Frasier

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Intelligent, mature farce is a classic.
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 20 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

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 & Representations

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
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.

What 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.

User Reviews

Parent Written bymycaricature January 22, 2014

Incredible comedy with heart fine for mature young teens

Incredibly smart comedy. Frasier is a frou-frou psychiatrist living with his retired cop father. Family dynamics are comically strained but have a lot of sharp... Continue reading
Adult Written bytheblanchedsoldier February 23, 2013

Witty

Very smart show. The targeted audience is definitely adults, but teens might enjoy it. I'm 17 and I love it. Kids probably won't understand it and the... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old July 16, 2011

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 joke... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old April 9, 2008

its ok

Frasier is a great show sometimes but a lot of it isn't great.

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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For kids who love comedy

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