A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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 & Scariness
Minor pushing and shoving on occasion. Actions don't cause physical harm -- they're played for laughs.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Mild: "damn," etc.
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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.
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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.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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