Goodnight Seattle: Unauthorised Guide to the World of "Frasier" Paperback – 18 Jun 1998
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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...
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He did miss one Maris joke; in the episode where they were visiting Maris in the hospital, they're met by a doctor pushing a Maris-like woman in a wheelchair. They introduce her as someone else, but clearly they were teasing us that we finally got to SEE Maris.
He does spot all the other Maris-teasers.
David Bailey has gone to great lengths to research the episodes of Frasier and he reviews them efficiently with a lot of wit. He disects the episodes into comfortable headings and then he breaks down the episode. We learn of guest stars; the celebrity callers and regular characters who don't even deserve a credit like the overworked waitresses. My favourite part of the compendium is the way the author continues minute sub-plots which an average viewer will forget after a viewing. He focuses on Granny Moon's antics, Maris' inappearances and the blossoming romance between Niles and Daphne.