'Quarantine Frasier' On Twitter Is The Frasier Reboot We Need Right Now
For those of us who can't get enough of one of TV comedy's greatest ever ensembles.
Frasier is, quite simply, one of the greatest shows of all time.
Don't believe me? It was nominated for an Emmy 108 times, winning 37! (the full list of everything it was nominated for takes up a whole separate Wikipedia Page)
From its absolutely perfect casting of the core cast, its superb supporting cast, and a network of amazing guest stars, the show kept up a high standard right to the very end.
The episode where Patrick Stewart plays a gay opera director who falls for Frasier is in my top 5 episodes of all time - and that was in Series 11!
There are lines that Frasier fans will still quote at each other to send us into fits of giggles...
"We have two giant Schnauzers!"
"I AM WOUNDED!!!"
...when we're not arguing about which of Frasier's many girlfriends was actually 'The One'.
It's clearly Claire - fight me!
Star Kelsey Grammer has been teasing us with a possible reboot for a while - but here's the thing; someone on Twitter has beaten him to it.
Since March, the Twitter account 'Quarantine Frasier' has been tweeting Frasier scenarios as if the gang were living through current events, and it's absolutely perfect. Everything you could want from vintage Frasier is here. From Niles' infatuation with Daphne...
...to Roz's oversharing...
...Martin's everyman wisdom...
...Niles' ne'er seen wife Maris...
...Eddie the dog...
...the 'unique' callers on Frasier's show...
...and of course, Frasier's disastrous love-life - complete with hilarious topical one-liners.
There are even topical title-cards!
Honestly, whoever is writing these tweets has captured the voice of the show so well, it almost negates the need for a reboot.
A reboot will inevitably have to factor in the tragic passing of John Mahoney who played Frasier and Niles' father Martin Crane. It also would have to continue (SPOILERS!!!) the later series' plotlines of Frasier moving to San Francisco and Niles and Daphne being married, whereas on Twitter, the show can exist in a Simpsons-esque temporal bubble where the gang all still live and work in Seattle, Martin is alive and as cantankerous as ever, and Niles still yearns for Daphne.
Seriously - why shouldn't a much-loved show carry on in Tweet form?
Many shows and film series have had literary expansions. Both Buffy and Firefly have official continuations in graphic novel form. Star Wars had a whole Lucasfilm-sanctioned extended universe in novels before Disney bought it! As the recent Star Wars sequels have shown, bringing back a much-loved property is not guaranteed to please all the fans, because even though the world has progressed, our perception of characters we grew up with will be forever linked to the past. I still believe that we didn't need a Toy Story 4, but was perfectly happy with the 5-minute shorts catching up with the toys that they showed before newer Pixar films.