Frasier


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Frasier is an American sitcom that was broadcast on NBC for eleven seasons, from September 16, 1993 to 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.

A spin-off from Cheers, Frasier stars Kelsey Grammer as psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane; David Hyde Pierce, John Mahoney, Jane Leeves, Peri Gilpin, and Moose (later, Enzo; both Jack Russell Terriers, uncredited). It is one of the most successful spin-off series in television history and one of the most critically acclaimed comedy series of all time.

Psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane (Grammer) returns to his hometown 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 complicated when he is obliged to take in his father, retired police officer Martin (Mahoney), who is unable to live by himself after being shot in the line of duty. Frasier and Martin are joined by Daphne Moon (Leeves), Martin's eccentric English live-in physical therapist and caretaker, and Martin's dog Eddie (played by Moose and Enzo). Frasier's younger brother Niles (Pierce), a fellow psychiatrist, frequently visits their apartment. Niles' infatuation with, and eventual love for Daphne—feelings which he does not confess to her openly until the final episode of the seventh season—form a complex story arc that spans the entire series.

Frasier hosts the popular "The Dr. Frasier Crane Show" on the talk radio station KACL. While his producer Roz Doyle (Gilpin) is very different from Frasier in taste and temperament, over time they become very close friends. Frasier and the others often visit the local coffee shop Café Nervosa, the scene of many of their comic adventures.

The sons, who possess fine tastes, intellectual interests, and high opinions of themselves, frequently clash with their blue-collar, down-to-earth father. Frasier and Niles' relationship is often also turbulent; while very close, their intense sibling rivalry frequently results in chaos. Other recurring themes include the breakdown of Niles' marriage to the never-seen Maris, Frasier's search for love in his own life, and the various attempts of the two brothers to gain acceptance into Seattle's cultural elite.

Highlights
David Lee on the first night of filming Frasier
01:58
Ken Levine and David Isaacs on how "Frasier Crane," played by Kelsey Grammer, changed from Cheers to Frasier 
03:58
Editor Janet Ashikaga on editing the pilot of Frasier
02:35
Christopher Lloyd on the writing process on Frasier; trying not to sacrifice storytelling for a good joke
01:44
Piper Laurie on guest-starring on Frasier
03:04
Glen and Les Charles on giving their blessing to Frasier, a spinoff of Cheers starring Kelsey Grammar
01:06
Warren Littlefield on the development and success of Frasier
05:43
Who talked about this show

Andy Ackerman

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Andy Ackerman on passing on the opportunity to direct Frasier
04:24
Andy Ackerman on directing 4 episodes of Frasier
01:53

Edie Adams

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Edie Adams on being a fan of Seinfeld and Frasier
00:38

Janet Ashikaga

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Editor Janet Ashikaga on editing the pilot of Frasier
02:35

James Burrows

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James Burrows on Cheers spin-offs: Frasier
06:36
James Burrows on guest-stars on Frasier; some crossover actors from Cheers
04:44
James Burrows on "My Coffee With Niles" episode of Frasier
00:51

Cyd Charisse

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Cyd Charisse on doing a voiceover for Frasier  
00:38

Les Charles

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Glen and Les Charles on giving their blessing to Frasier, a spinoff of Cheers starring Kelsey Grammar
01:06

Glen Charles

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Glen and Les Charles on giving their blessing to Frasier, a spinoff of Cheers starring Kelsey Grammar
01:06

Roy Christopher

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Roy Christopher on working with producers on production design for shows like Chico and the Man, Murphy Brown, and Frasier
03:12
Roy Christopher on how he came to do production design for Frasier
02:34
Roy Christopher on the budget he had to design Frasier, and on selecting the furniture and artwork for "Frasier Crane's" apartment
04:37
Roy Christopher on finding "Martin Crane's" chair for Frasier
01:32
Roy Christopher on designing the Café Nervosa set for Frasier
01:23
Roy Christopher on designing the radio station set for Frasier
01:13
Roy Christopher on working with Kelsey Grammer on Frasier
02:15
Roy Christopher on his biggest challenges in doing production design for Frasier
01:42
Roy Christopher on staying with Frasier for its entire eleven-year run, on the end of the show, and on its popularity
03:02

Elias Davis

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Elias Davis and David Pollock on writing for Frasier
04:57

Pamela Fryman

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Pamela Fryman on directing Frasier
02:09
Pamela Fryman on working with David Angell, Peter Casey, and David Lee on Frasier
01:04
Pamela Fryman on preparing to direct Frasier
01:19
Pamela Fryman on the cast of Frasier
02:27
Pamela Fryman on directing Frasier
02:39
Pamela Fryman on memorable episodes of Frasier
01:34

Felicity Huffman

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Felicity Huffman on her experiences during her guest arc on Frasier, and how that role led to her being cast in "Transamerica"
04:23
Felicity Huffman on a moment during her time on Frasier that was a nod to Cheers
01:36

David Isaacs

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Ken Levine and David Isaacs on the series finale of Frasier
01:43
Ken Levine and David Isaacs on writing for Frasier
04:33
Ken Levine and David Isaacs on how "Frasier Crane," played by Kelsey Grammer, changed from Cheers to Frasier
03:58
Ken Levine and David Isaacs on the relationship between "Niles Crane," played by David Hyde Pierce, and "Daphne Moon," played by Jane Leeves, on Frasier
02:52
Ken Levine and David Isaacs on the Frasier writers' room
01:37
Ken Levine and David Isaacs on the death of Frasier co-creator David Angell on 9/11
02:31

Kathryn Joosten

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Kathryn Joosten on her role on Frasier
00:37

Piper Laurie

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Piper Laurie on guest-starring on Frasier
03:04

David Lee

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David Lee on the first night of filming Frasier
01:58
David Lee on creating Frasier with Peter Casey and David Angell
07:30
David Lee on the end of Frasier 
01:38
David Lee on casting Frasier
04:51
David Lee on writing the first episode of Frasier 
03:38
David Lee on the differences between "Frasier Crane" on Cheers and Frasier
01:14
David Lee on directing Frasier after the pilot
02:12
David Lee on Christopher Lloyd joining the writing staff of Frasier
02:01
David Lee on developing ideas for Frasier
04:30
David Lee on the Frasier writer's room
01:22
David Lee on James Burrows' contribution to Frasier
01:22
David Lee on working with the cast of Frasier
01:10
David Lee on Frasier being an instant hit and why it worked
02:34
David Lee on his dealings with NBC in regards to Frasier's time slot
04:33
David Lee on the Emmy-winning Frasier episode "The Matchmaker" and various farcical episodes
05:59
David Lee on having characters from Cheers appear on Frasier
01:10
David Lee on Frasier's running gags
02:01
David Lee on the various guest-stars on Frasier
02:38
David Lee on Frasier's  unprecedented number of Emmy wins
01:38
David Lee on the relationship between "Frasier Crane" and "Martin Crane" on Frasier
02:22
David Lee on the never-seen character of "Maris Crane" on Frasier 
01:01
David Lee on the set design on Frasier
02:42
David Lee on the death of David Angell on 9/11
05:41
David Lee on the finale of Frasier and his favorite episodes
03:04

Ken Levine

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Ken Levine and David Isaacs on how "Frasier Crane," played by Kelsey Grammer, changed from Cheers to Frasier 
03:58
Ken Levine on directing Frasier  
01:55
Ken Levine and David Isaacs on writing for Frasier 
04:33
Ken Levine and David Isaacs on the relationship between "Niles Crane," played by David Hyde Pierce, and "Daphne Moon," played by Jane Leeves, on Frasier 
02:52
Ken Levine and David Isaacs on the series finale of Frasier
01:43
Ken Levine and David Isaacs on the Frasier writers' room
01:37
Ken Levine and David Isaacs on the death of Frasier co-creator David Angell on 9/11 
02:31

Steve Levitan

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Steve Levitan on wanting to leave Wings to work on the other David Lee/Peter Casey/David Angell show Frasier
04:15
Steve Levitan on getting hired on Frasier by Christopher Lloyd
01:54
Steve Levitan on the most important thing he learned while working on Frasier
01:00
Steve Levitan on working with Kelsey Grammer on Frasier
01:22

Warren Littlefield

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Warren Littlefield on the development and success of Frasier
05:43
Warren Littlefield on moving Frasier to Tuesday night
03:41

Christopher Lloyd

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Christopher Lloyd on the writing process on Frasier; trying not to sacrifice storytelling for a good joke
01:44
Christopher Lloyd on the highly intellectual aspect of a show like Frasier and why it worked to take that risk; on giving credit to the intelligence of your audience; a "10%" joke
04:11
Christopher Lloyd on Frasier and how it was to be different than Cheers; working with Kelsey Grammer; on taking risks by making both brothers psychiatrists
09:11
On Frasier and the character of "Niles" played by David Hyde Pierce; why we never saw "Maris"
Christopher Lloyd on his favorite Frasier episodes
Christopher Lloyd on winning an Emmy for Frasier for Best Series
On the romance between "Niles" and "Daphne" on Frasier and how it developed
Christopher Lloyd on characters from Cheers making guest-appearances on Frasier; on guest-actors lending their voices to Frasier's radio show
Christopher Lloyd on the relationship between Frasier and his father and how it evolved
Christopher Lloyd on Frasier's love interests
Christopher Lloyd on returning to Frasier for the last season
02:57
Christopher Lloyd on the difficulty of writing the final episode of Frasier; shooting the final episode; working with Kelsey Grammer
09:39
Christopher Lloyd on the legacy of Frasier
01:07

S. Epatha Merkerson

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S. Epatha Merkerson on guest-starring on an episode of Frasier
03:22

David Pollock

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Elias Davis and David Pollock on writing for Frasier
04:57

Phil Rosenthal

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Phil Rosenthal on writing a spec of Frasier
00:33

Jeff Zucker

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Jeff Zucker on negotiating the contract for Frasier in 2001
01:02

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