History Trivia / Frasier

5th May '17 1:36:50 PM MovieNut14
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** Niles is a graduate of Yale University, as is his actor David Hyde Pierce.
18th Apr '17 12:49:38 PM faunas
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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The show generally averts this, but it does come up every once in a while, as noted in TechnologyMarchesOn above. Other ways include the Crane boys' celebration of the Millennium New Year, and a reference to Music/PearlJam back in the first season. [[note]]The second one is relatively minor thanks to the band's longevity, but they're no longer the hitmakers they were in the early '90s.[[/note]] Other examples include Frasier objecting to Roz's pot brownie because it's illegal (it isn't anymore in the state of Washington) and any reference Martin makes to the Seattle [=SuperSonics=] or Kingdome baseball stadium (neither of which exist anymore). The most unintentionally anachronistic aspect to the show for a modern viewer is probably the very notion of a major, commercial, over-the-air radio station.

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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The show generally averts this, but it does come up every once in a while, as noted in TechnologyMarchesOn above. Other ways include the Crane boys' celebration of the Millennium New Year, and a reference to Music/PearlJam back in the first season. [[note]]The second one is relatively minor thanks to the band's longevity, but they're no longer the hitmakers they were in the early '90s.[[/note]] Other examples include Frasier objecting to Roz's pot brownie because it's illegal (it isn't anymore in the state of Washington) and any reference Martin makes to the Seattle [=SuperSonics=] or Kingdome baseball stadium (neither of which exist anymore). The most unintentionally anachronistic aspect to the show for a modern (American) viewer is probably the very notion of a major, commercial, over-the-air radio station.[[note]]The radio example was itself already anachronistic at the time ''Frasier'' first aired: the kind of talk radio shows KACL aired had been displaced in dominance by right-wing programming such as that of Radio/RushLimbaugh.[[/note]]
10th Feb '17 12:24:10 AM C2
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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The show generally averts this, but it does come up every once in a while, as noted in TechnologyMarchesOn above. Other ways include the Crane boys' celebration of the Millennium New Year, and a reference to Music/PearlJam back in the first season. [[note]]The second one is relatively minor thanks to the band's longevity, but they're no longer the hitmakers they were in the early '90s.[[/note]] Other examples include Frasier objecting to Roz's pot brownie because it's illegal (it isn't anymore in the state of Washington) and any reference Martin makes to the Seattle SuperSonics or Kingdome baseball stadium (neither of which exist anymore). The most unintentionally anachronistic aspect to the show for a modern viewer is probably the very notion of a major, commercial, over-the-air radio station.

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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The show generally averts this, but it does come up every once in a while, as noted in TechnologyMarchesOn above. Other ways include the Crane boys' celebration of the Millennium New Year, and a reference to Music/PearlJam back in the first season. [[note]]The second one is relatively minor thanks to the band's longevity, but they're no longer the hitmakers they were in the early '90s.[[/note]] Other examples include Frasier objecting to Roz's pot brownie because it's illegal (it isn't anymore in the state of Washington) and any reference Martin makes to the Seattle SuperSonics [=SuperSonics=] or Kingdome baseball stadium (neither of which exist anymore). The most unintentionally anachronistic aspect to the show for a modern viewer is probably the very notion of a major, commercial, over-the-air radio station.
29th Jan '17 3:04:29 AM alexandrajade
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* WrittenInInfirmity: Daphne's compulsive eating in season 8 (and her later departure to a 'spa for fat people') accommodated Jane Leeves' real-life pregnancy. Interestingly, Roz's pregnancy does not fall under this -- it existed only for the storyline. Peri Gilpin was not pregnant at the time and in fact had such difficulty becoming pregnant in real life, her twin daughters were born via a surrogate mother.
29th Jan '17 2:38:58 AM alexandrajade
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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The show generally averts this, but it does come up every once in a while, as noted in TechnologyMarchesOn above. Other ways include the Crane boys' celebration of the Millennium New Year, and a reference to Music/PearlJam back in the first season. [[note]]The second one is relatively minor thanks to the band's longevity, but they're no longer the hitmakers they were in the early '90s.[[/note]] Other examples include Frasier objecting to Roz's pot brownie because it's illegal (it isn't anymore in the state of Washington) and any reference Martin makes to the Seattle SuperSonics or Kingdome baseball stadium (neither of which exist anymore).

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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The show generally averts this, but it does come up every once in a while, as noted in TechnologyMarchesOn above. Other ways include the Crane boys' celebration of the Millennium New Year, and a reference to Music/PearlJam back in the first season. [[note]]The second one is relatively minor thanks to the band's longevity, but they're no longer the hitmakers they were in the early '90s.[[/note]] Other examples include Frasier objecting to Roz's pot brownie because it's illegal (it isn't anymore in the state of Washington) and any reference Martin makes to the Seattle SuperSonics or Kingdome baseball stadium (neither of which exist anymore). The most unintentionally anachronistic aspect to the show for a modern viewer is probably the very notion of a major, commercial, over-the-air radio station.
16th Jan '17 12:18:23 AM alexandrajade
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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The show generally averts this, but it does come up every once in a while, as noted in TechnologyMarchesOn above. Other ways include the Crane boys' celebration of the Millennium New Year, and a reference to Music/PearlJam back in the first season. [[note]]The second one is relatively minor thanks to the band's longevity, but they're no longer the hitmakers they were in the early '90s.[[/note]]

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* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The show generally averts this, but it does come up every once in a while, as noted in TechnologyMarchesOn above. Other ways include the Crane boys' celebration of the Millennium New Year, and a reference to Music/PearlJam back in the first season. [[note]]The second one is relatively minor thanks to the band's longevity, but they're no longer the hitmakers they were in the early '90s.[[/note]][[/note]] Other examples include Frasier objecting to Roz's pot brownie because it's illegal (it isn't anymore in the state of Washington) and any reference Martin makes to the Seattle SuperSonics or Kingdome baseball stadium (neither of which exist anymore).
6th Nov '16 3:54:30 AM CumbersomeTercel
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** Kirstie Alley is the only[[note]]living; Nicholas "Coach" Colasanto had died in 1985[[/note]] regular from ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' to not reprise her role on ''Frasier'', reportedly because Scientology does not believe in psychiatry, and Frasier is a psychiatrist. In the later episodes of ''Cheers'', around the time Lilith and Frasier were going through their separation, Frasier and Rebecca nearly ended up in bed together. Wasting a perfectly good [[UnresolvedSexualTension UST]] plot...
*** Kirstie Alley claimed in one interview that her being a Scientologist had nothing to do with her never appearing on ''Frasier'', and at least one of the show's writers (Ken Levine) said in a radio interview that they never considered having Kirstie Alley on, mainly because they weren't sure how to write her in, as Rebecca and Frasier hardly interacted on ''Cheers''. Alley also said once she auditioned to play one of Frasier's [[GirlOfTheWeek girlfriends of the week]], but was turned down, because the producers thought [[YouLookFamiliar that would be kind of weird]].

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** Kirstie Alley Creator/KirstieAlley is the only[[note]]living; Nicholas "Coach" Colasanto had died in 1985[[/note]] regular from ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' to not reprise her role on ''Frasier'', reportedly because Scientology does not believe in psychiatry, and Frasier is a psychiatrist. In the later episodes of ''Cheers'', around the time Lilith and Frasier were going through their separation, Frasier and Rebecca nearly ended up in bed together. Wasting a perfectly good [[UnresolvedSexualTension UST]] plot...
*** Kirstie Alley She claimed in one interview that her being a Scientologist had nothing to do with her never appearing on ''Frasier'', and at least one of the show's writers (Ken Levine) said in a radio interview that they never considered having Kirstie Alley on, mainly because they weren't sure how to write her in, as Rebecca and Frasier hardly interacted on ''Cheers''. Alley also said once she auditioned to play one of Frasier's [[GirlOfTheWeek girlfriends of the week]], but was turned down, because the producers thought [[YouLookFamiliar that would be kind of weird]].
2nd Nov '16 8:30:34 AM CumbersomeTercel
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*** Interestingly, both characters she plays are domineering mothers (probable TypeCasting or ActorAllusion after her career-defining performance in [[{{Carrie}} Carrie]] as mentioned above), and could conceivably be one and the same character (having a 22-year-old daughter in 1994 and a (different) late-40s daughter in 1999 is not outside the realms of possibility), though this is not suggested during her latter-day appearance.

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*** Interestingly, both characters she plays are domineering mothers (probable TypeCasting or ActorAllusion after her career-defining performance in [[{{Carrie}} Carrie]] ''Film/{{Carrie}}'' as mentioned above), and could conceivably be one and the same character (having a 22-year-old daughter in 1994 and a (different) late-40s daughter in 1999 is not outside the realms of possibility), though this is not suggested during her latter-day appearance.
2nd Nov '16 8:28:24 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* ActorAllusion: Niles mentions filling Frasier's floppy red shoes which could be a reference to his character [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Sideshow Bob]]. Guess who voices Bob's brother in several episodes? Yep -- it's a mirrored Actor Allusion.

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Niles mentions filling Frasier's floppy red shoes which could be a reference to his character [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Sideshow Bob]]. Guess who voices Bob's brother in several episodes? Yep -- it's a mirrored Actor Allusion.



* CastingGag: Notorious chauvinist "Bulldog" Briscoe played by real-life openly gay activist Dan Butler.

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Notorious chauvinist "Bulldog" Briscoe played by real-life openly gay activist Dan Butler.



* DirectedByCastMember: Kelsey Grammer and Dan Butler

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* DirectedByCastMember: Kelsey Grammer Creator/KelseyGrammer and Dan Butler



* [[EditedForSyndication Edited For the Hallmark Channel]]: The Hallmark Channel routinely speeds up the end credits, resulting in the little skits looking like Creator/CharlieChaplin shorts, with Kelsey Grammer lucky if he manages to get up to the line "Scrambled eggs all over my face" by the time the Grub Street logo appears. Additionally, they cut words like 'ass' abruptly, sometimes giving the effect of the audience laughing at a joke without the punchline.

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* [[EditedForSyndication Edited For the Hallmark Channel]]: The Hallmark Channel routinely speeds up the end credits, resulting in the little skits looking like Creator/CharlieChaplin shorts, with Kelsey Grammer Creator/KelseyGrammer lucky if he manages to get up to the line "Scrambled eggs all over my face" by the time the Grub Street logo appears. Additionally, they cut words like 'ass' abruptly, sometimes giving the effect of the audience laughing at a joke without the punchline.



* FollowTheLeader / {{Homage}}: The show takes many of its visual cues and dialog from ''Film/HannahAndHerSisters''.



* TheOtherDarrin: Frederick Crane was played by two different child actors on this show (not counting the twins who took turns playing him on ''Cheers''.
** Not to mention Frasier's first wife, Nanny G, played by Laurie Metcalf in an episode of this show after having been played by Creator/EmmaThompson in a ''Cheers'' episode. Also, Frasier's hallucination of a younger Nanny G was played by Dina Waters in "Don Juan in Hell."

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Frederick Crane was played by two different child actors on this show (not counting the twins who took turns playing him on ''Cheers''.
** Not to mention Frasier's first wife, Nanny G, played by Laurie Metcalf in an episode of this show after having been played by Creator/EmmaThompson in a ''Cheers'' ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' episode. Also, Frasier's hallucination of a younger Nanny G was played by Dina Waters in "Don Juan in Hell."



* PlayingGertrude: John Mahoney is only 14 years older than Kelsey Grammer.
* RealLifeRelative: Kelsey Grammer's then-wife Camille (whom Kelsey divorced in February 2011) makes a cameo as a partygoer dressed as Eve in "Halloween". Frasier hits on her, but she leaves with another man... dressed as Satan no less.

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* PlayingGertrude: John Mahoney is only 14 years older than Kelsey Grammer.Creator/KelseyGrammer.
* RealLifeRelative: Kelsey Grammer's Creator/KelseyGrammer's then-wife Camille (whom Kelsey divorced in February 2011) makes a cameo as a partygoer dressed as Eve in "Halloween". Frasier hits on her, but she leaves with another man... dressed as Satan no less.



** Kelsey Grammer has said that his favourite episode was "The Show Where Diane Comes Back" (the plot of which was Diane Chambers of ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' and Frasier Crane's eventual reconciliation), because it gave him the opportunity to finally reconcile with Shelley Long, the actress who portrayed Diane. Also-

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** Kelsey Grammer Creator/KelseyGrammer has said that his favourite episode was "The Show Where Diane Comes Back" (the plot of which was Diane Chambers of ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' and Frasier Crane's eventual reconciliation), because it gave him the opportunity to finally reconcile with Shelley Long, Creator/ShelleyLong, the actress who portrayed Diane. Also-



** Kirstie Alley is the only[[note]]living; Nicholas "Coach" Colasanto had died in 1985[[/note]] regular from ''Cheers'' to not reprise her role on ''Frasier'', reportedly because Scientology does not believe in psychiatry, and Frasier is a psychiatrist. In the later episodes of ''Cheers'', around the time Lilith and Frasier were going through their separation, Frasier and Rebecca nearly ended up in bed together. Wasting a perfectly good [[UnresolvedSexualTension UST]] plot...

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** Kirstie Alley is the only[[note]]living; Nicholas "Coach" Colasanto had died in 1985[[/note]] regular from ''Cheers'' ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' to not reprise her role on ''Frasier'', reportedly because Scientology does not believe in psychiatry, and Frasier is a psychiatrist. In the later episodes of ''Cheers'', around the time Lilith and Frasier were going through their separation, Frasier and Rebecca nearly ended up in bed together. Wasting a perfectly good [[UnresolvedSexualTension UST]] plot...



*** It's also widely rumored that Kelsey Grammer and Kirstie Alley didn't get along very well....
** Lisa Kudrow was originally cast as Roz, however after the first few days of filming the producers decided that her quirky humor didn't fit the part and they hired Peri Gilpin instead (according to Kudrow, Gilpin was their first choice, but switched her for Kudrow for some reason, then simply restored order by bringing Gilpin back). Plus, imagine how this would have affected ''Series/{{Friends}}'' if Kudrow had remained on ''Frasier''.

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*** It's also widely rumored that Kelsey Grammer Creator/KelseyGrammer and Kirstie Alley didn't get along very well....
** Lisa Kudrow Creator/LisaKudrow was originally cast as Roz, however after the first few days of filming the producers decided that her quirky humor didn't fit the part and they hired Peri Gilpin instead (according to Kudrow, Gilpin was their first choice, but switched her for Kudrow for some reason, then simply restored order by bringing Gilpin back). Plus, imagine how this would have affected ''Series/{{Friends}}'' if Kudrow had remained on ''Frasier''.
23rd Oct '16 11:09:07 AM nombretomado
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* ActorAllusion: Niles mentions filling Frasier's [[TheSimpsons floppy red shoes]] which could be a reference to his character [[TheSimpsons Sideshow Bob]]. Guess who voices Bob's brother in several episodes? Yep -- it's a mirrored Actor Allusion.
** The first episode to feature "Sideshow" Cecil Terwilliger was aptly named "Brother From Another Series". In one bit, Bart has covered Cecil's eyes to surprise him, and pulls the standard "Guess who?" gag, to which Cecil replies, "[[TheUnseen Maris?]]" TheSimpsons blandly lampshades this with a Frasier-esque title card reading "Frasier is a Hit Show on the NBC Network." Taken even further in "Funeral for a Fiend", which introduces Bob and Cecil's father Robert, played by...John Mahoney.
** Dr. Nora's mother is played by Piper Laurie, aka [[{{Carrie}} Carrie's mother]].

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* ActorAllusion: Niles mentions filling Frasier's [[TheSimpsons floppy red shoes]] shoes which could be a reference to his character [[TheSimpsons [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Sideshow Bob]]. Guess who voices Bob's brother in several episodes? Yep -- it's a mirrored Actor Allusion.
** The first episode to feature "Sideshow" Cecil Terwilliger was aptly named "Brother From Another Series". In one bit, Bart has covered Cecil's eyes to surprise him, and pulls the standard "Guess who?" gag, to which Cecil replies, "[[TheUnseen Maris?]]" TheSimpsons ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' blandly lampshades this with a Frasier-esque title card reading "Frasier is a Hit Show on the NBC Network." Taken even further in "Funeral for a Fiend", which introduces Bob and Cecil's father Robert, played by...John Mahoney.
** Dr. Nora's mother is played by Piper Laurie, aka [[{{Carrie}} [[Film/{{Carrie}} Carrie's mother]].



** Daphne's family and its multitude of inconsistent UsefulNotes/{{British Accent}}s. Particularly on the part of the [[FakeBrit Australian playing Simon]], who loves Mel Gibson and who Frasier once refers to as a "[[TheThingThatWouldNotLeave boomerang]]."

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** Daphne's family and its multitude of inconsistent UsefulNotes/{{British Accent}}s.UsefulNotes/BritishAccents. Particularly on the part of the [[FakeBrit Australian playing Simon]], who loves Mel Gibson and who Frasier once refers to as a "[[TheThingThatWouldNotLeave boomerang]]."
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