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Thursday, May 20, 2010

American Pickers: The Complete Season One DVD Review

American Pickers: The Complete Season One DVD Review

Synopsis: In small towns, and along America's back roads, treasures are waiting to be uncovered--valuable relics from our history that are hidden in junk piles, buried in barns and stacked in garages. It takes experts to find them...and turn rust to riches. Season One of AMERICAN PICKERS on HISTORY follows highly skilled 'pickers' Mike Wolfe, owner of Antique Archaeology in Iowa, and his business partner Frank Fritz, as they hunt down objects with historical, collectible and pop culture value that have been long forgotten by their owners. From a vintage Harley to a one-of-a-kind Ferris wheel, each treasure hunt uncovers weird and wonderful Americana, offering a glimpse into a little-known side of the antiques business. Along the way, Mike and Frank meet people whose own stories open a window into American lives and history.

DISC 1 (4 episodes, approx 180 min): Big Bear / Super Scooter / White Castle on the Farm / Invisible Pump

DISC 2 (4 episodes, approx 180 min): Back Breaker / Mole Man / Frank's Gamble / 5 Acres of Junk

DISC 3 (4 half-hour episodes, approx 92 min): Bigfoot in Alabama / Know When to Fold / Fill er Up / Leland's Cafe

Review: I had seen promos for American Pickers on television, but I hadn't caught the show until the other night, when my wife put it on.  We enjoy show like Antiques Roadshow and this is a lot like an extreme version of that.  The DVD came in the mail and I was really into it, so I blew through the entire thing in two days.  

Whats great about American Pickers is to watch and see all the junk that they go through.  Its almost more like an episode of Hoarders from A&E.  I kinda expect the two film crews to run into each other.  They find these crazy guys with a large piece of land that is filled with piles and piles of junk, and they dig until they find something worth while.

The cool thing is they show you the item, tell you about it, and let you know how much they paid and how much its worth on resale.  Its definately a fun show, especially if you're into collecting or hunting for junk.

Rating: The History Channel, Collecting, Antiquing, Junk Collecting