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“Name a better burn in TV history”: 31 Years Ago, One Legendary Frasier Scene Proved It’ll Always be Superior to ‘Friends’ and ‘The Big Bang Theory’

While the first few suggestions that come when asked about sitcoms are shows like Friends and The Big Bang Theory, one legendary sitcom still holds a special place in people’s hearts. The Kelsey Grammer starrer Frasier had some of the best writing put to TV at the time and was one of the most beloved sitcoms.

One scene, in particular, shows the intelligent writing that was frequently employed in the show. Fans were appreciative of the iconic ‘Microscope’ joke from the episode ‘Selling Out’, which sees Dr. Frasier Crane sarcastically insulting a caller with trivial problems.

The Best Joke In Frasier Still Lands After 31 Years

Dr. Frasier Crane on his radio show in the sitcom Frasier
Kelsey Grammas in Frasier | Credits: Paramount Domestic Television

Beginning as a spinoff of the workplace sitcom Cheers, the Kelsey Grammer starrer Frasier took off from the flagship show and followed the life of psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane. The show saw Crane host a radio talk show where people sought advice from the psychiatrist while he dealt with his father returning to live with him after retiring.

One of the most iconic lines in the show was written in the episode ‘Selling Out’. While Frasier deals with having to do commercials when he signs on a new agent, a caller with a trivial problem triggers him, leading to the psychiatrist dropping this gem of a line,

Roger, at Cornell University they have an incredible piece of scientific equipment known as the tunneling electron microscope. Now, this microscope is so powerful that by firing electrons you can actually see images of the atom, the infinitesimally minute building blocks of our universe. Roger, if I were using that microscope right now… I still wouldn’t be able to locate my interest in your problem. Thank you for your call.

The wonderful line of dialogue shows Frasier’s intelligence and frustration as he deals with a caller who speaks about the conflict between him and his wife over naming their new car.

Kelsey Grammer’s impeccable delivery of the line with deadpan sarcasm and hidden frustration makes the line all the more great. The actor’s intended burn at the end of the dialogue is not at all expected when he begins to talk about the microscope.

Frasier Still Beats Friends And The Big Bang Theory In The Sitcom Wars

The cast of the sitcom Friends
A still from Friends | Credits: Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions/Warner Bros. Television

Many sitcoms have impacted the TV industry in significant ways and have been a part of pop culture. Shows like FRIENDS and The Big Bang Theory ushered in a new era of sitcoms that did not focus on family life but on the lives of people in their 20s who were figuring out life together. Though made for an older audience, Frasier seems to have stood the test of time.

The cultural impact of Frasier has not been small as many related media have come out since its release. The show’s writing, performances, and gags have become irreplaceable parts of pop culture. The show earned over 37 Emmy Awards, with Kelsey Grammar winning six. He also played the role for 20 years, starting with the flagship show Cheers.

Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce in Fraser
A still from Frasier | Credits: Paramount Domestic Television

The writing has always been one of the most acclaimed aspects of the series, with many noting its intelligent lines and witty comebacks. Fans have been quick to appreciate the savage comeback from the actor and noted its writing.

One of the best-written sitcoms of all time. And performed.


And that’s why Frasier was always better than Friends!!


One of my favorite scenes! I always laugh out loud every time I watch Frasier!🤣🤣 And I can’t get enough. Dont know what kind of sorcery it is 😂 but Frasier is simply perfectly written & performed!


Frasier is hands down the best-written sitcom. The jokes are actually funny, and surprisingly smart


No guys, not “one of the best” but THE BEST TV show ever


The show was recently revived and a twelfth season was aired on Paramount+ to moderately positive reviews. The revival has reportedly been renewed for a new season (via Deadline).

Frasier is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.

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