Antiques Roadshow (U.S. TV program)

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Antiques Roadshow
Created byBBC Television
Developed byWGBH, Boston
Directed byJohn Boyle III (current)
Bill Francis (current)
Susan Conover
Phillip Gay
Presented byMark L. Walberg
Theme music composerTom Phillips
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons22
Executive producer(s)Marsha Bemko
Aida Moreno (1996–2001)
Peter Cook (2001–2003)
Producer(s)Sam Farrell
Sarah Elliott
Production location(s)List of locations
CinematographyChas Norton
Editor(s)Jeff Cronenberg
Kelsey Bresnahan
Sharon Singer
Shady Hartshorne
Camera setupMultiple
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)WGBH-TV
Original networkPBS
Original releaseJanuary 9, 1997 (1997-01-09) – present
Related showsAntiques Roadshow FYI
Market Warriors
External links
Antiques Roadshow
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.
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.).

Antiques Roadshow is an American television program broadcast on Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Public television stations. The program 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 first aired in 1997. When taping locations are decided, they are announced on the program's website 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 16 times for a Primetime Emmy.

During 2005, the American version of Antiques Roadshow produced its own spinoff called Antiques Roadshow FYI, a half-hour program that followed the fate of items appraised in the parent show and provided additional information on antiques and collecting.


Each episode begins with an 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 over-the-shoulder appraisals. The episode 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.


The program was created in 1996 by WGBH-TV, based on the BBC's program of the same name that had been airing in the United Kingdom since 1979. The first American episodes were broadcast on PBS in 1997. (PBS also airs the original BBC program, 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 (2001–2003), Lara Spencer (2004–2005), and Mark L. Walberg (2006–present). Marsha Bemko is executive producer. 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.

Antiques Roadshow FYI[edit]

During 2005, PBS broadcast Antiques Roadshow FYI, a sister program to Antiques Roadshow. The weekly half-hour show, hosted by then-Antiques Roadshow host Lara Spencer, provided information on items shown on previous episodes of Antiques Roadshow, as well as additional information on antiques and collecting.

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:[13][nb 1]

Season Host Broadcast Year Taped Year Location (City and State/Province) Miscellaneous
1 Chris Jussel 1997 1996 Albuquerque, New Mexico
College Park, Maryland
Concord, Massachusetts
Denver, Colorado
Durham, North Carolina
Greenwich, Connecticut
Kansas City, Missouri
San Antonio, Texas
Southfield, Michigan
The first season and Jussel's first year as host; the only season until 2013 to tape in at least eight cities, excluding specials.
2 1998 1997 Atlanta
Nashville, Tennessee
Phoenix, Arizona
San Francisco
Secaucus, New Jersey
The second season; the first one to tape in eight cities.
3 1999 1998 Hartford, Connecticut
Houston, Texas
Los Angeles
Louisville, Kentucky
Portland, Oregon
Richmond, Virginia
Rochester, New York
4 2000 1999 Baltimore, Maryland
Birmingham, Alabama
Columbus, Ohio
Des Moines, Iowa
Providence, Rhode Island
Salt Lake City
Tampa, Florida
Jussel's last year as host; the first and, so far, only season to tape episodes outside of the United States (in Canada).
5 Dan Elias 2001 2000 Austin, Texas
Charleston, South Carolina
Las Vegas
Madison, Wisconsin
Sacramento, California
St. Louis, Missouri
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Elias' first year as host.
6 2002 2001 Boston
New Orleans
New York City
San Diego
Tucson, Arizona
The Boston segment was taped in the summer of 2000.
7 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
San Francisco
Savannah, Georgia
Spencer's first year as host; the fewest cities taped in the show's history. The first season to have specials, which included Roadshow Favorites and Greatest Finds.
9 2005 2004 Memphis, Tennessee
Omaha, Nebraska
Reno, Nevada
St. Paul, Minnesota
Spencer's last year as host. This season's specials include Tomorrow's Antiques and Wild Things! Spencer also hosted the spin-off program Antiques Roadshow FYI, which only aired during this season.
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 2007 2006 Honolulu, Hawaii
Mobile, Alabama
Salt Lake City
First season to tape outside of the continental United States while still remaining in the United States (Hawaii). This season's specials include Jackpot! and Unique Antiques.
12 2008 2007 Baltimore
Las Vegas
Orlando, Florida
San Antonio
Spokane, Washington
This season's specials include Politically Collect and Trash to Treasure.
13 2009 2008 Chattanooga, Tennessee
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Palm Springs, California
Wichita, Kansas
This season's specials include Big and Little and Relative Riches.
14 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 2011 2010 Billings, Montana
Biloxi, Mississippi
Des Moines
Miami Beach, Florida
San Diego
Washington, D.C.
First season to tape in the nation's capital (Washington, D.C.). 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 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 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 2014 2013 Anaheim, California
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Boise, Idaho
Detroit, Michigan
Jacksonville, Florida
Kansas City
Knoxville, Tennessee
First season since 2001 to tape in at least eight cities. This season's specials include Vintage Providence.
19 2015 2014 New York City
Austin, Texas
Bismarck, North Dakota
Birmingham, Alabama
Santa Clara, California
Charleston, West Virginia
Albuquerque, New Mexico
This season's specials include Celebrating Black Americana, Vintage St. Louis, Vintage Sacramento, Vintage Denver, Vintage Tulsa, Vintage Las Vegas, Vintage Madison and Vintage Charleston.
20 2016 2015 Spokane
Little Rock
Charleston, South Carolina
The show adopted new graphics this season, and unveiled a new format in which Walberg provided voiceovers but did not appear on camera. The weekly segment in which Walberg met one of the appraisers at a local venue to discuss antiques was eliminated, and brief highlights of appraisals of items of lesser value were televised in between conventional appraisals. This season's specials included Mansion Masterpieces, Celebrating Asian-Pacific Heritage, Junk in the Trunk 6, and The Best of 20.
21 2017 2016 Fort Worth, Texas
Indianapolis, Indiana
Palm Springs, California
Salt Lake City, Utah
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Orlando, Florida
This season's specials included The Civil War Years, Our 50 States Part One, Our 50 States Part Two, and Junk in the Trunk 7.
22 2018 2017 Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
New Orleans
St. Louis, Missouri
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Newport, Rhode Island
Footage for the three episodes in Newport was shot inside and on the grounds of Rosecliff and included appraisals filmed outdoors for the first time in the show′s 22 seasons, although plans for all the appraisals to take place outdoors were spoiled by rain generated by Hurricane Jose offshore, and most of the appraisals took place inside the mansion or in tents erected on the mansion′s grounds.[14][15] The Newport episodes differed in format from those filmed elsewhere, with frequent pauses between appraisals for segments narrated off-camera by Mark Wahlberg about the mansion′s construction, history, and features, as well as those of neighboring mansions.

This season's specials included Vintage Oklahoma City, Vintage Savannah, Vintage Portland, Vintage Chicago, Vintage Omaha, Vintage Birmingham, Vintage San Francisco, Celebrating Latino Heritage, Kooky & Spooky, Somethings Wild, and Junk in the Trunk 8.

23 2019 2018 Sarasota, Florida
San Diego
Rochester, Minnesota
  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:[13]

State/Province Broadcast Season (Tapings are one year prior to given year)
Alabama 3 (2000, 2007, 2015)
Alaska 0
Arizona 5 (1998, 2002, 2007, 2010, 2016)
Arkansas 2 (2003, 2016)
California 13 (1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2019)
Colorado 3 (1997, 2001, 2010)
Connecticut 3 (1997, 1999, 2009)
Delaware 0
District of Columbia 1 (2011)
Florida 8 (2000, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2011, 2014, 2017, 2019)
Georgia 3 (1998, 2004, 2012)
Hawaii 1 (2007)
Idaho 1 (2014)
Illinois 3 (1997, 2004, 2015)
Indiana 2 (2002, 2017)
Iowa 2 (2000, 2011)
Kansas 1 (2009)
Kentucky 3 (1999, 2008, 2019)
Louisiana 3 (2002, 2014, 2018)
Maine 0
Massachusetts 3 (1997, 2002, 2013)
Maryland 3 (1997, 2000, 2008)
Michigan 3 (1997, 2009, 2014)
Minnesota 4 (1997, 2005, 2012, 2019)
Mississippi 1 (2011)
Missouri 5 (1997, 2001, 2003, 2014, 2018)
Montana 1 (2011)
Nebraska 2 (2005, 2016)
Nevada 3 (2001, 2005, 2008)
New Hampshire 0
New Jersey 2 (1997, 2010)
New Mexico 3 (1997, 2003, 2015)
New York 3 (1999, 2002, 2015)
North Carolina 3 (1997, 2003, 2010)
North Dakota 2 (2006, 2015)
Ohio 5 (1998, 2000, 2003, 2013, 2016)
Oklahoma 4 (2001, 2004, 2012. 2019)
Oregon 4 (1999, 2005, 2012, 2018)
Pennsylvania 5 (1997, 1998, 2007, 2012, 2018)
Rhode Island 3 (2000, 2006, 2018)
South Carolina 3 (2001, 2013, 2016)
South Dakota 1 (2013)
Tennessee 4 (1998, 2005, 2009, 2014)
Texas 10 (1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2017)
Utah 3 (2000, 2007, 2017)
Vermont 0
Virginia 3 (1999, 2014, 2017)
Washington 4 (1997, 2003, 2008, 2013)
West Virginia 1 (2015)
Wisconsin 5 (1999, 2001, 2007, 2010, 2018)
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.

Fraud conviction[edit]

In 2001, two dealers who had appeared on the show were indicted on mail and wired fraud charges.[16] 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.[17][18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Mason, Lark (July 23, 2011). "Chinese Rhinoceros Horn Cups, ca. 1700". Antiques Roadshow. PBS. Retrieved December 15, 2012.
  2. ^ "First $1 million find for U.S. Antiques Roadshow". June 30, 2009. Retrieved May 7, 2011.
  3. ^ "Chinese Jades Evade Million-Dollar Mark".
  4. ^ "1871-1872 Boston Red Stockings Archive". PBS. Retrieved April 17, 2016.
  5. ^ Kaneko, Gemma (January 7, 2015). "'Antiques Roadshow' values collection of 'Boston Red Stockings' memorabilia at $1 million". Major League Baseball Advanced Media. Retrieved April 17, 2016.
  6. ^ "1904 Diego Rivera "El Albañil" Oil Painting". Antiques Roadshow. PBS.
  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. ^ "Charles Schulz Original Peanuts Comic Strip Artwork". Antiques Roadshow. PBS. Retrieved 28 October 2017.
  10. ^ "Navajo Ute First Phase Blanket, ca. 1850". PBS. Retrieved March 19, 2017.
  11. ^ "Trash or treasure? 'Antiques Roadshow' headed to Pa. to find out". USA Today. Retrieved 28 October 2017.
  12. ^ "Frank Zappa Painting ca. 1960". Antiques Roadshow. PBS. Retrieved 28 October 2017.
  13. ^ a b Staff (2013). "Past Cities". WGBH. Retrieved 25 September 2013.
  14. ^ Antiques Roadshow 2017 Tour Event Newport, RI
  15. ^ Anonymous, "‘Antiques Roadshow’ filmed in Newport to air tonight,", May 11, 2018, 7;49 a.m. EDT.
  16. ^ "'Antiques Roadshow' Dealers Accused of Fraud". ABC News. March 16, 2001. Retrieved August 20, 2014.
  17. ^ "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.
  18. ^ "Military artifacts dealer is sentenced". The Morning Call. August 2, 2002. Retrieved August 20, 2014.

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