The writers need to remember what made the show so great back in the day.
- The audience is mostly disappointed with the revived sitcom.
- The recent episode proved that the show needs more tension.
- Adding conflict might save the reboot.
Since its release on October 12, the Frasier revival has been a hot topic for many fans. At first, audiences were excited to see their favorite character return – especially since it was one of the few premieres this fall due to the writers' and actors' strikes. But then the tone of the entire discussion changed drastically as viewers were mostly disappointed with the premiere.
Following the titular Dr. Frasier Crane in a new stage of his life, the revamped show documents his move back to Boston, where the character made his debut way back on Cheers. There, the beloved psychiatrist accepts a professorship at Harvard University and attempts to mend fences with his estranged son, Freddy, while continuing his search for love. But after watching seven episodes of the reboot, fans are less than impressed with the new sitcom. Now they finally know what it lacks.
Although Frasier was first and foremost a sitcom, with a multitude of brilliant jokes and puns, it derived some of its humor from the conflict between the characters and the situations that arose as a result. For example, the relationship between Dr. Crane and his young brother, Niles, was full of quips and wisecracks that made up the entire show. Similarly, the animosity between the title character and his ex-wife Lilith offered the audience plenty of comic relief.
This was especially evident in the recent seventh episode of the Frasier reboot, which featured a guest appearance by Bebe Neuwirth, who played Lilith on the original show. As a result, fans greatly appreciated the actress' cameo. In the aftermath, many viewers believe that it's characters like Lilith that the new sitcom lacks.
'We need more Lilith. This is the first episode where K[elsey]G[rammer] looked and sounded comfortable being back in Frasier's shoes, to me, at least. The delivery and timing seemed noticeably better. I wonder how much having Bebe, sorry, Dr. Sternin, there helped with that,' one Redditor wrote.
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In this light, it is no wonder that the audience feels there should be more screen time for Lilith and more appearances by old and beloved characters on the rebooted show.
'Kelsey and Bebe always have the most incredible chemistry, even and especially when they are sniping at one another. [It] was so, so lovely to see Lilith. I hope if there's more seasons, we will see her once a season again,' another Reddit user observed.
Indeed, Lilith's appearance gave us a taste of the good old Frasier, so hopefully Bebe Neuwirth will frequent the reboot if it is to pass the first season benchmark. For now, episode 8 is set to premiere on November 23.