There are many great sitcoms available for streaming on Netflix and you can really make an argument that many of them are the best sitcoms of all time. While I concede that Arrested Development and Seinfeld were both funnier than Frasier, I’ll always give Frasier the edge because of my immense emotional investment in the characters. Over the course of 11 seasons, they become like family. I strongly urge all of you to watch all 264 episodes, but I realize that isn’t practical. Everyone is busy and taking on all 5,808 minutes of Frasier is daunting task. Here is a list of 14 episodes you can and will make time for:
14. ENEMY AT THE GATE (Season 10, Episode 2)
The first twenty minutes of this episode are pretty standard Frasier fare. Frasier thinks he’s been wronged and makes a giant production out of it while stringing his brother along. Nothing is particularly special, and it really seems like one of the more unspectacular episodes. However, the final two minutes are the funniest two minutes of Frasier I’ve ever seen. All built on a misunderstanding, of course.
13. SOMETHING BORROWED, SOMETHING BLUE PARTS 1 & 2 (Season 7, Episodes 23 & 24)
No true Frasier fan didn’t tear up when these two characters finally took a leap of faith together. Usually I hate these episodes, but the actors completely sell it. However, many fans including myself believe to some degree believe the writers jumped the shark with this episode.
12. MOTOR SKILLS (SEASON 8, EPISODE 11)
Frasier and Niles take a auto-repair class and enjoy being the rebellious under-achievers.
11. ROOM FULL OF HEROES (Season 9, Episode 6)
Frasier can’t compete with Niles at his Halloween Party who upon instruction to dress as their hero, comes as the Crane patriarch, Martin. A fairly funny episode ends in a powerful and cathartic way that tugs at the heart strings.
10. DEATHTRAP (Season 9, Episode 19)
MURDER, MOST FOUL! Frasier and Niles play the Hardy boys at their childhood home when they discover a human skull in the floorboards.
9. THEY’RE PLAYING OUR SONG (Season 7, Episode 13)
Frasier is tasked with coming up with a new jingle for his radio show and comes up with an outrageously complicated production.
8. LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP (Season 3, Episode 16)
Frasier encourages his radio listeners to take leaps of faith after he decides to sing a complicated piece from Carmen for a PBS Pledge Drive. Something and something, and buttons and bows!
7. VOYAGE OF THE DAMNED (Season 5, Episode 6)
Frasier, Niles, Roz and Martin end up an awful cruise ship and must save Maris before Carlos “The Barracuda” Del Gato makes her his…especial lady.
6. A TSAR IS BORN (Season 7, Episode 7)
A perfect example of Frasier and Niles’ arrogance when they discover their father’s bear clock is worth a lot more than they thought on a live-taping of The Antique Road Show.
5. RDWER (Season 7, Episode 12)
The Crane boys travel across country for a New Year’s Eve party in Martin’s Winnebago. What could go wrong?
4. THREE DAYS IN THE CONDO (SEASON 4, EPISODE 11)
Frasier mistakenly thinks his dad’s HOA complaint slip is for having his dog, Eddie, out in public and makes a spectacle about it during a meeting.
3. MOMMA MIA (Season 5, Episode 1)
Frasier brings his new girlfriend up to the family cabin and doesn’t realize she’s the spitting image of his dead mother. Fairly funny episode that ends on the series’ most powerful note with the three Crane boys talking about how much they miss their matriarch.
2. HALLOWEEN (Season 5, Episode 3)
Frasier and Niles have a huge misunderstanding about Daphne at a book club-sponsored Halloween party. The most elaborate misunderstanding in Frasier history with the exception of…
1. THE SKI LODGE (Season 5, Episode 14)
This is the best episode of Frasier. Period. It’s almost like a short film. A perfectly-crafted episode that’s hilarious from start to finish with a finale that will have you practically shitting yourself. Thanks, Frasier!
Watch Frasier. Seriously, what else are you doing tonight? Just watch an episode. 22 minutes. That’s all. Hear those blues a callin’ tossed salad and scrambled eggs. You’ll be callin’ again, I promise.