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"The Good Son"
Frasier episode
Frasier and Niles discuss their father's future living arrangements
Episode no.Season 1
Episode 1
Directed byJames Burrows
Written byDavid Angell
Peter Casey
David Lee
Production code40571-001
Original air dateSeptember 16, 1993 (1993-09-16)
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"The Good Son" is the pilot episode of the television sitcom Frasier. It premiered on September 16, 1993, on NBC.[1] It introduces the primary characters and settings, and distances itself from its parent series Cheers.

The final draft of the script was published on April 29, 1993.[2] Excerpts from the show were promoted as the series finale of Cheers aired on May 20, 1993.[3] This episode set up a number of recurring gags for the series, such as Martin's Lazyboy recliner and the unseen character of Maris Crane, Niles' wife.


Six months after the conclusion of Cheers, Dr. Frasier Crane is divorced from Lilith Sternin and has moved back to his hometown of Seattle, Washington, looking for a fresh start. Since the move, Frasier has been hosting a talk-radio show on KACL 780 AM Talk Radio as an on-air psychiatrist, alongside producer Roz Doyle.

Frasier is approached by his brother, Niles, who informs him that their father, Martin, a retired police officer injured in the line of duty, can no longer live by himself due to his injuries. In hopes of renewing their father-son relationship, Frasier offers to take his father in.

Martin moves into Frasier's apartment but Frasier is appalled when Martin brings in his thread-bare recliner and Parson Russell Terrier Eddie, both of which greatly upset Frasier. Some time afterwards, Niles and his unseen wife, Maris, offer to help Frasier take care of Martin by jointly paying for a health care provider. Martin convinces Frasier to hire Daphne Moon, an eccentric immigrant from Manchester, England, who claims to be "a bit psychic,” much to Frasier's displeasure. After Daphne reveals that she needs to move in, Frasier, who doesn't want more people living in his apartment, rejects her. This leads to an argument with Martin, which ends with Frasier walking out of the apartment.

The next day at work, Frasier confides his troubles with Roz. In turn, she tells him the story of Lupe Vélez; she points out that although things might not go as planned, they can work out anyway. Frasier then takes his next call, only to find an apologetic Martin on the line. Frasier then atones for his arrogance and reconciles with his father. The next call is from a woman, upset and tearful about breaking up with her boyfriend. Frasier proceeds to tell her the story of Vélez. The episode ends with Daphne, Martin, and Frasier watching TV in his apartment in the evening while Eddie silently stares at a disturbed Frasier.



  1. ^ Harnick, Chris (16 September 2013). "'Frasier' Premiered 20 Years Ago on September 16". HuffPost.
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  3. ^ TheClassicSports (22 December 2016). May 1993. Promo for a New Show, "Frasier". Archived from the original on 21 December 2021. Retrieved 26 September 2020.
  4. ^ Fox, David J. (7 March 1994). "Spielberg's 'List' a Call to 'Duty' : Movies: Holocaust film 'was a story that needed to be told,' DGA award winner says". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 23 May 2012.
  5. ^ "Picket Fences and 'Frasier' Win Top Emmys". The New York Times. 12 September 1994. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 23 May 2012.
  6. ^ O'Connor, John J. (13 September 1994). "CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK; Of TV, Awards and, Above All, Sales". The New York Times. Retrieved 23 May 2012.