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Frasier 11 Seasons

Season 8
4.7 out of 5 stars (323) IMDb 8/10

Niles and Daphne finally proclaim their love and run off together, leaving Donny (Saul Rubinek) at the altar and inviting the wrath of Niles's wife, Mel (Jane Adams), in Season 8 of the long-running sitcom.

Starring:
Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves

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Season 8
1. And the Dish Ran Away With the Spoon (Part 1)

Niles and Daphne flee her wedding altar but soon discover the heavy price to pay for admitting their true love as jilted groom Donny and bitter wife Mel seek revenge.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: October 24, 2000
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2. And the Dish Ran Away With the Spoon (Part 2)

Mel agrees to divorce Niles, but forbids him to date Daphne.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: October 24, 2000
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3. The Bad Son

Frasier takes the bus with Roz for the first time and Frasier uses Martin to meet a woman at a retirement home. Niles and Daphne recreate a date.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: October 31, 2000
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4. The Great Crane Robbery

Frasier mentors a millionaire who copies everything he does.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: November 14, 2000
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5. Taking Liberties

Tension builds as Mel subjects Niles to social humiliation before she will grant him a divorce. Finally, he can no longer endure the disrespect and the situation explodes at a party. Frasier holds to impress his way into a position on the opera board.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: November 21, 2000
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6. Legal, Tender, love, and Care

Donny drops the lawsuit against Frasier and Daphne because he's met another woman who he has decides to marry. Frasier dates his lawyer Abbey but accuses her of overcharging him for legal expenses.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: November 28, 2000
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7. The New Friend

Frasier betrays Roz by staying friends with her cheating ex-boyfriend.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: December 5, 2000
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8. Merry Christmas

Frasier reluctantly co-hosts Seattle's Christmas parade with his radio rival.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: December 12, 2000
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9. Frasier's Edge

Frasier is awarded with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Martin, his father accepts on his behalf because Frasier is off analyzing his own life with old Harvard mentor, Professor Tewsbury.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: January 9, 2001
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10. Cranes Unplugged

Frasier goes camping with his father and teenage son.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: January 16, 2001
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11. Motor Skills

Frasier and Niles go back to school to learn about auto mechanics.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: January 30, 2001
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12. The Show Must Go Off

Frasier and Niles try to revitalize the career of their boyhood Shakespearean actor/idol only to learn that he stinks.

TV-G CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: February 6, 2001
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13. Sliding Frasiers

Frasier's dating destiny unfolds in a pair of parallel universes.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: February 13, 2001
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14. Hungry Heart

Niles and Daphne decide to go on a diet. Roz tries a new pheremonal soap that attracts men. Frasier goes on a date with Eileen, Kenny's wife.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: February 20, 2001
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15. Hooping Cranes

After Niles sinks an impossible half-court shot, Frasier finds him impossible to live with.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: February 27, 2001
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16. Docudrama

Roz puts together a space documentary with Senator John Glenn. Niles learns to fly a kite.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: March 6, 2001
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17. It Takes Two To Tangle

Frasier and Niles press Martin's rich girlfriend to save their bankrupt prep school.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: March 27, 2001
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18. Forgotten But Not Gone

Frasier leaves his wine club to host a new radio feature called "The Wine Corner" and is angered to learn that a resentful Niles - the club's overbearing "corkmaster" has ordered it's old members not to participate in the program.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: April 17, 2001
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19. Daphne Returns

Niles and Daphne "get real" about their romance.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: May 1, 2001
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20. 10-Aug

Daphne attempts to prove to Niles she has psychic visions and Frasier is ego-stricken when he discovers that Roz his having an affair with his mentor.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: May 8, 2001
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21. A Semi-Decent Proposal (Part 1)

Frasier runs into an old high school friend and has found love with her friend, Claire.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: May 15, 2001
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22. A Passing Fancy

Frasier tutors Lana's son in exchange for a date with Claire. Martin goes to a dog party and Daphne and Niles have trouble sleeping in the same bed.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: May 15, 2001
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23. Cranes Go Carribean

Frasier's vacation plans with Claire turn disastrous when Daphne, Niles and Martin show up at the same resort and Frasier starts dreaming about Lana.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: May 22, 2001
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23. A Day in May

Niles gets jealous of an old flame of Daphne's at the dog park; Frasier teaches Lana about honesty in selling a problematic piece of real estate and Martin secretly attends the parole hearing of the man who shot him.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 20 minutes Release date: May 22, 2001
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Season 8 marked a pivotal moment in the history of TV's most acclaimed sitcom. Following the sensational ratings glory of season 7 finale `Something Borrowed, Someone Blue (when Niles and Daphne finally got together) expectations were understandably high. There was unprecedented anticipation for this season, but that soon became an albatross weighing around the neck of season 8. The departure of two of the series' longest serving and most influential writers (showrunners Joe Keenan and Christopher Lloyd) added to the considerable pressure the production team faced this year. Jane Leeves (Daphne) also dropped a bombshell pre-production by announcing her pregnancy which forced some hasty re-writing. Many considered Daphne's weight gain storyline in poor taste but it's difficult to imagine how else the writers could have dealt with this without introducing a baby into Niles and Daphne's fledgling relationship. New showrunners Mark Reisman and Dan O'Shannon (whose previous work included `Cheers') certainly had their work cut out. On top of that the show's star Kelsey Grammer also requested that the show become more `Frasier' centred, the previous season having focused mainly on Niles and Daphne's characters. It was a reasonable request, but sadly it led to some extremely dull character-based episodes like `Frasier's Edge', which had one wondering if this was the same show responsible for the fast-paced high quality episodes of yore.

It's not all bad news. There are some genuinely entertaining episodes this year, including the hugely anticipated season opener `And The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon'.
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After ending season seven with a fan-pleasing twist, Frasier returned in its eighth iteration to fulfill it. This is the season that Niles and Daphne begin to date, and even though this development did take a lot of tension out of the series, it is possible that the writers felt they had nowhere else to go. Frasier proved an oddity while on the air: most sitcoms peak in their first two seasons and go steadily downhill after that, but while Frasier certainly had a strong opening, it had several renaissances during its run. This season was one of them, as it brought several surprises: Frasier having an existential crisis, Niles becoming a sports celebrity, as well as some others. In short, this was hardly a weak season and has more than its share of laughs.

Frasier's crisis manifests itself in "Frasier's Edge", which has Frasier reuniting with his old mentor (Rene Auberjonois of Boston Legal and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine) and coming to grips with a feeling of emptiness. Funnier still is the subplot in which food critic Gil is primarily happy about being nominated for an award so as to avoid going to the annual awards show his wife throws when he's not nominated. The episode also starts off the joke about Daphne growing fatter in order to disguise Jane Leeves' real-life pregnancy. In "Hooping Cranes", Niles (almost magically) sinks a half-court charity shot at a basketball game and becomes a local hero, which, of course, causes Frasier to become jealous. The final showdown takes place over an arcade-style basketball machine and unfolds much as would be expected. Perhaps the best episode of the season is "The Show Must Go Off", in which Niles and Frasier are reacquainted with an aging Shakespearean actor (Derek Jacobi) who inspired them in their childhoods to delve into the Bard.
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Before you read this review, you must understand that there is NO greater fan of this sitcom than I. The whole show has always made me split my sides, and I love the show more than any other. Believe me, it is my favorite sitcom.

That was why Season Eight so seriously disappointed me. The magic was gone from the cast this season, and I think that the choices made by the writers and producers were huge mistakes. Frasier has a "mid-life crisis" during which he questions his career choice; every episode from then on shows a Frasier who is completely downtrodden and has no spark. One commonly-cited flaw about this season was how the writers chose to deal with Jane Leeves' real-life pregnancy: they had Daphne gaining incalculable weight, going off to "fat-camp," and then coming back only to blame the whole escapade on Niles' love for her. Needless to say, this put a damper on the comedic quality of all the Niles/Daphne humor. 'Bulldog' Briscoe was wholly absent from this season, as was Frasier's producer Bebe Glazer - and the void was glaring. Martin and Roz were almost non-entities, blending into the background and not really bolstering the floundering humor.

The reason I am still able to love the show, despite this uncharacteristically poor season, is because I have seen what followed Season Eight. The Final Season (11) is wonderful again, so I know that the show turned around eventually. Hopefully Season Nine is again brilliant, and finds the characters having broken out of their individual funks. While the show Frasier is amazing, and my personal favorite, Season Eight was the most disappointing of all thus far. If you are a die-hard Frasier fan, you obviously need to own all the seasons, as I do. If, however, you just have an interest in seeing some funny Frasier episodes (but don't necessarily need to see them all), this is NOT the season for you.
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