The long-awaited return of “Frasier” after nearly two decades sees Kelsey Grammar reprising his iconic titular character in a TV landscape that has undergone a complete transformation. Unlike its original network home on NBC, the new series has opted for a streaming platform.
How to Watch the ‘Frasier’ Reboot?
Episodes 1 and 2 of the new “Frasier” series are currently exclusively available for streaming on Paramount+. While CBS will air a special back-to-back broadcast of these first two episodes on Tuesday, Oct. 17, starting at 9:15 PM ET/PT, the remainder of the series can only be accessed on Paramount+.
In a testament to the influence of the streaming era, the rebooted season of “Frasier” consists of just 10 episodes, a notable departure from the 24-episode standard of the original 11 seasons.
The initial two episodes are set to debut on Oct. 12, followed by weekly releases until the finale on Dec. 7.
For those interested in revisiting the original “Frasier” series, all 11 seasons of the 1993-2004 run are available for streaming on Paramount+ and Hulu. The first season is accessible for free on Amazon Prime Video until Oct. 31.
For a throwback to Frasier’s early days in Boston, “Cheers” is the destination. The complete 11-season run from 1982-1993 is streamable on Paramount+.
Currently, Hulu offers the first four seasons of “Frasier,” while Amazon Prime Video provides free streaming of the first season until Oct. 31. However, it’s worth noting that Frasier’s character debut doesn’t occur until Season 3.
In terms of the cast, Kelsey Grammer is the sole original series regular reprising his role in the “Frasier” reboot. Peri Gilpin and Bebe Neuwirth are set to return as Roz and Lilith, respectively.
The next generation of Cranes will also make an appearance, albeit portrayed by new actors. Jack Cutmore-Scott takes on the role of Frasier and Lilith’s son, Freddy, while newcomer Anders Keith portrays Niles and Daphne’s son, David.
In addition to familiar faces, the series introduces new characters. Nicholas Lyndhurst stars as Frasier’s old Oxford friend and new Harvard colleague, Professor Alan Cornwall. Toks Olagundoye stars as the ambitious and unconventional Harvard psych department head, Olivia Finch, and Jess Salgueiro plays Freddy’s friend, Eve.
While David Hyde Pierce has chosen not to reprise his role as Niles Crane for the time being, the character hasn’t been written off, leaving room for a potential return should Pierce have a change of heart. Given that Niles’ son is a supporting character, it’s likely that references to or updates on Niles and Daphne will still feature in the show.