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Frasier Winslow Crane

Dr Frasier Crane

Dr. Frasier Winslow Crane, M.D., Ph.D., A.P.A.
First Appearance:
Rebound: Part 1
(September 27, 1984)
Last Appearance:
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Martin Crane (Father)
Hester Crane (Mother; deceased)
Ronee Lawrence Crane (Step-mother)
Niles Crane (Brother)
David Crane (Nephew)
Frederick Crane (Son)
Maris Crane (Ex-sister-in-law)
Mel Karnofsky (Ex-sister-in-law)
Daphne Moon Crane (Sister-in-law)
Nanette Guzman (Ex-wife)
Lilith Sternin-Crane (Ex-wife)
Charlotte Connor (Final Love Interest)
Walt Crane (Uncle, brother to Martin)
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"But what do I know? I'm just a magic eight ball with a Harvard… and Oxford degree."
―Frasier to Julia Wilcox

Dr. Frasier Winslow Crane (b. 1952) is a fictional character on American television sitcoms Frasier and Cheers. He was played by Kelsey Grammer for twenty years, tying the record for the longest-running live-action character on prime-time American television, which was set by James Arness, who played Marshal Matt Dillon on the show Gunsmoke. Grammer received Emmy Award nominations for portraying Crane on three different NBC shows, including a 1992 guest appearance on Wings

There are well over a dozen character and story-telling errors about Frasier Crane contained in the Frasier series episodes, listed here .

Frasier's final spoken line (in "Goodnight, Seattle") is "Wish me luck."


After leaving Boston, Frasier comes to Seattle, hoping to rebuild his life and recuperate from his disastrous divorce with Lilith Sternin-Crane. First, he gains a new job at KACL as an on-air psychiatrist who helps people through their troubled lives. He quickly gains a friend in his producer, Roz Doyle. Returning to his home city, he also determines to renew his relationship with his brother, Niles. In the first episode, Frasier meets Niles in Café Nervosa, where they have a coffee and talk for a while. Niles is worried about Martin Crane, their father, who was recently shot in an attempted robbery and can no longer live on his own. Frasier reluctantly offers to take his father in in hopes of renewing their father-son relationship.

When Martin moves in with Frasier, he brings his signature split-pea chair and his dog. The chair is emotionally significant to Martin, a reminder of happier times, and it serves as a fixture in the plot throughout the series (The Good Son (Pilot)). In a later episode, Frasier destroys the chair by allowing it to catch fire and accidentally knocking it off of the balcony. In addition to his chair, Martin's other sentimental attachment is to Eddie, his dog (The Good Son (Pilot)). Eddie and Frasier do not get along, and their animosity for one another serves as the storyline for several subplots. During the course of the following years, Frasier's and Martin's relationship goes through a series of trials and tribulations.

As Frasier rebuilds his life in Seattle, he also renews his relationship with his brother, Niles. They often spend time together, attending symphonies and operas, dining at the finest establishments, and frequenting art galleries and other soirees. In nearly every episode, the brothers are seen in Cafe Nervosa, their regular hangout.

Over the years, Frasier has a variety trysts, flings, and other short-term relationships with women. In one episode, Lilith says he has a self-destructive streak concerning relationships ("Cheers: Severe Crane Damage"). Frasier's notable romantic relationships include Samantha, the lawyer; Faye, the pastry chef; Cassandra, a KACL co-worker; Julia, the financial analyst; Kate, the KACL station manager; Lana, a highschool crush; Claire, a cello player; and Charlotte, the matchmaker.

In the final episode, Frasier makes the decision to pursue Charlotte to Chicago and continue their relationship, perhaps giving up show-business altogether.

Personality Edit

"You don't understand. It's not the same as Dad being wrong, or your being wrong. I have a degree from Harvard. Whenever I'm wrong, the world makes a little less sense." - Frasier to Daphne at Café Nervosa in "Roz in the Doghouse" (S02E12)

One of Frasier's defining traits is his incapability to be happy. He moved from Boston to his hometown, Seattle, when his life was going nowhere and his wife left him, a trait which didn't diminish when he actually moved. Examples include when he broke up with a woman who was in all manners perfect for him so he could reconcile with his boisterously annoying ex (Lana Gardner) and when he and Niles had used his neighbor's membership to enter a spa which he deemed "Nirvana", until both brothers discovered the Gold Door (after they did get through that same door, when they discovered a Diamond Door. They clawed their way to reach the entrance, which turned out to be the exit, blocking them out of the spa).

Frasier's personality, between Cheers and Frasier, had several differences. Originally a regular at a Boston bar, Frasier did try to add a touch of class and sophistication amongst his friends, however he's normally shot down and instead tried to act more like the "boys", when in reality he is much smarter than them. After returning to Seattle, he began acting more like his snobbish, pretentious self, which could be because of him rekindling his relationship and frequently spending more time with Niles. Frasier's favorite "hang" is Café Nervosa where he normally orders very complex lattes.

Described as a "pop psychiatrist" by his brother because of his profession as a radio psychiatrist, Frasier tends to over-exaggerate his opinion and the effect it has on others. An example is when Niles asked if he and Maris belonged together once they agreed to couples therapy, he actually tortured himself trying to think of an answer out of the belief Niles would take it to heart however when he finally gave him an answer, which Niles completely ignored, he had totally forgotten the question he had asked his brother. He can also go from being a genuine healer to a shameless self-promoter. He also refuses to do advertisements on his radio show as he is a doctor and believes that people would take his opinion to heart, that is unless he liked the product he was asked to endorse which actually placed him in two ethical dilemmas. He was asked to advertise nuts which he hated but considered anyway as it was a 5-digit deal however he refused to do the commercial in the end as to not breach his morals. Also, when asked to advertise Sleepy Time Tea, he could not as it promised sweet dreams to whoever drank it which caused him to get fired as they were the top sponsor of KACL.

He also tends to be highly over-analytical, contributing to his nitpicking, neurotic and fussy nature as well is somewhat naive with the basic views of humanity. Martin is easily annoyed with Frasier's tendency to go too deep into subjects or be highly perceptible on all matters and angles. An example is when he was troubled with being a Good Samaritan as every good deed he's done the day came back to "bite him in the butt" and even questioned to not pick up a woman standing in the rain which caused him to have a daydream on the subject. He also went to inane lengths to discover why his girlfrien broke up with him when in reality he only missed her celebrity status. Frasier tends to be prideful as his status as a "Good Samaritan" which contradicts with Martin's cynical view of life, or as he worded it "a Good Samaritan is a good target". In "The Good Samaritan", he became highly disillusioned with his views of humanity as he had several good deeds that came back to slap him in the face and was conflicted whether to pick up a woman in the rain or not. He eventually decided to, as when his son, Frederick, asked him "should we not help people?" in a daydream, in which the whole city found him with a prostitute (non-canon).

He and Niles both share a sophisticated lifestyle which they live everyday. Frasier enjoys classical music, the orchestra, the symphony, gourmet dining, art, wine and an entire selection of suits such as Armani which people view as effeminate and mistake him and his brother for being gay. However because he was "affected" by the people of Cheers, Frasier is more tolerable of mundane things such as his father's favorite beer, Ballantine, whereas Niles cannot drink half a can without switching to wine. Because of his upper-class, sophisticated demeanor he is the butte of many practical jokes at his workplace, specifically by Bulldog and later Carlos and the Chicken, a joker gang.

Even with this, Frasier remains incredibly stiff-necked and has a tendency to look down on things that are not to the highest standard. He hates Martin's favorite split-pea, worn-down Barcalounger chair because of its tackiness and the fact that it doesn't match with anything in his apartment (which Martin deemed "eclectic") and lost it once when Frasier discovered it had massive emotional attachment to his father. It was also accidentally destroyed when it caught on fire then later thrown from his building. To make amends he has one specially made (ironically making it the most expensive piece of furniture in his home). It's revealed in the finale of Frasier that the chair he was constantly trying to get Martin to sit in, he actually found it comfortable. Frasier also simultaneously loathes, Martin's best friend, his dog Eddie mostly because all he does is stare at him. In "Dinner At Eight", when Martin takes Frasier and Niles to his favorite restaurant, the Timber Mill they both mock it, leaving them to the epiphany that they are both snobs. As to prove otherwise they attempts to finish their meals, which takes till after closing time.

Frasier also has a tendency to give long-drafted speeches to people, sometimes without even him knowing it. Examples include when he lectured Kenny, the incompetent assistant for KACL to shake up his act and finishes with "I am this close to giving you a lecture". He speaks eloquently with a sophisticated vocabulary which others view as pompous, whereas he sees it as cultured. He requires constant affirmation of his intelligence and popularity, and will go to great lengths to provoke other to provide 'spontaneous' praise.

He also engages in multiple hobbies, enterprises and business ventures alongside Niles, ignoring the fact that they have never once worked well together in the past. The brothers have attempted to write a book together but being barely able to write one draft, let alone a page and in the end engage in a psychical confrontation with one another which reveals when he was younger, Frasier cottled Niles in his crib. The two also bought a restaurant together and ran their own licensed practice which resulted in Frasier throwing a ficus out of the window, causing the two of them to enroll in couples therapy where it's deduced they are pathologically mistrustful of each other. Similar to Niles, he is incredibly unathletic and extremely weak, being unable to do a single press-up when he was younger, and was actually picked up by his co-worker, Bonny Weams. Despite this Frasier is slightly more coordinated than his brother. He was able to give his childhood bully a swirly when he was trying to fix his toilet, and gave a rude vendor at Cafe Nervosa an "etiquette lesson" by picking him up by the collar and throwing him out of the cafe.

As a psychiatrist, Frasier tends to be very nosy, even when asked not to be. He peered into the reason why Martin broke up with his ecstatic girlfriend, Sherry despite Martin not wanting to and both Frasier and Niles found her irritating. This also happened yet again when he eavesdropped on Martin and Ronnie which caused a fault in their relationship and once told all of. Despite this Frasier was the cause of Daphne and Niles getting together had he not interfered despite Martin's complaints.

Though he gives advice on a daily basis whenever Frasier passes advice to his family it tends to have moreover negative effect on them. Prime examples are during a leap year he urges his friends and relatives to take a "leap" such as persuading Roz to contact Gary, a man she met on the bus stop on her radio show, but when meeting with him at KACL and discovering he was married, Roz proceeds to thrash him with a bouquet of flowers. Other examples include when he urged Martin to fly abroad and visit a friend and ends up nearly crashing, advised Daphne to get a different hair style but ends up totally destroying her hair, and encourages Niles to wait a day before confessing to Daphne he's in love with her, and by that time she has already begun a relationship with Rodney, a man who was in all ways exactly like Niles.

Ironically, despite the fact that he himself is a psychiatrist, Frasier suffers from a lot of mental health disorders. He fell into a state of depression when his wife, Lilith had left him at Boston and became suicidal later on when he tried to get her back by hanging out on a ledge and threatening to jump. He is also neurotic and suffers from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. He created a diagram of his apartment and has it measured and organized exactly the way he wants it. It's also revealed that he has Daphne iron his undergarments and place them on a stock which she remarks "I didn't think anyone was silly enough to buy one of these. Of course I hadn't met Mr Crane yet". Frasier is also revealed to suffer from an Oedipal Complex and exhibits flawed personality traits such as insecurity, depression, heightened ego and neurosis. He engaged in a relationship with Mia, a woman who was the spitting image of his mother, Hester which everyone realized except Frasier himself until watching home movies with Martin and Niles. Though he tried to get past this after seeing the woman naked he was reduced to tears.

He is a man of high ethical standards and like Niles has a psychosomatic response to whenever he breaches his morals. While Niles has a bloody nose, he gets a queasy stomach.


  • As a psychiatrist, Frasier follows the Freudian school of thought and psychoanalysis.
  • In prep school, he wrote a society column under the pseudonym "Alistair Mulberry". (IQ)
  • Frasier is referenced in the Video game Infamous: Second Son, which takes place in Seattle. His first name can be found on a crane atop a multi story car park.
  • At a bar, away from his sherry, Frasier's drink of preference is a martini, straight up, two olives, a taste he shares with Claire French.

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