The final time we noticed Dr Frasier Crane, he was leaving Seattle for a brand new life and a brand new love. That was 19 years in the past, when one of many nice sitcoms of the fashionable period got here to a detailed after 11 seasons. Now Frasier is again, and fairly like its star Kelsey Grammer, he feels remarkably properly preserved. Bringing beloved comedies again could be fraught with hazard, a shallow and mawkish wallow, however the creators of Frasier know precisely what made the present nice. Premiering on Paramount+, Frasier 2.0 is properly price elevating a glass to.
Aptly, after we be part of him, he’s at an airport in Boston, his outdated stomping floor from Cheers, the basic barfly comedy that first launched him. He’s solely passing via, intending to go to his grown-up son Freddy (Jack Cutmore-Scott). By the tip of the primary episode, nonetheless, he’ll make Boston his dwelling, securing a instructing place in Harvard’s psychology division the place his disenchanted outdated Oxford pal Alan Cornwall (Nicholas Lyndhurst) works, when he could be bothered to show up.
Straight off the bat we study that Frasier’s father Martin Crane handed away (and in a beautiful nod to the late John Mahoney, who performed him, the bar the place a few of this new present’s motion takes place known as Mahoney’s). There’s additionally no signal of Niles, Frasier’s equally pompous youthful brother, or his English spouse Daphne. However we do get David (Anders Keith), their son, who’s in Frasier’s psych class and is each bit the mini-me Niles you’d hope for (he carries a laminated plastic card with all his meals allergic reactions, naturally).
‘Frasier’ sees the physician hanging out along with his son in Boston. Credit score: Paramount+.
If David is channeling Niles, then the sports-loving Freddy is Martin reincarnated – the salt-of-the-earth first responder (a hunky fireman) who’s the whole lot that Frasier’s not. Theirs is a strained relationship, at finest. He hasn’t even informed his Dad that he’s sharing his condo with Eve (Jess Salgueiro), an actress/waitress who has simply had a child with Freddy’s fireman buddy, who died in service. Single mom Eve could be our sort-of surrogate for Roz Doyle, Frasier’s outdated producer on his Seattle radio present.
Earlier than lengthy, Frasier’s purchased the condo reverse Freddy’s, convincing him to maneuver in, to allow them to spend time collectively. It’s a neat set-up, crisply executed by a solid greater than able to the combination of bodily and character-driven comedy required. Grammer effortlessly slips again into his sherry-swigging, opera-loving fop, whereas Lyndhurst’s boozy, lazy tutorial makes a great foil for Frasier (nearly the one factor he appears to care about, apart from 25-year-old Scotch, is his cat Margaret Scratcher).
There are some pretty throwbacks – nods to the bar the place all people is aware of your identify, to Martin’s tatty armchair recliner, to Frasier’s disastrous dinner events – with out the tone getting too wink-wink. And the early episodes, from Freddy’s furnishings selections to a visit to the hearth station to Frasier’s being pressured to jazz up his lectures, are all humorous and heat, the whole lot you need from the present. Sure, the genius that’s David Hyde Pierce’s Niles is sorely missed, however Frasier continues to be as tasty as a tossed salad and scrambled eggs.
‘Frasier’ releases two new episodes on Paramount+ on October 12, then one new episode weekly
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