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Best Sitcom Ever!,
This review is from: Frasier: Season 1 (DVD)
I found myself a while back with a gift certificate in hand and nothing in sight on which to spend it. I chanced upon a copy of Frasier's first season on sale and, since I had always liked it when I had watched it sporadically throughout the years, I went ahead and bought it. I am glad I did. Frasier is an intelligent sitcom alternative for those disillusioned with the crap you so often see on other comedy shows. It has incredibly talented actors, the best writing on TV (this was before Aaron Sorkin came on the scene, anyway), and its blend of family and workplace comedy allowed the show to try out many things, which meant that things never got boring.
The leads and supporting cast are uniformly excellent. Grammer is one of the best comic actors ever and he is always great in his signature role. David Hyde Pierce steals many scenes as Frasier's uptight, snobbish brother Niles. John Mahoney's Martin often plays the straight man to Niles' and Frasier's antics, but he has perhaps the best dry humor of anyone in the cast. Jane Leeves and Peri Gilpin both brighten up the show as Daphne and Roz, respectively. One of the strengths of the show, though, is the strength of the supporting cast. I personally love the character of Bulldog, the grating, cheuvenist sports show host. Gil Chesterton is also featured in one episode of the first season, his character is the hilarious but devious food critic. Frasier's manipulative agent Bebe shows up here, as does Lilith, and both are fabulous. Simply put, the support cast is so strong the cast can feel like an ensemble at times.
The first season's highlights include Frasier and Niles going out to dinner with Martin at a decidedly non-fancy establishment (Dinner at Eight), a touching Christmas episode (Miracle on Third or Fourth Street), a return by Frasier's ex, Dr. Lilith Sternin (The Show Where Lilith Comes Back), and an episode revolving about the titular "My Coffee With Niles," in which Niles admits to his attraction to Daphne. That attraction was the cause of many funny moments in the first few years, when Niles and Maris were still together.
All in all, this show has always been funny and literate and successful; it shows that there is a market for smart TV out there.
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Initial post: Aug 30, 2009 1:33:48 PM PDT
Victor Ferreira says:
Your review is superb in every way...but I will note the title is flawed. The best sitcom ever may very well be Frasier, but the best contender for that exalted title is "Yes, Minister" produced by the BBC. The writing and acting on Frasier is A+ in every respect, but check out Yes, Minister. If the English language were a martial art, Sir Humphrey Appleby would be Bruce Lee!
Posted on Jun 22, 2012 12:20:35 PM PDT
J. Janssen says:
I've always loved this show and, like the reviewer, felt it was the best of the modern sitcoms. Whether you buy the complete series or just watch it in syndication, one thing comes through loud and clear, the consistent quality of the writing and the acting of the ensemble puts it head and shoulders above anything else. Mary Tyler Moore, The Bob Newhart Show, M.A.S.H., Cheers, Newhart, Seinfeld, take your pick; they all had great highs but more than a few clunker episodes to go along with them. As a matter of fact if you look at how many shows are left out of the syndication packages you can get a feel for how uneven the shows were over the course of their run. Frasier starts out on a high and only gets better week after week. Some might favor the antics of the Seinfeld troupe over the Crane brothers, but Frasier seems (to me anyway) to wear better with age.
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