Each week, we will be taking an in depth look at some of the best sitcoms and comedy shows from both the UK and the USA.
Today we will be looking at a show that ran for 11 years and won 127 awards – Frasier
Opening Titles / Theme Tune
About the Show
Summary of Plot
Dr. Frasier Crane moves back to his hometown of Seattle where he lives with his father and works as a radio psychiatrist.- IMDb
Number of Seasons / Episodes
Kelsey Grammer – Dr. Frasier Crane
Jane Leeves – Daphne Moon
David Hyde Pierce – Dr. Niles Crane
Peri Gilpin – Roz Doyle
John Mahoney – Martin Craine
Moose – Eddie
+David Hyde Pierce has said that, prior to this series, he had no strong interest in either wine or opera. Ironically, he was introduced to both by John Mahoney, whose Martin Crane character eschews anything cultured.
+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 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.
+ According to John Mahoney, Moose (“Eddie”) got more fan mail than any of the human cast members.
+ The show’s theme song, “Tossed Salad & Scrambled Eggs”, composed by Darryl Phinnessee and Bruce Miller, was performed by star Kelsey Grammer. Phinnessee was not allowed to include direct references to psychiatry, radio or Frasier. He wrote the lyric “tossed salads 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.
+ Held the record for the most Emmy wins for a TV series of any kind (comedy or drama) with 37 wins, until Game of Thrones (2011) was awarded the show’s 38th Emmy in 2016; this show, however, still holds the record for most Emmy wins for a comedy series.
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