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The Greatest Sitcom of All Time
Member Name: timetoshine
Advantages: Classic comedy, more than just television, characters and moments that you never forget
Disadvantages: It only ran for eleven seasons, you could spend a lifetime watching this
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.
Summary: If you have not seen it, you do not understand the beauty of comedy