Frasier (2023)

Dare I say it? I’m enjoying this reboot.

Dr. Frasier Crane is back and he really has not changed all that much. Or has he? So far the jury is out.

I discovered the original Frasier somewhere around season 2 after the topsy turvy tumultuous first season where Frasier and his father, Martin, moved in together in Seattle.

The foundation of the series was the relationship between Frasier and Martin who were as different as night and day. Martin was a retired police officer who had been injured on the job. Frasier was the oldest of his two sons, both who were more interested in things far different than beer and poker.

The show was sharply written, creatively cast and beautifully performed.

When I learned that there was the possibility of a newer version of Frasier I admit I was hesitant. Reboots are often disappointing.

Paramount+ dropped the first two episodes of the series recently and I sat down to test the waters watching each episode separately just to see what I thought.

Dr. Frasier Crane is back…pompous, inflated ego, oblivious, and well meaning. And 20 years older and wiser. Mostly.

This new series is excellently cast. Kelsey Grammar has not missed a beat. The new characters are holding their own and making their marks. James Burrows is back as director (hooray!) which provides a solid foundation to tie both series together. The writing is as sharp and funny as I had hoped it would be.

I’m glad I took the time to check it out. So far, I’ve not been disappointed.

New episodes drop every Thursday on Paramount+.