on 13 March 2010
Until someone writes the definitive book about all eleven seasons of Frasier (please!), this is probably the best of the bunch, and it's unofficial!
Effectively, this is an episode guide to Frasier seasons 1-5 (only partway through 5), but what I find engaging about this book over the official one is that the authors - who clearly love the programme as much as the reader - have critiqued and analysed each episode to a good depth (it covers up to about three-quarters of the way through season 5 - which is better than the official book manages [only about halfway through season 3], and the official book I notice even misses some episodes out!).
I find myself watching an episode, then later looking it up in the guide to compare and contrast views and observations. Frasier fans probably need to buy both books: the official one gives you interviews, background, and production information, but this unofficial one delivers a far better and more insightful and interesting (and longer and more complete!) episode guide. It's also written by two British authors, so you perhaps get a different perspective on the series in that respect as well.
The book also includes pen pictures of the main characters, a list of all the actors who have appeared in the seasons featured (including which episode[s] - so you can see at a glance all the episodes Dan Butler as Bob "Bulldog" Briscoe appears in, for example), and a list of the main cast's previous roles. Highly recommended. I can't give it a full 5 stars because it covers less than half of the series!
As an unauthorised book, they clearly weren't able to use any images from the actual series, but cleverly they've borrowed one of Frasier's sayings as the title, and featured a photograph of a Jack Russell terrier wearing headphones in front of a microphone as the cover image. Without needing to have the word "Frasier" prominently on the cover (it is there, but in relatively small writing), you know instantly from the visual clues what show the book's about (the Jack Russell isn't even Eddie - just a Jack Russell), which just shows how memorable the series was...