Why ‘Frasier’ Is Peak Comfort Television – The Atlantic

Frasier is a time capsule of its era—and yet, has aged remarkably well.

By Kevin Townsend, Megan Garber, Sophie Gilbert, and Spencer Kornhaber, January 21, 2022

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Over the past two years of the pandemic, old, reliable shows with new lives on streaming platforms have been a mainstay for audiences. (Who wants new plotlines when headlines about COVID-19 variants offer enough of that already?)

And the deepest well for comfort watches may be the ’90s sitcom. Friends, Seinfeld, and the rest of “Must See TV” add up to hundreds of hours of cheery sets filled with familiar faces.

Of these shows, Frasier may be the strangest—as well as the most rewatchable.

The sitcom topped ratings charts and won 37 Emmys in its 11-year run, but the fact that, over the course of a decade, one of the most popular shows in America followed two opera-loving snobs playfully sniping at each other still seems like something of a marvel.

Source: Why ‘Frasier’ Is Peak Comfort Television – The Atlantic