Beloved sitcom ‘Frasier’ returns: First look at revival after 19 years

Kelsey Grammer reprises his iconic role as Frasier Crane in the much-anticipated revival of the hit sitcom ‘Frasier,’ set to premiere on Paramount+. Here’s a glimpse of what’s in store for fans, along with some notable absences and returning favorites.

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The wait is finally over for fans of the beloved comedy series ‘Frasier.’ After a hiatus of 19 years, Kelsey Grammer is stepping back into the shoes of the witty and sophisticated Frasier Crane. Paramount+ has unveiled a series of first-look images from the upcoming revival, accompanied by an official premiere date of Thursday, October 12.

The strategic scheduling places the streaming series right amidst the traditional fall-season launch on broadcast networks, reminiscent of its original position as part of NBC’s Must-See TV lineup. Additionally, CBS will offer a broadcast sample airing of the show with two back-to-back episodes on Tuesday, October 17.

Originally debuting in 1993 and running for 11 successful seasons, the new iteration of the series explores the next chapter of Frasier Crane’s life as he returns to Boston, facing fresh challenges, forging new relationships, and striving to fulfill old dreams.

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While the revival promises excitement, fans will notice the absence of actor David Hyde Pierce, who portrayed Frasier’s brother Niles in the original series. Grammer revealed that Pierce chose not to reprise his role, stating, “David basically decided he wasn’t really interested in repeating the performance of Niles.”

On the other hand, Bebe Neuwirth, who portrayed Frasier’s ex-wife and colleague Dr. Lilith Sternin, will make a guest star return, along with Peri Gilpin reprising her role as Crane’s former radio producer Roz. Jane Leeves, who portrayed Daphne, will not be part of the revival.

The new series, co-starring a fresh ensemble, is set to unfold across a 10-episode season. The filming took place in front of a live studio audience at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles. Jack Cutmore-Scott joins as Frasier’s son Freddy, Nicholas Lyndhurst as Frasier’s old college friend turned university professor Alan, Toks Olagundoye as Olivia, Jess Salgueiro as Freddy’s roommate Eve, and Anders Keith as Frasier’s nephew David.

The revival of ‘Frasier’ is helmed by writers Chris Harris and Joe Cristalli, both of whom contribute their talents as executive producers alongside Kelsey Grammer, Tom Russo, and Jordan McMahon.

The original series clinched its place in TV history as the most Emmy-winning series, boasting 37 wins, until HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ surpassed it in 2016. ‘Frasier’ still maintains the record for the most wins by a comedy series. For those wanting to relive the magic, the original series is available to stream on Paramount+.