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Dr. Crane Is Still Working Through His Daddy Issues In The Frasier Revival

Dr. Crane Is Still Working Through His Daddy Issues In The Frasier Revival

One of the biggest problems with the new “Frasier” is its lack of the original supporting cast. We’ve had, and will continue to have more guest appearances on the show, including an upcoming cameo from Roz actor Peri Gilpin. But so far, these appearances haven’t managed to rescue the new show from mediocrity. That’s essentially because Kelsey Grammer is really the only constant here. He’s effortlessly slipped back into the role that he embodied some 20 years prior, but the rest of the show around him just can’t keep up.

Episode 9 is a perfect example. While Grammer’s own performance is great, you just don’t care as much about the relationship between Frasier and Freddy as you did about Frasier and Martin. Perhaps it has to do with John Mahoney’s excellent portrayal overshadowing anything the modern cast can contribute, or maybe nostalgia just taints this whole conversation. There’s also the issue of this version of “Frasier” being written and overseen by self-admitted super-fans of the original, with writer and showrunner Joe Cristali speaking excitedly about his Twitter account, “Frasier for Hire,” where he’d write jokes in the style of the original sitcom simply because he loved it so much and had, as he told The Hollywood Reporter, “seen every episode a million times.” This often gives the revival show a fan-fiction-esque feeling that, along with the aforementioned lack of the original cast, keeps it from feeling like the true return of Frasier Crane.

Whatever the case, the relationships in the new series just somehow don’t feel as real as those in the original. So, even as we delve into Frasier’s psyche, we’re ultimately left with this sense that we haven’t really done anything except make Grammer cry again.

New episodes of “Frasier” premiere every Thursday on Paramount+.

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