The glory that is Frasier

(136 Posts)
Hassled Mon 04-Feb-13 21:35:18

DS2 has recently discovered Frasier which means we have been watching an awful lot of it. I'd forgotten how unbelievably funny and clever it is - it never assumes that the audience is stupid, the acting is consistently brilliant (ridiculous English Moon brothers aside). I'm getting a bit obsessed with the celebs who voice the radio call-ins - list here.

Any other fans?

mistymeanour Fri 07-Aug-15 10:20:33

Love it too. My older kids also like it. Our favourites include the "halloween" type episode where Frasier and Bulldog try to out frighten each other. Also the one where Frasier has a client who hates clowns or and the one where he gets stuck on the bed onstage with the children's performer.

My son gets annoyed though when Frasier complains he never has any dates when every episode he seems to have a different date!

Amazing to think Kelsey Grammer was really struggling with drug and drink addiction for most of the run. Great ensemble acting.

notquitehuman Thu 06-Aug-15 20:53:16

The slapstick is amazing. Any episode where they throw a dinner party and things descend into farce is pure gold.

mollie123 Wed 05-Aug-15 20:13:09

I blame this thread for tempting me to buy the first 4 series of Frasier on Amazon marketplace (used DVDs) as I was reminded how good it was. grin

nothruroad Wed 05-Aug-15 11:08:01

I LOVE Frasier. Have been off work for th holidays and the 9am Frasier is such a good start to the day. I didn't know they were on Amazon prime,maybe I'll watch it in the evenings when I go back to work.

The writing is just clever. I remember studying 17th century comedy techniques at uni and often see the same techniques used in Frasier. It just doesn't seem to date to me either which is unusual. I don't know if I've seen them all so live in hope of a new episode!

HesterShaw Wed 05-Aug-15 11:05:50

Despite all the funny word play and intelligent stuff, my favourite moment is purely a slapstick one: at the fancy dress party where Niles is dressed as Cyrano de Bergerac and is horrified when he somehow thinks Frasier has got Daphne pregnant and is aghast at his apparently callous attitude. He's listening at a door when Frasier bursts out and knocks his plasticine nose sideways grin

But that whole episode is full of such classic farce - I love it.

BrianButterfield Wed 05-Aug-15 11:00:28

We have two quotes we say often - one is from when they go to the Cheers reunion - Niles looks at the bottle to see what vintage the wine is and says in horror "it just says WINE!" and the other is when he's feeling down, and Fraisier offers him a drink: "wine, Niles?" To which he says "well, wouldn't you?"

Also: "well my muffin's stuck!"

notquitehuman Wed 05-Aug-15 10:55:59

Frasier is awesome. I had a trial of Amazon Prime recently and they had all the eps on their video streaming service, so I indulged in some serious binge watching. I love the obscure opera and literary references which had me scrambling to Wikipedia. And I might just have to book a flight to Seattle one of these days.

RozTheSchnoz Tue 04-Aug-15 13:45:57

It was the episode where Martin wrote the song for Sinatra recently. If forgotten how funny that was - the show at its best smile

AesopsMables Sat 01-Aug-15 11:29:08

Sitting here stunned! Celeb phone-ins? I didn't know this even after watching every single episode (at least twice).

Frasier got me through a lot, hangovers/duvet days/ maternity leave/babies feeds/numerous colds and flu.

Right...I have to re-watch them all now with the OP's link printed out smile

scarlets Wed 29-Jul-15 17:40:36

I love this show. It's perfect, without a single duff character apart from Daphne's brother (seriously - are there no Mancunian actors in LA??). I enjoy all the Christmas episodes, and watch them every December, especially the Jewish lady one.

The episode where Niles has heart surgery and there are flashbacks, is very moving.

Hassled Mon 12-Aug-13 21:11:01

Resurrecting this because lots of people hadn't realised about the sleb phone-ins and I've found this great clip identifying the callers, including Helen Mirren -here

hellsbells76 Fri 22-Feb-13 20:01:59

I had NO IDEA about the sleb call-ins! shock

Love Frasier, especially the earlier episodes. When I catch one on cable I always think the more hair he has, the funnier it tends to be.

Favourite line is Frasier to Niles when Niles is smugging about all the free concert tickets etc he's getting because of his newspaper pieces.

N: 'And all because I have a small column'
F: 'That would certainly be the Freudian interpretation' grin

Hassled Fri 22-Feb-13 19:40:52

Oh I loved the proposal episode grin

I watched a classic with Bebe at her worst today, and then found YouTube compilations of Bebe being brilliant - another fairly minor character who was just perfectly done.

Abra1d Tue 19-Feb-13 09:34:04

Frasier is just wonderful. I think I love him because although he is arrogant and snobbish, there's a kind man in that character somewhere. It's a gentle humour. And sooo witty.

My favourite episode, has anyone mentioned it so far? is when Frasier is 'helping' at Niles's proposal to Daphne. The turtle doves and the madrigal-singing dwarfs being marshalled on and off as the proposal is on, then off, then on again.

Dancergirl Tue 19-Feb-13 09:30:20

Frasier's SON!

Dancergirl Tue 19-Feb-13 09:29:57

Anyone remember the bit when the present for Frasier's some got lost?

'The Cranes from Maine have your living brain!' Brilliant smile

My favourite line and one that is now in our family :

"We leave at nine-ish". (Said emphatically by Frasier after being called on his "we leave at daybreak" line)

In our family we always leave at nine-ish grin

coffeeinbed Sun 17-Feb-13 13:29:44

Box set on the way!
grin

lottiegarbanzo Tue 12-Feb-13 22:01:37

I've been working my way through it for months now, a mat leave bonus (thanks C4)! I'd forgotten there were so many episodes, only 84 (saved) to go I think.

Niles was always my favourite, just adorable. I love Lilith too. In fact I always thought Frasier himself was intended to be an unsympathetic character, being so pompous and vain, an anti-hero, providing a central focus for the likeable characters. Apparently not everyone sees it that way.

After many years I grasped that we might feel sympathy for Frasier's lack of self-awareness, vulnerability and constantly being misunderstood (because he's so pompous and vain...) but I still can't feel charmed by him.

Love the show though (except when it descends into real slapstick) and am still a bit shocked that the 1990s were 'a long time ago' though can see from the programme that, in some ways, they were.

another fan here too.

love niles. loved it when he and daphne finally got together

one of my fave episodes was when roz met the parents of her baby's dad. oh the noses... has me in stiches every time!

we only own series 4... one day i will own them all grin

Hassled Tue 12-Feb-13 21:57:52

I've found a great Youtube thing - looks like a bloopers/outtakes reel but includes some interviews with the cast and great clips - here.

MaitreKarlsson Tue 12-Feb-13 21:44:56

Happy to find this thread. My favourite is "they're playing our tune" - Frasier decides his show needs a new jingle and ends up conducting an orchestra with a full choir and including a monologue from Niles.

Frasier - Our show deals with the whole range of human emotion from euphoria to despair and nothing says despair so quickly as the scurl of a bagpipe.
Roz - Nothing says "turn off the radio" so quickly either.

PseudoBadger Tue 12-Feb-13 21:36:53

"He didn't steal.... Your shoes!"

anonacfr Tue 12-Feb-13 21:20:10

What about the episode where Niles has a duel with Maris' fencing instructor while the Spanish maid is translating from German to English?
Turns out the fencing instructor was having an affair with the maid and not Maris.

Yama Tue 12-Feb-13 21:10:27

Just googled, it was an episode called 'We Two Kings' and it was:

- Niles is tired of fighting with Frasier over Christmas:
Niles: Why do you have to make everything so difficult?
Frasier: Niles, I've got news for you - Copernicus called and you are not the centre of the universe!

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