Frasier, as locals know, was never filmed in Seattle. Well, almost never: There’s one notable exception.
The show’s 100th episode features Niles and Frasier Crane frantically scrambling through downtown Seattle—the actual downtown Seattle—struggling to get to a celebration of Frasier’s 1,000th episode of his radio show-within-a-show. (We see what you did there, Frasier.)
While the series is pretty notable for getting a lot of things wrong about Seattle—to be fair, it was largely written and filmed in Los Angeles—the episode, “the 1000th Show,” at least doesn’t make any of the major geographical mistakes other Seattle-set media is notorious for. Location scouts were smart and kept things relatively linear within two miles south of the celebration at the Space Needle, so nobody’s taking a right turn out of Queen Anne into West Seattle, and nothing’s off by more than a couple of blocks.
Instead, we just get to watch the brothers Crane bumble around Pioneer Square, downtown, and Belltown in a mostly direct line, except for that time they take a wrong turn. Oh, Dr. Crane, how do you not know your way around downtown Seattle after ostensibly more than four years living and working in the area?
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