Thanks to sharp writing and a pitch-perfect ensemble cast, Frasier
became one of the smartest and funniest television shows of the 1990s. Following the 1993 demise of Cheers
, Diane's fussy psychiatrist boyfriend Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer) seemed an unlikely candidate for a spin-off series. Yet the show earned smash ratings and dozens of Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Lead Actor (Grammer) in the very first series.
In an inspired bit of casting, Grammer was matched with David Hyde Pierce as his brother and fellow psychiatrist Niles, and the rest of the players included his radio-programme manager, Roz (Peri Gilpin), his father, Marty (John Mahoney), his father's physical therapist, Daphne (Jane Leeves) and the dog Eddie (Moose).
In the first series, Frasier and Marty try to learn how to coexist in the same apartment, Niles and Daphne spend a stormy evening in Niles's house, Frasier acquires pushy agent Bebe (Harriet Sansom Harris) and searches for love with Amanda Donohoe among others, his ex-wife Lilith (Bebe Neuwirth) makes a guest appearance, the family takes a cross-country trip in a Winnebago and the two brothers collaborate on a book. --David Horiuchi
Box set containing the entire first season of the popular spin-off from 'Cheers', centred around fussy psychiatrist Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer). Episodes comprise: 'The Good Son'; 'Space Quest'; 'Dinner at Eight'; 'I Hate Frasier Crane'; 'Here's Looking at You'; 'The Crucible'; 'Call Me Irresponsible'; 'Beloved Infidel'; 'Selling Out'; 'Oops'; 'Death Becomes Him'; 'Miracle On Third Or Fourth Street'; 'Guess Who's Coming to Breakfast'; 'Can't Buy Me Love'; 'You Can't Tell a Crook By His Cover'; 'The Show Where Lilith Comes Back'; 'A Midwinter Night's Dream'; 'And the Whimper Is...'; 'Give Him the Chair!'; 'Fortysomething'; 'Travels With Martin'; 'Author, Author'; 'Frasier Crane's Day Off'; and 'My Coffee With Niles'.