Frasier is an American sitcom which aired on NBC between 1993 and 2004, spanning 11 seasons. It was created as a spin-off of the series Cheers, with the story of Frasier Crane continuing as he returned home to Seattle and began a new life as a radio advice show host. Part of the new chapter of his life also involves reconnecting with his father and brother, as well as making new friends.
The show itself and the cast won a total of 37 Primetime Emmy Awards, which was a record at the time for a scripted series. Frasier also won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series for five years in a row. In 2019, there were discussions being had about a revival, which would air in 2020.
Dr Frasier Crane, who is a psychiatrist, returns to his hometown of Seattle after his marriage ends. He had planned a new chapter of his life as a bachelor, but then he needs to take in his father, who has mobility issues after being shot while on the job as a Seattle Police Department detective.
Frasier hires Daphne Moon to be his father’s live in carer and physical therapist. He also spends a lot of time with his younger brother Niles, who is a psychiatrist too. As the show goes on, Niles falls in love with Daphne.
Cast and characters
- Frasier Crane – Kelsey Grammer
- Daphne Moon – Jane Leeves
- Niles Crane – David Hyde Pierce
- Roz Doyle – Peri Gilpin
- Martin Crane – John Mahoney
- Bob ‘Bulldog’ Briscoe – Dan Butler
- Gil Chesterton – Edward Hibbert
- Noel Shempsky – Patrick Kerr
- Kenny Daly – Tom McGowan
- Mrs Moon, Daphne’s mother – Millicent Martin
- Kirby, Bob’s son – Brian Klugman
- Alice, Roz’s daughter – Ashley Thomas
The bulk of filming for Frasier took place at Paramount Studios, located at 5555 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. Some establishing shots were taken in Seattle, Washington, while another location was the Hollywood Forever Cemetery located on 6000 Santa Monica Blvd in Hollywood.
There aren’t any trailers for Frasier readily available online. However, the first scene of the show depicts Frasier on his radio show, offering fairly brutal advice to someone on the air. Then someone comes on for a final call-in, but while he’s talking about his depression, Roz bangs on the window.
Believing he needs to wrap it up, Frasier cuts the man short and uses his own life as an example to help motivate the man, saying that when his marriage broke down, he got a divorce and moved back to his hometown. In other words, he took action when his life wasn’t working. Roz then says that nobody heard his response as the show cut to news, then points out everything he did wrong.
When Cheers was in its eighth season, Kelsey Grammer – who plays Frasier – made a deal with former producers David Angell, Peter Casey and David Lee that they would work on a new series together once Cheers was over. When Cheers was in its 10th season and it was clear the next one would be its last, they began working on the next project.
Initially, Grammer didn’t want to continue playing Frasier Crane, so it was proposed that he play a wealthy paraplegic publisher who managed his business from his apartment. There would be a live-in nurse who would clash with him. However, Paramount Television didn’t like the concept, and suggested that they spin off the Frasier character instead.
Episodes and reception
The series has 11 seasons, each of which has 24 episodes. Each season aired on a yearly basis in September, between 1993 and 2003. The first episode aired on September 16, 1993, and the last episode was shown on May 13, 2004.
Frasier has a rating of 8 out of 10 on IMDb at the time of writing. TV.com rates it a 9 out of 10, and 91% of Google users have reported liking this show.
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