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Frasier - The Ninth Season
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All 23 ninth season episodes on four discs Studio: Paramount Home Video Release Date: 09/16/2008 Run time: 527 minutes

After a distinguished run of Emmy-winning seasons, Frasier is, by its ninth season, in something of "a tiny lull" (as Frasier describes the state of his radio talk show career in the episode "Junior Agent") when its guest stars took home more Emmys than the much-decorated ensemble (Anthony LaPlaglia, reprising his role as Daphne's besotted brother, Simon, in the two-parter, "Mother Load"). But Frasier still shows signs of its usual brilliance in balancing farce and sparkling wit. After the hour-long season-opener, in which Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) explores his unhappy love life with the help of subconscious incarnations of Lilith (Bebe Neuwirth), Diane (Shelley Long), and a hippy to whom Frasier was briefly married (who knew?; and where's Nanny G?), the series shakes off the melancholia of the previous season. The world still gets the best of Frasier and assaults his dignity, be it the driver of a Humvee who hems him in his parking space; his neighbor nemesis, Cam Winston (Brian Stokes Mitchell); or Lilith's con-artist brother (Michael Keaton), who, in "Wheel of Fortune," arouses Frasier's worst suspicions when he shows up at his doorstep in a wheelchair. But Frasier at long last emerges triumphant in "Juvenilia," in which he gets the best of three smarmy teen radio hosts subjecting him to a fierce on-air grilling.

Character developments this season include Roz (Peri Gilpin) falling in love with a garbage man (Tony Goldwyn), Niles (David Hyde Pierce) at last proposing to Daphne (Jane Leeves), Martin (John Mahoney) taking a job as a security guard, and Frasier and Roz sharing a one night stand. A series milestone, Frasier's 200th episode, features Adam Arkin as Frasier's most devoted (read "obsessive") fan. "Cheerful Goodbyes" reunites Grammer with Rhea Perlman, George Wendt, John Ratzenberger, and Paul Wilson from Cheers on the occasion of Cliff Claven's retirement. Other memorable guest star appearances include Tony-winner Kristin Chenoweth as "The Junior Agent," the inexperienced, but tenacious former assistant to Frasier's pit bull of an agent, Bebe (the always exquisite Harriet Sansom Harris), and Brian Cox as Daphne's father, whom Niles is determined to reunite with his estranged wife. Frasier's ninth, unlike Beethoven's, hits some off-key notes (happily, the character of Kirby, the slacker with the Sideshow Bob hair, is gone after this season), but when everything is in harmony (as in "Bla-Z-Boy," in which Martin's beloved chair is accidentally (?) destroyed), it's still capable of a classic or two. --Donald Liebenson

Customer Reviews:

  • this CHEERED me up
    I have heard rumors where this is only the 9th season instead of the complete 9th season, but this season was funny. alot of the episodes are in his radio station which is a little boaring but this season has so much color and they go outside and a great cast appearance is in this season. this season CHEERED me up on the cheers episode in here....more info
  • Ninth season
    Frasier serie is always entertaning but it lacks the sparks of the previous series. Loks like they had to pull it together to complete the ten years period....more info
  • Fraiser the best show ever!
    Season nine was one the ones I remember easily to watch, I was fan of Fraiser not while it aired but after the show ended. I watch Fraiser watching it on lifetime and I love the show since then, now I have almost all of the season but this one is the one that changes everything for Niles. A must buy!...more info
  • No Subtitles
    This set of DVDs don't have subtitle option so I'll return these. Actually this is a huge problem and I should have been warned in bold about this. I do not recommend...more info
  • Frasier fan
    All of the "Frasier" seasons were superb. No exception here. Buy them all, especially season two and the last!...more info
  • Awsome ending to a Great Series.
    Our with Great Writing. Sad. Jennifer Beals on the last show was awsome....more info
  • No. 9 & still going strong...
    Simply the best TV comedy creation ever & this season is just as good as the rest. I think I'm an addict....more info
  • Frasier 9th Season
    I received my order in a prompt manner. The DVD collection was in excellent shape. I also enjoyed the sitcom tremendously....more info
  • Frasier - On the Decline?
    Once again, It didn't take me too long to get through this series of Frasier. As a massive fan I loved watching every episode, however, I must admit that this was the least funniest series so far. Whilst the character of Martin was on top form as usual and Ros maintained her usual sharp wit, I am still intenstly irritated by the presence of Daphne's family. They fail to reasonably portray a typical northern English family and seem surplus to requirements given the strength of the main characters. However, there is sufficient humour thoughout the series to ensure that I will definately buy Season 10 when it is released.
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  • technical glitch on 2nd DVD
    Anyone else notice one of the episodes on DVD 2 (I think it was Junior Agent or Bully For Martin) has some weird audio glitch on the audience laughing? I don't know if I just got a bad copy, but everytime the laughter happened it sounds markedly different than normal - staticy, way too much treble, kind of muted-sounding. Really bizarre....more info
  • I love Frasier!
    I fell in love with Dr. Frasier Crane on Cheers! I only need the 10th season to complete my collection. Every DVD gets better than the one before. I even named my Jack Russell "Frasier." Go out and buy it!...more info
  • It's only okay
    While I own each series they've put out on DVD so far, I'm of the opinion the show jumped the shark when Niles and Daphne hooked up. I guess when you set the bar so high with your early series, it's hard to keep the standard high. Once again no extras on this series (not even a commentary). One for the diehard fans only...more info