Antiques Roadshow (U.S. TV series)

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Antiques Roadshow appraises thousands of items in any given taping, with the public ticketed for time slots between 8 am and 5 pm local time; this image shows a portion of the public entering a July 2009 roadshow in Madison, Wisconsin at noon.

Antiques Roadshow is an American television program broadcast on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Public television stations. The series features local antiques owners who bring in items to be appraised by experts. Provenance, history, and value of the items are discussed. Based on the original British Antiques Roadshow – which premiered in 1979 – the American version launched in 1997. In 2005, the American version produced its own spinoff called Antiques Roadshow FYI, which follows the fate of items appraised in the main series. When PBS decides on the taping locations for each year, it publicizes the chosen cities and airs the city and items to be appraised nationwide on PBS stations the next year, therefore raising the profile of various small to mid-size cities, such as Billings, Montana; Biloxi, Mississippi; Bismarck, North Dakota; Chattanooga, Tennessee; Hot Springs, Arkansas; and Rapid City, South Dakota. Antiques Roadshow has been nominated 11 times for a Primetime Emmy.


Each episode begins with a self-introduction by the host (currently Mark L. Walberg) followed by an announcement of the taping location. Each city taping is split into three hours, i.e. Boise Hour 1, Chattanooga Hour 2, or Raleigh Hour 3. Various three to four minute long segments of selected people talking about their item(s) and their appraisers talking about the provenance, history, and value of the item(s) follow, interspersed with several brief informal appraisals, lasting about a minute or so and called single-camera appraisals. Another segment, lasting about three minutes long and called a field segment, shows a selected site in the event city and the host talking with an appraiser about selected items.[1] The segment concludes with the host wrapping things up; in more recent seasons, the Feedback Booth, a series of clips of people talking about their experience at Antiques Roadshow rolls with the credits.


Before people enter the main appraisal/recording area, general appraisers quickly categorize and give tickets to specific appraisers (e.g. "Asian Art", "Metal Work", etc.).

The series was created in 1996 by WGBH-TV, based on the BBC's series of the same name that had been airing in the United Kingdom since 1979. The first US episodes were broadcast on PBS in 1997. (PBS also airs the original BBC series, though it is called Antiques Roadshow UK to differentiate it from its own version.) The American version of Antiques Roadshow is produced by WGBH-TV, the public television station in Boston, Massachusetts. The American version has been hosted by Chris Jussel (1997–2000), Dan Elias (2001–03), Lara Spencer (2004–5), and Mark L. Walberg (2005–Present). Marsha Bemko is executive producer. Notable appraisers include Leigh and Leslie Keno, Nicholas Lowry, Noel Barrett, David Rago, Arlie Sulka, J. Christopher Mitchell, Ken Farmer, Wes Cowan, Timothy Gordon and Kathy Bailey who appraise furniture, posters, toys, pottery, glass, arms and militaria, and folk art. Auction houses Christie's, Sotheby's, Heritage Auctions, Skinner, Inc., Doyle New York, Freeman's Auctioneers & Appraisers, and Swann Galleries provide expert appraisers for venues across America.

In 2005, PBS introduced Antiques Roadshow FYI, a sister series to Antiques Roadshow. The weekly half-hour show, hosted by Lara Spencer with correspondent Clay Reynolds, provides information on items shown on previous episodes of Antiques Roadshow, as well as additional information on antiques and collecting.

Appraisers in memoriam[edit]

  • Bill Bertoia — Toys
  • Frank Boos — Silver
  • Barbara Franchi — Front Desk
  • Wendell Garrett — Appeared on every season from its debut in 1997 until the season premiering on January 7, 2013, due to his death at the age of 83.[2]
  • William Guthman — Arms & Militaria
  • Richard Kennedy — Arms & Militaria
  • Jerry E. Patterson — Books
  • Christie Romero — Jewelry
  • Albert M. Sack — Furniture, Folk Art
  • Malcolm Stearns Jr. — Decorative Arts
  • Erica Voogd-Phillips — Asian Arts
  • Barry Weber — Jewelry
  • John S. Weschler — Jewelry
  • Richard Wright — Dolls, Toys & Games

Notable appraisals[edit]

Eleven items are recognized as the most valuable items featured on the American Antiques Roadshow:

Antiques Roadshow taping locations[edit]

The following is a list of the seasons, hosts, broadcast/taping years, and taping locations of Antiques Roadshow from 1996 to the present:[9][nb 1]

Season Host Broadcast Year Taped Year Location (City and State/Province) Miscellaneous
1 Chris Jussel 1997 1996 Albuquerque, New Mexico
Chicago, Illinois
College Park, Maryland
Concord, Massachusetts
Denver, Colorado
Durham, North Carolina
Greenwich, Connecticut
Kansas City, Missouri
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
San Antonio, Texas
Seattle, Washington
Southfield, Michigan
The first season and Jussel's first year as host; the only season until 2013 to tape in more than eight cities, excluding specials.
2 Chris Jussel 1998 1997 Atlanta, Georgia
Cincinnati, Ohio
Dallas, Texas
Nashville, Tennessee
Phoenix, Arizona
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
San Francisco, California
Secaucus, New Jersey
The second season; the first one to tape in eight cities.
3 Chris Jussel 1999 1998 Hartford, Connecticut
Houston, Texas
Los Angeles, California
Louisville, Kentucky
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Portland, Oregon
Richmond, Virginia
Rochester, New York
4 Chris Jussel 2000 1999 Baltimore, Maryland
Birmingham, Alabama
Columbus, Ohio
Des Moines, Iowa
Providence, Rhode Island
Salt Lake City, Utah
Tampa, Florida
Toronto, Ontario
Jussel's last year as host; the first and, so far, only season taped outside of the United States (Canada).
5 Dan Elias 2001 2000 Austin, Texas
Charleston, South Carolina
Las Vegas, Nevada
Madison, Wisconsin
Sacramento, California
St. Louis, Missouri
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Elias' first year as host.
6 Dan Elias 2002 2001 Boston, Massachusetts
Indianapolis, Indiana
Miami, Florida
New Orleans, Louisiana
New York City, New York
San Diego, California
Tucson, Arizona
The Boston segment was taped in the summer of 2000.
7 Dan Elias 2003 2002 Albuquerque
Charlotte, North Carolina
Cleveland, Ohio
Hot Springs, Arkansas
Kansas City
Elias' last year as host.
8 Lara Spencer 2004 2003 Chicago
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
San Francisco
Savannah, Georgia
Spencer's first year as hostess; the least cities taped in the show's history; the first season to have specials. This season's specials include Roadshow Favorites and Greatest Finds.
9 Lara Spencer 2005 2004 Memphis, Tennessee
Omaha, Nebraska
Reno, Nevada
St. Paul, Minnesota
Spencer's last year as hostess. This season's specials include Tomorrow's Antiques and Wild Things!
10 Mark Walberg 2006 2005 Bismarck, North Dakota
Los Angeles
Walberg's first year as host. This season's specials include Fame and Fortune and Roadshow Remembers.
11 Mark Walberg 2007 2006 Honolulu, Hawaii
Mobile, Alabama
Salt Lake City
First season to tape out of the continental United States while still remaining in the United States (Hawaii). This season's specials include Jackpot! and Unique Antiques.
12 Mark Walberg 2008 2007 Baltimore
Las Vegas
Orlando, Florida
San Antonio
Spokane, Washington
This season's specials include Politically Collect and Trash to Treasure.
13 Mark Walberg 2009 2008 Chattanooga, Tennessee
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Palm Springs, California
Wichita, Kansas
This season's specials include Big and Little and Relative Riches.
14 Mark Walberg 2010 2009 Atlantic City, New Jersey
Raleigh, North Carolina
San Jose, California
This season's specials include Naughty or Nice and Simply the Best.
15 Mark Walberg 2011 2010 Billings, Montana
Biloxi, Mississippi
Des Moines
Miami Beach, Florida
San Diego, California
Washington, D.C.
First season to tape in the nation's capital (Washington, DC). This season is the first to have more than two specials. This season's specials include Forever Young, Junk in the Trunk, and Tasty Treasures.
16 Mark Walberg 2012 2011 Atlanta
El Paso, Texas
Eugene, Oregon
First season to have Vintage specials, specials that cover a previously taped location and its appraisals. This season's specials include Cats & Dogs, Greatest Gifts, Junk in the Trunk 2, Vintage Atlanta, Vintage Houston, Vintage Phoenix, Vintage Pittsburgh, Vintage San Francisco, and Vintage Secaucus.
17 Mark Walberg 2013 2012 Boston
Corpus Christi, Texas
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Rapid City, South Dakota
This season's specials include Vintage Hartford, Vintage Los Angeles, Vintage Louisville, Vintage Milwaukee, Vintage Richmond, and Vintage Rochester.
18 Mark Walberg 2014 2013 Anaheim, California
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Boise, Idaho
Detroit, Michigan
Jacksonville, Florida
Kansas City
Knoxville, Tennessee
First season since 2001 to tape in more than eight cities. This season's specials include Vintage Providence.
  1. ^ According to the On Tour FAQ section on the Antiques Roadshow website, a city is selected for taping based on several factors, including the requirement of a minimum of 80,000 square feet (7,400 m2) of space, i.e. a large hotel ballroom, local/regional convention center, or something similar.

States or province (Ontario) where tapings have taken place are listed below:[9]

State/Province Broadcast Season (Tapings are one year prior to given year)
Alabama 2 (2000 and 2007)
Alaska 0
Arizona 4 (1998, 2002, 2007, 2010)
Arkansas 1 (2003)
California 9 (1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013)
Colorado 3 (1997, 2001, 2010)
Connecticut 3 (1997, 1999, 2009)
Delaware 0
District of Columbia 1 (2011)
Florida 6 (2000, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2014)
Georgia 3 (1998, 2004, 2012)
Hawaii 1 (2007)
Idaho 1 (2014)
Illinois 2 (1997, 2004)
Indiana 1 (2002)
Iowa 2 (2000, 2011)
Kansas 1 (2009)
Kentucky 2 (1999, 2008)
Louisiana 2 (2002, 2014)
Maine 0
Massachusetts 3 (1997, 2002, 2013)
Maryland 3 (1997, 2000, 2008)
Michigan 3 (1997, 2009, 2014)
Minnesota 3 (1997, 2005, 2012)
Mississippi 1 (2011)
Missouri 4 (1997, 2001, 2003, 2014)
Montana 1 (2011)
Nebraska 1 (2005)
Nevada 3 (2001, 2005, 2008)
New Hampshire 0
New Jersey 3 (1997, 2010, 2012)
New Mexico 2 (1997, 2003)
New York 3 (1999, 2002, 2013)
North Carolina 3 (1997, 2003, 2010)
North Dakota 1 (2006)
Ohio 4 (1998, 2000, 2003, 2013)
Oklahoma 3 (2001, 2004, 2012)
Oregon 3 (1999, 2005, 2012)
Pennsylvania 4 (1997, 1998, 2007, 2012)
Rhode Island 2 (2000, 2006)
South Carolina 2 (2001, 2013)
South Dakota 1 (2013)
Tennessee 4 (1998, 2005, 2009, 2014)
Texas 9 (1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013)
Utah 2 (2000, 2007)
Vermont 0
Virginia 2 (1999, 2014)
Washington 4 (1997, 2003, 2008, 2013)
West Virginia 1 (2015)
Wisconsin 4 (1999, 2001, 2007, 2010)
Wyoming 0
Ontario (Canada) 1 (2000)


Tickets are free, but are only provided to preselected people on a random basis. To request tickets, prospective appraisees must fill out a form on the official website.

Pop culture references[edit]

Antiques Roadshow had a notable role in the 2006 comedy Grandma's Boy and the 1999 episode of Frasier "A Tsar Is Born".

Former Appraisers Fraud Convictions[edit]

In 2001, two dealers who had appeared on the show were indicted on mail and wired fraud charges.[10] Russ Pritchard III and George Juno were accused of defrauding Civil War descendants out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. The pair also had faced accusations of phony appraisals on the show. In 2002 they were sentenced after being convicted.[11][12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Staff (2013). "FAQ". WGBH. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "'Roadshow' personality dead at 83, Wendell Garrett was known for his appraisals on the PBS series". Portland Press Herald. November 28, 2012. Retrieved December 8, 2012. 
  3. ^ Mason, Lark (July 23, 2011). "Chinese Rhinoceros Horn Cups, ca. 1700". Antiques Roadshow. PBS. Retrieved December 15, 2012. 
  4. ^ "First $1 million find for U.S. Antiques Roadshow". June 30, 2009. Retrieved May 7, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Chinese Jades Evade Million-Dollar Mark". 
  6. ^ "PBS' Antiques Show Finds $1 Million Baseball Trove". Antiques Roadshow (PBS). Retrieved August 11, 2014. 
  7. ^ Kaplan, Don (November 18, 2008). "Lady's Sudden 'Oil' Fortune". New York Post. Retrieved November 19, 2008. 
  8. ^ "ANTIQUES ROADSHOW Debuts Its Lucky 13th Season". Retrieved November 19, 2008. 
  9. ^ a b Staff (2013). "Past Cities". WGBH. Retrieved 25 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "'Antiques Roadshow' Dealers Accused of Fraud". ABC News. March 16, 2001. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Civil War expert sentenced to halfway house Russ Pritchard Jr., who helped cheat a relative out of a Confederate uniform, will pay $39,000.". The Inquirer. May 25, 2002. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Military artifacts dealer is sentenced". The Morning Call. August 2, 2002. Retrieved August 20, 2014. 

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