TV Draft Round 10 – Pick 6 – Paula Selects – Frasier

Welcome to the Hanspostcard TV Draft. I hope you will enjoy it! Today’s post was written by Paula at http://paulalight.com

FRASIER

Frasier is a spin-off from Cheers, starring Kelsey Grammer as Dr. Frasier Crane, a psychiatrist who leaves Boston (where Cheers was set) to return to his hometown of Seattle as a radio show host. Costarring is David Hyde Pierce as Frasier’s brother Niles, also a psychiatrist, and it’s amazing how much the two actors resemble one another. They’re both drolly hilarious as well and play off each other superbly ~ though the writers didn’t originally intend for Niles to have such a large part, they reconsidered after discovering how much Niles added to the show. John Mahoney (RIP) plays their father, Martin, a retired cop, who frequently argues with his sons, and there are two funny women on the show in recurring roles ~ Peri Gilpin as Roz (Frasier’s producer) and Jane Leeves as Daphne (Martin’s caretaker/physical therapist). The show won 37 Primetime Emmy Awards, which was a record at the time. It also won the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series for five consecutive years. Supposedly there is a “revival” coming at some point, starring the brothers. The original ran for 11 seasons, beginning in 1993 and ending in 2004.

If you recall, during Cheers Frasier was married to fellow psychiatrist Lilith (wonderfully played by Bebe Neuwirth), and they are divorced when Frasier begins, with Lilith having primary custody of their son Frederick. Immediately thwarting Frasier’s plans for a wild single life is his father, injured on duty, and requiring 24/7 assistance. Frasier brings Martin and his annoying dog Eddie to live with him, and they hire Daphne, a British caregiver. Niles makes frequent appearances, and one recurring motif is that his wife Maris is an impossible person, whom he constantly complains about, yet we never see her face (same as Norm’s wife on Cheers). Niles falls in love with Daphne, and eventually he leaves Maris and marries Daphne. Frasier and Niles are snobby intellectuals (though endearing in their inability to solve their own problems while helping others), and Martin is more of a “regular guy,” so that dichotomy generates clashes. Lilith makes several appearances on Frasier under various premises, from calling in to his radio show to sleeping with Niles due to despair that her next husband left her for a man.

One amusing piece of trivia is that Frasier had announced on Cheers that his father died. That had to be retconned into the Frasier universe by revealing that Frasier had lied about his father dying. The fab theme song “Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs” was composed by Bruce Miller and sung by Grammer. Though the show is very Seattle-centric, only one episode was actually filmed there; the rest were shot at Paramount Studios and around Los Angeles. (All info from Wikipedia.)

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Paula Light is a poet, novelist, flash fiction fan, cupcake connoisseur, mom, grandma, cat mommy, etc. Her blog can be found at http://paulalight.com.

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8 thoughts on “TV Draft Round 10 – Pick 6 – Paula Selects – Frasier”

  1. Yay! Glad someone covered this show (I actually sent in my contribution for this round and mention it as one deserving coverage) . I don’t know when I happened onto Frasier, somewhere mid-run, because I hadn’t been a ‘Cheers’ fan… I mean, that one was OK but not something I tuned into regularly. But ‘Frasier’ was excellent…even the subtle opening bit with the skyline and something different about it every episode, was clever. Just a perfectly-cast ensemble, including Eddie! I look forward to a reboot, which I heard yet again a couple of months back is a go, though Grammar has said it will be in a different city with largely different cast (Mahoney of course, as you indicate, passed away anyway). But I expect wherever he sets it, and whatever Frasier is doing, it should be quite good.

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  2. I loved Cheers and I know I liked the episodes I saw of Frasier. Question: when Niles married Daphne, who took care of the dad? I’m thinking the Boston police union had some damfine medical provisions for an injured cop for him to have 24/7 medical care for years. Oh well, we turn to TV fantasy land to forget about reality.

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  3. I’m going to dissent mildly. Very well written, very well performed and I know the two brothers are meant to be pretty high up the pretension pole, but it was often just too… slick. It deserved a lot of its awards but there is a certain smugness. Hey, don’t mind me, I’m being a tad picky. And I’d druther watch ‘Frasier’ than, lets’ say ‘Night Court’ any day /night of the week.
    (Shi- shoot, now I hope no-one has ‘ Court’ on their list!)

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  4. Very few shows can keep the quality that high over 11 seasons – it did drop a bit around season 8-10, but hey, the standards it had set were incredibly high. One of the best sitcoms ever.

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