The phenomenon of "fan favorites" always seems a bit dubious to me, just another marketing strategy. But CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount recently conducted a Facebook poll on seven of its popular classic programs (Cheers, Happy Days, Frasier, The Odd Couple, Hogan's Heroes, The Honeymooners, and MacGyver) to determine what would be included on these Fan Favorite DVD releases. These are no-frills editions for only the most casual viewer (each of these shows is readily available in complete seasons and/or series editions), so if you already own the previous, and more complete, releases--this really adds nothing to the discussion. These bargain priced entries, therefore, might appeal to newer viewers who wish to sample a program or to someone who just wants a few episodes of their favorite show for those rainy days with nothing better going on.
However, as the number of episodes and which ones are not being provided (as of 2/28/12), I thought I'd give a rundown to the interested parties about what is included on each DVD set.
Frasier: In Dolby Digital English Stereo with English SDH subtitles
(1) Midwinter Night's Dream (Season One, Episode 17): Niles tries to spice things up with Maris in the bedroom, but fails miserably and is thrown together with Daphne inadvertently.
(2) Frasier Crane's Day Off (Season One, Episode 23): An ill Frasier feels threatened about someone else doing his radio show, and when Niles succeeds--Frasier can't handle it.
(3) Daphne's Room (Season Two, Episode 17): Try knocking! Wandering into Daphne's room unannounced, Frasier gets a big surprise.
(4) Moon Dance (Season Three, Episode 13): Daphne teaches Niles to dance for a society date, and the two grow closer.
(5) The Two Mrs. Cranes (Season Four, Episode 1): Daphne masquerades as Nile's wife to put off a former love.
(6) Ham Radio (Season Four, Episode 18): Frasier attempts to launch an old-fashioned radio drama but his controlling demeanor may be his undoing.
(7) Ski Lodge (Season Five, Episode 14): Winner of the Facebook poll as favorite episode is a sexual farce as various couples pair off in a slapstick masterpiece set in a lodge cabin.
(8) Three Valentines (Season Six, Episode 14): Three different stories highlight this holiday episode.
Of course, I love Frasier. It is easily one of the best shows on television and these are some very good episodes. However, I think the show in context will always be stronger than randomly selected episodes. KGHarris, 2/12.