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Frasier - The Complete Tenth Season (2002 - 2003/CBS DVD Set)



Picture: C+ Sound: C+ Extras: D Episodes: B-



One of the most annoying things about bad 1980s TV and its phony hype was being told how great Cheers was, even when it was at its best early on. Sure, it was a good show, but not the all-time gem some have made it out to be. It is one of the few TV sitcoms of its time that will hold up and was about mostly mature adults. However, the real proof that the show was somewhat overrated is the success of its spin-off, Frasier.


By lasting longer, outclassing its original source show and taking liberties with the Kelsey Grammer character to expand his life and backstory, even if it meant contradicting Cheers, the show did the one critical thing Cheers missed through sloppiness to the end. It finally outdid the original Mary Tyler Moore Show as the series with the most Emmy nominations. Yes, it took more seasons, but that says something about its quality consistency.


A sort of expanded play on the MTM-produced Bob Newhart Show, this series did not lose its way in later seasons the way that show somewhat did, as the title character's psychology radio show becomes the center of the nuttiness within his circle of friends and all the outside characters they come across each episode. By this Tenth Season (the next season was the last one) two of the main characters (David Hyde Pierce, Jane Leeves) decide to marry, Frasier and Roz (Peri Gilpin) experience interference from his ex-wife and Martin (John Mahoney) does the banal thing of running for the presidency... of the condo board.


The only bad thing is that the package says these may be slightly different edits from the original broadcast versions, which must drive fans nuts, but the whole show is out on DVD and continues what is becoming a trend as DVD is overtaken by new HD formats.


The 1.33 X 1 image looks good and like Seinfeld, is one of the last filmed block-style TV series of any kind. You can experiment with the framing on a 16 X 9 TV set and be surprised that they cut well, but purists will want to watch this in the original frame here. Color and detail can be limited, but this looks better than it ever did on analog TV broadcasts. The lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is good, but has limited surrounds, playing back better in two-channel and there are sadly no extras. Expect new Blu-ray editions soon from new HD or UHD scans since the announcement of the revival series in 2021.



- Nicholas Sheffo



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