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A Tsar Is Born 

The rift between Martin and his sons' tastes is bridged when they find they are all fans of "The Antique Roadshow." The boys have a great time watching it on TV, and when the Roadshow comes... See full summary »



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Roz Doyle
Noel Shempsky
Dr. Myshkin
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The rift between Martin and his sons' tastes is bridged when they find they are all fans of "The Antique Roadshow." The boys have a great time watching it on TV, and when the Roadshow comes to Seattle, they all go. Martin takes along an old family heirloom, a rather ugly pewter clock. Frasier and Niles are stunned to hear that it was originally made for the Romanovs (the Russian royal dynasty). Believing the clock is a link to their own royal blood, Frasier and Niles launch an investigation into its origins. Written by crouchbk

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11 November 1999 (USA)  »

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Kelsey Grammer would later star in the animated film Anastasia about the youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. Nicholas II was the last Romanov tsar before Russia fell to communism. See more »


When Dr. Myshkin leaves, he takes the clock but neglects to also take the diary of Sonya Romanoff, daughter to Tsar Alexander II that he had brought with him to 'prove' that the clock was stolen. See more »


Dr. Frasier Crane: Our cousin Dotie's wedding was last week, oh excuse me, cousin Dotie's "weddin". The western theme. On the response card, it asked for our chili preference, mild or kickin'.
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Crazy Credits

When the title "Frasier" and the usual silhouette of Seattle are on screen, an animated off-the-ground monorail train appears, moving from right to left in front of the "buildings". See more »


References A Star Is Born (1937) See more »


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Written by Bruce Miller and Darryl Phinnessee
Performed by Kelsey Grammer
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Are Niles and Frasier royalty?
30 September 2006 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

This episode of Frasier features homage to "The Antiques Roadshow" which airs on PBS. Frasier and Niles are settling down to an evening of peaceful enjoyment with their favorite show which features fine antiques. They find out that Martin also loves this show, but has referred to it as his 'game show' all this time. After viewing the show together, Martin brings out a family heirloom which may be worth some money. The three go to the Antiques Roadshow when it visits Seattle, and Martin discovers that the item may mean something special for the Crane's ancestry. Frasier and Niles conduct research and jump to conclusions,imagining themselves to be most prosperous in heritage. Will it turn out that Niles and Frasier have royal ancestry? Watch and enjoy. The ending has a terrific reveal and is most enjoyable - some of the best writing from the Frasier series.

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