I just watched the 2 hour series finale of Frasier, and I have to say that it made me wish that I had tuned in this season. The first hour with Fred Ward acting as psychiatrist to Kelsey Grammar’s Frasier was a nice overview, showing the evolution of each character over the series 11 year run.
Unlike the recent series ender of Friends, this felt like I was losing an old friend. Although I stopped watching the show a couple of years ago, deep down I still like the characters. My issue with Frasier and Niles in the later years was how two men as educated and sophisticated as they were, could still be at times such bumbling, ignorant, idiots. Some of the situations in which they placed themselves just strained my ability to suspend disbelief. My favorite episodes were not of the “comedy of errors” variety.
Like Friends, one of the reasons I stopped watching Frasier was the cavalier attitude taken by the show in regards to having a child. Call me a prude, but Roz having a baby girl and then continuing in her “sleep with him first, ask questions later” mentality just irritated the hell out of me. And like the Friends series ender, Frasier apparently tried to make up for that in the final episode with the birth of Niles’ and Daphne’s son into a traditional family that would apparently not relegate the child to a background item.
The final episode itself had kind of a quiet dignity about it even with the screwball comedy involving Daphne’s brothers. :) It was really great to see everyone on the show finally “grow up”, Frasier in particular.
Just a really fine send-off to this show.