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25 best, 25 worst “Frasier” episodes

Posted by therebelprince on July 13, 2017

FrasierĀ is one of the great sitcoms of the 1990s – and certainly the greatest spin-off of them all. Transplanting Kelsey Grammer‘s Dr. Frasier Crane – now divorced – from his lengthy run on Cheers across to Seattle, where he is reunited with his uptight brother Niles (David Hyde Pierce) and his down-to-earth curmudgeon of a father (John Mahoney) was perhaps not that original, but the series proved its genius very early on. Like all of the best sitcoms, the series could wear multiple masks – family comedy, workplace sitcom, grand farce, character analysis – and reveled in luxury guest stars. Today, I wanted to explore the series’ 25 best and 25 worst episodes.

Readers of my writing, here and elsewhere, know that I’m usually a “redemptive” reviewer. It’s very hard to write 22-24 episodes a season, and sometimes an idea just doesn’t land, or the timing just runs out and an episode gets made. What’s remarkable about Frasier is that any one of its 264 episodes carries some charm, and I’d only consider perhaps 5 of them to be truly lamentable. This was a series that respected its audience, both in its consistent wittiness and its faith in character. All of which is to say: many episodes that didn’t make it into the Top 25 are still remarkable. And even some of those on my Bottom 25 are quite good by average sitcom standards. But this isn’t an average sitcom. This is Frasier.

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Better Off Ted: “Trust & Consequences”

Posted by therebelprince on July 21, 2009

Veronica: I confiscated this a few months ago from Dewey the security guard. He had dozens of employee sex tapes like that.

Ted: Dewey? Damn. That’s the first person I’ve ever met named Dewey I thought was normal.

Veronica: The quest continues.


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Better Off Ted: A season-to-date review

Posted by therebelprince on July 21, 2009

This review covers the first 9 episodes of Better Off Ted, ABC’s summer comedy which has thankfully but unexpectedly managed to get a second season. (I’ll cover the remaining four episodes of the first season individually as they air)

“We need a mouse that can withstand temperatures up to 195 degrees.”

“We can do that. … Uh, computer mouse or a live mouse?”

“I’ll get back to you.”

– Veronica and Ted, “Pilot”

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