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Live-Action Films

  • Mrs. Doubtfire: When Daniel is getting made up as Mrs. Doubtfire for the first time, at one point, he and his brother Frank sing "Matchmaker".
  • An Easter Egg on the DVD of Spider-Man 2 has Doc Ock singing "If I Were A Rich Man".note 

Live-Action TV

  • On The Big Bang Theory episode "The Grasshopper Experiment, a drunk Sheldon sings "L'Chaim!" on karaoke.
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  • An episode of The Goldbergs focused on a high school staging of Fiddler.
  • An episode of The Golden Girls sings “Sunrise, Sunset”.
  • Several episodes of The Nanny reference when Fran was in the production of Fiddler or use the lines of the song, such as the lyrics from “Matchmaker”, in their script.
  • A segment on Sesame Street parodies "If I Were a Rich Man" themed around the letter B.
    • Another, part of the Monsterpiece Theatre series of segments, uses a parody of "Tradition" called "Addition", about adding extra fiddlers to the roof of a house. The roof ends up caving in from the weight of all those fiddlers.
  • In the Broad City episode "Friendiversary," Ilana tells Abbi that her great-grandmother came to America during Fiddler on the Roof times.
  • Treme: In the third season finale, "Tipitina", after LaDonna's bar has burned down, the head of the neighbor's commission comes in to get payment from her so he won't make any noise complaints. When LaDonna points out the bar has been burned down and out of commission for two weeks, he tries to point out just because she hasn't been open doesn't mean they have to stop doing business, at which point LaDonna chases him out. David Simon admitted on the DVD Commentary that he stole that from the scene in Fiddler on the Roof when the beggar says to Tevye, "Just because you had a bad week means I should suffer?"


  • Spamalot: During "You Won't Succeed on Broadway", there is a parody of the bottle dance with grails in place of bottles.
  • The SpongeBob Musical: The Bikini Bottomites' exodus is accompanied by the image of a fiddler on a roof, and the company sings, "Bikini-tevka."
  • The Cthulhu Mythos parody A Shoggoth on the Roof (which unfortunately can't be performed for legal reasons because it uses the original score).

Western Animation

  • Animaniacs: Parodied in the Goodfeathers segment "Pigeon on the Roof", because who better to parody a Jewish musical than a cast of Italian-American pigeons?
  • The Lion King 1 ½: After Simba beats Timon in a slug-slurping contest, Timon and Pumbaa proceed to sing "Sunrise, Sunset".