Parents' Guide to

Frasier

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Grammer shines in witty, family-friendly reboot; drinking.

TV Paramount+ Comedy 2023
Frasier: In a poster for the 2023 reboot, Dr. Frasier Crane stands in the center of four carved white busts of great men, including Benjamin Franklin and Beethoven

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Rebooting older brands is often a horrible idea, but this reboot of the acclaimed 1990s series of the same name has charm, chiefly in the form of Grammer. He re-inhabits Frasier like he's enjoying a well-marbled steak: his plummy tones and delivery are intact, and he makes even sitcom lines work. Frasier smartly picks up as if the character has been living his life off-screen, and ties up some of its old storylines in a few sentences: Here's where everyone is and why they're not here. The show then gets into the business of inserting Frasier into new situations with new characters, en route to setting up the same work life vs. home life conflict as in the first series.

Again, sounds like a horrible idea, but it mostly works. Some of the new characters are a little hard to take (Frasier's nephew is no Niles), and some actually work pretty well (Frasier's new work colleagues have fizzy chemistry with him). The writing is top-tier sitcom-style, and mostly it's just fun to see Grammer again. The guy can deliver a line, and the writers give him all the best ones. Watching Frasier feels like climbing back into a pair of comfy slippers; there are no surprises, but it's a joy nonetheless.

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