Frasier: The Tenth Season (2002)

Genre(s): Comedy
Paramount || NR - 526 minutes - $38.99 || December 11, 2007
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2007-12-12


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
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Special Features

A U D I O &
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Audio and Video

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): NA
Cast: Kelsey Grammer, David Hyde Pierce, Peri Gilpin, John Mahoney, Jane Leeves


Theatrical Release Date: NA


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
    None


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Full Screen (1.33)
  • English (Dolby Digital Stereo)
  • Subtitles: None

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.::THE FILM::.

“Frasier” has always been one of my favorite sitcoms and it’s arguably one of the most underrated of the 1990s when “Friends” would get most of the attention. Like most long running series, it’s had some off years. For me, that came between in the seventh and eighth seasons when you had the Donnie/Daphne engagement and subsequent breakup (and lawsuit) and the Niles/Mel marriage and later blackmail when Niles and Daphne got together. It’s not that either of those seasons weren’t funny and seeing Niles and Daphne finally together after so many years was satisfying, but it seemed the writers didn’t quite know what to do with them.

Nonetheless, the series got back on track in season nine (though the Niles/Daphne relationship still needed some work) and the tenth season, it seems it was the old show I loved and watched. In season 10, things have settled down a little. Daphne moves out of Frasier’s apartment, Martin is working as a security guard (a job he got the previous season), Roz is... well, Roz and Frasier continues to look for love while also getting himself into odd situations (see: ‘Enemy at the Gate’ guest starring Luis Guzman). But best thing of all, every episode was hilarious, save for the season finale in which Roz turns into a witch (and a bitch to boot) because of Frasier’s new found relationship with Julia, the radio station’s ice queen.

Some people might not find a single character likeable as Kelsey Grammer’s Frasier can certainly be obnoxious; Niles not quite as so but still turn people the wrong way; Martin an old grouch and Daphne just all around grating (and I’m not even including Daphne’s mom or brother). If can’t get beyond their flaws, then obviously this isn’t the show for you. I personally find all their quirks to be funny and make a predictable sitcom plot device into something funnier than it should be.

This season isn’t all laughs as it does have a serious tone during a 3-part storyline when Niles discovers an undiagnosed heart condition. In ‘Rooms with a View’, he undergoes open heart surgery and concluding in ‘Don’t Go Breaking My Heart’ when Niles has to come to terms with his new lease on life. A bit surprising when you consider the light nature the show had up to that point in the season, but still some fine performances.

The tenth season is split, like previous seasons, on four discs. Here are the episodes included (personal favorites marked with an asterisk):

01. The Ring Cycle*
02. Enemy At The Gate
03. Proxy Prexy
04. Kissing Cousin
05. Tales From The Crypt
06. Star Mitzvah
07. Bristle While You Work (Part 1)*
08. Rooms With A View (Part 2)*
09. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (Part 3)
10. We Two Kings
11. Door Jam
12. The Harassed
13. Lilith Needs A Favor
14. Daphne Does Dinner*
15. Trophy Girlfriend*
16. Fraternal Schwinns
17. Kenny On The Couch
18. Roe to Perdition
19. Some Assembly Required
20. Farewell, Nervosa
21. The Devil And Dr. Phil
22. Fathers And Sons*
23. Analyzed Kiss
24. A New Position For Roz



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

No features included.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

The series is presented in full screen and features a standard Dolby Stereo soundtrack.



.::OVERALL::.

Aside from Paramount once again leaving a series like this featureless, season 10 of “Frasier” is a solid compilation of laughs with a little drama that reminds you why it was so funny. While it will never receive the stature of “Friends”, I believe it was one of the better sitcoms of the 1990s and early 2000s.