Frasier: Season 11 (2003 - 2004)

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Air date: Sep 23, 2003

The 11th and final season of Cheers begins as Roz (Peri Gilpin) returns to Seattle radio station KACL claiming that she is unhappy with her new job. Before long, however, it has become obvious that she has come back in hopes that Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) has given up his new girlfriend, the beautiful but terminally tactless Julia (Felicity Huffman). Before this situation comes to a head during a tumultuous dinner date, our attentions have been briefly deflected to the efforts by Niles (David Hyde Pierce) and Daphne (Jane Leeves) to start a family. As Niles nervously considers experimenting with a "performance-enhancing" drug, Daphne prepares to spring a surprise on everyone.

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Air date: Sep 23, 2003

To prove to Niles (David Hyde Pierce) that he doesn't deliberately go out of his way to sabotage his own romances, Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) vows to regain the affections of Julia (Felicity Huffman). As the man said, "love is blind", and Frasier remains sublimely oblivious to Julia's innumerable faults. All this changes, however, when Julia shoots off her big mouth at the party where Daphne (Jane Leeves) and Niles (David Hyde Pierce) had planned to make their big annoucement about Daphne's pregnancy. This episode originally aired the same night as Frasier's 11th-season opener, "No Sex Please, We're Skittish."

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Air date: Sep 30, 2003

Those old pop-culture insinuations about the Crane boys' "closeted" sexual preferences are given quite a workout in this episode. In their efforts to find out if Roz's (Peri Gilpin) new boyfriend, Barry (David Muller), is homosexual, Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) and Niles (David Hyde Pierce) unwittingly cast suspicion upon themselves. The plot thickens when Frasier develops a warm friendship with Alistair Burke (Star Trek: The Next Generation's Patrick Stewart), the effusively generous -- and indisputably gay -- conductor of the Seattle Opera Guild. This episode won an Emmy award for best sound mixing.

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Air date: Oct 7, 2003

News flash! Both Crane brothers are nervous Nellies this week. Niles is getting more anxious than ever about his impending fatherhood, while Frasier worries that after years of radio work he is no longer qualified for private practice. The brothers' spirits are given a lift when they are reacquainted with their childhood babysitter, Ronee Lawrence (Wendie Malick in her first series appearance), who has matured from a sexy teenager to a voluptuous, sharp-witted lounge singer. But as Frasier and Niles vie for Ronee's attentions, they find they have an unexpected romantic rival -- their own father, Martin (John Mahoney).

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Air date: Oct 14, 2003

Roz arranges a date between Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) and her insurance-agent friend, Ann (Saturday Night Live's Julia Sweeney). It's strictly a temporary measure until a more lasting relationship comes along, Roz assures Frasier: Ann is merely "a placeholder" to "keep your muscles toned." When the date turns out to be a disaster, a desperate Frasier scrambles for a graceful way to ditch Ann and go home alone. Meanwhile, a thief has been stealing things from Niles (David Hyde Pierce) and Daphne (Jane Leeves); and the affection between Martin (John Mahoney) and Ronee (Wendie Malick) grows stronger.

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Air date: Oct 28, 2003

Disappointed that Ronee (Wendie Malick) wants to continue seeing other men, Martin puts up a brave front by inventing a fictional girlfriend named Sheila -- then must coerce Roz into posing as the nonexistent woman. All of this could have been avoided were it not for Frasier's (Kelsey Grammer) habitual eavesdropping -- which Frasier staunchly denies, even when it happens again and again. Meanwhile, Niles (David Hyde Pierce) and Daphne (Jane Leeves) move heaven and earth to have their baby's nursery decorated by the top artist in the very specialized field.

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Air date: Nov 4, 2003

In the first episode of a two-part story, the never-seen but omnipresent Maris comes back into the life of her ex-husband Niles (David Hyde Pierce) -- but only to get some free advice on how to handle her current lover, a libidinous Latino with a violent temper. The "fun" really begins when Niles resorts to subterfuge to prevent Maris from confronting the pregnant Daphne (Jane Leeves), who has been experiencing some rather spectacular mood swings. In the end, it is poor Frasier (Kelsey Grammer), already skittish about returning to private practice, who tries to come to Niles and Maris' rescue -- and nearly gets killed in the process.

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Air date: Nov 11, 2003

In the conclusion of a two-part story, Niles' ex-wife Maris has been arrested for the murder of her lover Esteban -- with a weapon (an antique crossbow) lent to her by the hapless Niles (David Hyde Pierce). The ensuing media frenzy turns Maris into a celebrity, much to the dismay of Niles' pregnant -- and very moody -- wife, Daphne (Jane Leeves). And in his capacity as self-appointed "family spokesperson," Frasier manages to make a bad situation terrible during a press conference. Throughout the chaos, Niles remains unusually cool, calm, and collected...until, in an explosion of panic, he literally bares all at the Café Nervosa.

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Air date: Nov 18, 2003

Bebe Neuwirth makes her final Frasier appearance as Lilith Sternin, the mercurial ex-wife of Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer). Arriving in Seattle for a one-day conference, a lonely Lilith allows herself to be talked into a blind date. At the same time, Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) also agrees to date a visiting woman, sight unseen. Can there be any doubt at this point that the unwitting Frasier and Lilith have been slated to go out with each other? Meanwhile, Martin (John Mahoney), Niles (David Hyde Pierce), and Daphne (Jane Leeves) try to cover up the damage inflicted on Frasier's apartment by a not-so-concealed weapon.

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Air date: Dec 2, 2003

Maris' murder case has made celebrities out of Niles (David Hyde Pierce) and Daphne (Jane Leeves), and they are luxuriating in the attention and special perks lavished upon him. Seething with jealousy, Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) hopes to shift media attention back to himself by winning not one but two SeaBee awards. It is during the award ceremony that the long-suffering Roz (Peri Gilpin) finally gets even with her hyper-judgemental, all-too-perfect sister, Denise (Suzanne Cryer).

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Season 11 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 ex-cop father and dad's physical therapist.

Cast

Kelsey Grammer
as Frasier Crane
David Hyde Pierce
as Niles Crane
John Mahoney
as Martin Crane
Jane Leeves
as Daphne
Wendie Malick
as Ronee Lawrence
Tom McGowan
as Kenny Daly
Laura Linney
as Charlotte
Edward Hibbert
as Gil Chesterton
Felicity Huffman
as Julia Wilcox
Julia Sweeney
as Ann Murphy
Amita Balla
as Waitress
Patrick Kerr
as Noel Shempsky
Patrick Stewart
as Alistair Braithwaite
Jason Biggs
as Dr. Hauck
Bess Armstrong
as Kelly Kirkland
Ashley Thomas
as Alice Doyle
Cindy Lu
as Reporter
John Kapelos
as Policeman
Todd Louiso
as Jonathan
Laurie Johnson
as Mrs. Gablyczyck
Joe Keane
as Waiter
Byron Washington
as Tow Truck Driver
Krista Allen
as Liz Wright
Heidi Mokrycki
as Plum Sanders
Ossie Mair
as Doctor
Robbie Coltrane
as Michael Moon
Phyllis Flax
as Florence
Richard E. Grant
as Stephen Moon
Paul Michael
as Mr. Serafini
Kate Steele
as Kirsten
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Critic Reviews for Frasier Season 11

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (4)

Deftly mixing genuine warmth with screwball farce in what became its hallmark, the series rolls out the big emotional guns while providing a small reminder of what brought it such acclaim through its 11-year run.

Aug 18, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Comedy has moved on. We've moved on... But then last night was one of those flickers of happier times. Actually it was pretty damn good.

Aug 18, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Whenever it sticks closely with the Crane brothers, however, this likely final season of Frasier often ranks with some of the series' best work.

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

The men of the Crane family have come the furthest in these 11 years; they love, support and--gasp!--respect each other. It's not surprising to realize that--11 years later--we do too.

Aug 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Final episodes of long-running series are almost impossible to craft, and this one had its flaws. The episode never found a comfortable rhythm, which left one feeling emotionally jangled from time to time.

Apr 21, 2020 | Full Review…

The final episode itself had kind of a quiet dignity about it even with the screwball comedy involving Daphne's brothers. It was really great to see everyone on the show finally "grow up", Frasier in particular.

Aug 18, 2018 | Full Review…

It seems right that the series end on a high note.

Aug 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Frasier: Season 11

  • Aug 07, 2020
    Frasier had the best and TV cast and the funniest writers. Loved this show.
  • Sep 09, 2019
    Probably the best sitcom yet, and one of the rare occasions where the sequel outshines the original (Cheers). The writing is superb, the cast perfect, the acting and directing flawless. The series went out with a bang in season 11, and more than made up for the lackluster seasons 8 and 9. On a personal note, I never thought Niles was a good match for Daphne, but his crush on her provided great comedic moments. It was surprisingly realistic for a sitcom, as long as you are willing to suspend your disbelief in the fact that Frasier, an average looking, balding, overweight, boring, egotistical middle-aged man can somehow manage to attract the best and the brightest women in Seattle, with no small number of lookers, and to find a new one seemingly every other week.
  • Nov 27, 2018
    It'a a shame that we have to rate each Frasier Series one by one. Overall I adore this sitcom, it's top notch, never fails to get a laugh. However the last two seasons for me - seasons 10 and 11 - are the letdowns in the series. I'm rating it 4 stars however as the last few episodes in the series help to redeem it. The ending is particularly spot-on, not too sentimental, and not too finite which is a refreshing note that we're not being spoon-fed a feel-good medicine. So let's get onto the 'bad' of this season. The characters have aged of course (11 years on) however Frasier's perpectual brown suit and brown surroundings just becomes stifling. Perhaps this is deliberate - to give us a feel of how stuck he is. And in fact the last episode he is wearing black, with a new haircut - nice. We do get a feeling of moving on. However for the most part this BROWN aged Frasier still pining and chasing after fresh YOUNG women is a little pathetic. I'm going to add a feminist spin here because the nauseating aaspect of this series is Martin Crane's coupling up with the lovely Ronnie Lawrence (played by Wendie Mallick). I'm perlexed, unconvinced and a little nauseatted that such a gorgeous vivacious and witty woman would find the ageing boring and plodding Martin Crane attractive. It underlines the show's sexism, which is particularly rampant and obvious in the last two seasons. The men have aged but they want their women still young. And the aged women characters in the season are given a really bad wrap - shown as idiots, stupid, totally uncool and unattractive people. The only cool older woman in the series was that lovely verterinarian mother of Frasier's arch-nemesis (can't remember her name) but she and Martin made a really believeable handsome - and appropriate - couple. I just can't believe in Martin and Ronee. Whilst on the subject, let me get Martin Crane off my chest. He really gives me the shits. In all of the seasons, I found him a frustrating and annoying and unbelieveable character. He's meant to be warm and lovable, but I personally don't see that. To me he seems narrow and superficial. The way he walks with his cane is extremely annoying. His wound is not convincing to me. And the way he takes Daphne for granted. I do not see him as the stabilising anchor patricarch that I would have liked him to be. There is too much distance between him and his sons, and the few crossover scenes where they 'bond' are again not totally convincing. The most touching episode for me with Marty Crane was when his first wife's lab partner - proferring to have loved her deeply - comes visiting from Paris, and the boys and him have an obvious deep and natural bond. You never see this rapport and synergy with him and his sons, and it bothers him deeply. It turns out the man is gay (although that doesn't rule out entirely his ability to have fathered them - but we don't go there) and the relief Martin feels is palpable. But he never rises above the sense of loss he feels for not relating to his sons at all. He's critical and judgemental of them, and I just don't get enough redeeming acceptance on his part to bring him across as a warm and accepting father. Im trying to picture whether a more empathic father would have worked better, and whether the 'thorn in the side' irritation provided by Martin Crane is a necessary ingredient in the dynamics...... to be continued :-)
  • Jul 22, 2016
    Made it through all 11 seasons, kinda sad when I was finished. Would recommend this show to everyone.

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