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How ‘Frasier’ Found a Second Life on Streaming
Posted: MinervaDoe @ Wed Nov 29, 2017 10:29 am
How ‘Frasier’ Found a Second Life on Streaming

Much like its “Must See TV” siblings, the ’90s sitcom has experienced a Netflix renaissance—but ‘Frasier’ is a distinctly weirder cultural artifact than its peers

Frasier’s renaissance seems especially connected to its ability to calm as much as entertain.

Frasier wasn’t a particularly good radio doctor, and his experience as a psychiatrist didn’t seem to help him much when it came to evolving as a human. But that made him all the more affecting to viewers. There’s no need to feel nostalgic for a strange show that provides comfort; solace always feels fresh.

while it is true that Frasier has not enjoyed the cultural revival that Friends has experienced, it has developed its own quieter second wind on Netflix, precisely because of its relaxing effect. It’s the subject of a surprising number of podcasts, including one cohosted by director Kevin Smith called Talk Salad and Scrambled Eggs.

The show has been available on Netflix for years, and recently it has achieved a second life as one of the streaming service’s most soothing offerings. The stakes are low, Kelsey Grammer’s voice sounds like a reassuring pat on the head, and it somehow makes grungy ’90s Seattle look like a sophisticate’s wonderland. Not only does it feel like an artifact from another time, it feels completely out of time, a loopy farce with a melancholy undercurrent beamed onto our screens from a parallel dimension. Frasier is neither aspirational nor relevant, but rather pleasantly restorative—the modern binge-viewing equivalent of a much-needed bath.

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