February 2, 2014 in Features

TV land matchup: ‘Dynasty’ vs. ‘Frasier’

Daniel Bubbeo Newsday
 

It will be a battle of the titans when the Denver Broncos take on the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII. In honor of the big game, we’ve put together another Denver-Seattle matchup, pitting “Dynasty,” the sexy soap that took place in the Mile High City, against the Emerald City-set gem “Frasier.”

‘Dynasty’ (1981-89)

• MAIN CHARACTERS: Oil magnate Blake Carrington; his wife, Krystle, and his scheming ex, Alexis

• TOTAL EMMYS WON: 1 for costume design

• FAVORITE HANGOUT: La Mirage, the fancy hotel - and site of several catfights - owned by Blake

• HOT STUFF: Claudia, who was married at different times to Blake’s sons, Steven and Adam, starts a blaze that leads to the end of both La Mirage and Claudia.

• WEDDING DAY BLUES: At the nuptials between Blake’s and Alexis’ daughter, Amanda, and Prince Michael of Moldavia, armed gunmen open fire on the guests. The floral arrangements don’t fare too well, either.

• HEART-STOPPING MOMENT: Blake’s rival, Cecil Colby, suffers a massive heart attack while having sex with Alexis.

• ULTIMATE SMACKDOWN: It’s hard to decide which of Krystle and Alexis’ catfights was the better clawfest – season 3’s lilypond slugfest or season 6’s muddy melee.

‘Frasier’ (1993-2004)

• MAIN CHARACTERS: Shrink and radio show host Frasier Crane; his brother, Niles; their father, Martin, and Dad’s caregiver, Daphne

• TOTAL EMMYS WON: 37, a prime-time series record

• FAVORITE HANGOUT: Cafe Nervosa, where Frasier and Niles drank a whole lotta latte

• HOT STUFF: Anxious to win over a focus group member who gives him a bad review, Frasier accidentally starts a fire that burns down the man’s newsstand.

• WEDDING DAY BLUES: Moments before she’s about to marry Niles’ divorce lawyer, Donny Douglas, Daphne runs off with Niles after he professes his love for her.

• HEART-STOPPING MOMENT: Martin suffers a mild heart attack when Frasier, dressed as a clown and wielding a cleaver, scares him.

• ULTIMATE SMACKDOWN: A publicity stunt involving Frasier and a crane being named for him goes awry when the bird starts pecking him and chasing him around a couch.


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