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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 16, 1993
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8 , 9 , 10 , 11
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  • Starring: William Petersen, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads
  • Summary: "Frasier" provides a weekly dose of the neuroses and tribulations suffered by an insecure and pompous psychiatrist, Dr. Frasier Crane, host of a Seattle radio advice show at KACL. The twice-divorced doctor's peaceful home life of fine cigars and haute cuisine was shattered when his gruff, ex-cop father, Martin, was injured in the line of duty and forced to move in with Frasier. Martin brought with him a semi-psychic, live-in home-care provider, Daphne Moon, his pesky Jack Russell terrier, Eddie, and a duct-taped recliner that clashes with Frasier's more aesthetically pleasing Eames and Wassily chairs. Their home is frequently visited by Frasier's snobbish and competitive brother, Niles, a fellow psychiatrist whose longtime romantic interest in Daphne was finally happily realized at the conclusion of Season 7. At work, his slightly jaded producer and man-hungry single parent Roz Doyle, supports Frasier. Some of the people who voice the callers to Frasier's radio program are often bigtime celebrities.

    "Frasier", starring Kelsey Grammer in his Emmy Award-winning title role of Dr. Frasier Crane, made history by becoming the first series, comedy or drama, to achieve a record five consecutive Emmy wins for Outstanding Comedy Series. With this achievement, the series stands ahead of "Cheers", the series from which "Frasier" was spun-off. Overall, "Frasier" earned a total of 37 Emmys (more than any other series in history), including four for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for Kelsey Grammer and four for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for David Hyde Pierce. It's also interesting to point out that Kelsey Grammer played the part of Frasier for 20 years, tying him for the longest duration playing the same character on television and, that the show included guest appearances from almost all regulars from "Cheers", excluding Kirstie Alley.

    NBC Broadcast History

    September 1993 - May 1994: Thursdays 9:30 PM
    September 1994 - May 1998: Tuesdays 9:00 PM
    September 1998 - May 2000: Thursdays 9:00 PM
    September 2000 - May 2004: Tuesdays 9:00 PM

    Global Broadcast History (Canada)

    September 1993 - May 1994: Thursdays 9:30 PM
    September 1994 - May 1998: Tuesdays 9:00 PM
    September 1998 - May 2000: Thursdays 9:00 PM
    September 2000 - February 2004: Tuesdays 8:00 PM
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  • Genre(s): Comedy
  • Creator: Ann Donahue, Anthony E. Zuiker
  • Show Type: Ended
  • Season 1 premiere date: Sep 16, 1993
  • Episode Length: 30
  • Air Time: 09:00 PM
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Feb 27, 2013
    100
    For this one half-hour, Frasier is high-class entertainment. Grammer does scowling exasperation as well as any actor in America (it's hard to imagine an actor who could get more laughs trading looks with a dog), the fraternal relationship is wonderful, and the work-place material works perfectly (thanks to another fine supporting performance from Peri Gilpin). [16 Sept 1993, p.C7]
  2. Reviewed by: Tony Scott
    Feb 27, 2013
    90
    Situations are on target, characters are strong, the dialogue bright. Nothing's extraneous as director James Burrows keeps a tight rein on the brisk, smart exercise.
  3. Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Feb 27, 2013
    88
    In a season of too many three-child sitcoms, Frasier reminds viewers how good an adult sitcom can be. In its own way, Frasier is a family sitcom, one with meaning for middle-aged children. The father character brings a dark, but not oppressive, tone to the show, and Mahoney offers a performance full of pain and bitter humor. He gives Frasier a weight that other sitcoms, even Cheers, rarely have. [16 Sept 1993, p.G1]
  4. Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    Feb 27, 2013
    80
    If the premiere of Frasier does not manufacture laughs as consistently as one might expect from a "Cheers" offspring, it's still a cleverly written show with a quality cast that bodes well for the future. Mahoney is superb as the father, who reveals his inner feelings grudgingly, and Grammer is a master of the witty response. [16 Sept 1993, p.F11]
  5. Reviewed by: Lon Grahnke
    Feb 27, 2013
    75
    Warning: This is not "Cheers II." With the morose Crane as the central character, the Frasier spinoff reflects the gloomy, occasionally pompous personality of the guilt-burdened shrink and the star who plays him. The humor is moody and cerebral, like the chilly Grammer. But that's not bad - especially in this season of warm and gooey domestic sitcoms. [16 Sept 1993, p.43]
  6. Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Feb 27, 2013
    70
    Leeves is a hoot as Daphne, and provides leavening to Mahoney's self-centered gruffness. This could all work out, I guess; these characters (except possibly Dad) could grow on us, and in the post-"Seinfeld" time slot, they're likely to get a chance. [16 Sept 1993, p.6G]
  7. Reviewed by: Rick Kogan
    Feb 27, 2013
    60
    The radio call-in studio is fertile comedic territory. Less so, the home turf. Though Mahoney is a great actor, his character is so sour and bitter as to be off-putting. Some of the dialogue, though delivered with neat timing, is obvious and crude. [14 Sept 1993, p.2]

See all 18 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Nov 16, 2011
    10
    The best comedy ever! From the begin of an episode till the end they always make you laugh. No wonder why this comedy won so many Emmy's! The pilot till the season finale, all episodes are fantastic! Expand
  2. Feb 17, 2012
    9
    Classic! what can i say. Smart, witty and excellent ensemble cast. The fact that it is a spinoff of Cheers and one of a minor character from that show. It is the well-written script and the acting that made the show last that long. Expand
  3. Mar 25, 2014
    9
    An absolute classic season! Straight from the good son, the pilot episode we begin to adore the cast and learn about Maris. Each episode felt fresh and all made me laugh. Expand
  4. Apr 12, 2013
    9
    An absolutely fantastic show that is smart, funny, tragic and slapstick all at the same time. But all done with class and a great amount of finesse.

    Overall: Pretty much my favorite comedy show of all time.
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