Frasier (1993 - 2004)
Commentary by Steven B. Goldsmith, May 2000

Frasier is one of the best-written comedies on television today. Three characters are represented here, one Type 1 short man, one Type 2 short man and one Type 3 short man. It is quite a mix.

Noel Shempsky, played by Patrick Kerr, is a stereotypical Type 1 character. He is short, weak and socially awkward. Noel is the court jester. Silly in his own world but not really a member of society. Many Type 1 short men on television are also represented as nerds and Noel is no exception. He wears a pocket protector, eyeglasses that went out of style 30 years ago and makes references to Star Trek. He is oblivious to the fact that no one understands or cares about what he speaks. One could imagine Noel spending his days in front of a computer screen in seedy chat rooms.

Bulldog Briscoe, played by Dan Butler, is the epitome of a Type 2 short person. He is abusive, hot headed, oversexed and fun-loving in a malevolent kind of way. A Louie De Palma for the next century. He is the member of the cast that everyone loves to hate.

Donny Douglas is played by Saul Rubinek and appears as Daphne's fiancée. He is a Type 3 successful lawyer. It is rare to see a short man depicted as a success. Though he can be ruthless, he is doing it for his clients and his career. He is not just capriciously malice. Donny also has a soft, fun-loving side. We would like to see more short men represented like this character.