July 2012

Frasier: A show of the times

I have been watching a surprising (to me) number of Frasier re-runs lately. This classic 90s sitcom is being aired on the Hallmark Channel late at night in huge blocks - we're talking four or five hours of Frasier episodes at a time. I boggle at the 90s-ness of it, while at the same time being surprised at how many of the episodes I remember.

It seems only fitting that one of the biggest shows of the 1990s sprang from one of the biggest shows of the 1980s. Frasier was a spin-off of Cheers, although it only occasionally referred back to the source show. The eponymous Frasier Crane was a perfect figure of the 1990s: super rich, for no apparent reason, and with the finest tastes in everything. Although the show often poked fun at the Crane boys, it also reveled in their snobbery. 

The "1990s Problems" Meme

I usually find new memes tiresome, but I am really loving this one, as you might expect. It starts with the "James Van Der Beek Crying" picture, which is so old at this point that it practically creaks. But from there people have been using it to express 90s problems (particularly those which seem silly, trivial, or unbelievable to us today).

Although I must say that some of these are problems that I still face, to be honest. I don't have fancypants digital cable (I decided to use the money to get a streaming Netflix subscription instead). So I still have the problem of looking away from the TV Guide channel and having to wait until the channels scroll back around again.
 
But thankfully I no longer have to worry about things like CDs skipping, un-rewound VHS tapes, and phones with cords.