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John Mahoney Remembered by His Frasier Co-Star Jane Leeves: The Dearest Sweetest Man I Have Ever Known

Frasier star John Mahoney, who died Sunday at age 77, was remembered Monday by his co-star Jane Leeves as the dearest sweetest man I have ever known. In a statement to TheWrap, Leeves, who played Daphne Moon on the NBC sitcom, said, John was the dearest sweetest man I have ever known. The actress, who later reunited with Mahoney on the TVLand series Hot in Cleveland, added, His wicked sense of humor, usually whispered in your ear or spoken just loud enough that only you could hear could bring you to tears. And his smile. Oh my god. He was lit from within.   ...Read More...

Frasier's John Mahoney Dead at 77

  Actor John Mahoney , who helped anchor the NBC hit comedy Frasier , died Sunday at the age of 77, TMZ reports. He was in hospice care in Chicago when he passed. Mahoney was best known for playing Martin Crane, the father of Frasier ( Kelsey Grammer ) and Niles Crane ( David Hyde Pierce ), for 11 seasons   ...Read More...

Frasier's John Mahoney Dead at 77

Actor John Mahoney, most fondly remembered for playing Frasiers Martin Crane for 10 years on NBC, died Sunday in Chicago, TMZ reports. He was 77. Prior to his illustrious Frasier run, which earned him two Primetime Emmy Award nominations, Mahoney guested on myriad TV series including Chicago Story, Cheers (though not as Frasiers dead dad []

NBC Boss on Frasier Revival: There Have Been 'Conversations' (But... )

NBC has a hankering for another serving of tossed salad and scrambled eggs. Peacock ChairmanRobert Greenblatt, the man responsible for the networks Will & Grace renaissance, tells TVLine that he is very much interested in a Frasier revival. However, there are a number of roadblocks impeding a potential return to Seattle. Ive had conversations with [] //

20 of TV's Best Theme Songs

Our previous list of TV's best theme songs caused the impossibly catchy DuckTales tune to get stuck in our heads for days. (A few weeks later, a new version brought it right back.) While 30 may seem like a long enough list, we (with your help) kept coming up with missing themes. So here's round two:   Frasier   In Living Color   One Tree Hill   All in the Family   The Big Bang Theory   M*A*S*H   The West Wing   Taxi   The Muppet Show   The Odd Couple   Moonlighting   The Love Boat   Adventures of the Gummi Bears   Thirtysomething   Life Goes On   The Babysitters Club   Miami Vice   The Simpsons   WKRP in Cincinnati   One Day at a Time   But wait, there's more:   Check out full-length versions of some of these theme songs in this Spotify playlist .   What's your favorite theme song? What did we miss? Let us know below! p { text-align: justify; }

Friends, Will & Grace and More Casts Officially ReunitingIt's The Most Epic TV Reunion Special

Must See TV lives again on Sunday, Feb. 21 on NBC. The casts of Friends, Fasier, Taxi, Will & Grace, The Big Bang Theory and more are coming together to honor TV director James Burrows for...    Read More... //

SideReel Goes Back to School

As Billy Madison once sang "Back to school/back to school/to prove to Dad/that I'm not a fool." There are several reasons so many shows have at least one "back to school" episode (some even have more than one!), the primary one being that schools generally start around the same time as the fall TV season. Timing, as great minds have noted, is everything. Besides that, the first day of school is a universally shared/reviled experience! But maybe the biggest reason of all is that  just like any insecure middle schooler, a returning series wants to make it clear how much cooler and more attractive they've become since the spring. With that in mind, here's a list of our favorite back-to-school-themed episodes :       Full House S3E2 : Back to School Blues Full House was a terrible show (and I say this as someone who is still known to watch hours of its reruns on Nick at Night), but it has stuck in the collective memory of millennials because of a few choice episodes, this being one of them. DJ excitedly heads off to her first day of junior high, only to find out she's not dressed sluttily enough to sit with the cool girls. To make matters worse, she has the same slammin' outfit as the lunchroom monitor everyone thinks is a HUGE LOSER thus rendering her a HUGE LOSER by association. She eats lunch in the phone booth (oh man) listening to the operator recite the date and time. Oh Deej, take it from me, it doesn't get better.     Community S2E1 : Anthropology 101 The first season of Community was kind of a split decision. The first 12 or so episodes were a fairly traditional (if such a thing can be said of a single-camera comedy) sitcom before veering into the weird, pastiche-heavy, practically anthology-like glory it became. This second season opener was its pilot should have been, taking all the genre clichés of the back-to-school episode and turning them on their sides.        The Simpsons S5E3 : Homer Goes to College You try tutoring Homer Simpson in nuclear physics and see how far you get. When a person's view of college comes from repeated viewings of Animal House -esque comedies and considers it his moral duty to pick on nerds , getting him a passing grade in something the vast majority of the educated public doesn't understand becomes an exercise in nihilism. And yet Homer's tutors, with their Star Trek obsessions and rock collections, try their hardest — only to find themselves facing expulsion. If there's one thing The Simpsons taught us, it's to never try.     Degrassi The Next Generation S3E1 : Father Figure (1) Degrassi ! It's so REAL! Except that at its best it's also completely and utterly ridiculous, going so far beyond soap opera territory that it's an entity unto itself. One thing it does accurately capture is the identity confusion of the teenage psyche — it just spins it out to epic proportions. Poor Emma Nelson is just trying to figure out who she is, both in terms of the high school social structure and as part of a blended family, so she runs off in search of her biological father without telling anyone of her intention. I'm not sure where this stacks up against her battles against STDs and eating disorders, but she can't even claim the gold medal in the misery olympics that is Degrassi High School.     Friday Night Lights S2E1 : Last Days of Summer Season 2 was probably Friday Night Lights ' weakest season, but FNL at its worst was still better than pretty much anything else at its best. In the season premiere, Coach Taylor is off in search of greater glory at TMU while Tami, in the final days of a pregnancy, has to deal with her teenage daughter's histrionics. Matt Saracen is dealing with his mentor's abandonment, while Tyra and Landry... sigh... take the law into their own hands. To be clear "The Last Days of Summer" isn't on the list because it's great, but because it proved that this gem of a show still had stories to tell after its first, perfect season. As the great Tami Taylor once said, "There's no weakness in forgiveness."     It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia S6E9 : Dee Reynolds: Shaping America's Youth The gang (as they're known) really shouldn't be allowed any contact with developing minds. How they were not legally barred from working near or with children after their ill-advised community service escapade is a mystery. Yet here we have Charlie doing his best Good Will Hunting , janitor savant impression, while Mac, Dennis, and Frank hijack Dee's drama class in order to show their incredibly racist, homemade cinematic masterpiece: Lethal Weapon 5. Also there are juggalo jokes. Given the current state of public education in Philadelphia, this may be a chilling portrait of things to come.     Frasier S8E11 : Motor Skills This one should ring true for those who are used to being at the top of every class, only to find themselves suddenly out of their depth. For me it was a class called "20th Century French Literature and the History of Ideas" but for the brothers Crane it was auto repair. Despite being multiple degree holders and leading lights of their profession, this is the first episode in which we see Frasier and Niles in a class. They fail miserably and decide to turn into happy underachievers — and manage to fail miserably at that as well.       Mad Men S6E12 : The Quality of Mercy Northeastern boarding schools are the source of much literary fixation, so it only makes sense that a literary show like Mad Men might find itself besotted by the idea as well. Sally, whose recently crushed innocence still has a few softly sparking tendrils of life, applies to Miss Porter's to get away from her nightmarish parents, only to find 1) that girls from boarding schools are kind of awful ( myself included, jk?), and 2) creepy Glenn has become a champion of women's safety to the detriment of his budding sex life. What are your favorite back-to-school episodes? Let us know in the comments — unless you want to get an F for participation.   Leah E. Friedman is the editor of You can follow her musings on Twitter .