Frasier (1993–2004)
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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 to Seattle, they all go.


Pamela Fryman


David Angell (created by), Peter Casey (created by) | 5 more credits »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Kelsey Grammer ... Dr. Frasier Crane
Jane Leeves ... Daphne Moon
David Hyde Pierce ... Dr. Niles Crane
Peri Gilpin ... Roz Doyle
John Mahoney ... Martin Crane
Patrick Kerr ... Noel Shempsky
Robertson Dean ... Dr. Myshkin
Neal Lerner ... Appraiser
Grace Rowe ... Stage Manager


Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) and Niles (David Hyde Pierce) are stunned when Martin (John Mahoney), a fellow devotee of "The Antiques Roadshow" TV program, appears on the series for an appraisal with a kitschy pewter bear clock that turns out to be an heirloom of a Russian royal family worth a small fortune. When the giddy brothers learn that Martin's great-grandmother came from Russia, they desperately grope to find a link between themselves and the regal Romanoff dynasty.

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11 November 1999 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The title is a reference to "A Star Is Born". 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 Dotty's wedding was last week... oh, excuse me, Cousin Dotty's "weddin'". A Western theme. On the response card, it asked for our chili preference: "mild" or "kick-ass."
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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 »


Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs
Written by Bruce Miller and Darryl Phinnessee
Performed by Kelsey Grammer
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Are Niles and Frasier royalty?
30 September 2006 | by First_Epistle_of_JohnSee 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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