Last night, I found Niles Crane (David Hyde Pierce) hot for the first time ever while watching Frasier reruns on Hallmark. (In case you haven’t realized it: Starting at 9 p.m. ET from Monday through Friday, three hours of Frasier leads into two hours of Golden Girls and an hour of Cheers –– I may never be alert at work again).
In my world, finding Niles sexy is as monumental as the first time I related more to Maria than Liesl while watching The Sound of Music and found myself wondering if I’d be woman enough to help Captain von Trapp and his seven children flee Austria. It’s this shirt Niles was wearing in the season 8 episode “The Wizard and Roz” (pictured) that’s to thank, I believe. Seeing him in anything other than a suit feels intimate. I think it also helped that the episode that aired right before it was “Daphne Returns,” the one that ends with Niles and Daphne sleeping together for the first time.
I know I’m not the only person to find Niles Crane attractive, but I assumed you had to be in your 30s to share the opinion. But then my friend Tamara admitted that in college when the show began its original run, she found Niles “very hot.” (“He was witty and slightly mean. All good things for a teen,” she says.) So, let’s hear it: Who else was/is attracted to Niles Crane, and how old were/are you?