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Midway through Frasier's redemptive final season (which earned Emmys for Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce), Martin Crane (John Mahoney) reassures his son, "Just when you think that you're in a rut and nothing exciting will ever happen again, pow, that's when it does." The same could have been said of Frasier's redemptive final season. Not that the multi-Emmy-honored series had ever really jumped the couch, but by its 11th season, it had lost some of its sparkle. And then, POW! Veteran Frasier writers Christopher Lloyd and Joe Keenan return to the fold. POW! Wendie Malick joins the seamless ensemble as brash lounge singer Ronee Lawrence, who becomes a love interest for Martin. POW! Daphne (Jane Leeves), underutilized since her marriage to Niles, becomes pregnant. POW! Frasier opens his own private practice. POW! Laura Linney guest stars as Charlotte, who becomes the hapless Frasier's own Miss Right. The series also benefited greatly from a stellar roster of character actors, who rose to the occasion of this gold standard series' final year. Penny Johnson (24), Sarah Silverman (School of Rock), and Dan "Homer Simpson" Castellaneta christen Frasier's couch in the episode, "The Return of Maris." Jennifer Tilly is at her ditzy, delectable best as a pick-up in "Miss Right Now." Laurie Metcalf replaces Emma Thompson as Frasier's first wife, children's entertainer Nanny G, in "Caught in the Act." Always welcome are Bebe Neuwirth as Lilith ("Guns 'N Neuroses") and Harriet Sansom Harris as Frasier's unscrupulous agent Bebe (the series finale, "Goodnight, Seattle").

But Frasier was never about stunt casting. It's the writing, stupid, which, actually, was anything but. Episodes such as "Boo," "The Doctor Is Out," "Coots and Ladders," and "Caught in the Act" recapture Frasier's unique blend of wit and farce. The series finale, in which relationships take a significant turn and Frasier finally breaks out of that rut to follow his heart, is as satisfying as fans could wish.

DVD Features

  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • All 23 episodes from the 2003-04 season
  • "Observations, Analyses and Good-Byes"
  • "Fraiser Says Farewell"

Cast

Kelsey GrammerDr. Frasier Crane
Jane LeevesDaphne Crane
David Hyde PierceDr. Niles Crane
Peri GilpinRoz Doyle
John MahoneyMartin Crane
Felicity HuffmanJulia Wilcox
Debra MonkNurse Karen
Tom McGowanKenny Daly
Patrick StewartAlistair Burke
Edward HibbertGil Chesterton
Benjamin BrattKevin
Wendie MalickRonee Lawrence
Julia SweeneyAnn Hodges
Krista AllenLiz Wright
Dan CastellanetaBrad
Millicent MartinGertrude Moon
Missi PyleShannon
Sarah SilvermanJane
Victor AlfieriEsteban De Rojo
Bebe NeuwirthDr. Lilith Sternin
Rachael HarrisErin
Stephen SpinellaRandall Schoonover
Heidi MokryckiPlum Sanders
Trevor EinhornFrederick Gaylord Crane
Musetta VanderNatalie Blanc
Dan ButlerBob 'Bulldog' Briscoe
Patrick KerrNoel Shempsky
Bess ArmstrongKelly Kirkland
Stanley TucciMorrie
Penny MarshallCeleste
Hilary DuffBritney
Julia SweeneyAnn Hodges
Laurie MetcalfNanny G
Don McManusDonald
Estelle ParsonsOpal
Helen MirrenBabette
Laura LinneyCharlotte
Jennifer TillyKim
Aaron EckhartFrank
Chris DiamantopoulosSteve
Stephen RootHarbin
Rosie PerezLizbeth
Harriet Sansom HarrisBebe Glazer
Anthony LaPagliaSimon Moon
Robbie ColtraneMichael Moon
Richard E. GrantStephen Moon
Jennifer BealsDr. Anne Ranberg
Jason BiggsDr. Hauck

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