FRASIER ? THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON is a half-hour comedy series set in Seattle, which chronicles the lives of an eloquently pompous radio show host, Dr. Frasier Crane, (Grammer), his competitive, high-brow brother Niles (... more »Hyde Pierce), their crotchety father Martin (Mahoney) and Martin?s semi-psychic, live-in home-care provider, Daphne (Leeves). The show made history by becoming the first series, comedy or drama, to achieve a record five consecutive Emmy wins for Outstanding Comedy Series.« less
"Season 6 was really the end of an era, before the Daphne-Niles romance became more than a one-sided infatuation and, although it provided emotional gratification to the show's fans, it sapped some of the show's energy. Bulldog was also soon to become a bit-player on the show, too--I'm not sure why. In addition, Frasier was shut out of the Emmys for the first time ever (it was defeated by Ally McBeal). At least we can be thankful that David E. Kelley wasn't involved with Frasier, or things would have detioratated much faster. Frasier, at least, ended strong last year.
The sixth season had more than a few laughs. Initially, Frasier was unemployed after KACL converted to a Latino-music station. One particularly funny episode was "Frasier's Curse", which had the unemployed Frasier trying to strike an upbeat note while awaiting a high school reunion. Frasier eventually does get his job back (sadly, Bulldog doesn't). Another highlight is a visit from Cheers' dense bartender Woody, which serves as a reminder of where Frasier actually began. "IQ" has Niles and Frasier settling the score on which one is smarter, but the best episode of this season is "Dinner Party." In this real-time episode, Frasier and Niles decide to throw a dinner party, but the planning goes awry when one of the guests makes a disparaging remark about one of the brothers. It's very clever, although it doesn't exactly take advantage of the entire ensemble.
Ultimately, this is a happier season than the last one, but it has the usual quandries and issues for Frasier and his family and friends (and we wouldn't have it any other way). This is still the show on the top of its game, before the 7-8-9 seasons' gradual erosion and the last two seasons' remarkable recovery. A worthy buy."
Another season of Emmy nominations.
Andrew Hoover | Walnut Creek, CA United States | 07/01/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Season 6 has some hilarious, unforgettable situations Frasier, family and his friends have to work through. In "The Seal Who Came To Dinner" Frasier & Niles seek approval from snob hill, only to have a dead seal ruin their chances for the Golden Apron. Niles moves to Shangri-La,...the apartment with folding bed and reach-in closet. Donny Douglas, Daphne's husband-to-be-NOT is introduced. Niles tries to break them up, but fails for the next 4 seasons. And then there's Faye,...or is it Cassandra? Frasier couldn't get it right.
1. Good Grief 2. Frasier's Curse 3. Dial M For Martin 4. Hot Ticket 5. First, Do No Harm 6. Secret Admirer 7. How To Bury A Millionaire 8. The Seal Who Came To Dinner 9. Roz, A Loan 10. Merry Christmas, Mrs. Moskowitz 11. Good Samaritan 12. Our Parents, Ourselves 13. The Show Where Woody Shows Up 14. Three Valentines 15. To Tell The Truth 16. Decoys 17. Dinner Party 18. Taps At The Montana 19. IQ 20. Dr. Nora 21. When A Man Loves Two Women 22. Visions Of Daphne 23. Shutout In Seattle (1) 24. Shutout In Seattle (2)
Producers: please program the first DVD so the commercials can be skipped. And, provide extras.
Amazon: is there an e-mail list announcing new season releases? "
Flashes of Brilliance
John P Bernat | Kingsport, TN USA | 04/16/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"While this season continues a downward trend which started as early as the third season, there are still some flashes of brilliance here.
Frasier does ultimately get his job back at the radio station, and salsa music is banished. But the best episode lies a little ahead, on disk three...
My personal favorite episode is "Three Valentines," which combines some of the best Frasier elements. It starts out with Niles, solo at Frasier's place, preparing for a date with the president of the wine club. The writing is so clever and, as much, Niles' acting of the complex physical requirements, timing, and facial expression through an entirely silent sequence is just amazing - as good as anything you'd get in the whole series.
This is almost matched by Frasier's comedy of perception and expectation with the great-looking Communications Director of the station (played by Virginia Madsen in her prime). Again, the writing is strong and the acting matches it - although you can see just a hint of the upcoming trouble we're soon to have with Kelsey Grammer.
But the best one is the segment between Daphne and Martin. His cynical crustiness plays off Daphne's despondency over spending Valentine's Day without a date, and weakens when he realizes that she does not find him an "attractive older man."
Overall, the season is a really good one - enjoyable, relaxed and not quite yet as formulaic as seasons ahead."
McGillicutty | The Sooner Nation | 10/15/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The sixth season of "Frasier" marked the first time the show didn't win an Emmy for best comedy and it was probably deserved. However, it does have a number of gems and is well-worth getting for the "Frasier" fanatics out there.
Oddly enough, the problem episodes bracket an otherwise very good season with some priceless moments. "Good Grief" is a good example of what is not right as it finds Frasier out of work (which he would be until "Roz, A Loan" nine episodes later) and the entire cast pushing the comedy, instead of relaxing and letting the writing do its work. Kelsey Grammer in particular is somewhat frantic in the first few episodes and each punchline gets an unnecessary yell or emphises that works against the humor.
The really good episodes begin with "First, Do No Harm" featuring Teri Hatcher who completes a trifeca of comic highlights here, after her unforgetable turns in "Night Court" & "Seinfeld". The fun continues on the Disc 2 starting with "The Seal Who Came To Dinner" and "Merry Christmas, Mrs. Moskowitz", a killer combo of classic Frasier laughs highlighted by the appropriate yell of "JESUS!".
Disc 3 contains the single finest moment of the season in "Three Valentines", a perfect, nearly wordless scene with Niles preparing for his date at Frasier's place, only to have one disaster follow another with Eddie looking on. Woody Harrelson turns in one of his best "Woody" performances in "The Show Where Woody Comes Back". The final toast at the end of the episode is both touching and appropriate. At first, "Decoys" plays like last season's best farce "The Ski Lodge" and while it's not quite as good, it's still very funny. Niles' relationship with Maris finally ends with "To Tell The Truth" and has one of the best reaction shots as Niles realizes just where Maris' fortune came from.
Disc 4 takes a downturn as the focus shifts to Daphne and her relationship with Donny (Saul Rubenek). While I admire Saul and his talents, he seems like an odd fit for Daphne and there wasn't much chemestry there to make me believe she was in love with him. An exception is the "Dr. Nora" episode which is rather funny although Christene Baranski does overplay her "Dr. Laura" impression somewhat.
Once again, we are plagued with needless previews on Disc 1 (which you can get through quickly using the chapter advance button) and no extras at all. I suppose that Seasons 7 - 10 will be presented in the same manner, which is a real shame when compared to the "Seinfeld" DVDs.
Overall, Season Six turned out somewhat better than I had remembered, featuring some classic moments and big laughs. However, the seeds of "Frasier's" downturn are apparent as the writing begins to suffer under the weight of the Niles/Daphne relationship which would become more problematic over the next few seasons.
Tidbits: - Look for a young Erika Christensen ("Traffic", "Swimfan") in "Frasier's Curse", she's in an early scene in the Cafe' Nervosa.
- A continuity blooper happens in "The Seal Who Came To Dinner", the lid of Niles' coffee keeps appearing and dissapearing during a scene at the Cafe' Nervosa.
- Unfortunately, there is no Lilith or Bebe this season.
- Although I didn't believe it at first, it apparently is true that Roz has no idea Niles loves Daphne until the episode "Decoys", halfway through the sixth season.
- "Dinner Party" features only the cast (no special guests or extras), a first for "Frasier".
The show is great but the ads, and lack of subtitles and spe
S. M. Malloch | Scotland | 01/14/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The sixth season is very good. There are alot of funny moments to enjoy. The adverts at the begginning of disc 1 are very annoying. I'm also dissapointed about the fact that there is no subtitles or special features. Other shows get hours of special features and we get adverts. The episodes are still fantastic and make the set worth collecting. I just don't see why Paramount haven't added some subtitles and special features."