The Good Son

Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 9/16/93
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  • Episode Description
  • Frasier Crane, everyone's favorite self-absorbed psychiatrist from Cheers, moves back to his hometown of Seattle. He has a promising new job as a radio psychiatrist, and he's living in a beautifully furnished apartment. Then his brother, Niles, informs him that their father, a retired policeman who was wounded in the line of duty, can no longer live alone. Frasier realizes that a nursing home would be too harsh for Martin, so reluctantly, he invites Martin to move in with him. But Frasier gets more than he bargained for when a psychic English homecare specialist and Martin's four-legged companion join them.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Kelsey Grammer

    Dr. Frasier Crane

  • Jane Leeves

    Daphne Moon Crane

  • David Hyde Pierce

    Dr. Niles Crane

  • Peri Gilpin

    Roz Doyle

  • John Mahoney

    Martin Crane

  • Fan Reviews (11)
  • About this episode

    By JordanWelch, May 09, 2013

  • Gold from the Beginning

    By TraHag, Jul 30, 2005

  • The premiere.

    By dmarex, Apr 09, 2010

  • Frasier Debuts

    By damanray, Dec 29, 2009

  • The pilot episode sets up Frasier Crane adjusting to his move from Boston back to his hometown of Seattle. He has found a job as a radio talk show host dispensing advice (He is a Freudian-style psychiatrist). He and his dad have to learn how to get along.

    By CherDash, May 03, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (16)

    • (Martin just moved in) Niles: I'm late for my dysfunctional family seminar.

    • Frasier: The rest of the show was pretty good. It was a good show, wasn't it. Roz: Here, your brother called. Frasier: Roz in the trade we call that avoidance. Don't change the subject. Tell me what you think. Roz: Did I ever tell you what this little button does? Frasier: I am not a piece of Lalique. I can handle criticism. How was I today? Roz: Let's see. You dropped two commercials, you left a total of 28 seconds of dead air, you scrambled the stations call letters, you spilt yoghurt on the control board and you kept referring to Jerry with the identity crisis, as "Jeff". (pause) Frasier: You say my brother called.

    • Frasier: Ah Dad, Dad, welcome to your new home, you look great. Martin: Don't B.S. me. I don't look great. I spent Monday on the bathroom floor. You can still see the tile marks on my face!

    • Daphne: (on Martin's chair) Oh will you look at that, what a comfy chair. It's like I always say: start with the good stuff and replace the rest when you can afford it.

    • Niles: Why don't I take Dad's things into his new bachelor quarters so you two scoundrels can plan some hi-jinks. Martin: I think that wife of his is driving him nutso. Frasier: Yes - we Crane boys sure know how to marry!

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    Notes (7)

    • International Airdates: United Kingdom: 20 April 1994, Channel 4

    • For this episode, James Burrows won both an 1994 Emmy and a 1993 Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy. In addition, David Angell, Peter Casey and David Lee won the 1994 Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series.

    • To make sure the viewers didn't view Frasier as a family deserter, the writers, under the advice from director James Burrows, made sure that Frasier reiterated that he missed Frederick in this episode.

    • There were seven actresses that played rejected physical therapists for Martin and had the door closed in their faces. However, the episode was running long, and they left just one.

    • The second scene in the cafe was not in the original script. It was added during production week.

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    Trivia (8)

    • Each episode has a different beginning title to do with the Skyline of Seattle. This episode features a blinking red light on top of the Space Needle.

    • The setup for Frasier would be an almost exact reversal of the original setup for Cheers. In Cheers you have the sophisticated, intellectual (Diane Chambers) joining a group of middle to lower class, uneducated working class people and what a tough time she has fitting in and they have accepting her. In Fraiser you have the working class common man (Martin Crane) joining a group of intellectuals (Frasier and Niles) and attempting to get along.

    • In the scene which Daphne first comes to the apartment, the beer can and remote control on Martin's side table change positions between shots.

    • KACL, the radio station where Frasier works, owes its name to the initials of the three producers and writers of the show: David Angell, Peter Casey and David Lee.

    • In this episode you can see the top of the Space Needle out of Frasier's windows. It is the only time it is visible in the whole series because from the second episode on the upper windows are blocked by Roman shades.

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    Allusions (1)

    • Episode Title: The Good Son This episode's name is an allusion to the 1993 movie, The Good Son.

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