You could say that the character of Frasier, played by Kelsey Grammer, spoke to me on a deeper level. I would even go as far as saying that from my perspective, the character could be autistic or neurodivergent. Not so much by one action, or scene, but the picture that was created and crafted over the entire 264 episode run.
Put aside the perception of a pompous, elitist, egotistical character, instead assume for a minute that’s at least him partially misread. Rather, focus on how specific he is. He knows very clearly what music, food, wine, art, entertainment and experiences he likes. Also what makes him feel uncomfortable, from social hugging to being stared at (often by Eddie, a common theme for many episodes).
In the first season there is a reference to a heightened visual perception, and spatial awareness. Daphne has been dusting and removes one of his collectibles to dust the unit. However, on returning it to the shelf she puts it in the wrong position. It’s placed in the centre of the space ... but face on, Frasier states emphatically that it should be placed askew. That in itself isn’t evidence, but it was followed by Daphne saying something like “I never should have attempted it without that diagram you gave me“. A clever quip, and when looking at it as a whole it does point to a strong visual sense and awareness. This can be partnered with the episode where he becomes fixated on finding a missing tape of his show. He states he won’t listen to them, but it was a complete collection and then suddenly it wasn’t.
There is also his constant adherence to his routine. His morning routine is essential to him and doesn’t change. He goes to the same restaurants, same coffee shop. Finally despite trying to socialise often, he usually ends up going out with Niles, Roz, Daphne, or Martin. Finding his own personal relationships harder to understand than others, and is often misread in those kind of situations.
Could Frasier be autistic after all?
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Ross Fraser and Jeni Dern
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