Frasier

Frasier
The title caption has the similar "FRASIER" logo, black background, and line drawing of Downtown Seattle. Each episode has a different animated gag. The above gag from the pilot episode, "The Good Son", has a lit antenna spire at the observation tower, Space Needle, one of Seattle's landmarks.
Frasier title screen from the first half of the first season has a lit antenna spire at the Space Needle, one of the animated gags.
GenreSitcom
Created byDavid Angell
Peter Casey
David Lee
Based onThe character Frasier Crane, created by Glen and Les Charles
StarringKelsey Grammer
Jane Leeves
David Hyde Pierce
Peri Gilpin
John Mahoney
Dan Butler
Theme music composerBruce Miller and Darryl Phinesse
Ending theme"Tossed Salads & Scrambled Eggs" by Kelsey Grammer
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons11
No. of episodes264 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Peter Casey
David Lee
David Angell (seasons 1–8)
Christopher Lloyd
(seasons 2–8 & 11)
Kelsey Grammer (seasons 6–11)
Joe Keenan (seasons 6–7 & 11)
Dan O'Shannon (seasons 8–10)
Mark Reisman (season 8)
Rob Hanning (season 9–10)
Sam Johnson (seasons 10–11)
Chris Marcil (seasons 10–11)
Lori Kirkland Baker (seasons 10–11)
Jeffrey Richman (seasons 10–11)
Producer(s)Maggie Blanc
Camera setupFilm; Multi-camera
Running time21–23 minutes
Production company(s)Grub Street Productions
Grammnet Productions
(2003-2004)
(season 11)
Paramount Network Television
DistributorParamount Domestic Television
(1997-2005)[1]
CBS Television Distribution (current)[2]
Release
Original networkNBC[3]
Picture format480i (SDTV; NTSC in US broadcasts, shown in PAL or NTSC in international syndication)
1080i (HDTV; seasons 10–11)
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseSeptember 16, 1993 (1993-09-16) – May 13, 2004 (2004-05-13)
Chronology
Preceded byCheers (1982–1993)
Related showsThe Tortellis (1987)

Frasier is an American sitcom that was broadcast on NBC for 11 seasons, premiering on September 16, 1993, and concluding on May 13, 2004. The program was created and produced by David Angell, Peter Casey, and David Lee (as Grub Street Productions) in association with Grammnet (2004) and Paramount Network Television. The series was created as a spin-off of Cheers, continuing the story of psychiatrist Frasier Crane as he returned to his hometown of Seattle and started building a new life as a radio advice show host while reconnecting with his father and brother. Frasier stars Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce, Peri Gilpin, and John Mahoney. The show was critically acclaimed, with the show itself and the cast winning thirty-seven Emmy Awards, a record at the time for a scripted series.[4] It also won the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series for five consecutive years.[5]

Overview

Psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane (Grammer) returns to his home town of Seattle, Washington, following the end of his marriage and his life in Boston (as seen in Cheers). His plans for a new life as a bachelor are challenged when he is obliged to take in his father, Martin (Mahoney), a retired Seattle Police Department detective, who has mobility problems after being shot in the line of duty during a robbery.

Frasier hires Daphne Moon (Leeves) as Martin's live-in physical therapist and caregiver, and tolerates Martin's dog Eddie. Frasier frequently spends time with his younger brother Niles (Pierce), a fellow psychiatrist. Niles becomes attracted to, and eventually falls in love with, Daphne (notwithstanding his own marriage), but does not confess his feelings to her until the final episode of the seventh season.

Frasier hosts The Dr. Frasier Crane Show, a call-in psychiatry show on talk radio station KACL. His producer Roz Doyle (Gilpin) is very different from Frasier in many ways. She is working class, has cheap tastes and, at least early in the series, has superficial relationships with many men. However, Roz and Frasier share a professional respect, and over time, they become best friends. Frasier and the others often visit the local coffee shop, Café Nervosa.

The Crane brothers, who have expensive tastes, intellectual interests, and high opinions of themselves, frequently clash with their blue-collar, Average Joe father. The brothers' close relationship is often tense, and their sibling rivalry intermittently results in chaos. For a pair who make a living solving others' problems, they are often comically inept at dealing with each other's myriad hangups. Other recurring themes include Niles' relationship with his never-seen wife (later ex-wife) Maris, Frasier's search for love, Martin's new life after retirement, and the various attempts by the two brothers to gain acceptance into Seattle's cultural elite.

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedNielsen ratings[6]
First airedLast airedRankRatingTied with
124September 16, 1993 (1993-09-16)May 19, 1994 (1994-05-19)716.8N/A
224September 20, 1994 (1994-09-20)May 23, 1995 (1995-05-23)1514.5N/A
324September 19, 1995 (1995-09-19)May 21, 1996 (1996-05-21)1113.620/20
424September 17, 1996 (1996-09-17)May 20, 1997 (1997-05-20)1611.8N/A
524September 23, 1997 (1997-09-23)May 19, 1998 (1998-05-19)1012.0Home Improvement
624September 24, 1998 (1998-09-24)May 29, 1999 (1999-05-29)315.6N/A
724September 23, 1999 (1999-09-23)May 18, 2000 (2000-05-18)613.6N/A
824October 24, 2000 (2000-10-24)May 22, 2001 (2001-05-22)1710.7Temptation Island
924September 25, 2001 (2001-09-25)May 21, 2002 (2002-05-21)149.9JAG
1024September 24, 2002 (2002-09-24)May 20, 2003 (2003-05-20)268.4N/A
1124September 23, 2003 (2003-09-23)May 13, 2004 (2004-05-13)307.3The King of Queens
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