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Frasier: Three Valentines - VIDEO

by Debra McDuffee, posted Jul 9th 2008 1:19PM
David Hyde Pierce as Niles CraneDo not adjust your web browser. You are now entering the Retro Squad, where we are reviewing past episodes of classic TV shows.

(S06E14)
It's awfully hard to pick a standout episode from a comedy like Frasier that lasted eleven seasons. There are so many that stand out for different reasons.

I picked 'Three Valentines' because:
  • It is a good example of classic Frasier foibles
  • Niles's cold open is a masterpiece in physical comedy, something we don't often see in Frasier episodes
  • The performances are top-notch: sensitive, masterful, spot-on
  • This episode is an example of perfect timing being a key to a sitcom's success
  • It is filmed in three acts, each allowing the characters featured to play up to their strengths perfectly.

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