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(1993–2004)

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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.
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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.
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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.
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Frasier's (Kelsey Grammer) apartment set occupies the same soundstage at Paramount Studios that housed the set of Cheers (1982) for eleven years.
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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.
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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.
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According to John Mahoney, Moose ("Eddie") got more fan mail than any of the human cast members.
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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.
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The series was originally going to cast an actress to portray Niles' (David Hyde Pierce) 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.
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Series executive producer David Angell and his wife were on board one of the airplanes that hit the World Trade Center in New York City during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
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In a final season interview, John Mahoney said the first offer he received to play Martin Crane consisted of a phone call from Kelsey Grammer, in which he asked, "Will you be my Dad?"
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Every regular character from Cheers (1982), with the exception of Rebecca (Kirstie Alley) and Coach (the late Nicholas Colasanto), appeared in at least one episode.
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When producers first mentioned about Martin (John Mahoney) and Niles (David Hyde Pierce) 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.
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Kelsey Grammer has been Emmy-nominated for playing the same character on three different shows: Cheers (1982), Frasier (1993), and a guest appearance on Wings (1990).
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The celebrities who play the callers on Frasier's (Kelsey Grammer) radio show, instead of coming in to record a voice-over, often just phoned in their lines.
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David Hyde Pierce (Niles Crane) and John Mahoney (Martin Crane) were the first and only choices for their roles.
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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.
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John Mahoney (Martin Crane) grew up in Manchester, England, which is where Daphne (Jane Leeves) is from.
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Although playing his father, John Mahoney is only fifteen years older than Kelsey Grammer.
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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.
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Frasier's (Kelsey Grammer) radio Producer, Roz Doyle (Peri Gilpin) 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.
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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.
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Kelsey Grammer was asked to shave the beard he had grown during the final season of Cheers (1982), because the producers felt he wouldn't look young enough to be John Mahoney's (Martin Crane) son.
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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.
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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.
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Frasier's (Kelsey Grammer) 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.
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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.
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The series finale "Frasier: Goodnight, Seattle: Part 2 (2004)" is the only episode that has a rainbow in the opening title card.
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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."
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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.
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Bebe Neuwirth was offered a regular role on this series as Lilith, but she turned it down so she could return to the Broadway stage. She appeared only as a guest star.
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2003 was the first year that Kelsey Grammer didn't receive an Emmy nomination for this series. David Hyde Pierce's streak was unbroken.
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In order to persuade Moose to lick John Mahoney's face when required for a scene, Mahoney's face first had to be discreetly smeared with liver pâté.
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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. Kelsey Grammer (Frasier) 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.
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The original premise for the series was to revolve around Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) 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.
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After Cheers (1982) had finished filming, the bar was taken down and the sets for this show were built over it.
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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 (Frasier) had an automobile accident, and subsequently checked himself into the Betty Ford clinic.
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The producers made certain there were no stools in the coffee shop to purposefully distance it visually from the Cheers (1982) bar.
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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.
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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.
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When Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) violates his code of ethics, his stomach turns. When Niles (David Hyde Pierce) violates his code of ethics, his nose bleeds.
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Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) attended Harvard and Oxford, while Niles (David Hyde Pierce) attended Yale and Cambridge.
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Is tied with Modern Family (2009) for the most Emmy wins for Outstanding Comedy Series (five).
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Ranked #34 on Empire magazine's 50 Greatest TV Shows Of All Time (2008).
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One of the recurring jokes in the series, was the fact that just about every one knew that Gil Chesterton (Edward Hibbert) 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.
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Niles' alma mater is Yale, which is David Hyde Pierce's alma mater in real-life.
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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.
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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.
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To make sure the viewers did not view Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) as a family deserter, the writers made sure that Frasier reiterated that he missed his son Frederick (Trevor Einhorn) in the pilot episode.
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As the series progressed, we learned that Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) and Niles (David Hyde Pierce) 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.
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Martin's (John Mahoney) former occupation of being a police officer was suggested by show writer Ken Levine. Levine's father and grandfather were police officers.
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Niles' (David Hyde Pierce) 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.
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The glass sculpture to the right of Frasier's (Kelsey Grammer) fireplace is a piece made by Dale Chihuly, a well-known glass sculptor, whose studio is based in Tacoma, Washington (just south of Seattle).
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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.
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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 (Kelsey Grammer) radio show. Ultimately, Norm and Cliff appeared on this show together under a different scenario during season nine.
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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.
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Over the course of the series, neither Niles (David Hyde Pierce) nor Roz (Peri Gilpin) celebrate their birthdays. However, there is a scene in season eleven, episode twenty-two, Frasier: Crock Tales (2004), in which Roz walks into Frasier's (Kelsey Grammer) apartment to celebrate her birthday, which is May 5. She comments "Sorry, I'm late. Cinco de Mayo traffic was muy malo (very bad)."
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Moose (the original Eddie) was 14 when Frasier (1993) ended. His fur had turned snow white and he was almost completely deaf, but his trainer carried him out onstage after the final episode was recorded, so that he could take his bows with the rest of the cast. David Hyde Pierce later said that it was one of the most moving moments of the evening - watching Moose recognise and react to the applause one last time.
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Daphne (Jane Leeves) is the only main character whose age is never disclosed. Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) is forty-one in season one, Niles (David Hyde Pierce) is thirty-eight in season three, Roz (Peri Gilpin) is thirty-eight in season ten, and Martin (John Mahoney) is sixty-five in season five.
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There is a real radio station with the call letters KACL. It's an FM station (98.7) in Mandan, North Dakota.
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This show and Cheers (1982) were set on opposite ends of Interstate Highway 90. Cheers (1982) was set in Boston, on the east end of the highway, this show was set in Seattle, on the west end.
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John Mahoney, David Hyde Pierce, and Kelsey Grammer appeared in all episodes. Jane Leeves took a maternity leave in season eight, but she's credited for all episodes, and Peri Gilpin was absent in two season eleven episodes.
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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)
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Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce are the only main cast members to win four Emmy Awards.
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The actor, Cleto Augusto, who delivers Martin''s eyesore recliner in the very first Frasier episode, Frasier: The Good Son (1993), also appears as the delivery man who removes the chair in the very last episode, Frasier: Goodnight, Seattle: Part 2 (2004), eleven years later. He even wears the same looking red flannel shirt, green chinos and tan work shoes as in the first episode.
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Carol Larkin (Rosemary Murphy) is one of Niles' (David Hyde Pierce) neighbors that lives at The Montana. She appeared in two episodes: season four, episode fourteen, Frasier: To Kill a Talking Bird (1997), and season six, episode eighteen, Frasier: Taps at the Montana (1999). In both episodes, she spilled wine on her dress.
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During filming scenes of the radio shows, dialogue of the callers was read off camera by Arleen Sorkin (wife of Series Producer Christopher Lloyd). Voices of the celebrity guests acting as callers would be subsequently dubbed during post-production.
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Jane Leeves (Daphne) was criticised for he portrayal of the Mancunian accent (Leeves grew up in West Sussex). Leeves claimed that the accent was tailored to imply that Daphne had come of age in Manchester but had since spent a great deal of time in the United States.
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Aside from her low weight, Maris is subject to various medical problems: she has abnormally tight quadriceps, a rigid spine, a large number of very specific allergies, she cannot produce saliva, and has a slight webbing of her hands that made her self-conscious enough to shy away from their physical touch. She frequently travels to Europe for plastic surgery and expensive, eccentric health treatments.
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The sculpture above Frasier's (Kelsey Grammer) fireplace is by Laddie John Dilll, a sculptor based in Los Angeles.
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In season 1 ep 8, Frasier: Beloved Infidel (1993), Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) cannot understand the caller whom is French. It is later revealed that Frasier speaks French fluently when passing notes to Niles (David Hyde Pierce) in season 8 ep 11 Frasier: Motor Skills (2001).
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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.
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Moose the dog, played Eddie until he retired at the age of 10 at the end of Season 7. His son, Enzo took over the role. Moose had been bred with the idea of achieving a look-alike replacement when it became obvious that Frasier (1993) would have a long run.

Enzo had two siblings, a sister named Miko who was too small to play Eddie, and Moosie, who had noticeably different markings. Peri Gilpin, who played Roz, ended up adopting Moosie.
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In 2010 Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce jointly presented a Tony Award together, with Grammer tearing up when congratulating Hyde Pierce on his award for humanitarian work.
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Eddie is often featured in the closing sequences of a show, when the closing theme is played/ sung and the credits roll, in a short vignette generally related to a joke from earlier in the episode.
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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).
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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).
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The set of Frasier's (Kelsey Grammer) apartment is later used as Oscar & Felix's apartment in The Odd Couple (2015).
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In 2013 the cast reunited for the show's 20th anniversary. David Hyde Pierce, Kelsey Grammer, Peri Gilpin, Jane Leeves and John Mahoney sat down to speak about the series, two decades on from its first airing.
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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 said that such continual back and forth travel came to be the only negative he had in doing the series.
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Jean Smart appeared on Frasier in seven episodes as Frasier's (Kelsey Grammer) former classmate, with whom both he and Niles (David Hyde Pierce) had a crush on in high school. When she first appears in episode 7.24, Frasier: Big Crane on Campus (2000), she is credited as Lorna Lynley but in subsequent appearances (episodes 8.21 Frasier: Semi-Decent Proposal (2001), 8.22 Frasier: A Passing Fancy (2001), 8.23 Frasier: A Day in May (2001), 8.24 Frasier: Cranes Go Caribbean (2001), 9.1 Frasier: Don Juan in Hell: Part 1 (2001) and 9.2 Frasier: Don Juan in Hell: Part 2 (2001)) she is credited as Lana Gardner. Her name was changed from Lorna Lynley to avoid referring to a real person with the same name.
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In one episode, after a night at the opera watching "Rigoletto" by Verdi, Frasier remarks to his date that the finest soprano to sing the role of "Gilda" was "The great Mathilde Decagney". Matilda de Cagny is the animal trainer who owns Moose, the dog who plays Eddie.
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During season 7, Niles begins kickboxing. David Hyde Pierce is a kick boxer as well.
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Eddie's birth date was originally given as May 7 in episode 5.8, Frasier: Desperately Seeking Closure (1997), but was then changed to May 15 in the final episode, Frasier: Goodnight, Seattle: Part 2 (2004).
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Eddie is known for responding to Martin (John Mahoney) and Daphne (Jane Leeves) with human-like understanding, but often seems to taunt Frasier (Kelsey Grammer). In one episode Eddie eats the meals Frasier prepared for his dates as if he, Eddie, knew that Frasier's dates would not be staying for dinner. An early recurring gag had Eddie staring unceasingly at Frasier, often wanting something, to Frasier's increasing annoyance. Frasier's ex-wife Lilith (Bebe Neuwirth) is the only one who scares Eddie and whenever she's around, Eddie does exactly as Lilith says.
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In episode 6.8, Frasier: The Seal Who Came to Dinner (1998), the pass-code to Maris's seaside home is described as her "ideal weight", and "what she weighed at her débutante ball" during her pageant years. The series of numbers that Niles (David Hyde Pierce) punched in would mean that Maris, at that time, was 45 pounds and 12 ounces (20.8 kg).
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The character Gilbert "Gil" Chesterton (Edward Hibbert) is named in honour of series producer Christopher Lloyd's journalism teacher at Beverly Hills High School.
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Maris makes only two onscreen "appearances": once in episode 5.6, Frasier: Voyage of the Damned (1997), when her shadow is seen through a shower curtain (she is spoken to but makes no reply), and again in episode 10.8, Frasier: Rooms with a View (2002), where she appears in Niles' (David Hyde Pierce) memory, almost completely covered by bandages after surgery.
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As a child, Maris was overweight, but started losing weight and soon became very thin. She is described as small, very pale, and pathologically emaciated; Roz (Peri Gilpin) originally mistook her for a hat rack, and Niles (David Hyde Pierce) noted that she once sat on a whoopee cushion without setting it off.
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Hester was the inspiration for both Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) and Niles (David Hyde Pierce) to go into the profession.
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Maris was born in 1952 in Seattle.
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Hester was a research psychiatrist and met Martin (John Mahoney), a cop, in 1952[4] when she was profiling a murderer. She rejected his first marriage proposal, but the two married when she became pregnant with Frasier (Kelsey Grammer).
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Martin (John Mahoney) states in the pilot episode, Frasier: The Good Son (1993), that Daphne (Jane Leeves) can have the room across the hall from his, which is (at the time) Frasier's (Kelsey Grammer) study. Unfortunately (as we later learn), both Martin's and Frasier's bedrooms are down the hall that leads from the left of Frasier's living room, and Daphne's room (formerly Frasier's study) is down the hall that leads from the right of the living room. This can hardly be called "across the hall".
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Maris has at least two sisters, one named Bree, who was born with only one nostril; she is mentioned as Frasier's (Kelsey Grammer) date in one episode.
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Maris lived in her family's mansion, which has been in the family for four generations after they made their fortune from urinal cakes (but she fools people by telling them her fortune comes from timber).
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Niles (David Hyde Pierce) met Maris during his internship in Seattle when he stopped to help her as she was banging on the electric gates to get into her home. They were married three years later, in 1986.
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Tom McGowan, who plays Kenny Daly, also appeared in the 1993 film Sleepless In Seattle with David Hyde Pierce (Niles Crane).
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There have been numerous other shows on KACL, some of which are:
  • Gonzo Sports Show - Hosted by Bob "Bulldog" Briscoe (Dan Butler)
  • Restaurant Beat - Hosted by Gilbert "Gil" Leslie Chesterton.
  • Religion on the Line - Hosted by Fr. Mike Mancuso, canceled by Kate Costas.
  • Pet Chat with Nanette - Hosted by Nanette, canceled by Kate Costas.
  • Amber Edwards Book Chat - Hosted by Amber Edwards.
  • Health Watch - Hosted by Dr. Clint Weber.
  • Storytime Theater - Hosted by Tooty, the Story Lady.
  • Teen Scene - Hosted by Trent, Emily and Ryan. The show is featured on the season nine episode "Juvenilia" when Frasier acts as a guest. Despite his initial belief that the show will be an easy ride, he quickly learns that the three hosts have an abrasive, interrogative style of hosting, leaving Frasier feeling exposed and dumbfounded.
  • The Morning Zoo with Carlos and The Chicken - KACL's morning show hosted by Carlos and Dwayne a.k.a. "The Chicken".
  • Let's Go Camping - Hosted by Dan and Jenna, disappeared inexplicably.
  • Dr. Nora - a second advice show on KACL, hosted by Dr. Nora Fairchild (recommended by Frasier), this show lasted for about two weeks.
  • Dr. Mary - a third advice show on KACL, hosted by ex-temp producer Mary Thomas.
  • Car Chat with Bob and Bethany - Hosted by Bob and Bethany; Martin mistakes Bethany for a man.
  • Money Matters - Julia Wilcox (Felicity Huffman), financial reporter, formerly of CNBC, to whom Frasier is forced to devote part of his show. He has a brief affair with her later.
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David Hyde Pierce and Peri Gilpin have been involved in providing voice work for a Hellboy production. David Hyde Pierce provided the uncredited voice for Abraham Sapien, and Peri Gilpin provided the voice of Professor Kate Corrigan in both animated Hellboy films.
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Roz's (Peri Gilpin) full name is Rosalinda. Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) calls her this, in season three, episode six, Frasier: Sleeping with the Enemy (1995), when pulling her to the side during the revolt of the KACL staff for not getting their raises from Kate (played by). (Although calling Roz by "Rosalinda" could be referring to co-worker Noel's (Patrick Kerr) petition for Star Trek to include a new character: "The all-powerful space vixen Rosalinda, four-breasted queen of the planet Rozniak.")
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Frasier's (Kelsey Grammer) apartment cost the show's producers over $500,000 to assemble. In one episode Frasier tells Martin (John Mahoney), "You know, every item here was carefully selected. The lamp by Corbu, this chair by Eames, and this couch is an exact replica of the one Coco Chanel had in her Paris atelier."
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Eddie's intelligence and capacity to learn tricks are very inconsistent, sometimes being incapable of learning to sit and at other times looking left and right on Martin's (John Mahoney) command. It was once shown that the only word he understands is his own name but other times he seems to understand exactly what he's being told.
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Throughout the series, Roz's (Peri Gilpin) daughter, Alice, is in 10 episodes. In 9 of them, she's played by Ashley Thomas. Episode 9.6, Frasier: Room Full of Heroes (2001), is the only one in which Thomas does not appear, and instead Alice is played by twins Tess Cruickshank & Hope Cruickshank - (It is quite obvious, as she looks completely different than the week before.)
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Bob "Bulldog" Briscoe's (Dan Butler) catch phrase is "THIS STINKS! THIS IS TOTAL BS!"
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Bob "Bulldog" Briscoe (Dan Butler) has a fear of reptiles.
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As they did not know better in the 1950s, Hester smoked during at least her first pregnancy with Frasier (Kelsey Grammer). Hester Crane died in 1987 of lung cancer.
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James Patrick Stuart, the actor who played Guy in season five, episode fourteen, Frasier: The Ski Lodge (1998), and Michelle Stafford, who played Heather Murphty in season nine, episode three, Frasier: The First Temptation of Daphne (2001), played husband and wife on General Hospital (1963).
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Three of the Scandal (2012) cast have previously appeared in Frasier. Jeff Perry (Cyrus Beene in Scandal) portrays the father of one of the other National Spelling Bee participants in Frasier: War of the Words (2002). Bellamy Young (Mellie Grant in Scandal) was featured in Frasier: Three Blind Dates (2002) (just prior to "War of the Words") as the owner of a book store and prospective love interest for Frasier (Kelsey Grammer). Tony Goldwyn (Fitzgerald Grant in Scandal) portrays a (garbage man) love interest for Roz (Peri Gilpin) in Frasier: Love Stinks (2001).
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There have been numerous other shows on KACL, some of which are:
  • Gonzo Sports Show - Hosted by Bob "Bulldog" Briscoe (Dan Butler)
  • Restaurant Beat - Hosted by Gilbert "Gil" Leslie Chesterton.
  • Religion on the Line - Hosted by Fr. Mike Mancuso, canceled by Kate Costas.
  • Pet Chat with Nanette - Hosted by Nanette, canceled by Kate Costas.
  • Amber Edwards Book Chat - Hosted by Amber Edwards.
  • Health Watch - Hosted by Dr. Clint Weber.
  • Storytime Theater - Hosted by Tooty, the Story Lady.
  • Teen Scene - Hosted by Trent, Emily and Ryan. The show is featured on the season nine episode "Juvenilia" when Frasier acts as a guest. Despite his initial belief that the show will be an easy ride, he quickly learns that the three hosts have an abrasive, interrogative style of hosting, leaving Frasier feeling exposed and dumbfounded.
  • The Morning Zoo with Carlos and The Chicken - KACL's morning show hosted by Carlos and Dwayne a.k.a. "The Chicken".
  • Let's Go Camping - Hosted by Dan and Jenna, disappeared inexplicably.
  • Dr. Nora - a second advice show on KACL, hosted by Dr. Nora Fairchild (recommended by Frasier), this show lasted for about two weeks.
  • Dr. Mary - a third advice show on KACL, hosted by ex-temp producer Mary Thomas.
  • Car Chat with Bob and Bethany - Hosted by Bob and Bethany; Martin mistakes Bethany for a man.
  • Money Matters - Julia Wilcox (Felicity Huffman), financial reporter, formerly of CNBC, to whom Frasier is forced to devote part of his show. He has a brief affair with her later.
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Kelsey Grammer (Frasier Crane) and Michael Keaton (Blaine Sternin) appeared on Gary the Rat (2003).
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Bebe Neuwirth (Lilith) and Michael Keaton (Blaine Sternin) appeared in Game 6 (2005).
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The deliveryman (Cleto Augusto) who dropped off Martin Crane's (John Mahoney) easy chair in the first episode (Frasier: The Good Son (1993)), is the same deliveryman who took it away in the final episode, Frasier: Goodnight, Seattle: Part 2 (2004). Aside from the regular cast, he is also the only person to appear in both episodes.
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Before Bebe Neuwirth's decision to make guest appearances only, Lilith was one of the top contenders for becoming Frasier's (Kelsey Grammer) ultimate love interest. Even though their romance arc was dropped, Frasier and Lilith are on good terms by the end of the show.
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During the course of the show, Roz (Peri Gilpin) kissed Frasier (Kelsey Grammer), Niles (David Hyde Pierce), Martin (John Mahoney), Bulldog (Dan Butler), Gil (Edward Hibbert), and Noel (Patrick Kerr) on the lips.
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The one hundredth episode of this show is the only episode to be filmed on the streets of Seattle. Throughout the episode, Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) and Niles (David Hyde Pierce) can be observed riding the Monorail, walking through Pike Place Market, and standing in front of the Space Needle at Seattle Center.
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Over the course of the series, Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) dressed up as Sigmund Freud, Geoffrey Chaucer, Santa Claus, Uncle Sam, and a killer clown. Niles (David Hyde Pierce) dressed up as Cyrano De Bergerac, Jesus Christ, a pirate, and as his father, Martin Crane. Daphne (Jane Leeves) dressed up as an "ugly American", Sir Elton John, and the Wife of Bath. Roz (Peri Gilpin) dressed up as Wonder Woman, Betsy Ross, O (from the story of O), Mrs. Claus, and one of Santa's helpers. Martin (John Mahoney) dressed up as Sherlock Holmes, Joe DiMaggio, and a Wise Man at Christmas. Bulldog (Dan Butler) dressed up as Waldo from "Where's Waldo?". Gil (Edward Hibbert) dressed up as Chingatchkook from The Last of the Mohicans (1992)). Noel (Patrick Kerr) dressed up as a crew member from the Enterprise from Star Trek (1966).
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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 (David Hyde Pierce), and Ronnee with Martin Crane (John Mahoney).
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Niles (David Hyde Pierce) and Daphne's (Jane Leeves) baby was named David, in memory of show co-creator and producer David Angell, who was killed in the first of the two planes that hit the Twin Towers during the September 11th attacks.
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Daphne (Jane Leeves) became an American Citizen in season 10.
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Bob "Bulldog" Briscoe (Dan Butler) was credited as a regular cast member in several episodes from seasons four through to six, until the character was fired from KACL. His last appearance is in season 11 episode 8 Frasier: Frasier-Lite (2004), and is notable for being one of the show's major recurring characters not present at Frasier's (Kelsey Grammer) farewell speech in the series finale.
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Maris, Niles' (David Hyde Pierce) wife for much of the series is unseen on camera, but often the subject of plotlines and jokes. Her maiden name was never revealed on the series. Maris is immensely wealthy, much wealthier than Niles, as well as spoiled, dominating, and neurotic. Many of the characters pointedly dislike her, with Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) stating, "Maris is like the sun ... except without the warmth". In a further humorous vein, (David Hyde Pierce) passively describes Maris during a Montréal comedy performance (which he performed in-character) as "...a wife who's like a refugee from Taming of the Shrew..."
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During Daphne's (Jane Leeves) pregnancy, it is implied the baby takes after his low-brow uncles (Daphne's brothers); for example, he kicks away classical music and jumps at the mention of a pub.
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Hester had an affair with a family friend when Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) and Niles (David Hyde Pierce) were still children, and she and Martin (John Mahoney) were subsequently separated for a time.
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When Daphne pretends to be married with Niles in season 4, she goes by "Daphne Moon-Crane". When the two really get married in season 10, she goes by "Daphne Crane".
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