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How to Watch 'Frasier': Stream The Comedy Reboot From Anywhere

The sitcom classic is back, with Kelsey Grammer returning as the mishap-prone psychiatrist Frasier Crane.

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After an on-screen absence of nearly 20 years, that familiar theme song about tossed salad and scrambled eggs is hitting the airwaves once more, as Kelsey Grammer returns for a revival of the hit comedy show, Frasier.

Frasier originally started life as a spin-off of the '80s comedy smash Cheers, and this reboot sees things come full circle with the titular character now based once more in Boston having moved back from Seattle.

The psychiatrist-turned-talk show host has returned to Beantown to be closer to his now grownup son Frederick, who has dropped out of Harvard to become a firefighter. When an opportunity beckons for him to lecture at his old university, Frasier is flattered into making his move a longer stay.

While Grammer is back in the lead role, both original series stars David Hyde Pierce and Jane Leeves decided to opt out of returning, meaning there's no Niles or his wife Daphne. The death of John Mahoney means we sadly won't also be seeing Frasier's father Martin Crane sitting in his beaten up old armchair this time out. 

Instead, it's a largely new ensemble cast, with Jack Cutmore-Scott starring as Frasier's son Freddy, Anders Keith taking the role of Frasier's nephew David, Jess Salgueiro as Freddy's roommate Eve and Toks Olagundoya as Olivia, the head of the university psych department. UK comedy fans will meanwhile see a familiar face playing the boozy university professor Alan, with that role taken by Nicholas Lyndhurst, the former star of classic BBC sitcom Only Fools and Horses.

Will the reboot match the laugh count of the much-loved original? Read on to find out how to watch Frasier, no matter where you are in the world.

A still from the 2023 show Frasier, showing Olivia (played by Toks Olagundoye) raising a glass, sitting at a table in bar alongside Frasier (played by Kelsey Grammer) and Professor Alan Cornwall (played by Nicholas Lyndhurst).
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When does Frasier start?

Frasier premieres its first two episodes of a 10-episode season on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 3 a.m. ET via streaming service Paramount Plus.The opening double bill of episodes will also be broadcast on linear TV station CBS on Tuesday, Oct. 17 at  9:15 pm. ET. New episodes are set drop on Paramount Plus every Thursday and on CBS every Tuesday from then on.

How to watch Frasier from anywhere on VPN

So what if you're traveling outside your home country and want to enjoy the show or want an added layer of privacy for streaming? There is an option that doesn't require searching the internet for a sketchy website: You can use a VPN, or virtual private network.

With a VPN, you're able to virtually change your location on your phone, tablet or laptop to get access to the show. If you find yourself unable to watch locally, a VPN can come in handy. Plus, it's a great idea for when you're traveling and find yourself connected to a Wi-Fi network and want to add an extra layer of privacy for your devices and logins.

Most VPNs, like CNET's Editors' Choice, ExpressVPN, make it easy to virtually change your location. Looking for other options? Be sure to check out some of the other great VPN deals.

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ExpressVPN is our current best VPN pick for people who want a reliable and safe VPN, and it works on a variety of devices. It's normally $13 per month. But you can save 49% plus get three months of access for free -- the equivalent of $6.67 per month -- if you get an annual subscription. 

Note that ExpressVPN offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Watch Frasier in the US, Canada, UK and Australia

With episodes being released first on Paramount Plus, the streaming service looks like the best bet for fans of the show. If, however, you're prepared to wait a few days to get your fix of Dr. Crane's latest exploits and you have CBS on cable you can tune in to the show on linear TV or livestream via the CBS website -- all you'll need for sign-in is your cable provider details. 

Comedy fans around the globe will be pleased to hear that Frasier's new adventures in Boston will also be available to watch in Australia, the UK and Canada via Paramount Plus, with episodes being released in those territories in tandem with the US release schedule.   

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Paramount Plus has two main subscription plans: Essential for $6 per month ($60 per year if paying annually), and Paramount Plus with Showtime for $12 per month ($120 per year if paying annually). You can stream Frasier live if you have the Paramount Plus with Showtime option or the next day with the Essential plan.

The cheaper Essential option has ads for on-demand streaming and lacks live CBS feeds, as well as the ability to download shows to watch offline later. Students may qualify for a 25% discount.

Paramount Plus is priced at £7 a month in the UK, with a free seven day trial currently on offer. In Canada the service costs $10 CAD a month, while for Australians its priced at $10 AUD per month.

Read our Paramount Plus review.

Watch Frasier on a live TV streaming service

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There are numerous live TV streaming services available in the US that carry CBS live, allowing you to watch Frasier as soon as it airs every Tuesday from Oct. 17, and YouTube TV is our favorite. It costs $73 a month. Plug in your ZIP code on its welcome page to see which local networks are available in your area.

Read our YouTube TV review.

Tips for streaming Frasier using a VPN

  • With four variables at play -- your ISP, browser, video streaming provider and VPN -- experience and success may vary.
  • If you don't see your desired location as a default option for ExpressVPN, try using the "search for city or country" option.
  • If you're having trouble viewing after you've turned on your VPN and set it to the correct viewing area, there are two things you can try for a quick fix. First, log in to your streaming service subscription account and make sure the address registered for the account is an address in the correct viewing area. If not, you may need to change the physical address on file with your account. Second, some smart TVs -- like Roku -- don't have VPN apps you can install directly on the device itself. Instead, you'll have to install the VPN on your router or the mobile hotspot you're using (like your phone) so that any device on its Wi-Fi network now appears in the correct viewing location.
  • All of the VPN providers we recommend have helpful instructions on their main site for quickly installing the VPN on your router. In some cases with smart TV services, after you install a network's app, you'll be asked to verify a numeric code or click a link sent to your email address on file for your smart TV. This is where having a VPN on your router will also help, since both devices will appear to be in the correct location. 
  • And remember, browsers can often give away a location despite using a VPN, so be sure you're using a privacy-first browser to log into your services. We normally recommend Brave.