Should You Watch The Frasier Reboot ?

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Frasier Reboot: Yay or Nay? Here’s What Fans and Critics Had To Say…

Kelsey Grammer has finally made his much-anticipated comeback to the small screen, reprising his role as the titular snobbish psychiatrist in the reboot of the iconic sitcom Frasier. However, while the original show, which ran from 1993 to 2004, was one of the biggest sitcom hits of its time, securing 37 Emmys, five of which were for ‘Outstanding Comedy Series’, the response to the reboot has been less than stellar.

With such a mixed reception, from rave reviews to ones that are abysmal at best, there’s no telling to whether this reboot will be renewed for another season. True, it’ll never be like the original, but true fans can still enjoy the ‘old’ Frasier who is fussy, uptight cultured and at times rather arrogant. But it’s because of his flawed character he’s loved so much. Yet whether there’ll be a season two renewal is hard to say and too soon to call it.

Who knows, it may very well pick up and make its well-deserved comeback - it has happened before, with other sitcoms - so let’s not think the worst. And, who’s to say whether the comedy’s revival or its protagonist will feature in other modes of entertainment. Many celebrities or the characters they’ve played have featured in all sorts of media, including online slot games. So next time you decide to sign up to the best AU online casino, don’t be too surprised if you might see this neurotic, upper-class shrink!

Banking On Nostalgia

In a desperate attempt to stand out in the overly competitive streaming market, ViacomCBS has shifted its focus to tapping into viewers' nostalgia by bringing back beloved classics such as iCarly and Fatal Attraction, both of which have since been canceled, to attract subscribers. Frasier seems to be part of this strategy, but it remains to be seen whether the Kelsey Grammer-led sitcom will face the same fate.

While the entertainment industry has seen its fair share of reboots, capitalizing on dedicated fan bases and aiming to reach new audiences, they are rarely as successful as the original shows and films they attempt to recreate. Frasier is a prime example of this, with many critics suggesting that the only resemblance to the former show is Kelsey Grammer reprising the titular role. The witty banter, interior-design jokes, and character idiosyncrasies that made the 90s sitcom a hit are noticeably absent in this reincarnation.

Moreover, none of the original creators are attached to the reboot. Instead, Chris Harris, the mind behind How I Met Your Mother, and Joe Cristalli, the creator of Life in Pieces, are handling the reins, with Grammar serving as an executive producer. Each subpar episode serves as a painful reminder of just how essential the original supporting cast, which included Frasier's brother Niles, sister-in-law Daphne, producer Roz, and father Martin, was to the overall comedic essence of the show.

The reboot deviates from the successful formula that illuminated the benign class conflict within the Crane Family. Instead, it picks up two decades later, with Frasier back in Boston teaching at Harvard, in an attempt to mend his fractured relationship with his son Freddy. The working-class slot that was originally occupied by his father Martin is now taken over by Freddy, who has dropped out of Harvard to become a humble firefighter. Throughout the series, it becomes glaringly obvious that every effort has been made to echo elements of the old show in some shape or form. Another example of this is the addition of Niles's son, David, who encapsulates Niles's nervous and socially inept character traits, making him one of the most beloved characters on the show.

Final Verdict

Frasier's uber-rich and out-of-touch mentality, which provided fantastic comedic moments in the original, doesn't resonate well in the inflation-plagued context of 2023. Moreover, compared to the original, the new take is slow and lacks the sharp, thoughtful dialogue that defined the show.

While this reboot isn't striving to reinvent the wheel or bring a fresh perspective to the iconic show, audiences, especially older generations who grew up watching the show, may enjoy seeing their favorite psychiatrist back on screen—if they can get behind the less-than-stellar ensemble cast. Unfortunately, it seems like the creators were less concerned with fleshing out the supporting characters and more focused on using Frasier as the main draw. And quite possibly, not even Kelsey Grammar can keep this ship from sinking.

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