Frazier

Before 'Frasier' , there was 'Cheers'

The character of Frasier Crane began life on the very successful US sitcom 'Cheers' , created by Glen Charles, Les Charles and James Burrows. Set in and around the 'Cheers' bar in Boston, the show followed the lives of the staff and regulars of 'Cheers' including Sam Malone (played by Ted Danson), Carla (Rhea Perlman), Cliff Clavin (John Ratzenberger), Woody Boyd (Woody Harrelson), Norm Peterson (George Wendt) and many more. 'Cheers' first opened it's doors on 30th September 1982 on NBC, and was first seen here in the UK on Channel 4 on the 4th February 1983. At the beginning of the third season, Diane returns from the sanatorium with Dr Frasier Crane, the staff psychiatrist there, in tow and they fall in love and get engaged, only for Diane to jilt Frasier at the altar. Despite this, he returned to Boston and saw his love life improve after he meets and falls in love with fellow psychiatrist Dr Lilith Sternin before getting married and having a child together, Frederick Crane.

During the ninth season of 'Cheers' , it was announced that the following season would be the last and with Kelsey Grammer already having a production deal with Paramount, went in search of a new show for when 'Cheers' ended, and began discussions with Grub Street Productions about possible shows. The first idea was for a bed-ridden invalid challenged by his daily life, which the studio didn't think much of, but despite Kelsey's insistence he wasn't going to play Frasier Crane anymore, the network managed to get them to change their mind and the character of Frasier Crane would continue in a spin-off of 'Cheers', but one that had a different dynamic centering on his family (brother, father) and workplace, and so just over a month after the final episode of 'Cheers' was filmed on Paramount's famous Stage 25, the pilot episode of 'Frasier' was filmed there too, marking the start of what was to become possibly the most successful TV spin-off in history.