Frasier is a spin-off from the popular, long-running NBC sitcom Cheers, taking the character of fussy psychiatrist Frasier Crane and moving him from Boston to Seattle, where he hosts a call-in radio show. Frasier lives with his ex-cop dad, Martin, and Martin’s live-in caretaker Daphne, and spends much of his time with his similarly fussy psychiatrist brother Niles.
September 16, 1993-May 13, 2004 (11 seasons, 264 episodes) on NBC
All 11 seasons are available on DVD.
Frasier premiered directly following the end of Cheers, and continued that successful show’s reign as a ratings champ. Over the course of its 11 seasons, Frasier featured numerous guest stars reprising their Cheers roles, but also carved out a distinctive identity for itself. Frasier won 37 Emmys over its 11 seasons, and while its ratings dipped in its later years, it remained extremely popular until the end.
Kelsey Grammer as Frasier Crane
David Hyde Pierce as Niles Crane
John Mahoney as Martin Crane
Jane Leeves as Daphne Moon
Peri Gilpin as Roz Doyle
Frasier was created by David Angell, Peter Casey and David Lee, who had all worked as writers and producers on Cheers. Casey and Lee served as executive producers throughout the show’s run; Angell worked on the show until his death in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.