Frasier: Season 1
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Season One of FRASIER finds the recently divorced Boston psychiatrist, Dr. Frasier Crane (Grammer), at a new place in his life. Last seen gracing the bars of Cheers, Frasier has a new life in his home town of Seattle as a popular radio psychiatrist, which has given him the chance to spread his words of wit and wisdom to the masses. Sharing an apartment with his ex-policeman father, Marty (Mahoney), and his fathers English physical care assistant Daphne (Leeves), Frasier must also cope with his psychiatrist brother Niles (Pierce) and Eddie the dog.
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 season. 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-program 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 season, 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.
Bonus features aren't spectacular, but are a cut above many similar DVD sets. Executive producers Peter Casey and David Lee provide a commentary track on the pilot episode. In a 20-minute making-of segment, they and the principal cast members discuss the creation of the show, casting (Lisa Kudrow was the other finalist for the character of Roz), and the mystery of the omni-absent Maris. "Frasier Crane's Apartment" looks at the set and props, and each disc spotlights a few of the celebrity voices that appeared as the radio show's callers. --David Horiuchi
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Unfortunately, it would have been better if the last three seasons of the series never happened--they are humorless and drab. As far as I'm concerned, Frasier ends up with Claire--the first woman he's dated who he's actually suited to--and when I'm watching the final "Cranes Go Caribbean" episode of Season 8, as soon as he tells her, "For the first time in my life I'm completely happy," I hit skip on the remote to go straight to the end credits scene with Niles and Daphne stealing back the nude photo of themselves! It's the perfect ending to the series.
The Season 9 opener just tears everything down again for the sake of dragging the series out for three more pointless seasons with unfunny plots like: Frasier hunts a cricket; Frasier is bothered by a flag (a two-parter!); Frasier refuses to pay two dollars for parking; Niles almost dies (a three-parter!); and--here's real comedy gold--Frasier dresses up as a killer clown to scare Martin into having a heart attack! No surprise this last one is from the mind of Jeffrey Richman, the same tasteless writer who thought a dead bird and big noses were so outrageously funny.Read more ›
The release of the first season of Frasier on DVD is a masterstroke. Finally, you'll get all the wonderfully hilarious episodes of season 1 at your fingertips to love and enjoy all over again. See the first spark of Niles and Daphne. Meet agent Bebe for the first time. Watch Eddie tormenting Frasier ruthlessly. It's all there, and many, many, many laughs. In fact, laugh out loud laughs.
You know you watch TV and you see something and you go, that's funny. But you don't laugh. Frasier makes you laugh out loud, even if sitting alone. Wonderful writing, expert directing, and the acting all lend themselves to your enjoyment.
To be honest, it's the performances of the main cast that really stand out in this selection too. Kelsey Grammer's comedic timing is impeccable. David Hyde Pierce's everso fussy Niles plays off Kelsey's Frasier like a pair of matching bookends. John Mahoney is wonderfully gruff as Martin, while Jane Leeves plays a more cockney-ish version of Daphne, which would get more toned down later. Peri Gilpin, as one of my favorite characters Roz, has her edge back and biting. It's fun to watch these characters and actors as they started, and to realize how far they've come.
Frasier always was a comedy for the thinking person. I think these DVD's are superb, and for the price you get quite bit. It's well worth your investment of time and money. Invite Frasier into your home, and enjoy!
Why frasier is so good?the chemistry between the"original three"(fras, marty and niley) is so spectacular that it alone would keep in front of the tv screen for hours. but it is just not that. fiery dialogs, amazing actors, both leading roles and supporting ones, full of remarks to history, culture, entertainment, human relationships, snoby lifestyle and much much more.
Its unbelieveable that after so many years frasier still keeps its fresh touch, and doesnt bore or make one yawn.
This dvd version is a biggest boon;) that can happen to all of us fras-a-holics.
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The DVD was an awesome start to my Frasier collection. It was in perfect condition and brought many laughs. I look forward to purchasing the rest of the seasons! Also... Read morePublished on Aug. 12 2013 by Vanessa Brazeau
This program was amazing from the very first show. The actors are FANTASTIC. I had to buy my sister her own copy of this dvd because I couldn't part with mine.Published on April 9 2013 by Catherine
I recently bought the First Season on DVD and I was not disappointed. I have been taping the show in syndication every weekday and watching that episode when I got home from work. Read morePublished on Oct. 27 2006 by E. J. Vardon
Frasier is one of the best sitcoms ever (the best, in my opinion, being FRASIER, ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS, CHEERS, SEINFELD and THE SIMPSONS- I love them all) and I am eagerly awaiting... Read morePublished on July 13 2004 by Ms Stef