The long-running sitcom Frasier (1993-2004) made frequent references to the Star Trek franchise. These include:
- The character of Noel Shempsky is an avid Trekkie, much to the chagrin of everyone around him.
- In revenge for Frasier failing to obtain Enterprise actor Scott Bakula's autograph at a sci-fi convention, Noel translates Frasier's speech for his son's Bar Mitzvah into Klingon instead of Hebrew, causing Frasier much embarrassment.
- A number of Star Trek actors guest starred on Frasier, most notably Brent Spiner and Patrick Stewart.
- Kelsey Grammer himself made a guest appearance on TNG as Captain Morgan Bateman in "Cause and Effect" (although that was during his run playing Frasier on Cheers).
Is this simply because Frasier was, like the various Star Trek properties, produced by Paramount? Did Paramount want to use Frasier as a vehicle to push its various Star Trek productions at the time? Was it just a random effect of filming on adjacent lots? Was it that a Frasier writer was a big fan of Star Trek?
What was the reason for the many Star Trek references in Frasier?