20 Reasons “Frasier” Is The Best Sitcom Of All Time

Frasier premiered 20 years ago today. Man, I still don’t know what to do with those tossed salads and scrambled eggs.

You know this show.

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You know these guys.

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Did you also know Frasier is the best show ever?

Roz knows.

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1. It’s so good that Seattle even had “Frasier Crane Day” — and Kelsey Grammer sang the theme song, live.

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2. Frasier had great inter-title cards that often added another layer to each scene.

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3. Sometimes they were punny.

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4. And sometimes they were so perfect, it hurt.

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5. Roz was the illest ‘cuz she suffered from realness.

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6. So. Real.

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7. Eddie was great at baiting Frasier into staring contests.

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8. And, OK, Frasier could be a little bit pretentious.

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9. And something of a drama queen.

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10. But he was also sex positive!

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11. Though sometimes maybe a little too sex positive…

Gross, Frase.

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12. Remember Niles’ face the first time he met Daphne?

And just about every other time he interacted with or thought about her for the first seven seasons of the show.

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13. And Niles’ heartbroken face when Daphne accepted Donny’s proposal (after Niles spent six years pining for her)?

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14. And both of their faces when she realized she couldn’t marry Donny, after all?

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15. There was that time Roz dated future president Fitzgerald Grant*.

*OK, OK, Tony Goldwyn was playing a garbage man named Roger (who she later dumped for being a garbage man). But can you imagine?

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16. And Roz was completely unapologetic about her sex life.

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17. Fine, she was a bit of a heartbreaker.

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18. But on top of great punchlines, the writers weren’t afraid to bum you out a little.


Like when Martin took a few minutes to contemplate his own mortality after Niles gave him his old police horse, in “The Gift Horse.”

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19. Because mostly, just like life, Frasier managed to mix sadness and humor perfectly.

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20. And in 2004, after 11 seasons, Frasier ended more beautifully than any show I’ve ever seen.

No, YOU’RE crying.

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