David Hyde Pierce has said that, prior to this series, he had no strong interest in wine nor opera. Ironically, he was introduced to both by John Mahoney, whose Martin Crane character eschews anything cultured.
The show's theme song, "Tossed Salad & Scrambled Eggs," composed by Darryl Phinnessee and Bruce Miller, was performed by Kelsey Grammer. Phinnessee was not allowed to include direct references to psychiatry, radio, or Frasier. He wrote the lyrics "tossed salad and scrambled eggs" because they are "mixed up" like Frasier's patients. "The blues a-calling" refers to the people calling Frasier's radio show with their problems. Miller wanted Mel Tormé to sing the theme, but the producers wanted Grammer. Grammer sang multiple versions, which are rotated throughout the series.
Kelsey Grammer used an acting method that he called "requisite disrespect." He would rehearse each scene only once, and he would not learn his lines until a few moments before each scene was shot. Grammer felt that his method brought energy and realism to his performance. The cast and crew got used to it, but guest stars did not like his method.
Held the record for the most Emmy wins for a television series of any kind (comedy or drama) with thirty-seven wins, until Game of Thrones (2011) was awarded the show's thirty-eighth Emmy in 2016. This show, however, still holds the record for most Emmy wins for a comedy series.
The two final choices for the role of Roz were Peri Gilpin and Lisa Kudrow. Kudrow was originally cast, because her line readings were funnier. But during rehearsals, the show's creators felt that Kudrow lacked the forcefulness needed to play Roz, and she was replaced with Gilpin.
It is said in season eight that Daphne (Jane Leeves) has lost nine pounds and twelve ounces at the health spa. This is a reference and inside joke to the fact that Jane Leeves' was away on maternity leave, and her daughter Isabella's birth weight was nine pounds and twelve ounces.
The series was originally going to cast an actress to portray Niles' wife Maris, but after the first couple of seasons, the writers found they had too much fun writing her as an unseen character, and as the descriptions of her became more outlandish and contradictory, they felt finding the right actress would be close to impossible.
When producers first mentioned about Martin and Niles to Kelsey Grammer during the show's development, Grammer pointed out that Frasier had no brother, and that his father was supposed to be dead. Producers responded how they hadn't thought of that, but added they could take creative license with it, and Grammer agreed.
Frasier's radio station, KACL 780 AM, is named after the three Executive Producers (David Angell, Peter Casey, and David Lee). The K is a prefix for almost all U.S. radio stations west of the Mississippi River.
Unlike many other series where characters' pregnancies were written in to accommodate the actress becoming pregnant in real-life, this was not the case with Roz. Hers was purely a storyline invention, Peri Gilpin was not pregnant in real-life.
John Mahoney and Peri Gilpin had each appeared as unrelated characters on Cheers (1982) during that show's final season. In addition, Peri Gilpin had also appeared on an episode of Wings (1990), which is set in the Cheers and Frasier Universe.
Kelsey Grammer has said that "The Show Where Diane Comes Back" is one of his favorite episodes. On Cheers (1982), Shelley Long didn't like the character of Frasier, and lobbied hard to get Grammer removed from the show. The producers disagreed, noting that the audience liked him. When Long's character of "Diane Chambers" appeared on this show, Grammer said the episode was an opportunity for him and Long to make peace with each other.
Frasier's radio Producer, Roz Doyle was named after the late television Producer Roz Doyle as a way to honor her memory. Doyle was a Producer on Wings (1990), which was created by the same creative team as Frasier.
David Hyde Pierce's Niles Crane is a stuffy milquetoast with a mad passion for his father's live-in therapist. In his previous series, The Powers That Be (1992), he played a stuffy milquetoast with a mad passion for the maid.
Each season of the show can be distinguished by the color of "Frasier" in the opening title frame. In order: blue, pink, green, purple, yellow/white, brown, yellow/orange, bright/neon green, orange, silver, gold.
As of 2004, Kelsey Grammer played Frasier Crane for twenty years. This is one of the longest periods that an actor or actress has played the same character on American prime time (non-soap opera) television. Fellow record holders include James Arness of Gunsmoke (1955), who also played Marshal Matt Dillon for twenty years straight.
Bulldog was portrayed as a womanizer on the series, though Dan Butler, who played Bulldog, was openly gay. The character's name was likely inspired by that of New York City Sports Talk Radio Host Chris "Mad Dog" Russo.
In an episode of Cheers (1982), Frasier tells the gang that his father was a research scientist and has passed away. When Ted Danson guest-starred on the show in 1995 as Sam Malone, the continuity error was explained away by having Frasier admit that he made up the story because "We'd had a fight and I was mad at him."
The show's creators originally envisioned Daphne as a Latina, similar to Rosie Perez. But NBC President Warren Littlefield suggested Jane Leeves and Daphne's ethnicity was changed to English. Grammer was originally disappointed, because he felt that having an English housekeeper would make the show similar to Nanny and the Professor (1970). But he changed his mind after a meeting with Leeves.
All seasons, except for season four, contained twenty-four episodes. The "missing" episode in season four was due to a production interruption after Kelsey Grammer had an automobile accident, and subsequently checked himself into the Betty Ford clinic.
The original premise for the series was to revolve around Frasier and his co-workers at the radio station. But the creators felt it was too similar to WKRP in Cincinnati (1978). While thinking of new ideas, David Lee was arranging for health care for his elderly father, who had had a stroke, and he came up with a premise based on that. Lee was also inspired by the vast personality differences between he and his father.
According to Lisa Maxwell, she auditioned for the role of Daphne. But due to a misunderstanding with her agent, she was under the impression that she was already cast in the role, and did not know it was an audition. She criticized the script and made suggestions on improving it, which the show's writers did not like, so she did not get the part.
The show was originally written with Frasier as an only child (references had already been made to this in Cheers (1982), but one of the producers saw a headshot of David Hyde Pierce and commented that he looked exactly like Kelsey Grammer did when he first started to appear on Cheers (1982). Presumably as a nod to this, in season two, episode sixteen, "The Show Where Sam Shows Up", one of the first things Sam Malone says when he first meets Niles, is how Niles looks exactly like Frasier did when he first knew him back in Boston.
The show's creators originally planned for the show to take place in Denver, Colorado. But in late 1992, Colorado passed an amendment that repealed anti-gay discrimination laws. (It was later declared unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.) The creators did not agree with the amendment and decided to move the show's setting further west to Seattle. The creators did not want the show to take place in Boston, Massachusetts, as Cheers (1982) had, because they did not want NBC to ask for frequent guest appearances from that show's characters.
One of the recurring jokes in the series, was the fact that just about every one knew that Gil Chesterton was gay, except Gil. Despite various innuendos surrounding his character's sexual orientation, Gil never formally came out. When asked about his sexual orientation directly, he insisted that he was heterosexual and happily married to a woman.
During season eight, Jane Leeves' pregnancy was disguised by a storyline involving a severe overeating disorder, and later, her maternity leave was accounted for, by having Daphne go to a health spa to cope with her weight problem.
As the series progressed, we learned that Frasier and Niles were named after two lab rats their mom was using in an experiment when she was pregnant with Frasier. Frasier (the rat) had already died, when Frasier (the human) was born.
Niles' wife Maris is never seen (at least her face) or heard from in the entire series. The same thing is mentioned about Vera, the wife of Norm Petersen in Cheers (1982). We only hear of Maris from Niles about what is wrong about her. This method is used again when Martin meets the girl he has been watching from across the street via his telescope.
In 1990, Paramount made a deal with Kelsey Grammer to star him in his own series after Cheers (1982) ended. The idea of Grammer continuing the role of Frasier in the new series didn't come up until later in the show's development.
Kirstie Alley was the only surviving regular cast member of Cheers (1982) not to appear on Frasier. Alley explained in an interview that appearing on a show which appeared to portray or endorse Psychiatry, went against her beliefs as a practicing Scientologist.
George Wendt suggested he reprise his role from Cheers (1982), by doing an episode in which his character Norm (along with John Ratzenberger as Cliff) made a series of prank calls to Frasier's radio show. Ultimately, Norm and Cliff appeared on this show together under a different scenario during season nine.
Over the course of the series, neither Niles nor Roz celebrate their birthdays. However, there is a scene in season eleven, episode twenty-two, "Crock Tales", in which Roz walks into Frasier's apartment to celebrate her birthday, which is May 5. She comments "Sorry, I'm late. Cinco de Mayo traffic was muy malo (very bad)."
Daphne is the only main character whose age is never disclosed. Frasier is forty-one in season one, Niles is thirty-eight in season three, Roz is thirty-eight in season ten, and Martin is sixty-five in season five.
David Hyde Pierce trained as a classical pianist for years before becoming an actor; thus, whenever Niles is shown playing the piano, it's usually Pierce's own playing that is heard. (Contrast Kelsey Grammer, who mimes to a professional recording when Frasier plays the piano)
Carol Larkin (Rosemary Murphy) is one of Niles' neighbors that lives at The Montana. She appeared in two episodes: season four, episode fourteen, "To Kill a Talking Bird", and season six, episode eighteen, "Taps at the Montana". In both episodes, she spilled wine on her dress.
During filming scenes of the radio shows, dialogue of the callers was read off camera by Arlene Sorkin (wife of Series Producer Christopher Lloyd). Voices of the celebrity guests acting as callers would be subsequently dubbed during post-production.
Bob "Bulldog" Briscoe shares some qualities with Barney Stinson from How I Met Your Mother (2005), including sleeping with many women, and treating them like objects. Dan Butler, who played Bulldog, and Neil Patrick Harris, who played Barney, are both gay.
The actor, Cleto Augusto, who delivers Martin''s eyesore recliner in the very first Frasier episode also appears as the delivery man who removes the chair in the very last episode, eleven years later. He even wears the same looking red flannel shirt, green chinos and tan work shoes as in the first episode.
Frasier was the last network-aired Paramount-produced show from the Paramount Communications era (1989-1994) to leave the air. The studio had been sold to Viacom in the middle of Frasier's first season. Series from the studio continued to use the Paramount Communications byline until February 1995, at which point the Viacom byline began use (though one special that aired in May 1995, The Laverne & Shirley Reunion (1995), used the Paramount Communications byline).
Four of the various cast members of this show, Donny Douglas (Saul Rubinek), Sherry Dempsey (Marsha Mason), Bob "Bulldog" Brisco (Dan Butler), and Dr. Mel Karnofsky (Jane Adams) were in I Love Trouble (1994).
John Mahoney continued to live full time in his hometown of Chicago, commuting between there and Los Angeles for his work on the series. Mahoney has said that such continual back and forth travel came to be the only negative he had in doing the series.
Roz's full name is Rosalinda. Frasier calls her this, in season three, episode six, "Sleeping with the Enemy", when pulling her to the side during the revolt of the KACL staff for not getting their raises from Kate. (Although calling Roz by "Rosalinda" could be referring to co-worker Noel's petition for Star Trek to include a new character: "The all-powerful space vixen Rosalinda, four-breasted queen of the planet Rozniak.")
James Patrick Stuart, the actor who played Guy in season five, episode fourteen, "The Ski Lodge", and Michelle Stafford, who played Heather Murphty in season nine, episode three, "The First Temptation of Daphne", played husband and wife on General Hospital (1963).
The trivia items below may give away important plot points.
The deliveryman (Cleto Augusto) who dropped off Martin Crane's easy chair in the first episode, is the same deliveryman who took it away in the final episode. Aside from the regular cast, he is also the only person to appear in both episodes.
Before Bebe Neuwirth's decision to make guest appearances only, Lilith was one of the top contenders for becoming Frasier's ultimate love interest. Even though their romance arc was dropped, Frasier and Lilith are on good terms by the end of the show.
The one hundredth episode of this show is the only episode to be filmed on the streets of Seattle. Throughout the episode, Frasier and Niles can be observed riding the Monorail, walking through Pike Place Market, and standing in front of the Space Needle at Seattle Center.
Jane Leeves (Daphne) and Wendie Malick (Ronnee Lawrence) ended up starring together on Hot in Cleveland (2010). During their time on this show, both ended up marrying members of the Crane family, Daphne with Niles Crane, and Ronnee with Martin Crane.
Over the course of the series, Frasier has dressed up as Sigmund Freud, Geoffrey Chaucer, Santa Claus, Uncle Sam, and a killer clown. Niles has dressed up as Cyrano De Bergerac, Jesus Christ, a pirate, and as his father, Martin Crane. Daphne has dressed up as an "ugly American", Sir Elton John, and the Wife of Bath. Roz dressed up as Wonder Woman, Betsy Ross, O (from the story of O), Mrs. Claus, and one of Santa's helpers. Martin dressed up as Sherlock Holmes, Joe DiMaggio, and a Wise Man at Christmas. Bulldog dressed up as Waldo from "Where's Waldo?". Gil dressed up as Chingatchkook from The Last of the Mohicans (1992). Noel dressed up as a crew member from the Enterprise from Star Trek (1966).