Fiddler on the Roof is a musical with music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and book by Joseph Stein, set in Tsarist Russia in 1905. It is based on Tevye and his Daughters (or Tevye the Milkman) and other tales by Sholem Aleichem. The story centers on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his family and religious traditions while outside influences encroach upon their lives. He must cope with both the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters—each one's choice of husband moves further away from the customs of her faith—and with the edict of the Tsar that evicts the Jews from their village.

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It is the basis of these television episodes...

The Simpsons:
Season:  21  / Episode:  16 
The Greatest Story Ever D'ohed

This Television Episode is based on Fiddler on the Roof composed by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick; written by
Once the Simpsons get to Israel, they find a 'Fiddler on the Roof' of the 'Wailing Waldorf'.

It is referred to by these television episodes...

The King of Queens:
Season:  8  / Episode:  23 
Acting Out

This Television Episode refers to Fiddler on the Roof composed by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick; written by
Doug and Deacon discover a trunk in the basement, full of memorabilia from Arthur's past. Doug pulls out playbills from 'Fiddler on the Roof' and 'The Iceman Cometh', surprised to learn that Arthur used to be an actor.

Happy Endings:
Season:  3  / Episode:  3 
Boys II Menorah

This Television Episode refers to Fiddler on the Roof composed by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick; written by
Max crashes the Bar Mitzvah where Brad is working solo as the Hype Man. Max tries to steal the crowd's attention by shouting, "Uh-oh! I hear a Fiddler. On the Roof! Let's raise the roof!".

Raising Hope:
Season:  2  / Episode:  7 
Burt's Parents

This Television Episode refers to Fiddler on the Roof composed by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick; written by
After the secret is out that Burt and Virginia don't live in a fancy house, Sabrina comes clean about not being Jimmy's wife. She tells Burt's parents that she is really a musical director and that she has to leave for a dress rehearsal for 'Fiddler on the Roof'.

Community:
Season:  2  / Episode:  20 
Competitive Wine Tasting

This Television Episode refers to Fiddler on the Roof composed by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick; written by
Troy stars in a all-black casting of Fiddler on the Roof.

Mad Men:
Season:  5  / Episode:  9 
Dark Shadows

This Television Episode refers to Fiddler on the Roof composed by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick; written by
Roger asks Burt about the new client, Manischewitz, wanting to know "how Jewish are they? Fiddler on the Roof - cast or audience?".

Rules of Engagement:
Season:  5  / Episode:  4 
Handy Man

This Television Episode refers to Fiddler on the Roof composed by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick; written by
On the airplane, Russell asks Timmy what he's going to sing for him. Timmy replies, "After Miami, I'm kind of in the mood for some 'Fiddler'.".

Family Guy:
Season:  12  / Episode:  16 
Herpe the Love Sore

This Television Episode refers to Fiddler on the Roof composed by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick; written by
Joe plays the role of Tevye in the musical 'Fiddler on the Roof'.

Family Guy:
Season:  10  / Episode:  1 
Lottery Fever

This Television Episode refers to Fiddler on the Roof composed by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick; written by
After Quagmire and Joe walk off the stage at the theater, disgusted with Peter's behavior, Mort peeks around the curtain and announces that he's there to audition for 'Fiddler on the Roof'.

The Simpsons:
Season:  11  / Episode:  13 
Saddlesore Galactica

This Television Episode refers to Fiddler on the Roof composed by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick; written by
The sequence with the elf-jockeys living near the chocolate cascade are a parody of the Oompa-Loompa from the book (and films) Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. It is also similar to the dream sequence in Fiddler On The Roof. Their tree house resembles the Keebler Elf tree.

How I Met Your Mother:
Season:  7  / Episode:  2 
The Naked Truth

This Television Episode refers to Fiddler on the Roof composed by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick; written by
Barney wears a neck brace when he meets Nora, in an attempt to gain sympathy from her. When Nora asks why he's wearing a neck brace, he tells her that he was in a performance of 'Fiddler' and there was an accident involving a Roof.

Modern Family:
Season:  1  / Episode:  17 
Truth Be Told

This Television Episode refers to Fiddler on the Roof composed by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick; written by
Manny is upset that he did not get the part of Tevye, and looks to his turtle, Shel Turtlestein for comfort.

The Office:
Season:  2  / Episode:  16 
Valentine's Day

This Television Episode refers to Fiddler on the Roof composed by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick; written by
At the end of the episode, Michael points to the Minskoff Theatre in NYC, where 'Fiddler on the Roof' is playing.

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It is referred to by these television commercials...

State Farm Commercial

This Television Commercial refers to Fiddler on the Roof composed by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick; written by
One of the insurance agents finds an actual man playing the fiddle on the roof.
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Fiddler on the Roof

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Fiddler on the Roof
performed by 2016 Broadway Cast and Danny Burstein


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