Second season of Frasier is a rather good one. The story/environment evolves, but very, very slowly; in terms of the story, only a few events were significant enough to effect the personalities of the heroes: there was certain resolution in the relationship of Frasier with his ex-wife; Martin solved the case he’s been struggling with for many years; Daphne received an upgrade and asserted herself in the Frasier’s apartment more or less definitively; Frasier, in his turn asserted himself with the radio station more definitively by renegotiating his contract; also, the Crane brothers tried to run a restaurant and failed miserably.
Of course, there’s more to that; there are stories not as far-reaching, but interesting nonetheless, and there are some not so great ones, as well; more importantly, there’s a lot of humor, and most of it is pretty good. Stories about Daphne’s room (ep. 17), the blackout (ep. 24), the triple translation (ep. 21), the restaurant drama (ep. 8), Frasier being robbed (ep. 14), contract renegotiation (ep. 22), are all really good. The one about the restaurant business (ep. 23) I didn’t like very much – the disaster is just way too symmetrical (life usually includes amounts of chaos here and there), more like geometry than paintings, didn’t seem plausible. But other than that, the season is great – funny, entertaining, low bullshit level.
Created by: David Angell, Peter Casey and David Lee
Directed by: James Burrows, Rick Beren, David Lee, Andy Ackerman, Alan Myserson, Philip Charles MacKenzie
Written by: Martin Weiss, Dave Hackel, Joe Keenan, Christopher Lloyd, Linda Morris, Vic Rauseo, Chuck Ranberg, Anne Flett-Giordano, Ken Levine, David Isaacs, David Lloyd, Steven Levitan, Elias Davis, David Pollock, Don Seigel
Performed by: Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce, Peri Gilpin, John Mahoney, Bebe Neuwirth, JoBeth Williams, John C. McGinley, Nathan Lane, Ted Danson, Dan Butler, Shelly Long, Edward Hibbert, John O’Hurley, Eric Lutes, Boyd Gaines, Mike Starr, Shannon Tweed, Téa Leoni, W. Morgan Sheppard, Jim Norton, Harriet Sansom Harris, Diedrich Bader, James Spader, Lily Tomlin, Amy Madigan, Alfre Woodard, Sandra Dee, Sydney Pollack, Art Garfunkel, Kevin Bacon, Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Macaulay Culkin, Carly Simon, Rosie Perez, Mary Steenburgen, Gary Sinise, John Lithgow, Glenne Headly, Shelley Duvall
Time: 9h6m (a. 24 episodes)
Entertaining quality: 4+ out of 5
Art quality: 4+ out of 5
Links: (IMDB) | (wiki)