‘Frasier’ Just Isn’t the Same without Niles and Marty – DIGIWIZ CENTRAL

‘Frasier’ Just Isn’t the Same without Niles and Marty

Photo Illustration by Luis G. Rendon/The Daily Beast/Everett/Paramount+

When Paramount+ announced a new season of Frasier, I was skeptical. As someone who admittedly named her dog after the show’s titular curmudgeon, I couldn’t imagine how the new series would recapture the same magic without Kelsey Grammer’s two co-leads—David Hyde Pierce as Dr. Crane’s priggish little brother, Niles, and the late John Mahoney as his salt-of-the-earth father, Marty. Turns out, it doesn’t.

Does the new Frasier need to look, act, and feel like the original did in order to succeed? Perhaps not. But if this new show isn’t quite like the original, what have we gained in its place?

From the moment the new Frasier (the show) begins, it’s clear that the new Frasier is a note-perfect extension of the old Frasier (the character). He’s a fount of micro-expressions, all bugged eyes and twitchy mouth to complement that big, booming vocal performance. (Catch him singing that new theme song and marvel at how he doesn’t seem to have missed a beat.) At the same time, this radio psychiatrist turned daytime TV star has somehow made like many a snide child before him and become exactly like his father.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

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