Frasier: Season 1 (1993 - 1994)

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Kelsey Grammer's erudite persona instantly gives this Cheers spinoff a distinctive personality -- bolstered by a well-balanced ensemble and a genuinely literary sense of wit.

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Air date: Sep 16, 1993

In this first episode of the long-running sitcom Frasier, former Bostonite (and Cheers regular) Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer) arrives in Seattle to accept a job as a radio psychiatrist on station KACL. Advised by his brother, Niles (David Hyde Pierce), that their ex-policeman father Martin (John Mahoney) has been having trouble living alone since sustaining the gunshot wound that prompted Martin's retirement, Frasier is faced with a dilemma -- should he bundle Martin off to a nursing home or should he invite his dad to move in with him at his swanky new apartment? The answer is, of course, the latter -- but Frasier is totally unprepared for the assault on his peace of mind when Martin's outspoken, cockney physical therapist, Daphne (Jane Leeves), and the old man's phlegmatic dog, Eddie, move in as well. This landmark Frasier episode won Emmy awards for writers David Lee, David Angell, and Peter Casey, and for director James Burrows.

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Air date: Sep 23, 1993

Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) hasn't had a moment's peace or solitude since his father Martin (John Mahoney) and Martin's brash physical therapist, Daphne (Jane Leeves), moved into his apartment. Making matters worse, everyone from fellow KACL radio personality Bulldog (Dan Butler, in his first Frasier appearance) to Martin's dog, Eddie, has been making demands on Frasier's time. The limit comes when Frasier's space is invaded by a waiter (Dean Erickson) who dreams of being a rock musician. Listen for the voice of "Superman" (or at least one of the movie Supermans) during Frasier's call-in radio show.

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Air date: Sep 30, 1993

This episode of Frasier marks the first meeting between Niles (David Hyde Pierce) and Daphne (Jane Leeves) -- though it could hardly be called an historic moment. As for the plot proper, Niles and his brother, Frasier (Kelsey Grammer), are still bending over backward trying to please their cranky father, Martin (John Mahoney), with an astonishing lack of success. In their latest effort, the erudite brothers agree to accompany Martin to his favorite restaurant, The Rustic Timber Mill, a joint in which neither Frasier nor Niles would be caught dead under any other circumstances.

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Air date: Oct 7, 1993

The biggest feud since the Hatfields and the McCoys breaks out in Seattle when a local newspaper critic prints an unfavorable review of Frasier Crane's (Kelsey Grammer) radio show. At first, the war is waged in words and insults, traded with reckless abandon by both parties, but when things reach the crisis stage, there seems to be only one possible resolution -- a "mano y mano" physical showdown. Dean Erickson returns as the musically inclined waiter who intruded upon Frasier's solitude in the series' second episode.

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Air date: Oct 14, 1993

After Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) buys a telescope for his father, Martin (John Mahoney), and the old man discovers the visceral pleasures of being a peeping tom (but a benign one, of course). While spying into the windows of other people's apartments, the widowed Martin spots an attractive middle-aged woman named Irene. Delighted at this turn of events, Frasier arranges a meeting between Irene and Martin -- with startling and unsettling results.

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Air date: Oct 21, 1993

Ever yearning to expand his cultural vistas, Frasier purchases a beautiful -- and very expensive -- painting from famed Seattle artist Martha Paxton (Rachel Rosenthal). To celebrate his acquisition he throws a lavish dinner party at his apartment and invites the artist to show up as the guest of honor. Alas, Martha Paxton is harboring a terrible secret concerning her "masterpiece" -- so secret that she has manages to suppress it in her own subconscious until the worst possible moment. This episode first aired on October 21, 1993, as a last-minute replacement for the originally scheduled Frasier installment, "Call Me Irresponsible."

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Air date: Oct 28, 1993

Not for the first time in his life, Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) finds himself on the horns of an ethical dilemma. It seems that Frasier has begun dating an attractive woman named Catherine (Amanda Donohoe). Trouble is, Catherine's boyfriend has just broken up with her -- acting upon the advice given him by a certain radio psychologist named Frasier Crane. When the ex-boyfriend calls into Frasier's radio show expressing a desire to patch things up with Catherine, our hero is forced to pull a few desperate strings.

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Air date: Nov 4, 1993

Can it be true that, a long, long time ago Martin Crane (John Mahoney) cheated on his late wife? That's the conclusion to which Martin's sons, Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) and Niles (David Hyde Pierce), have jumped. The reason? The boys have "caught" Martin in a compromising position with Marilyn Lawlor (Patricia Crowley), an old family friend whom Frasier and Niles have known since they were kids. And as if that wasn't complication enough, a big surprise awaits our two outraged heroes at episode's end.

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Air date: Nov 11, 1993

Frasier's conniving agent, Bebe Frazer (Harriet Sansom Harris, in her first series appearance), arranges a big-bucks deal for her favorite client. All Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) has to do is "subtly" endorse a few commercial products as part of his call-in radio show. Trouble is, Frasier wants nothing to do with at least one of these products -- nor is he keen on delivering advertising copy that will make him sound like a buffoon. Fearful of his reputation as a psychiatrist, yet eager to fatten his bank account, our hero finds himself mired in yet another of his many ethical dilemmas.

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Air date: Nov 18, 1993

Rumors are flying that the executives at radio station KACL are planning to fire one of the on-the-air personalities. With no facts to back him up, Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) speculates that the unlucky employee will be his nemesis, macho sports-show host Bulldog (Dan Butler). Overhearing this bit of gossip, Frasier goes ballistic and quits his job, unaware that the rumor was never true in the first place. Now it is up to loose-lipped Frasier to persuade Bulldog to come back -- and to persuade management to take him back.

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Series 1 of the 'Cheers' spin-off in which psychiatrist Frasier Crane returns to his native Seattle, where he hosts a call-in radio show and spars with his fussy brother, their father and dad's physical therapist.

Critic Reviews for Frasier Season 1

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (8)

This is almost exactly the same premise as Fox's hideously unfunny Daddy Dearest. What a difference a script makes.

Apr 21, 2020 | Full Review…

Frasier at this point seems much more amusing when he's at home contending with his father than when he's at the workplace fielding phoned-in woes. But wherever he is, he's clearly in good hands.

Apr 21, 2020 | Full Review…

The radio call-in studio is fertile comedic territory. Less so, the home turf. Though [John] Mahoney is a great actor, his character is so sour and bitter as to be off-putting.

Apr 21, 2020 | Full Review…

Frasier does not manufacture laughs as consistently as one might expect from a Cheers offspring, it's still a cleverly written show with a quality cast that bodes well for the future.

Aug 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Two opera-loving, egg-head heroes in one show-unprecedented in TV history, I believe. Every scene between Frasier and Niles is just about priceless.

Aug 18, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

While the manner in which characters are introduced is a little too familiar, the writing informing it is unusually strong (not to mention the performances).

Apr 21, 2020 | Full Review…

On paper, it's golden. Social climber son vs. unpretentious, blue-collar dad. Highly educated son vs. dad who mistrusts intellectuals. There's some of that comic energy in the pilot. But not enough.

Apr 21, 2020 | Full Review…

This show from "Cheers" alumni David Angel, David Lee and Peter Casey has some sharp writing and some missteps.

Apr 21, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

While Frasier's farcical comedy often borders on the absurd, it's an intelligent, grown-up sitcom that -- believe it or not -- is heavily influenced by Shakespeare's comedies and other literary classics.

Apr 21, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

One of the most successful spin-offs ever because its creators transformed an egotistical, vain, and pompous supporting character into a funny, likable leading man.

Aug 18, 2018 | Full Review…

It's an unusual bunch, and Grammer deftly handles his role as ringmaster of this circus. Perhaps because his character is already so familiar, Grammer's Frasier can elicit a huge laugh simply by intoning three or four words.

Aug 18, 2018 | Full Review…

In the tradition of Cheers, the show thrives by selling up distinct, contrary personalities and making them collide for a half-hour each week. So far the writing is sharp and punchy.

Aug 18, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Frasier: Season 1

  • 5d ago
    Frasier is a great series
  • Mar 29, 2020
    Brilliant must be watched from start to finish in its entirety.
  • Mar 03, 2019
    Successfully hilarious adult sit-com manages to combine sophisticated humor with more farcical situations and its cast of characters (plus guest appearances) splendidly clash and reconvene in each episode.
  • Dec 21, 2017
    When television shows were well written and witty! Niles and Martin are my fave!
  • Jan 12, 2017
    While it's not Cheers, it's the next best thing. Frasier manages to find its own footing and be pretty funny in the process. The support staff along side Kelsey Grammer is brilliantly cast. Very easy low cal binge.
  • Jul 22, 2016
    Good start to the series.

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