This series is about Dr. Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer), a divorced psychiatrist who decides to return to his hometown of Seattle, Washington after many years of living in Boston, Massachusetts (as seen on the television show, Cheers).
Shortly after arriving, the life he had planned on, which was to be that of a care-free bachelor, is changed when his father, Martin Crane (John Mahoney) needs to move in with him. Martin, who is now a retired Seattle Police Department detective, was shot in the line of duty and is now having issues with mobility. Because of this, Frasier hires him a live-in physical therapist named, Daphne Moon (Jane Leeves) to help assist and care for him. His brother Niles (David Hyde Pierce), who is also a psychiatrist, is a frequent visitor to his home, partially to see his brother, but also because he quickly develops feelings for Daphne. And on top of all these other issues, Frasier is also forced to tolerate his father’s beloved dog, Eddie, (Moose) a Jack Russell Terrier whom he absolutely and completely despises.
Frasier is now the host of “The Doctor Frasier Crane” show on talk radio station KACL. His producer on the show, Roz Doyle (Peri Gilpin), has completely different tastes, opinions and temperament than he does, but they eventually learn to work well together and become very close friends. Both Frasier and Niles are snobby, intellectual and discriminating, and in addition are also each other’s biggest rivals, but get along with each other remarkably well. However, when it comes to getting along with their more down-to-earth, blue-collar father, they both find it to be very trying at times. Additionally, they are also intent on attempting to gain acceptance into the cultural elite of Seattle, as well as spend time together or with any of the others, at a local coffee shop in the area called, “Cafe Nervosa”.
Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer)-Frasier is a recently divorced psychiatrist who has moved back to his hometown after leaving the city of Boston and his old life behind him. He went to Harvard Medical School and is very intelligent, but he also tends to be very insecure at times as well. He has a son, Frederick, whom he sees when possible, with his ex-wife Dr. Lilith Sternin, (Bebe Neuwirth) as she retains custody of him and still lives in Boston. He is close with his only brother, Niles, but they are also very competitive, and though he loves his father, they sometimes have trouble getting along. And despite the fact that when he was living in Boston, he was a regular at the “Cheers” bar, enjoying both karaoke and beer, he no longer seems to like that sort of thing, and in fact is much more uptight and arrogant than he used to be. A fact which makes it harder for him and his father to get along, but easier for him and his brother.
Niles Crane (David Hyde Pierce)-Niles is the younger brother of Dr. Frasier Crane, and is also a psychiatrist. He is married (unhappily) to a woman named Maris, who is never actually seen, and has no children. He, like his brother, is haughty, fastidious and snobby and does not enjoy blue-collar types of things. He went to both Yale University and the University of Cambridge and describes his choice of profession as “the saving grace of my life”. His specialty is in marriage and family therapy, and he is very well respected. He loves French wine and gourmet food (which he cooks himself) as well as things like classical music and the opera. But unlike his brother, Niles has a long list of both medical conditions and phobias, a lot of which are entirely psychosomatic, the most obvious one being the fact that he is incredibly myopic (wiping his hands after human contact, etc.).
Martin Crane (John Mahoney)-Martin is the father of Frasier and Niles Crane and a retired Seattle Police Department detective. He was born in Seattle, Washington and is a lifelong resident of the city, leaving it only during the time period when he joined the U.S. Army and fought in the Korean War. He joined the police department upon his return, and remained in the same career until he was forced to retire because of his injuries. He was married to the boys’ mother, Hester, for thirty five years until her death, which occurred only a few years before he moved in with Frasier. Martin and the boys have not always been close, in fact during Niles and Frasier’s adulthood, they seem to have been somewhat estranged for most of it. However, after living with Frasier for a while, he does become close to Daphne, his physical therapist, as well as Roz, who is Frasier’s producer, and in getting close to them, he starts to become closer to both of his sons as well. Martin is a man of simple tastes and loves to just lay back and watch sports from his battered old recliner with a beer in his hand, something that his sons simply do not understand or enjoy. But despite everything, Martin is a kind man who is always willing to make friends and is undeniably proud of both of his sons.
Daphne Moon (Jane Leeves)-Daphne is the woman who was hired by Frasier to be a live-in housekeeper and physical therapist for his father, a kind and fairly down-to-earth woman which works out well, as Martin is also. She grew up in Manchester, England and has eight brothers, she is close to her father, but has a difficult love-hate relationship with her very domineering mother. Her dysfunctional family is the main reason that she comes to the United States, as they were always driving her crazy in one way or another. She is constantly telling the Crane men stories about her family, (which they hate) believes herself to be psychic, is a terrible cook and has many unsuccessful relationships with men. She also does not realize that Niles is in love with her until much later, when in a tranquilized state, Frasier accidentally lets it slip.
Roz Doyle (Peri Gilpin)-Roz is the producer of Frasier’s radio program, the “Dr. Frasier Crane Show”. She is an attractive but promiscuous woman who at first does not get along well with Frasier. But they work out their issues and have a good and friendly relationship with one another. She and Daphne become best friends, and she also has quite a close relationship with Frasier’s father, Martin as well. However her relationship with Niles tends to be full of bickering and snide remarks, although over time things do improve between them. Also down-to-earth and known to be “one of the guys” when at one of Martin’s poker games, Roz is almost like the female version of Sam Malone, (Cheers) even down to keeping a “black book” of her past conquests.
Eddie the dog (Moose and Enzo)-Eddie is the Jack Russell Terrier who belongs to Martin. He is sweet and seems to understand both Martin and Daphne, but seems to deliberately be taunting Frasier most of the time. The only one, whom Eddie is truly scared of however, is Frasier’s ex-wife, Lilith. When she’s around he does exactly what she says, no matter what the situation.
This show is funny and entertaining. And if you enjoyed the series, Cheers, it also gives you a chance now and then to revisit a few of the characters from the show. The storylines are well done and the actors fit well together. I give this series 8 out of 10.
Frasier Crane-Kelsey Grammer
Niles Crane-David Hyde Pierce
Martin Crane-John Mahoney
Daphne Moon-Jane Leeves
Roz Doyle-Peri Gilpin
Eddie the dog-Moose (later played by Moose’s son, Enzo)
Bulldog Briscoe-Dan Butler
Kenny Daly-Tom McGowan
Gil Chesterton-Edward Hibbert
Noel Shempsky-Patrick Kerr
Gertrude Moon-Millicent Martin
Donny Douglas-Saul Rubinek
Dr. Lilith Sternin-Bebe Neuwirth
James the Barista-James Oliver
Bebe Glazer-Harriet Sansom Harris
Dr. Mel Karnofsky-Jane Adams
Ronee Lawrence-Wendie Malick
Alice May Doyle-Ashley Thomas
Julia WIlcox-Felicity Huffman
Frederick Gaylord Crane-Trevor Einhorn
Simon Moon-Anthony LaPaglia
Lana Gardner-Jean Smart
Sherry Dempsey-Marsha Mason
Kate Costas-Mercedes Ruehl
Mrs. Richman-Brooks Almy
Faye Moskowitz-Amy Brenneman
Diane Chambers-Shelley Long
Marta-Irene Olga Lopez
Claire French-Patricia Clarkson
Cassandra Stone-Virginia Madsen
Bandleader-Michael G. Hawkins
Kelsey Grammer violated his probation on a D.U.I. and spent 30 days in jail as a result.
Jane Leeves was a former roommate of Faith Ford, as well as a former co-star of hers. They were both on the well-known and popular series, “Murphy Brown”.
David Hyde Pierce, who “came out” in 2007, after many years of speculation about his sexual orientation by the media, lives with his long-time partner, Brian Hargrove. They have two dogs (Wheaton Terriers) named, Maude and Mabel.
John Mahoney was not born in the United States, but in Blackpool, Lancashire, England. Mahoney’s family was evacuated to the sea-side resort, in order to evade the bombing by the Nazi’s of their home-city, Manchester. His older sister was a “war bride”, and while visiting her in the United States, he decided to emigrate. He was sponsored by his sister, and won his citizenship by proudly serving in the United States Army.
Peri Gilpin is actually named after the Disney cartoon character, “Perri the squirrel”.
In the first episode of season six, Frasier is looking for a new job after being fired from the radio show, and he makes a speech during an audition for a new job. The speech is in reference to the fact that the Frasier series was taking over the “Seinfeld” slot, since Seinfeld had ended. It went as follows: “Before we begin, I’d like to say how honored I am to be taking over this slot. Obviously, I have some rather big shoes to fill – my predecessor here was much beloved. But I have never been one to shrink from a challenge and I’m sure we’ll enjoy many happy years here together in my new home.”
At one point in the series, a storyline is written for Daphne (Jane Leeves) to gain a lot of weight. The reason for this was so that Leeves could continue to work during her pregnancy. After she gave birth in real life, she was then sent to a health spa on the show so that she could lose weight. While she is at the spa, it is said that Daphne has lost 9lbs. 12oz., and is actually a reference to two things. One was that Leeves’ was on maternity leave and the second, was that her brand new baby girl, Isabella, weighed 9lbs. 12oz. at birth. The joke being that both Daphne and Jane Leeves lost the same amount of weight while away.
In 1996, Kelsey Grammer was in a car accident, brought on by his recurrent alcoholism. Afterwards, both the cast and crew performed an intervention and persuaded him to enter the Betty Ford Clinic. Because of this, one of the episodes in the fourth season, (“Head Game”) only had Grammer on for a few minutes, and the rest of the show was about Niles (David Hyde Pierce).
Before Frasier, David Hyde Pierce has said that he didn’t have a strong interest in either wine or opera, unlike his character. However, after joining the show, John Mahoney introduced him to both. This of course is extremely ironic considering Mahoney’s character, Martin.
John Mahoney is the uncle of John Sullivan, who is the Illinois State Senator.
Peri Gilpin worked as a radio show sound engineer in real life.
In season 11, Laurie Metcalf guest-starred on the show playing Frasier’s first wife, Nanette, a children’s entertainer. At one point Nanette says to Frasier, “Do you know what it’s like to play the same character for twenty years?” The reason for this line was because at that point, (2004) Kelsey Grammer had been playing the character of Frasier Crane for twenty years. This is one of the longest periods of time that an actor has played the same character. The only other person to equal this feat is actor James Arness, who played Marshal Dillon on the series “Gunsmoke” for 20 straight years.
The Frasier show holds the record for most Emmy wins for a drama or comedy TV series, with 37 in all.
Of all the cast members, Moose (Eddie) received more fan mail than anyone, according to John Mahoney.
Kelsey Grammer’s father was shot and killed when Grammer was only 13 years old. Unbelievably, his sister was raped by four men and brutally murdered after she was through working a shift at a Red Lobster restaurant in Colorado Springs. In addition, he also had two stepbrothers (from his father’s second marriage) who were killed in a scuba diving accident.
John Mahoney quit his job as editor of a medical journal at age 37 and started acting.
By the end of Frasier, Jane Leeves had become the highest-paid British actress in Hollywood.
When it came down to choosing an actress for the role of Roz Doyle, there were two choices, Lisa Kudrow and Peri Gilpin. Originally, Lisa Kudrow was cast in the role because her line readings were funnier, but once in rehearsals, both the show’s creators as well as Kudrow herself, realized that it just wasn’t working and she was replaced with Peri Gilpin. The creators felt that Kudrow did not have the forcefulness to play the part. And this was actually a very lucky break for both “Friends” fans and Kudrow herself, as the part she played as Phoebe Buffay on Friends, will be remembered and treasured forever.
David Hyde Pierce has been nominated a total of 11 times for Best Supporting Actor Emmy’s, for the same role, that of Dr. Niles Crane. This is also a record for this particular category, and one which he still holds to this day.
In the show’s pilot episode, a deliveryman (Cleto Augusto) drops off Martin’s (John Mahoney) easy chair. In the final episode the same deliveryman also takes it away.
Kelsey Grammer has been nominated for an Emmy award for playing the same character on three different shows. One was a guest appearance on the series “Wings”, the second was for “Cheers”, and lastly of course, was for Frasier.
During the pilot episode, Frasier keeps telling Martin that he just wants to hear the words “thank you”, for letting him move in. In the finale of the series, just before Martin hugs Frasier good-bye, he says, “Thank you, Frasier”.
Peri Gilpin was the only member out of the five main Frasier cast members to have never been nominated for an Emmy award.
Kelsey Grammer has been on three different series with Ted Danson; Cheers, Frasier and Becker.
John Mahoney and David Hyde Pierce are both godfathers of co-star Jane Leeve’s son. Finn. Her co-star Peri Gilpin, is Leeves’ daughter’s (Isabella) godmother. Gilpin was also in the delivery room with Leeves during the birth of Isabella.
One year, David Hyde Pierce was performing in the international comedy festival entitled, “Just for Laughs”. At one point, he arrived for check-in at the hotel in Montreal, looking incredibly tired and somewhat bedraggled, and made the comment to one of the workers at the festival that he was really looking forward to resting in his room. The worker remarked understandably, saying how exhausted they all were from working overtime with hardly any breaks, tying up loose ends, and trying to assist the performers before their routines. After this conversation, and only a few short minutes later, Pierce returned with pastries and fresh coffee for everyone who was working at the festival’s check-in.
David Angell, who was the incredibly talented writer, co-producer and co-creator of both Wings and Frasier, as well as a producer and writer on Cheers, died in the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center. He and his wife Lynn Angell, were both on American Airlines flight #11 that was hijacked and flown into the World Trade Tower. They were returning home after attending a family wedding in Massachusetts.
The character of Daphne Moon was supposed to be from Manchester, England. John Mahoney actually grew up there.
David Hyde Pierce’s alma mater in real life is Yale University, just like his character of Niles Crane.
The soundstage used at Paramount Studios for Frasier’s apartment set, was the same one that used to contain the set for “Cheers”. After Cheers had finished filming, they just took down the bar and started to build the sets for Frasier over top of it.
In 2008, Kelsey Grammer suffered from a mild heart attack while in Hawaii. Later, he was told that it was much more serious and could easily have led to his death because his heart had stopped.
The character of Roz Doyle (Peri Gilpin) was named after a real life TV producer on “Wings”, Roz Doyle, as a way to help honor her memory. Doyle died of breast cancer in 1991. And Gilpin actually worked with her at one time in real life.
All the regular cast members from Cheers have appeared on Frasier at least one time, with two exceptions, Kirstie Alley (Rebecca Howe) and Nicholas Colasanto (Coach). Alley did not come on the series because according to her, appearing on a show that seemed to endorse the field of psychiatry went against her beliefs as a practicing Scientologist. The reason for Nicholas Colasanto not appearing was of course because of his death, which unfortunately had occurred years earlier while he was starring on Cheers.
David Hyde Pierce spends a lot of time helping and supporting those who are trying to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. He has even testified in Washington, D.C. to support expanded funding for treatment of the disease, as well as publicly campaigned for the National Alzheimer’s Project Act. Pierce’s grandfather and father were both afflicted with the disease. His grandfather died from it, but his father died from pneumonia.
John Mahoney has been in episodes of three separate series with actor, Ted Danson; “Cheers”, Frasier and “Becker”.
One of Kelsey Grammer’s favorite Frasier episodes, is “The Show Where Diane Comes Back”. The reason being that when Grammer was on Cheers, Shelley Long (Diane Chambers) did not like the Frasier Crane character and tried very hard to get him taken off of the show. When Long appeared on Frasier, he said that it gave them an opportunity to make peace with one another.
Jane Leeves is a friend of Valerie Bertinelli, as well as a co-star of hers on the sitcom, “Hot in Cleveland”. Wendie Malick, who was on Frasier for the final season, is also on the show.
The series is supposed to take place in Seattle, Washington, so for the show’s 100th episode, they actually filmed it on the streets of Seattle. Originally, the show was supposed to take place in Denver, Colorado, however, Colorado passed an amendment in 1992 that repealed anti-gay discrimination laws. The creators highly disagreed with the amendment and decided to move the setting of the show.
Peri Gilpin’s father Jim O’Brien, was a weatherman and radio disc jockey. He died in 1983 during a skydiving accident while saving the life of another skydiver.
Bebe Neuwirth was actually offered a regular role on Frasier as Lilith, but she turned it down. She chose instead only to appear as a guest star, so that she could return to the Broadway stage.
Kelsey Grammer has been married a total of four times. He also has five children; Spencer Grammer, Kandace Greer Grammer, Mason Grammer, Jude Grammer (both born by surrogate) and Faith Grammer (who was a twin but her brother died in utero).
Frasier ranks on Empire Magazine’s list of “50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time” at #34.
When they needed Eddie (Moose) to lick John Mahoney’s face for a certain scene, they could only get him to do it by carefully rubbing Mahoney’s face with liver pate.
To make absolutely certain that viewers did not see Frasier Crane as a man who deserted or abandoned his family, the writers ensured in the very first episode that Frasier repeatedly said how he missed his son, Frederick.
The Frasier series, which was a spin-off of the popular Cheers, was one of the most successful spin-off series in all of television history, in addition to being one of the most critically acclaimed comedy series ever.
Jane Leeves played the part of a tourist in David Lee Roth’s video of “California Girls”.
John Mahoney says, “People say there’s no trace of an accent anymore, and there isn’t because I worked very hard to lose it”. “And the reason I did that is a British accent in America is a real status symbol.”
Although the original concept of the show had Frasier as an only child, a casting director saw a headshot of David Hyde Pierce and noted his strong resemblance to Kelsey Grammer. The creators were “blown away” by Hyde’s acting ability and decided to create a role for him.
Peri Gilpin tried for years to have a baby, but despite many attempts at in vitro fertilization was never able to. Happily, she and her husband Christian Vincent, (an artist) did become parents on May 7, 2004 via a surrogate, of twin daughters, Stella May and Ava.