Frasier

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This eponymous series begins with neurotic "Cheers" shrink Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer) leaving Boston and surfacing in Seattle as a radio host, with his retired dad (John Mahoney) as his roommate and his uptight brother, Niles (David Hyde Pierce), living nearby.
Starring
Kelsey GrammerJohn MahoneyDavid Hyde Pierce
Genres
ComedySpecial Interest
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. The Good Son
    September 16, 1993
    24min
    TV-G
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Psychiatrist Frasier Crane returns to his hometown of Seattle to host a radio talk show, but soon discovers he could use a shrink himself when his disabled father moves in.
  2. 2. Space Quest
    September 23, 1993
    23min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Fed up with a lack of privacy at home and at work, Frasier decides it's time for his father to move out.
  3. 3. Dinner at Eight
    September 30, 1993
    23min
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    English [CC]
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    English
    It's a culinary culture clash when Frasier and Niles join their father for dinner at his favorite restaurant.
  4. 4. I Hate Frasier Crane
    October 7, 1993
    23min
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    After trading barbs with a newspaper columnist, Frasier rises to the challenge of a fist fight.
  5. 5. Here's Looking at You
    October 14, 1993
    23min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Frasier plays matchmaker for his father and the eligible bachelorette Martin spied through his telescope.
  6. 6. The Crucible
    October 21, 1993
    23min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Frasier is furious when he learns that his newest art purchase is actually a fake.
  7. 7. Call Me Irresponsible
    October 28, 1993
    23min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Frasier faces a personal and professional dilemma when he begins dating the ex-girlfriend of one of his radio show callers.
  8. 8. Beloved Infidel
    November 4, 1993
    23min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    When Frasier and Niles see their father dining with an old family friend, they conclude that Martin once had an affair with the woman.
  9. 9. Selling Out
    November 11, 1993
    22min
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    English
    When Frasier is lured into doing on-air endorsements, his professional credibility comes under fire.
  10. 10. Oops
    November 18, 1993
    23min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    When Frasier contributes to the rumor mill, he causes Bulldog to lose his job.
  11. 11. Death Becomes Him
    December 2, 1993
    22min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    When a seemingly healthy colleague dies unexpectedly, Frasier becomes obsessed with his own mortality.
  12. 12. Miracle on Third or Fouth Street
    December 16, 1993
    22min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    When his son cannot spend the holidays with him, a melancholy Frasier learns the true spirit of Christmas from a group of strangers.
  13. 13. Guess Who's Coming To Breakfast?
    January 6, 1994
    23min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Martin is furious with Frasier when he spills the secrets of his father's love life on the air.
  14. 14. Can't Buy Me Love
    January 20, 1994
    23min
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Frasier looks forward to a hot date with a beautiful model who "bought" him in a celebrity bachelor auction.
  15. 15. You Can't Tell a Crook By His Cover
    January 27, 1994
    23min
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    English [CC]
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    After Frasier claims he can spot a criminal in a crowd, Martin challenges him to identify the ex-con in his poker group.
  16. 16. The Show Where Lilith Comes Back
    February 3, 1994
    23min
    TV-PG
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    English
    After finding a long-lost letter of reconciliation from Frasier, Lilith comes to Seattle and tries to rekindle their relationship.
  17. 17. A Midwinter Night's Dream
    February 10, 1994
    23min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Niles faces the ultimate temptation when he and Daphne are trapped in his home during a violent storm.
  18. 18. And The Whimper Is...
    February 17, 1994
    23min
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    English [CC]
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    English
    When Frasier's show is nominated for a local broadcasting award, Roz suggests they "persuade" the judges by plying them with gifts.
  19. 19. Give Him The Chair!
    March 17, 1994
    22min
    TV-PG
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    English
    Frasier learns that sentiment is more important than style after he accidentally loses his father's old armchair.
  20. 20. Fourty Something
    March 31, 1994
    23min
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    English
    Panicked at the prospect of growing old, Frasier seeks solace in the pursuit of a pretty young woman who shows an interest in him.
  21. 21. Travels With Martin
    April 14, 1994
    23min
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Frasier's attempts at a father-son vacation turn into an outrageous road trip, with Niles and Daphne along for the ride.
  22. 22. Author, Author
    May 5, 1994
    23min
    TV-PG
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Frasier and Niles attempt to join forces on a book, but wind up doing more fighting than writing.
  23. 23. Frasier Crane's Day Off
    May 12, 1994
    23min
    TV-G
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    English [CC]
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    English
    While home sick with the flu, Frasier becomes paranoid that everyone, including his own brother Niles, is out to take over his show.
  24. 24. My Coffee With Niles
    May 19, 1994
    23min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    When Niles asks Frasier if he's happy after his first year back in Seattle, the question opens up a comical and revealing family dialogue.

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Directors
James BurrowsDavid LeeAndy AckermanRick Beren
Supporting actors
Jane LeevesPeri Gilpin
Producers
David AngellPeter Casey, David LeeKelsey GrammerDan O'ShannonMark Reisman
Season year
1994
Network
Grub Street Productions
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GoodEggReviewed in the United States on March 3, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
A 90's classic
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I was bummed when Netflix pulled this series, so I broke down and bought the first season though I know that eventually I will buy them all. If you're not familiar with Frasier, and even if you are, there's nothing much to say except that this was one of best of 90's situation comedy. Sophisticated yet funny despite the network television stereotyping. This applies all the way though the entire eleven years. Season 1 is only held back by the inevitability of new character development, but the comedic timing is still spot on.
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RayReviewed in the United States on November 20, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the Most Consistently Hilarious Shows Ever Seen
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If you are looking at reviews here, you've already seen that there are currently over one hundred reviews for Season One of "Frasier," and you doubtless noticed that the overall summative rating for the show is nearly a perfect five stars. That's pretty rare, but it demonstrates what most people say about this show, and it's what I, too, have discovered myself as I've been reintroduced to the Frasier on these disks.

I can't add much "substantive" content than what others have already written, but I'll just pitch in a few of my own comments, for whatever they may be worth. "Frasier" is simply hilarious, so hilarious (a word frequently overused, but I assure you, correctly used in this case) that you will find yourself having to stop the disk because you're doubled over with laughter. It's an example of that rare combination of a unique set of actors, superb script writing, and a great story concept. I've seen a lot of shows in my life, and I was completely convinced that no one would ever "top" "The Dick van Dyke Show" because it set the bar so high), but I would have to say that this one is right up there with some of the very best ever made. As I write this, I'm thinking of some of the lines from Season One that simply had my CRYING with laughter, and I so wish I could share them here, but that would just spoil the experience of watching them yourself. Also, the humour does not come across in writing as powerfully as the production itself provides it.

Frasier is a psychologist in Seattle who has a call-in talk show for helping listeners with problems. His brother, also a psychologist, but with a more traditional practice, also lives in the city. Their father, a retired policeman, lives with Frasier in his somewhat upper-middle class ("The Elliot Bay Towers, on the Counterbalance") high rise apartment. They have a live-in physical therapist, Daphne Moon, who is there to help Frasier's dad with his hip problem (who was injured by a gunshot wound while on duty and retired as a result). Frazier has a producer, Roz, a young woman who is always trying to find "Mr. Right," but doesn't seem to be very successful in doing so.

Sound boring? Trivial? Of no interest? Unoriginal? Yes, that little description above might sound that way, but I can assure you, once you waded into the very first episode (one of those rare exceptions where the pilot is actually as good as the rest of the show: this thing starts right on Episode One), you'll see the reason why over 100 people rate Frazier with essentially a perfect five-star score. The fun starts on the first episode and doesn't let up from that point.

Frasier is one of those shows that requires you to think a little as you watch in order to catch all the jokes (it's a tad like "The Simpsons" in that aspect, although the two shows bear no similarity). And you have to listen "quick": the witty interjections that make up so much of the comedy can come at a blisteringly fast rate. Sometimes the interjections will catch you completely off guard, and it is some of these lines that will just knock you over with laughter.

"Frasier" is a show that indeed requires you to think, but it pays off in spades. The show does not "reach down" to a low common denominator, as we see in so many comedies. If you like witty dialog, strange situations, and enjoy seeing how humanity intersects with humor, this is the show for you. The show assumes an educated audience, and that is that.

An easy five stars, but you already know that.

ADDENDUM:
After re-watching all 11 seasons of this show with my wife numerous times, I can still say it. This show is hysterically funny. When you are new to it, you get "caught" by the verbal gags and you'll have to stop the disk or you'll miss then next three jokes. Witticisms abound. Obscure references are not uncommon. And the fact that they could hold this up for 11 years is remarkable. It is said that the only reason that it did not keep going is because of the cost involved due to the very, very high salaries of the cast, and Kelsey Grammer may or may not have been the longest playing single character in TV history (spanning three shows), but none of that matters. We may be sad that we missed out on what unquestionably would have been another hilarious Season, but I guess we'll have to be content with 263 episodes. And do you know what is even more miraculous? As incredibly good as this show is--and it truly is--the show does not even showcase Grammer's greatest acting achievement. That achievement doubtless lays in "Boss," a two-season show on Starz that anyone who grew up in Chicago will cleave to, and everyone else will be mesmerized by the performances ([[ASIN:B005S97ULU Boss - Season One]] and [[ASIN:B00B2TU1R0 Boss - Season 2 [DVD]]]).
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Paul CarruthersReviewed in the United States on July 11, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Seattle, we love you...
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I'm not sure why I procrastinated for so long about buying this show on DVD. I always enjoyed it during it's initial primetime run and afterwards watching many late night repeats. So, I finally bought the complete first season & I was not disappointed in the slightest. Just as funny now as it ever was. Great cast, brilliant writing, and it's hard to pick out any one or two episodes as a favorite--they were all funny.

Some more than others obviously, but the good doctor and his great supporting cast always bring a good time. Here's to Season 2 and a whole lot more...
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ZellaReviewed in the United States on September 11, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the Best Comedys Ever
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Love every season of Frasier. It stands the test of time and is still just a great as it was when it first aired. David Hyde Pierce steals the show as Niles Crane, with his retorts to his pompous, know-it-all brother, Frasier.
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Epistem QuestReviewed in the United States on March 23, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
My Favorite Television Show
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I don't watch much television. I also tend to be a latecomer to a television series. I watched "Frasier" from time to time when it originally aired, but it wasn't until this past year that I really started to take a serious interest in the show. I have always enjoyed humor based on a psychological premise. I particularly like neurotic characters. For those reasons, shows like "The Bob Newhart Show," "Monk," and "Frasier" hold a special appeal for me. I thought I would start buying seasons of "Frasier," and I'm glad I did. What a great show!

I really admire Kelsey Grammer's comedic skills. His timing, his delivery of lines, his sensitivity, and even his diction, are truly exceptional. He brings the character of Frasier to life. I can't picture anyone else playing that part.

The actors are right in character from the first show. I think Martin Crane is a bit too gruff in the first couple of episodes. On the other hand, it was probably necessary to establish the underlying tension between Frasier and his father. Martin softens a bit after the first few episodes. I think the writers and John Mahoney found just the right amount of tension to present to the audience each week.

The episode "Author, Author" is a real gem. Niles and Frasier decide to write a book together. Their insecurities manifest themselves---the ones that go all the way back to Niles's crib. Another gem is entitled, "Frasier Crane's Day Off, "which is about Frasier being too sick to go to work. Of course, he comes to work with a fever, and, well, you can guess how he acts on air. Finally, I enjoyed the season finale entitled, "My Coffee with Niles." It is an episode that finds Frasier trying to decide if he is happy or not. Many emotional twists and turns occur in that episode, but in the end he has an answer to that question.

There are good interviews with the cast members included in season one. Also, there is an interesting segment dealing with the set of Frasier's apartment.

I have the first eight seasons of the series. Each season has brought me much laughter. Take this endorsement of the first season as an endorsement of the first eight years of the show.
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Ssg. Derrell R. BrockReviewed in the United States on August 17, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
The feel of all of the shows are off the chart and Iwatch each show with a nice red wine and kick ...
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I'm retired Army and a Gulf War Veteran and have traveled all over and "FRASIER" just does it for me. The feel of all of the shows are off the chart and I watch each show with a nice red wine and kick back and enjoy because the show will take me to a place that is calm and for sure you will have a "SMILE" on your face when all is said and done trust me on this. Sit down alone or with your friends or with that certain love of your life and I promise you'll end the night on a high point and ask yourself why in the world have you not done this sooner 8-)
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Princess LReviewed in the United States on June 14, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
A great comedy
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Even though this show is from the early 90s it still holds up really well. The entire cast is always on point and the humor is just hilarious. I had completely forgotten how much fun this show was to watch until I finally caught it on Prime. If you liked Frasier on Cheers then you'd definitely want to check out this spin-off. His humor is pretty much the same, except instead of a bar setting it predominantly takes place in either the recording booth for his show or his swanky apartment, and it revolves mostly around his interactions with his his father and brother.

Some of the Cheers cast mates also guest start periodically so that's pretty cool.
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PSReviewed in the United States on April 9, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
NEVER FAILS to PLEASE !
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After more than 20 yrs. I peeked into the first season of Frasier. OMG. The cast is brilliant and never fails to entertain. At the time of its original running, due to my own personal shortcomings, I was not a dog lover, much like Frasier. Luckily my life has turned and discovered why we call them "Our Best Friends". Eddie is adorable. Just like mine!
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