Kelsey Grammer’s huge embarrassment


You can’t say “cheers” to this nonsense.

Once upon a time, there was a bar in Boston with a group of regulars, including the smug, flamboyant Dr. Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer), who starred in NBC’s popular 1982-93 sitcom A unique brand of arrogant comedy is performed in “Cheers”. Grammer and creator David Angel then moved the character to Seattle and created his own series, The Family, which is arguably the most commercially and creatively successful spinoff of all time, starting in 1993. It aired on NBC for 11 seasons from 2004 to 2004 and won 37 Emmy Awards.

Nineteen years after “Filmore” went on hiatus from broadcast television, “Dr. Klan” returns in a semi-revival/spinoff on Paramount+ (airing Thursdays for four shows), with Grammer as the only returning regular cast. This is a risky revival with no rewards.

This new “happy hour” is not the old “happy hour.” This is just as bad and embarrassing as you can imagine.

Boring, stilted, and bland, the new Family is a weak rehash of the original, desperately trying to recreate the quips, characterizations, and interior design jokes that made the ’90s series so influential. The film was created by Chris Harris (“How I Met Your Mother”) and Joe Cristali (“Life in Pieces”), neither of whom had any involvement in the original production, and Grammer serves as executive producer , which is filled with a supporting cast of new characters that echo hollowly from the original. Without his brother Niles (David Hyde Pierce), sister-in-law Daphne (Jane Leavis), producer Roz (Perry Gilpin) and father Martin (John Mahoney, in died in 2018), “Happy Family” is drifting in the sea. Bad jokes and unbearably embarrassing.

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