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My Top Ten OTPs - Number 7
Fandom: “Frasier,” TV Show, 1993-2004
Pairing Type: Het
Fandom Pairing Saturation: Not that familiar with this fandom but I know it’s a divisive question
Outcome: Comic unrequited love on his part for like six seasons, then on hers, then they got married and at the end of the series’ run had a son.
So I know there are quite a few people who don’t like this pairing. Me, I love it. The whole “Niles lurves her from afar” played for a long time, largely because it was played so hilariously, but eventually they had to fish or cut bait and they decided to fish. Some of the roadblocks that were thrown in front of them would have been annoying in the hands of lesser writers (his marriage on the very eve she was going to tell him how she felt about him), her walking out on her own wedding, somehow managed to work with these writers and these actors.
And it kept being funny. Even after Niles and Daphne themselves got married after (I think) two seasons of being together, it kept being funny. It only stopped being funny in the show’s last season, when the writers inexplicably decided to turn Daphne into a raging bitch for no apparent reason. They must have been going for the shrewish-wife/henpecked-husband angle but that doesn’t work with these characters, and it was a misstep.
But I loved it anyway. Hmm. I wonder if Frasier is on Netflix streaming? *checks* Nope. Oh well.