Frasier

Common Sense Media says

Intelligent, mature farce is a classic.

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EmmyGolden Globe

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show depicts strong, positive family relationships between the Crane men, as well as strong friendships among the characters. There's plenty of pettiness, and themes include single parenthood, divorce, unrequited love, and other mature topics, but the undercurrent is all about being there for friends and family.

Positive role models

The main characters all have their flaws, but overall they care about each other and are there for the people who need them. Homosexual stereotypes are prevalent at times, and differences between social classes are often highlighted (Frasier and Niles can be very snobby).

Violence

Minor pushing and shoving on occasion. Actions don't cause physical harm -- they're played for laughs.

Sex

Frequent (if fairly mild) sexual innuendo and farce that might go over the head of young viewers. Some making out and hanging around in robes/relatively skimpy outfits, but no simulated sex acts. Many of the characters are looking for love.

Language

Mild: "damn," etc.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Frequent adult consumption of alcohol, including beer, wine, and hard liquor. Prescription drugs are sometimes consumed, but not abused. Adult use of tobacco products is sometimes noticeable, particularly among supporting characters.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this long-running Cheers spin-off is geared toward an adult audience, so it naturally has a lot of adult humor, including frequent sexual innuendo. Due to some of the characters' fastidiousness and other debonair qualities, there are many references to homosexuality (some of which reinforce stereotypes). That said, the show features strong positive relationships between a father and his adult sons, between brothers, and among friends.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

A spin-off of the popular sitcom Cheers, FRASIER follows snobbish, insecure, twice-divorced psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer) from Boston to Seattle, where he hosts a radio advice show. Both at work and at home, Frasier finds himself trying to maintain an appearance of intellectual superiority and sophistication while dealing with the lunacy that seems to be constantly surrounding him and his good-hearted but equally flawed family members and co-workers.

Is it any good?

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While Frasier's farcical comedy often borders on the absurd, it's an intelligent, grown-up sitcom that -- believe it or not -- is heavily influenced by Shakespeare's comedies and other literary classics. What also makes this series engaging is that it's very much about family.

They may be a source of continual headaches and endless drama to each other, but the Cranes are also one another's support and strength through the worst of their catastrophes, which include botching restaurant openings, on-air mishaps at the radio station, and, during more heartfelt moments, romance woes and broken hearts. In short, this ensemble series reminds viewers that a little disorder in our lives can bring a lot of laughs and a lot of love.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how families come in different shapes and sizes. Who makes up a family and why? What makes a family strong? Which characters are part of Frasier's "family" on the show?

  • Discuss issues of class and image. Why is it so important for some people to feel superior to others?

TV details

Cast:David Hyde Pierce, John Mahoney, Kelsey Grammer
Networks:NBC, Syndicated
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:DVD
Awards:Emmy, Golden Globe

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Kid, 12 years old July 16, 2011
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11
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Great Show!

This is one of the BEST syndicated shows on television!!! I can't get enough Frasier, Niles, Daphne, Martin, and Roz! Smart humor! There are no stupid jokes and no stupid characters! There is some innuendo especially concerning Roz, who has a lot of one night stands and sometimes smokes when she's stressed out. There is pretty much no violence, in fact the only physical comedy is Niles falling down occasionally. Frasier and Niles are good guys, but can be pretty snobby towards just about anything that isn't "high class". Niles get pushed around a lot by his off-screen wife, Maris, and sometimes Frasier and Niles don't listen to their ethics when trying to get into a fancy club or something. Martin is a pretty good role model. He got shot in the hip and has to live with Frasier, but has learned to enjoy the little things in life. I love Daphne! She is so funny, especially in the first half of the series.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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its ok

Frasier is a great show sometimes but a lot of it isn't great.
Teen, 14 years old Written bytellefben November 10, 2012
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13
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Fabulous show that almost everybody will love!

Frasier is, to me at least, one of the best comedies of all time. It's way better than ll of today's shows. The characters start out in season 1 hating each other but by the end of the show's 11th and final season the characters can finish each other's sentences. Occasionally there is iffy sex, but definitely no more than today's shows have. There is drinking (wine, beer), but never to get drunk; Frasier and Niles love their wine clubs, etc. Some teens may find it boring, but the average viewer should love it.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex

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