talking about the future of the son he wants. This is a sitcom that takes you on a wild emotional ride and absorbs you into its tensions and long-runing plot lines. You will laugh and cry all the way along the tortured unrequited love that Niles has for Frasier's housekeeper Daphne. This is so classic, you forget that it is a spin-off from forerunner Cheers, because it is a phenomenon well and truly of its own.
I don't normally find American comedies very funny, as they don't tend to be my kind of humour, I feel, however, that Frasier is the exception to this rule. I remember that as a family we used to watch Frasier as part of a Friday night entertainment package (along with Friends), though I feel that I was perhaps too young to really appreciate it at that stage.
The plot of Frasier is fairly run of the mill (the main protaganist moves to Seattle to settle down and to be amongst his family). Essentially a spin off from Cheers (which centred around characters in a bar, of which Frasier was one), Frasier follows the exploits of a radio psychiatrist (Dr Fraser Crane), his relationship with his brother (Dr Niles Crane), his father (Marty Crane) and his housekeeper (Daphne Moon). I feel that the plot is where Frasier derives its comedic value, due to the opposite nature of the characters and their relationships with each other. For example, the two main characters, Frasier and Niles (highly educated 'wine' conesseurs) are the complete antithesis of their no nonsense beer swelling father (who as it happens lives with Frasier), hilarity ensues (Marty is constantly making remarks of how he wished for an athletic son, whilst Frasier and Niles are always remarking on how Marty has little or no style in choice of clothes, furniture and women). Similarly, amongst the more minor characters, you have the camp Gill and the Macho Bob 'Bulldog' Brisco both working at Frasiers place of work (the radio station KACL), again hilarity ensues. Another way in which the plot is good is that it uses Frasier's character flaws to add to the comedic value. As a psychiatrist Frasier is supposed to help others come to terms with their problems, often though it is Frasier himself that has the problems (due to his inability to tell a lie, his big ego and his ability to say the wrong thing at the wrong moment). In my opinion the plot and characters are very well written and in my opinion make the program very funny.
In my opinion the cast of Frasier is also very good. I feel that the comedic timing of Kelsey Grammar (Frasier) and David Hyde Pierce (Niles) adds weight to what is already a very good script (the way that David Hyde Pierce runs is a joy to behold). Indeed, the way that Kelsey Grammar feigns innocence when he goes too far in his feud with his neighbour (Cam Winston) is, in my opinion, fantastic acting. In the same way, the mannerisms that David Hyde Pierce adopts is so funny (I dare you not to laugh when he burns his trousers on the ironing board and faints after accidently cutting himself). I feel that another strength that 'Frasier' has is in the acting of the actors that play the lesser characters (ex wives, new loves, neighbours etc). Indeed, far from detracting from the overall story I feel that they add strength to it (their own stories are interesting too - I feel that this is often the sign of a good sitcom, when you care about the minor characters).
'Frasier' is fairly run of the mill in terms of the running length of an episode (30 minutes is perfect for a sitcom), so little can be commented on there. However, I feel that because Frasier ran for so long (1993-2004) some of the later episodes were not up to the standard of some of the earlier ones (it didn't seem quite as funny towards the end as they seemed to have ran out of material), so this perhaps could be viewed as a negative. In a sense, however, I feel that Frasier has lasted pretty well, although it is eight years old I think people will still find it relevant and on the whole a funny series. I feel that another negative is the price of 'Frasier' on Dvd which is in my opinion exorbitant (I bought the boxset for £83, whereas Friends cost less than £50 - certainly not a cheap laugh!).
In conclusion, I would definately recommend Frasier to anybody, as I find funny and hugely entertaining. I feel that far from being an 'in your face' type of comedy, Frasier is more subtle and this perhaps makes it funnier (you wonder how Frasier will mess things up!). I feel that Frasier's major strength is in the writing (although ably supported by the acting) which is clever and well thought through. In my opinion the only major negatives that I could find were in the length of the series (drop in quality, perhaps, towards the end) and the price that the series in currently retailing for (ridiculous after 7 years). In conclusion I find Frasier brilliant!
I was introduced to Frasier by a friend who loved the show so much it bordered on obsession. I'd never seen it in all the years it was actually being broadcast but discovered it after the original run had ended. I suppose I was lucky in that all 10 years worth of episodes were available immediately and I never need to wait a week or in the gap between seasons!
Frasier is a spin off of the hugely successful sitcom Cheers, following psychiatrist Frasier Crane as he leaves Boston to return to Seattle where he grew up. He moves to a swanky, almost unbelievably spacious apartment and starts work hosting a radio show where he attempts to solve the problems of anonymous callers. As this is a sitcom though, life can't be that simple and spanners are introduced in to the works in the form of Frasier'd dad Martin who moves in with his son as he can't cope alone. Frasier's brother Niles, Martin's English physiotherapist Daphne and little dog Eddie, one of the best TV animals of all time! At work, Frasier meets his new producer Ros who becomes a good friend.
This series ran for 10 years, so was among the most successful ever. It followed the little adventures, trials, loves and disasters of its main characters in a unique and individual way. The comedy of the show comes equally from sophisticated banter and from more traditional visual comedy. David Hyde Pierce (as Niles) in particular is a very talented physical comedian. The episodes are often in the style of an old fashioned farce, with seemingly unconnected events conspiring to come together in the climax and cause headaches and embarrassment for the characters. The occasional predictability does not detract from the humour of the show though, I have laughed out loud many times.
Frasier's curse throughout the series is that he is unlucky in love, so many of the episodes focus on his search for that special woman he can spend the rest of his life with. Ex wife Lilith who was a regular on Cheers makes occasional appearances which are always good value for money. The main romantic storyline is that of Niles's unspoken love for Daphne, I won't give away how that one ends!
Frasier is a comedy that stands up well to repeated watching, and you can pick almost any episode out of the series and enjoy it as a stand alone piece of comedy gold. Its one of the more quotable pieces of modern TV and if you watch it enough you might find it starting to affect your speech patterns! If you feel an overwhelming urge to listen to some opera or quote Freud, you might have watched a bit too much recently!
Frasier is often repeated on Comedy Central, so if you have Sky try to catch a few episodes, you won't regret it!
I must say I watched the odd episode when I was younger and never enjoyed it, however, I watched one random episode a few years later ad absolutely loved it.
Kelsey Grammer's voice is really suave and well suited to the pompous character of Fraiser.
The humour is really dry witted and just has me in stitches. The banter between both Niles and Fraiser is so quick, intelligent and the low punts. the comedy with Niles secretly loving Daphne is a completely contrasting type of humour, and again the humour of their father Martin Crane is completely different again.
Each character brings their own type of humour to the show that all combined appeal to a wide range of audience and never fails to have me in stitches.
One thing I love about Fraiser is how I can watch it again and again and it never fails to make me laugh!
Frasier is an American sitcom starring Kelsey Grammer as Frasier Krane, a psychiatrist who has just moved to Seattle following his divorce from his ex-wife Lilith. Frasier has a child called Freddy, who we sometimes see, but lives with his mother.
When Frasier moves to Settle he begins to build up his relationship with his estranged father Martin and younger brother Niles. However as soon as Frasier moves to Seattle it becomes obvious that his father cannot cope on his own following an accident he had at work. Marin Krane was a police officer, but was shot in his hip whilst attending a robbery. He now walks with a cane and needs physiotherapy. When Frasier realises that his father needs help he reluctantly asks his father to move in with him in his apartment.
Martin moves in and brings along his little dog Eddie, who Frasier simple can get on with, partly due to the fact that Eddie is constantly staring at Frasier and causing havoc.
When Martin moves in with Frasier, they decide to hire a home help/physiotherapist. After interviewing many different, unsuitable people, they finally hire Daphne, a British born physiotherapist who has a sixth sense and tends to warble on for ages.
At first it takes the 3 a long time to get used to each other, but they soon end up happy together. Niles is very happy with Martins choice of physiotherapist and instantly falls for Daphne, even though he is married to Maris, a filthy rich hypochondriac who seldom eats and brings new meaning to the term drama queen.
There are of course other characters, some appear only once, whilst are others appear in most episodes. There's ross, Frasiers producer on his radio show, bull dog, host of a radio show at the station were Frasier works, Gil, host of a restaurant guide on the radio station and Kenny, the station manager.
Each episode is about a new theme. They cover a wide range of stories and the show does run in sequence. Sme storylines have included Frasier being nominated for an award for his radio show, Frasier and Niles opening a restaurant together and puppies of eddies that need homes.
Frasier ran for 10 seasons and is one of the most popular comedies of all time. It has a great following and is clever as well as funny. The jokes are original and the characters endearing.
In first started to watch Frasier when I was at school. It used to be on channel 4 on a Friday night. I believe I have seen every episode now and still watch on it cable from time to time when I catch it. It is very funny and I like that through ten years you see the characters changing and growing and follow Niles and Daphne as they very slowly get it together, ross as she goes from party girl to mother.
Frasier is a wonderful comedy and the cast are amazing. Whoever cast that show got it so right and there's never been a bad episode where I haven't laughed out loud.
I've always enjoyed Frasier over the years and it's a very popular American sitcom that aired in 1993 for the first time and is very funny when you get into it. I think if you compare it to Two and a half men for example then it's a slightly different type of comedy but is equally as good in my opinion. The show stars Kelsey Grammar in the lead role of Frasier who of course used to be a regular in Cheers. He did actually play the same character in Cheers but he wasn't the main character in that so we never learnt too much about him. Overall they made eleven series and the only disappointing thing was that they stopped making it, but I guess everything runs it's course in the end.
At the start of the series we see Fraiser Crane move back to his home town of Seattle with his father and his dog. Let the fun and games begin.
The programme of course revolves around Doctor Frasier Crane who has his own radio show. He hosts this radio show as a psychiatrist and offers help and advice to callers with a variety of physical and mental problems. The producers of the programme really use this as their main focus of the comedy.
However, there is much more to this classic comedy than meets the eye. One of the things that makes any good comedy successful is the characters themselves and over the course of the series they are developed further and further and are all hilarious in their own right from Frasier, to his dad and also his brother Niles. We follow the two siblings in their work and loves in life. I for one grew to like the main characters and that's all important too.
I think one of the things that make this comedy stand out from other American sitcoms is that it's not just one-liners or anything crude to get a laugh, but the episodes feature good storylines and keep you more interested throughout.
I would highly recommend this to anyone who hasn't seen it before and if you like American comedies then I think you'll love this too...
There aren't many television shows that I can watch again and again. Frasier is just one of those programmes that I never get bored of. It used to be on Channel 4 on Friday nights, these days its on twice in the morning on Channel 4 and you can usually catch it on Comedy Central.
If you'd seen Cheers you would all remember the character Frasier, but I bet none of you thought he'd deserve his own TV series. I know I didn't! How wrong could I have been...
Frasier ran from 1993 to 2004, which is not exactly bad! That's 11 series with a total of 264 episodes! I have to say, there wasn't really a point where I wasn't watching. Some times you lose interest in shows, for me anyway, but I have loved Frasier since day one.
Frasier Crane moved from Boston to Seattle after getting divorced and following a new job opportunity. He started his job at KACL 780AM (named after the shows writers David Angell, Peter Casey and David Lee). Frasier and his brother Niles love nothing more then grabbing a cup of coffee in fancy coffee shop Café Nervosa. A lot of the storylines centre around disagreements between the boys and their father, with major difference of opinion and interests. Also the constant sibling rivalry between the two, always trying to go one better, whether it be appearing on TV, writing a book or being accepted by Seattle social elite groups, such as wine tasting clubs. Their irrational competition usually leads the episodes into a few hilarious twist and turns, however they always end up there for each other, but mainly because they're stuck with each other!
Every member of the main cast, is great in their own way. They all have incredibly well written personalities and all of them have perfect comedic timing. They work great together and in my opinion got better with the age of the show. I'll introduce them now;
Frasier Crane (played by Kelsey Grammer) is a radio psychiatrist. He's pompous, rude and likes to think he's a ladies man. He has a son called Freddie, with ex wife Lilith (played by Bebe Neuwirth - also from Cheers), who we rarely see. He loves a glass of sherry or a game of chess, and is extremely house proud. Often known to say the wrong thing at the wrong time, especially when it comes to his romantic escapades. I think Frasier is great at playing the uptight posh bloke. Its great when he goes off on a little speech or tantrum!
Niles Crane (played by David Hyde Pierce) is also a psychiatrist, but owns his own private practice, and pokes fun at the fact that his brother Frasier is on the radio. Niles has an on/off marriage with Maris (who we never see, but hear so much about), but has always loved Daphne, mostly from afar. Niles is probably my favourite, because his dry wit is hilarious and he seems to put himself in the funniest situations.
Martin Crane (played by John Mahoney) is Frasier and Niles father. Martin used to be a police officer, who was forced to retire after being shot in the hip on a job. This leads to him moving in with Frasier and them employing a full time physiotherapist. Martin just wants a quiet life, watching the television with a cold beer. Sometimes he despairs at his sons, not being as manly and rugged as he would like! He often says they take after their mother, who passed away.
Daphne Moon (played by Jane Leeves) moved in with Frasier and Martin, to be Martins full time carer/physiotherapist and general housekeeper. She is from Manchester in England (although not in real life!) and has physic visions, although thankfully, as time went on, they stopped emphasising them so much, which I thought was good, as they were a bit silly. Daphne always puts the men in their place, although she's not the sharpest tool in the shed.
Roz Doyle (played by Peri Gilpin) is Frasier's radio producer. Although complete opposites at everything, they grow to be best friends. Lisa Kudrow originally auditioned for her part in the show - there's a bit of useless knowledge for you! Roz is unlucky in love, but doesn't let it get her down. She has a different bloke every week, but still respects and sticks up for herself.
Eddie (played by Moose & Enzo). Ok I'm joking, but this dog added so much to this show! Absolute gem!
Not only are the main stars an extremely solid cast, but all the extra people, such as people who work at the radio station, friends, family members or romantic partners, deliver great performances. Frasier is a show with very high standards and you can tell that by watching any random episode.
There's a lot of relationships changes between the main cast and various others throughout the years...well with 11 years under its belt, I'd be worried if there wasn't! The funny thing about the show is that everyone expects it to be very intelligent humour, where most jokes go over their heads, but when you watch it you would be surprised. A lot of the comedy is physical, where Frasier and Niles are a fantastic double act. A lot of the jokes are extremely simple and you can see them coming a mile off. I think the thing that makes it work, is the way they deliver the lines and the way all the cast bounce off of each other. Its actually believable that they are family and friends.
I think it also speaks highly for the show, that a lot of old cast members of Cheers made guest appearances over the years (Ted Danson and Shelley Long for example).
Frasier won 37 Emmy's during the time it spent on air. All 11 series have been released on DVD and they even released a soundtrack "Tossed Salad and Scrambled Eggs" in 2000, which is the name of the theme tune, that Kelsey Grammer actually sings himself. Its one of those theme tunes that gets in your head and stays there all day, and ends up driving you mad, for that reason alone, it really really annoys me (the only petty negative point in the whole review I can think of). It was interesting when reading up on Frasier to write this review, how people interpret the lyrics differently, but I leave you to Google that if you are interested! Not only does Frasier have all that, but they also have 8 books about that show! So all in all, a complete success!
One of the most successful US sitcoms ever, Frasier takes its eponymous psychiatrist protagonist from a minor support role in Cheers and places him centre stage, having moved from Boston to Seattle and set himself up as a talk show host in which he gives out professional advice to troubled callers. Played with great theatrical pomp by Kelsey Grammar, Frasier lives in a plush high-rise apartment with his retired cop father Martin and his young British physiotherapist and live-in au pair Daphne, with whom Frasier's psychiatrist brother Niles is completely obsessed.
The show deals with Frasier's life at work on the radio, home life, his love life, his frequently foiled attempts to increase his social standing and most promininetly his turbulent relationships with his brother Niles, who is every bit as neurotic, pompous and childlike as him, a delicious irony given their professions, and Martin and Daphne, both of whom are earthy types completely at odds with the two pretentious brothers.
This sets the scene for some wonderful dry wit and scathing sarcastic humour, the show being brilliantly written and full of farce, with a distinct 'Fawlty Towers' feel to it at times. Essentially it is the study of a well-meaning but utterly self-obsessed intellectual who is constantly finding himself at odds with the rest of the world, and along with the excllent writing the show is brilliantly performed, with an extremely strong central cast and believable if deliberately over-the-top storylines.
The show did waver somewhat in its final few seasons, but by and large it stands as a sophisticated, intelligent and extremely funny programme that is at once well-suited to casual viewing yet entirely engaging and well-observed. The best US sitcom ever made.
Frasier is an American sitcom which ran from 1993 to 2004. It stars Kelsey Grammar (sideshow Bob!) as Dr Frasier Crane who works as a radio psychiatrist a character he played in Cheers. Other characters are his father Martin (John Mahoney who was only 12 years or so older than Grammar), his brother Niles (David Hyde Pierce), Daphne (Jane Leeves) his fathers carer. It is one of the most lauded television shows in history which has won an astonishing 37 emmys! And is often voted in to the top ten shows of all time random lists (I can't say it would be in mine)
The show is pretty funny with the occasional laugh out loud moment (often involving Niles and Frasier bickering amongst themselves) but it's no where near as smart as people seem to think (talking about opera and art doesn't make you smart!), a lot of the jokes you'll see coming a mile off but the actors bounce off each other well. A lot of the episodes feature Frasier trying to woo a new woman and in which everything he says will be misinterpreted until the relationship ends up going wrong; or feature Niles and how he is secretly in love with Daphne but she's too stupid to realise (a strange choice for to go for looks for an apparently such a clever man). I enjoy watching the show but often forget it's on but it's a good show for passing the time if you are stuck for something to do.
It's a good show but not ground breaking I'd recommend giving it a watch (if you've some how missed it) it might become one of your favourite shows like the rest of the world. The show is being shown on channel 4 every week day morning if you fancy it.
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Frasier is a show that I only got into recently, at the insistence of my girlfriend. I had been aware of its existence for years but shrugged it off as a stuffy, unfunny show purely because it starred upper-class characters, and so I expected it would be very pompous and up itself when, in fact, this is the exact thing that it is mocking for the most part.
The show is set in Seattle, Washington, and revolves around a radio personality named Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer), who is a renowned psychologist who gives advice to people who phone in to his show. The listeners who call in are more often than not voiced by celebrities, but they are sly cameos, so you'll have to be quick to catch them! Anyway, Crane may very well be intelligent, but he's also pretentious and self-serving, and the show goes to great lengths to show how self-obsessed he is, particularly through his pompous enthusiasm with art and fine wine.
This is combined with the neurosis of his brother, Niles (David Hyde Pearce), who is also a psychologist, but more along the academic route, and as a result resents his brother's success and looks down his nose at its populist form. He is also very pretentious, and when the show has the two brothers together in any scene, it makes for comic gold. Niles is in love with the carer of his father, Daphne Moon (Jane Leeves), a British woman who has come to America to make a career. Their father meanwhile, Martin (John Mahoney), is far more straight-laced than his kids and an interesting foil, as his tastes aren't as refined as theirs, and he is generally a lot more personable and more of an "everyman" than they are.
What really impresses me about this show is the robust quality of the writing. It is a lot smarter than the likes of Friends, and doesn't always resort to the simple plotting that sitcoms so readily yield to. The characters are exaggerated, sure, but then this is true of most sitcoms, and the actors really help give them distinct personalities. This is a fantastic sitcom and well worth your time if you value wit over cheap gags.
Frasier is the most successful spin-off of all time, and follows the hilarious exploits of ex Cheers regular Dr. Frasier Crane. The show embodies some brilliantly highbrow humour and very cleverly written farce, presented in a mainstream sitcom canned-laughter format.
Since Cheers, Dr. Frasier Crane has moved from Boston to Seattle, where he has become a professional radio shrink and something of a celebrity and local socialite. His aging father has moved in with him, who is far less of an upper-crust snob, and more of a regular Joe, leading to some very well-observed clashes of personalities.
Frasier is frequently visited by his brother, Niles, another practicing local psychiatrist. Both embody almost all of the neuroses and insecurities their profession attempts to combat. Niles, a happily married, yet hapless man is in love with Frasier's charming Mancunian housekeeper, Daphne Moon.
The show has now finished, but ran for 13 long and successful series, making much room for character and plot development. Minor characters moving into more prominent roles, and main characters being pushed into the background. Frasier is showed on Paramount Comedy (Now Comedy Central) 1, 2 and Extra, and the entire series is available on DVD, albeit rather overpriced. Overall this is one of the best sitcoms on television. Funny, clever, farcical, well-observed and very, very witty. I strongly recommend this to anyone who fancies something a little less lowbrow than shows like Two and a Half Men and King of Queens.
I am a big fan of comedy TV, and i think i would say for me that Frasier is the best of the bunch with the American shows. Its that little bit different because under the humour it does have an intellectual edge.
It follows the life of Frasier Crane - (origionally from Cheers), his brother Niles Crane, their father Martin Crane, and Martin's physotherapist and housekeeper Daphne Moon. Also a regular is Roz who works with Frasier.
All these characters are very well thought out and all have very individual personalities, and each one is cast perfectly with some amazing performences over ther years.
Throughout the 10 or 11 series the most common theme is the developing relationship between Niles and Daphne - for years and years we watch him stare at her in awe, and eventually, and slightly surprisingly, they get together in the end and live happily ever after.
Other key themes tend to be around the relationships of both Frasier and Martin - always trying to woo some lady or another.
The script of this show is brilliant and is the thing that for me lifts this above other comedy shows - if you havent watched it you really should!
Since his days as a bar stool regular on 'Cheers', Frasier Crane has now graduated to his own immensely popular sit-com. Following his move west from Boston to Seattle, 'Frasier' picks up Crane's life post-'Cheers'.
The hit show ran for 11 series and in my opinion has gone from strength to strength.
Frasier Crane - Kelsey Grammer
Niles Crane - David Hyde Pierce
Martin Crane - John Maloney
Daphne Moon - Jane Leeves
Roz Doyle - Peri Gilpin
One of my favourite aspects of the show is the interaction between Frasier and his dad Martin. Much of the shows comedy is derived from the conflict that arises from the interactions between this mismatched pair. Frasier is irritated by his father's unrefined taste and penchant for baseball, beer and chilli burgers. Similarly, Martin is bemused by the fine wines, French cuisine and frequent trips to the opera that his son revels in. Throw Martin's pet dog Eddy and Frasier's Channelle couch into the equation and much comedy ensues. For all the laughs and gags that arise from this situation, the show also displays a sensitive and sympathetic heart. One of the great joys of watching this series in its entirety is watching the relationship between father and son blossom. From the fractious bickering at the shows inception, Frasier and Martin work towards a mutual accepting and an understanding of what makes the other tick. Despite their numerous differences the pair eventually bring each other much happiness.
Frasier's refined and comically pompous manner is more than matched by that of his brother Niles (played by David Hyde Pearce). The pair's incessant one-upmanship is another key source for the shows comedy and manifests itself in every aspect of their lives. Both Niles and Frasier are qualified psychiatrists, but Niles never misses a chance to remind his brother that he is the only one with his own practice (while Frasier has 'sold-out' to the glamour of radio psychiatry).
Like brothers the world over, the Crane boys argue and disagree over everything. In this show, subjects likely to provoke argument run the gambit from social etiquette to the correct way to poach a quail. Despite the Crane boys' pretention to high culture, the show has distinct elements of slap stick and lower-brow comedy (usually provided by Martin, Roz or Eddy), which has helped to catapult the show to worldwide success. I find after watching a couple of series and really getting to know the characters, you can see the jokes coming from a fair way off. To be fair, this doesn't detract from the enjoyment of watching the show as the delivery of the punchline is always impeccable.
Frasier is perpetually unlucky in love, and the shows real romantic saga is between Niles and Daphne Moon, Martin's physiotherapist who lives with the Cranes. Though married to the comically repulsive Marris, Niles remains infatuated with Daphne and a good portion of the shows narrative is devoted to his pursuit of her.
I do however, have one moderate gripe with this show that is worth mentioning. Daphne Moon is from Manchester, and as the actress who plays her is English, there are no problems with her accent or dialogue. Around series 8 or 9, Daphne's family become involved in the show and her mum and dad portray a fairly stylised but passable couple from the North of England. They are stereotypes, but affectionately portrayed. However, somehow Daphne's brother, also supposedly from Manchester, has THE WORST fake cockney accent I have heard since Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins. He is from Manchester, so why does he speak like a 1920's peasant from London's East End? I'm pretty sure that the actor who plays him is American and God alone knows how he passed the audition. Being from London myself, his voice grates on me every time he speaks!
That being said, I still completely love this show, despite the farcical accent of Daphne's brother. I always think that one of the traits of a truly great TV program is that you end up caring deeply about its characters. They have the ability to make you laugh and smile and you feel for them when luck desserts them. That is undoubtedly the case with Frasier. Kelsey Grammar is such a talent and I am sure that the show would still be funny and original if they carried on making it forever. I can only say that I wish they would.
Frasier is a fantastic American sitcom, starring Kelsey Grammer, who plays the character, Frasier Crane - a character he returns to, after also playing him in the long running show, Cheers.
After divorcing his wife Lilith, Frasier leaves Cheers and Boston behind, and moves to Seattle to start a new life as a radio psychologist. On his first day at work, he meets his producer, Roz Doyle - someone who will go on to become one of his best friends. That day, he also meets up with his brother, Niles, who also lives in Seattle, with his overbearing wife, Merris - a character we hear plenty about, but never ever see.
Frasier's father, Martin, is an ex-cop who was forced to leave the service after being shot in the hip. He lives on his own in a small apartment, and can't really look after himself very well. Under pressure from Niles, Frasier reluctantly allows his father to move into Frasier's apartment with him. In no time, they are getting on each other's nerves, and Niles suggests that Frasier hires a nurse/physiotherapist to take care of their father during the day. This is where the last main [human] member of our cast is introduced, in the form of Daphne Moon, a physiotherapist from Manchester, who believes herself to have psychic powers. Again, Frasier is guilt tripped, and in no time, Daphne is moving into his apartment too.
There is another member of the cast that should not be forgotten about - Eddie. Martin's dog, Eddie is probably the smartest member of the household, who likes nothing better than to get on Frasier's nerves, generally by sitting there simply staring at him!
After the success of the fantastic Cheers, it was hard to see how Frasier could be any good, but even after a few episodes, I was hooked, and after watching the programme grow over the years, I might even say that the show surpasses Cheers.
The humour is more high brow and intelligent, and the plot lines, although sometimes being quite complex, are always very easy to follow. The acting is superb from every member of the cast, and their comic timing is perfect. The sets are generally second to none, and episodes are normally always focussed around Frasier's apartment, the radio studio, or a local cafe.
Most of the jokes derive from Frasier and Niles' upper class image, and the fact that they are not what you would call, 'manly' men. They prefer the finer things in life, such as a fine sherry, but wouldn't have a clue how to change a spare tyre, or understand the rules of baseball.
Their father is generally the person that teaches them to be men, even though they already should be, and this brings them across sometimes as spoiled immature kids. They are however, highly intelligent and cultured, and usually this can help them get out of any scrapes they get themselves into.
There is a heart of gold to this show, and it can at times evoke real intense emotions in you as you watch it. Of course, there are countless big name guest appearances, and even all of the cast of Cheers have made an appearance on the show at least once.
After Cheers finished, I was gutted we would be leaving their world, but with Frasier, we were given an entirely new world, one even better, where our old friends would show up every now and then to make sure we hadn't forgotten about them.
Once every so often a TV show comes along that is a piece of writting genius. The cast are superb, the jokes are well written and it makes you laugh. Frasier is that TV Show. I currently own series one to six on DVD and I have been renting the remaining series up to the final series 11 and I have been loving it. So much so that I still intend to buy the series that I am missing and I have no doubt that I will watch them again and again.
I may seem a bit naive with this comment but Frasier is so refreshing. Rather that a TV show "dumbing" down, I fell that this show does the opposite. The jokes and storylines are well written and innuendo is used sparingly rather than rammed down your neck like in other shows.
Having watched the DVD extras I really feel that the cast get on and even in the episodes you can see that the jokes even make the cast laugh.
I recently reviewed Scrubs and said it was hard to pick a character I love more than the others and the same is true here, however, Niles steals the show on more than a couple of occasions and I really do think that David Hyde Pearce the actor is a comedy genius.
At no time have I felt bored while watching this show and on many occasions I have laughed out loud. The charcters draw you along so much that I find myself cringing at embarrassing momments and even tearing up at sad poiniet ones. I will be sad to come to the end of the series.
One final point, I dare you not to want a Jack Russell after watching the dog Eddie!!