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Frasier

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Frasier

type:
TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
run date:
09/16/93-05/13/04
performer:
Peri Gilpin, Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, John Mahoney, David Hyde Pierce, Dan Butler
guest performer:
Jennifer Beals, Jason Biggs, Bill Gates, Derek Jacobi, Anthony LaPaglia, Laura Linney, Isaac Mizrahi, Bebe Neuwirth, Jean Smart
broadcaster:
NBC
genre:
Comedy

We gave it a B+

Two extremely entertaining sweeps-period episodes of Frasier explore the complex relationship between psychiatrist brothers Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) and Niles (David Hyde Pierce). In the first, the two collaborate on a book and end up rolling around on a hotel bed in their underwear (don’t ask; just watch). In the second, Frasier comes down with a case of the flu that leaves him weak and whiney (”Can I have the bendy kind of straw?” he whimpers to Jane Leeves’ Daphne). He prevails upon his sibling to take over his radio show for him, and the usually-shy Niles discovers he’s a plummy-voiced natural (”While my brother is a Freudian, I am a Jungian,” he says primly into the microphone, ”so there’ll be no blaming Mother today”). Niles even replaces Frasier’s radio tag-line-”I’m listening”- with his own, giddier one: ”Let’s get better!”

Well, Frasier just gets better and better-in addition to the brilliantly nuanced, deadpan work from Pierce, Grammer does a lot of funny slapstick here.

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