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12 Shows That Would Be Better If They Were "Frasier"

"Hey baby I hear the blues a-callin'..."

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1. Modern Family

ABC

Modern Family— the mockumentary-style sitcom following the shenanigans of the Pritchett clan— has long been a critical darling, amassing Emmys and Golden Globes since it launched in 2009. But what if, instead of the Pritchetts, it was the Cranes, and instead of all its established story arcs, it was Frasier?

2. True Detective

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Detectives Rust Cohle and Martin Hart were a formidable crime-fighting duo in this dark and suspenseful drama, but picture a show that, instead, is about sort of wimpy men amusing themselves with high-brow jokes, and it's clear which would be better.

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3. The Walking Dead

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Obviously, everyone loves The Walking Dead, AMC's thrilling adaptation of the zombie apocalypse comic book series. The only thing that would make it better is if it were actually about two psychiatrist brothers who discuss their neuroses over coffee in Seattle.

4. Girls

HBO

One is about four twenty-something girls figuring out their lives and themselves in Brooklyn. The other is about a middle-aged therapist who hosts a call-in advice show. The second one is better!

5. Live! With Kelly and Michael

Disney-ABC Domestic Television

It's not that this morning talk show isn't delightful; it's just that it would be more so if it were a sitcom from the '90s that managed to be both broadly funny and nuanced.

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7. The Office (U.S.)

NBC

NBC's The Office, which chronicled the lives of employees at a paper company in Scranton, Pennsylvania, was arguably the most successful U.S. adaptation of a British hit. Imagine if it were about two brothers who, despite their advanced degrees, were seemingly incapable of keeping their lives together!

9. Even Stevens

Disney

90s kids will remember this Disney classic about two hilariously head-butting siblings fondly, but don't let the bias of nostalgia fool you. It would've been better if, instead of being in school, they were adults in the middle of highly successful careers in Seattle.

10. Cake Boss

TLC

Cake Boss offers an inside look at a thriving bakery in Hoboken, New Jersey. What it doesn't do is tell the story of a retired cop who struggles to connect with his sons, despite their lack of shared interests or sensibilities. Which is a shame, because that would be better.

11. Dharma & Greg

ABC

A lot of people forget about Dharma & Greg, the sitcom about an impossibly mismatched couple who marry on their first date. Contrastively, Frasier is alive and well both in syndication and in viewers' hearts.