"This year represented the last year in Frasier's then-unprecedented and still-unequalled five-year Emmy streak for best comedic series. Although it's not quite the equal of its predecessor season, if only because the show never produced a funnier episode than "Ham Radio", this season comes darned close with "The Ski Lodge", which has the main characters changing scenery to a remote snow-packed location and finding love--just not with the people they wanted. The show's farcical humor is played here superlatively, with great result. The season also brings the final resolution to the Niles-Maris Marriage, in "The Maris Counselor", and it is resolved, of course, in the most embarassing way possible. The romantic unluckiness continued with Martin's breakup with Sherry, and the unfortunate exit of Marsha Mason from her Emmy-nominated role. Finally, the season ends with Frasier losing his job to Latino musicians. All in all, this season brought great tribulation to all the characters, but their misery translated into plenty of laughs.
I hope that this time around, Paramount includes at least some special features in the Frasier DVD set. Since I can't get Frasier on TV where I live, I'll probably end up buying it anyway, but I would really appreciate something more. Regardless, Frasier is a comic gem, and its fifth season is great entertainment."
Wonderful Season--annoying situation with ads
Barb A. Hendee | Oregon, USA | 06/07/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Season five is clever, warm, and funny. I'm so glad it's been released. My husband I excitedly put in the first disk. We were forced to sit through a long ad for Happy Days, and the disk is set up so the viewer cannot fast forward or jump to the main menu. We shrugged and waited.
Following the long ad for Happy Days were ads for Laverne and Shirley, Mork and Mindy, McGyver, Charmed, and if you can believe it . . . The Brady Bunch. These are not brief missives, and you cannot fast forward. We were stunned and more than a little annoyed.
My advice is to leave the TV off, and put the disk in the DVD player at least ten minutes before you're ready to watch it."
Sophisticated, witty, and hilarious...
Britt Gillette | Chesapeake, VA USA | 04/20/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Along with Friends and Seinfeld, Kelsey Grammer's Cheers spin-off, Frasier, dominated the prime time television landscape during the 1990's. Grammer plays the role of Dr. Frasier Crane who, fresh off of his divorce from Lilith, moves back to his hometown of Seattle where he lands a gig as a radio psychiatrist. Frasier's father, Marty Crane (John Mahoney), a Seattle cop recently shot in an attempted convenience store robbery is in need of physical therapy. Frasier and his brother Niles (David Hyde Pierce) make an effort to mend their relationship with Marty whose plaid shirts and penchant for sports and beer strikes a dramatic contrast with their wine club, opera house culture. After a little prodding, Marty and his dog Eddie (Moose) move into Frasier's upscale apartment, and Frasier hires Daphne Moon (Jane Leeves), a housekeeper and physical therapist to look after the two cranes.
The entirety of the show takes place in mostly three places - Frasier's radio station where he works with show producer Roz Doyle (Peri Gilpin), Frasier's apartment, and the favorite hangout of Niles and Frasier, Café Nervosa. A witty comedic exploration of the nation's clash of cultures (also illustrated by Frasier's run-ins with sports guy Bob "Bulldog" Briscoe), Frasier stands alone as one of the best-written shows in television history. Not a single episode can be considered a dud.
The Frasier (Season 5) DVD features a number of hilarious episodes including the season premiere "Frasier's Imaginary Friend" in which Frasier returns to Seattle from Acapulco where he enjoyed a blissful affair with a supermodel zoologist who, for personal reasons, asks him to keep their relationship a secret. But constant near-miss run-ins between Frasier's family and the woman lead them to question whether Frasier is involved in a relationship at all. Exasperated, he spills the beans - an action with profoundly negative consequences... Other notable episodes from Season 5 include "My Fair Frasier" in which Frasier finds himself as "the woman" in a relationship with a hard-nosed defense attorney, and "The Ski Lodge" in which the Crane family, Daphne, and her friend take a weekend trip to a ski lodge where romantic misunderstandings abound...
Below is a list of episodes included on the Frasier (Season 5) DVD:
Episode 97 (Frasier's Imaginary Friend) Episode 98 (The Gift Horse) Episode 99 (Halloween) Episode 100 (The Kid) Episode 101 (The 1000th Show) Episode 102 (Voyage of the Damned) Episode 103 (My Fair Frasier) Episode 104 (Desperately Seeking Closure) Episode 105 (Perspectives on Christmas) Episode 106 (Where Every Bloke Knows Your Name) Episode 107 (Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do) Episode 108 (The Zoo Story) Episode 109 (The Maris Counselor) Episode 110 (The Ski Lodge) Episode 111 (Room Service) Episode 112 (Beware of Greeks) Episode 113 (The Perfect Guy) Episode 114 (Bad Dog) Episode 115 (Frasier Gotta Have It) Episode 116 (First Date) Episode 117 (Roz and the Schnoz) Episode 118 (The Life of the Party) Episode 119 (Party, Party) Episode 120 (Sweet Dreams)
The DVD Report"
No extras, but so what? The show's the thing.
John S. Harris | Memphis, TN | 06/25/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"No extras. Fine. Okay. There are ELEVEN seasons of this show. I doubt there are enough bonus materials in the vaults to pile a bunch into each of eleven season sets (assuming they plan on releasing all or most of them), so be patient. I'm sure we'll get some goodies eventually.
Season Five still has the writing in full comic swing. The season opens with an episode featuring Sela Ward (hubba hubba!), and if that doesn't get your season started on the right foot then nothing will.
Two of the biggest laughs I've ever gotten watching "Frasier" over the years came in Season Five, in particular the episode where Niles sleeps with Lilith ("Room Service") and the following episode where Frasier's cousin is to marry ("Beware of Greeks").
In "Room Service" the big laugh for me came from a simple line-reading: the room service waiter says "Okay" to Frasier's insistence that he might rekindle his relationship with his ex-wife, while unbeknownst to him (but known to the waiter) Niles is hiding in the bathroom. The actor nailed the line so beautifully.
In "Beware of Greeks", Frasier simply says "And we're back!" following a loopy non-sequitor by Daphne. Grammer nails the line. Big belly laughs all around!
The episode that always gets discussed in Season Five is "The Ski Lodge", a comedy of errors Blake Edwards would be proud to have orchestrated for one of his films. That episode is very funny, but still takes a back seat to "The First Date", the episode where Niles comes closest yet to asking Daphne out on a date. While it is not quite the same kind of humor that is in "The Ski Lodge", the "First Date" episode is both funny and tender. That is a hard line to walk successfully in a 22-minute script.
Late in the season, a pregnant Roz first meets the paternal grandparents of her unborn baby. The writer of that episode really had a nose for sniffing out the cheap laughs without being mean-spirited.
Don't know when Season Six will arrive, but I'm already ready for it. Season Six may be the first "Frasier" season to NOT win a "Best Comedy Series" Emmy award, but I hardly think that qualifies as a failure.
If you are collecting these season sets, or merely considering it, don't pass this one over.
The End of the Streak
John P Bernat | Kingsport, TN USA | 03/31/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The fifth season is quite good, really. It does not hit the heights established by Season 3, but there are some wonderful moments here.
"The 1000th Show" places us in Seattle, at a number of easy-to-recognize locations. It is a little contrived, but great to see the city's special places.
"Bad Dog" is a favorite of mine. The DVD lets you slow down the first "take" of the incident involving Bulldog, and see whether Frasier's instant analysis of the attempted holdup was accurate. It actually is...
"The Ski Lodge" is a favorite of many, but not my favorite. I like the Three Stooges, and I like Frasier, but I don't think they mix that well.
My personal favorite, actually, is "First Date." I don't want to spoil it by telling too much of the plot; it is "Frasier" at the show's best, though.
You'll enjoy it! And you CAN Fast Forward through the previews - you just have to use the fast scan button, not the jump button."