Frasier 11 Seasons 1994

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20. Fourty Something AGES_12_AND_OVER

Frasier fears senility is just around the corner when he finds himself becoming forgetful about everything from Roz's name to his favorite piano tunes. He knows his absent-mindedness is linked to the aging process, and his family's jokes about the approach of middle age further depress him.

Starring:
Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves
Runtime:
22 minutes

Fourty Something

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    1. The Good Son Seeking a fresh start following his divorce, Boston psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane returns to his native Seattle to host a radio call-in show. The homecoming reunites Frasier with his brother Niles, who's also a psychiatrist; and his widowed father Martin, a retired cop who was disabled after being shot on the job.

    AGES_12_AND_OVER 23min 1993
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    2. Space Quest Frasier is on a quest for solitude, but can't find it. He wakes up to Martin and Daphne's noisy intrusion on his civilized morning routine of quiet reading and healthy eating. At KACL, Frasier's privacy is invaded by his co-workers. And when he finally finds peace at a local cafe, he is imposed upon by his brother Niles.

    AGES_12_AND_OVER 22min 1993
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    3. Dinner at Eight Frasier and Niles decide to invite their father Martin out for an evening of fine dining at a swanky Seattle restaurant. When their reservation falls through, Martin suggests eating at his favorite spot: the rustic Timber Mill. The brothers reluctantly agree to "slum it" at the Timber Mill.

    AGES_12_AND_OVER 22min 1993
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    4. I Hate Frasier Crane Local newspaper writer Derek Mann prints "I Hate Frasier Crane" in his daily column, which enrages and embarrasses Frasier. In retaliation, Frasier criticizes Derek on the air, which causes Derek to respond with yet another unflattering piece on Frasier and his show. Derek fans the flames of the feud by challenging Frasier to a fistfight.

    AGES_12_AND_OVER 22min 1993
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    5. Here's Looking at You Frasier encourages his father Martin to pick up a new hobby, and gives him a telescope. While tinkering with his "toy," Martin catches the eye of Irene, an eligible bachelorette in the next building, and strikes up a friendship with her. Without Martin's permission, Frasier passes his father's phone number to Irene and suggests the two go on a date, but when Irene calls, Martin turns her down.

    AGES_12_AND_OVER 22min 1993
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    6. The Crucible While on the air, Frasier mentions his recent purchase of a painting by renowned local artist Martha Paxton. When Paxton calls to thank him, Frasier seizes the opportunity to invite her to a cocktail party. Unfortunately, when Paxton comes to Frasier's condo and asks to see her painting, she declares that she did not paint it.

    AGES_12_AND_OVER 22min 1993
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    7. Call Me Irresponsible When a caller named Marco tells Frasier he's having problems committing to his girlfriend, Frasier advises him to break up with her. Furious and rejected, the jilted ex-lover, Catherine, comes to the radio station to berate Frasier, but instead finds herself attracted to him. Frasier boldly asks Catherine out on a date, and she accepts.

    AGES_12_AND_OVER 22min 1993
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    8. Beloved Infidel Due to a canceled lecture, Frasier and Niles change their plans, but wind up at the same restaurant where their father Martin is dining with an old family friend, Marion Lawlor. After piecing together bits of Niles's boyhood journal, the brothers conclude that their father and Marion had an affair years ago. When Frasier confronts Martin with their suspicions, he admits to the liaison.

    AGES_12_AND_OVER 22min 1993
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    9. Selling Out Frasier is at first reluctant to do an on-air endorsement for a Chinese restaurant -- until he discovers how much money is involved. Daphne helps him rationalize that he's not compromising his professional ethics to pitch the sponsor's product because he truly enjoys the food.

    AGES_12_AND_OVER 22min 1993
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    10. Oops The rumor mill around the radio station is working overtime with the news that Bulldog is about to be fired. When he overhears Frasier talking about it, an outraged Bulldog storms into the boss's office and quits. Frasier learns that the rumor is false, but it's too late: Bulldog has already dug his own grave by hurling insults about the boss and his wife.

    AGES_12_AND_OVER 22min 1993
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    11. Death Becomes Him Frasier is upset when his father Martin skips out on a doctor's appointment. To ensure that Martin gets a physical, Frasier personally escorts him to a doctor referred by Niles. Impatient with the long wait in the doctor's reception room, Frasier is stunned when the receptionist receives word that the doctor, who's Frasier's age, has died suddenly of a heart attack.

    AGES_12_AND_OVER 22min 1993
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    12. Miracle on Third or Fouth Street Frasier's Christmas spirit is dampened when he learns that his longawaited son Frederick won't be joining him for the holidays. To keep himself busy, Frasier volunteers to take Bulldog's shift on Christmas Day. The strategy backfires when Frasier and Roz find themselves at the mercy of a seemingly endless parade of depressing callers.

    AGES_12_AND_OVER 22min 1993
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    13. Guess Who's Coming To Breakfast? Martin invites his neighbor Elaine over to the condo for an intimate dinner for two. The next morning, Frasier is unnerved to discover that Elaine has spent the night, and he makes an embarrassing scene which causes her to leave in a flustered rush.

    AGES_12_AND_OVER 22min 1994
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    14. Can't Buy Me Love As a favor to his father, Frasier agrees to take part in a celebrity bachelorauction. Although Martin has to nudge Daphne into bidding on Bulldog when hedoesn't have any "takers," Frasier commands quite a hefty sum. He's pleasantly surprised to learn that the high bidder is Kristina, a beautiful model who is alsoan admirer of his radio show.

    AGES_12_AND_OVER 22min 1994
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    15. You Can't Tell a Crook By His Cover While visiting Frasier's radio station, Martin hears Roz talk about being scammed by a local con artist. Certain that he can tell criminals apart, Frasier is challenged by his father, the seasoned ex-cop, to put his skills to the test. Martin invites Frasier to an upcoming poker night with his three friends -- one of whom is an ex-con that Frasier must identify.

    AGES_12_AND_OVER 22min 1994
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    16. The Show Where Lilith Comes Back Frasier is surprised to hear the voice of his ex-wife Lilith on his radio show. She tells him that she has come to town for a convention, so Frasier invites her to his condo for dinner, where she is reacquainted with her skeptical father-in-law Martin; her annoyed brother-in-law Niles; and Daphne, who is plagued with migraines upon Lilith's arrival.

    AGES_12_AND_OVER 22min 1994
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    17. A Midwinter Night's Dream Niles comes to Frasier, seeking advice about his ongoing problems with his wife Maris. Frasier asks Roz what she thinks, and Roz tells Niles that he might give adventure and romance a shot. After an unsuccessful attempt at wooing Maris, Niles finds himself bunking at Frasier's, where he jealously observes Daphne with her date, Eric.

    AGES_12_AND_OVER 22min 1994
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    18. And The Whimper Is... Frasier's agent Bebe informs him that he and Roz have been nominated for Seattle's annual broadcasting awards. As the family cracks open the champagne to celebrate, Roz stops by to suggest that Frasier send "thank you" gifts to persuade the judges to vote in their favor.

    AGES_12_AND_OVER 22min 1994
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    19. Give Him The Chair! Tired of their father's tacky plaid armchair, Frasier and Niles buy a new, modern one and put Martin's chair in storage. The new chair does not satisfy Martin, and he asks for his old one to be brought back. Unfortunately, a furious Martin learns that the eyesore was mistakenly taken to the dumpster, and someone took it away.

    AGES_12_AND_OVER 22min 1994
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    20. Fourty Something Frasier fears senility is just around the corner when he finds himself becoming forgetful about everything from Roz's name to his favorite piano tunes. He knows his absent-mindedness is linked to the aging process, and his family's jokes about the approach of middle age further depress him.

    AGES_12_AND_OVER 22min 1994
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    21. Travels With Martin Inspired by Roz to do some father-son bonding, Frasier invites his father on vacation. Of course, Frasier's idea of four-star accommodations comes to a screeching halt when Martin suggests a camping trip in a Winnebago. Without each other's knowledge, Frasier invites Niles along for moral support, and Martin asks Daphne to come so that he doesn't have to face Frasier alone.

    AGES_12_AND_OVER 22min 1994
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    22. Author, Author Niles is discouraged that his ideas for a psychiatric book have already been done. Determined to please potential publisher Sam Tanaka, Niles introduces him to his "celebrity brother" Frasier. Sam mistakenly assumes that Niles's latest book proposal is a joint effort with his famous sibling, and thinks the concept is a winner. Reluctantly, Frasier agrees to join Niles in the venture.

    AGES_12_AND_OVER 22min 1994
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    23. Frasier Crane's Day Off A bad bout with the flu lands Frasier in bed. Meanwhile, Roz becomes convinced that Gil, the station's restaurant reviewer, is gunning for Frasier's premium time slot after he jumps at the chance to "sub" for the ailing doc. Frasier persuades a hesitant Niles to "pinch hit" for him. Much to Frasier's surprise -- and dismay -- Niles shines in his first radio stint.

    AGES_12_AND_OVER 22min 1994
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    24. My Coffee With Niles Over coffee at Cafe Nervosa, Niles poses an interesting question: After a year in Seattle, is Frasier happy? The query leads the brothers into a fascinating conversation about their lives, although Frasier is evasive about answering Niles's question directly. As their discussion continues, they're joined by Roz.

    AGES_12_AND_OVER 22min 1994

Product Details

Genres Comedy
Director Rick Beren
Starring Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves
Supporting actors David Hyde Pierce, Peri Gilpin, John Mahoney
Season year 1994
Network CBS Studios International
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By "andrewjames2004" on 18 Aug 2004
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The thing you'll undoubtedly find when watching any Frasier Series, is the quality of the writing. The show changed writers or introduced fresh writers throughout the years to keep things interesting and original. And God knows it's worked. Each episode is cleverly written and authentically funny. I can honestly say I haven't seen a bad episode. In series one we see the introduction of each character and during the episodes, the growth of each character within themselves and with each other, their strengths and weaknesses become apparent as they encounter many a hilarious situation. You'll love it!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By McGillfan on 2 Feb 2004
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I have followed Frasier since day one, and although have seen every episode umpteen times over on the Paramount channel, it is so brilliant and so deftly played out by the entire cast in their respective roles, it never fails to have me chuckling with delight! The actors give polished performances, are totally believable and their timing top notch. This is one show that doesn't rely on cheap smut to get a giggle - it is sheer class and puts other comedy shows to shame. The writing team is impeccable and their ideas forever fresh. It is comedy heaven! When it finally comes to an end I shall feel as if I have lost family members as I love them all to bits! Thank goodness I have the dvds to keep these treasures forever!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By akafmef@netscapeonline.co.uk on 4 Jan 2002
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I hate to sound like a commercial, but this really is the best at its best. Its not just a funny show but a look into the some of the most analytical, perceptive people in television. This perception coupled with their talent for writing and structuring programs gives you a sophisticated comedy that is still layed back, that is not easy thing to accomplish. Anyone who thinks they appretiate good television and dosen't appretiate this, thought wrong.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By KN VINE VOICE on 11 Sep 2008
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Most sitcoms need at least one season to introduce the characters and then another to develop them, after which things take off - Seinfeld is a classic example. However, Frasier hits its stride in the first season, with clever, insightful and often farcical comedy - virtually from the first episode. This is a clear sign of things to come as it went on to become arguably the greatest sitcom to date.

The show looks like its from another period (remember it is 1993) as Frasier has his originally long hair (like in Cheers) and there are no mobile phones, which are used to much comic effect in later seasons. However, the comedy isn't dated at all. The Crane brothers are witty, desperate, pompous yet lovable, and dad Martin keeps them down to earth in that way we are all used to. Daphne is probably at her wackiest in this season as we see her in her psychic mode more often than not.

The episodes were mostly top drawer with a number of outstanding ones:

'The Good Son' - the first episode introducing Frasier to his new Seattle surrounds, which won an Emmy award; that must say something!
'Space Quest' - Frasier struggles to read his book in peace living with dad Martin and therapist Daphne.
'Selling Out' - introduces the agent from hell; Bebe Glazier.
'Here's Looking at You' - Frasier gets his dad a telescope, which helps him get a date.
'Call Me Irresponsible' - Frasier dates a caller but this conflicts with his ethics.
'Miracle on Third or Fourth Street' - Frasier eats at a local diner on Christmas Day, without his wallet.
'A Mid-Winter Night's Dream' - Niles has his first close encounter with an unsuspecting Daphne.
'Travels with Martin' - on a road trip in Martins Winnebago (caravan), they all end up in Canada.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pismotality on 29 Aug 2007
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Ah, dear, dear Kelsey, his voice so often inflected with that Bette Davis-style hauteur which made you love him even as you laughed. Whatever the faults of late-period Frasier (why, why, why let Niles marry Daphne? Or was that to prepare us for the long goodbye? And let's not even mention that Dick Van Dyke brother - who was meant to be Mancunian anyway), it was, for a long time, a superb sitcom, moving from farce to pathos in a heartbeat: key to its success was trusting the audience to stay with the characters for those pages when the cast weren't cracking wise.

At the core of the show is the relationship between Frasier and his dad, and the melancholy fact that whatever they feel about each other, they can never share that much. One of my fave moments (not in this series) was when Martin's relationship with the cheerful vulgarian, banjo-playin' Sherry, ended. Frasier meets his dad in a bar and seems to want to reassure him, tell him he'd find someone else. But both men know that at Martin's age that's unlikely - and eventually, rather than insult his dad with platitudes Frasier does the only thing he can : he pretends to take an interest in watching the sports on TV with his dad. It's a beautiful scene because, for all their differences, they are offering each other something simply in spending time together. Incidentally Niles, the brother, is really Frasier mk.1 - ie the super-neurotic shrink in Cheers. The new sitcom's creators realised if Frasier was to be at the centre he'd have to be more three-dimensional than his earlier persona allowed. And the happy coincidence that David Hyde Pearce resembled Kelsey Grammar when young swung it. Of such chances are great sitcoms made.

Why did it eventually run out of steam? My friend Mr Bennett said that it was that all the permutations had been tried - there was nothing new to say. I don't know; but I do know that the freshness and verve here is worth cherishing. And if you have been, thanks for reading.
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