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Frasier (Season 4) DVD Review

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Author: Britt Gillette

Along with Friends and Seinfeld, Kelsey Grammer's Cheers spin-off, Frasier, dominated the prime time television landscape during the 1990's. Grammer plays the role of Dr. Frasier Crane who, fresh off of his divorce from Lilith, moves back to his hometown of Seattle where he lands a gig as a radio psychiatrist. Frasier's father, Marty Crane (John Mahoney), a Seattle cop recently shot in an attempted convenience store robbery is in need of physical therapy. Frasier and his brother Niles (David Hyde Pierce) make an effort to mend their relationship with Marty whose plaid shirts and penchant for sports and beer strikes a dramatic contrast with their wine club, opera house culture. After a little prodding, Marty and his dog Eddie (Moose) move into Frasier's upscale apartment, and Frasier hires Daphne Moon (Jane Leeves), a housekeeper and physical therapist to look after the two cranes.

The entirety of the show takes place in mostly three places - Frasier's radio station where he works with show producer Roz Doyle (Peri Gilpin), Frasier's apartment, and the favorite hangout of Niles and Frasier, Café Nervosa. A witty comedic exploration of the nation's clash of cultures (also illustrated by Frasier's run-ins with sports guy Bob "Bulldog" Briscoe), Frasier stands alone as one of the best-written shows in television history. Not a single episode can be considered a dud.

The Frasier Season 4 DVD offers a number of hilarious episodes including one episode (#77) where Niles' head of hair becomes the good luck charm which turns the Sonics basketball season into one of playoff contention. Niles becomes an instant celebrity and wins over Marty's approval… Bebe Neuwirth returns in her role as Frasier's ex-wife, Dr. Lilith Sternin, in a special Thanksgiving episode where Frasier and Lilith join together to aid in Frederick's admission to a prestigious school... In the season finale, a desparately single Frasier rushes to the airport to pick up a woman, Laura (Linda Hamilton), who mistakenly left a message on his answering machine…

Below is a list of episodes included on the Frasier Season 4 DVD:

Episode 73 (The Two Mrs. Cranes) Air Date: 09-17-1996
Episode 74 (Love Bites Dog) Air Date: 09-24-1996
Episode 75 (The Impossible) Air Date: 10-15-1996
Episode 76 (A Crane's Critique) Air Date: 10-22-1996
Episode 77 (Head Game) Air Date: 11-12-1996
Episode 78 (Mixed Doubles) Air Date: 11-19-1996
Episode 79 (A Lilith Thanksgiving) Air Date: 11-26-1996
Episode 80 (Our Father Whose Art Ain't Heaven) Air Date: 12-10-1996
Episode 81 (Dad Loves Sherry, the Boys Just Whine) Air Date: 01-07-1997
Episode 82 (Liar! Liar!) Air Date: 01-14-1997
Episode 83 (Three Days of the Condo) Air Date: 01-21-1997
Episode 84 (Death and the Dog) Air Date: 02-11-1997
Episode 85 (Four for the Seesaw) Air Date: 02-18-1997
Episode 86 (To Kill a Talking Bird) Air Date: 02-25-1997
Episode 87 (Roz's Krantz & Gouldenstein are Dead) Air Date: 03-11-1997
Episode 88 (The Unnatural) Air Date: 04-01-1997
Episode 89 (Roz's Turn) Air Date: 04-15-1997
Episode 90 (Ham Radio) Air Date: 04-22-1997
Episode 91 (Three Dates and a Breakup: Part 1) Air Date: 04-29-1997
Episode 92 (Three Dates and a Breakup: Part 2) Air Date: 04-29-1997
Episode 93 (Daphne Hates Sherry) Air Date: 05-06-1997
Episode 94 (Are You Being Served?) Air Date: 05-13-1997
Episode 95 (Ask Me No Questions) Air Date: 05-20-1997
Episode 96 (Odd Man Out) Air Date: 05-20-1997

About the author: Britt Gillette is author of The DVD Report, a blog where you can find where you can find more reviews of movies and TV series. Source:

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