Frasier (Season 5) DVD Review

by : Britt Gillette

Along with Friends and Seinfeld, Kelsey Grammer's Cheers spin-off, Frasier, dominated the prime time television landscape during the 1990's. Grammer plays the role of Dr. Frasier Crane who, fresh off of his divorce from Lilith, moves back to his hometown of Seattle where he lands a gig as a radio psychiatrist. Frasier's father, Marty Crane (John Mahoney), a Seattle cop recently shot in an attempted convenience store robbery is in need of physical therapy. Frasier and his brother Niles (David Hyde Pierce) make an effort to mend their relationship with Marty whose plaid shirts and penchant for sports and beer strikes a dramatic contrast with their wine club, opera house culture. After a little prodding, Marty and his dog Eddie (Moose) move into Frasier's upscale apartment, and Frasier hires Daphne Moon (Jane Leeves), a housekeeper and physical therapist to look after the two cranes.

The entirety of the show takes place in mostly three places - Frasier's radio station where he works with show producer Roz Doyle (Peri Gilpin), Frasier's apartment, and the favorite hangout of Niles and Frasier, Café Nervosa. A witty comedic exploration of the nation's clash of cultures (also illustrated by Frasier's run-ins with sports guy Bob "Bulldog" Briscoe), Frasier stands alone as one of the best-written shows in television history. Not a single episode can be considered a dud.

The Frasier (Season 5) DVD features a number of hilarious episodes including the season premiere "Frasier's Imaginary Friend" in which Frasier returns to Seattle from Acapulco where he enjoyed a blissful affair with a supermodel zoologist who, for personal reasons, asks him to keep their relationship a secret. But constant near-miss run-ins between Frasier's family and the woman lead them to question whether Frasier is involved in a relationship at all. Exasperated, he spills the beans - an action with profoundly negative consequences… Other notable episodes from Season 5 include "My Fair Frasier" in which Frasier finds himself as "the woman" in a relationship with a hard-nosed defense attorney, and "The Ski Lodge" in which the Crane family, Daphne, and her friend take a weekend trip to a ski lodge where romantic misunderstandings abound…

Below is a list of episodes included on the Frasier (Season 5) DVD:

Episode 97 (Frasier's Imaginary Friend) Air Date: 09-23-1997
Episode 98 (The Gift Horse) Air Date: 09-30-1997
Episode 99 (Halloween) Air Date: 10-28-1997
Episode 100 (The Kid) Air Date: 11-04-1997
Episode 101 (The 1000th Show) Air Date: 11-11-1997
Episode 102 (Voyage of the Damned) Air Date: 11-18-1997
Episode 103 (My Fair Frasier) Air Date: 11-25-1997
Episode 104 (Desperately Seeking Closure) Air Date: 12-09-1997
Episode 105 (Perspectives on Christmas) Air Date: 12-16-1997
Episode 106 (Where Every Bloke Knows Your Name) Air Date: 01-06-1998
Episode 107 (Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do) Air Date: 01-13-1998
Episode 108 (The Zoo Story) Air Date: 01-20-1998
Episode 109 (The Maris Counselor) Air Date: 02-03-1998
Episode 110 (The Ski Lodge) Air Date: 02-24-1998
Episode 111 (Room Service) Air Date: 03-03-1998
Episode 112 (Beware of Greeks) Air Date: 03-17-1998
Episode 113 (The Perfect Guy) Air Date: 03-24-1998
Episode 114 (Bad Dog) Air Date: 04-07-1998
Episode 115 (Frasier Gotta Have It) Air Date: 04-21-1998
Episode 116 (First Date) Air Date: 04-28-1998
Episode 117 (Roz and the Schnoz) Air Date: 05-05-1998
Episode 118 (The Life of the Party) Air Date: 05-12-1998
Episode 119 (Party, Party) Air Date: 05-19-1998
Episode 120 (Sweet Dreams) Air Date: 05-19-1998