Friends, The Office and the 25 best shows to binge watch on Netflix

E364703 04: Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox Arquette, Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer and Lisa Kudrow star in Friends during year 6. (Courtesy of Warner Bros.)
E364703 04: Matthew Perry, Courteney Cox Arquette, Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer and Lisa Kudrow star in Friends during year 6. (Courtesy of Warner Bros.) /
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Frasier - Netflix
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24. Frasier

Seasons: 11

Starring: Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce, Peri Gilpin, John Mahoney, Dan Butler

Perhaps you’re in pursuit of a through-and-through throwback to mix up your watch list from all of the new releases coming at us at light speed. While there are plenty of solid #tbt options on Netflix, the best just might be Frasier. And clocking in at 11 seasons and 264 episodes, it’s easily the longest running comedy featured on this list and the longest running series you could probably find on Netflix (apart from parent series Cheers, which also ran for 11 seasons but aired 11 more episodes.)

Since nowadays the lines between comedy and drama are blurred more with each new series, Frasier recalls a simpler time on TV when sitcoms were merely sitcoms. The setup of the series doesn’t ask much of the viewer, and that’s increasingly something we need from our entertainment. After leaving Boston at the end of Cheers, psychiatrist and new bachelor Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer) returns home to Seattle to reconnect with his father and brother and now works as a radio advice show host. Obviously, sitcom shenanigans ensue.

Frasier was one of the highest-rated and most-watched series on television, and it’s also one of the most decorated. The sitcom and its cast won 37 total Emmy Awards during its 11-year run, and the series also scored the Outstanding Comedy Series trophy for five consecutive years. In the last couple years, talk of a Frasier revival has emerged, with Grammer calling the possibility of catching up with Dr. Crane “likely.” Whether the revival happens, fans new and old can still dive into a long-commitment binge-watch of the classic sitcom on Netflix.