As someone who was born in the late ’90s (a millennial/Gen Z cusp, if you will), Frasier was never totally on my radar. Sure, it aired during almost the exact same years as Friends, a show that was beloved by me and many of my peers, but I'd argue that Frasier never received the same cultural resurgence as other popular sitcoms of the time.
Still, that's not to say I wasn't aware of the series and its impact. Throughout my childhood, my parents would often show me certain episodes and iconic moments from the show, like when Niles (David Hyde Pierce) almost burns his brother Frasier's (Kelsey Grammer) apartment to the ground. Meanwhile, as a pop culture nerd, I was quite aware of the popularity and acclaim for Frasier, including its five consecutive Emmy wins for Outstanding Comedy Series.
But now, as the show gets the reboot treatment from Paramount+, I couldn't help but wonder if this revamped sitcom will resonate with Gen Z (and younger) viewers, or if it will simply appeal to fans of the original. Well, after viewing the first episode, I would argue the latter...but that doesn't mean Frasier won't have another cultural renaissance. Let me explain.