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Pawn Stars
PawnstarsCastPic.jpg
From left: Corey, Rick and Richard Harrison.
Format Reality television
Starring Rick Harrison
Corey "Big Hoss" Harrison
Richard "The Old Man" Harrison
Austin "Chumlee" Russell[1]
Country of origin USA
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 37
Production
Location(s) Las Vegas, Nevada
Running time 23 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel History Channel
Picture format 1.78:1 widescreen[2]
Audio format Dolby Digital Stereo[2]
Original run July 26, 2009 – Present
Status Airing
External links
Official website

Pawn Stars is an American reality television series appearing on the American cable TV network the History Channel. Produced in Manhattan by Leftfield Pictures, the series is filmed in Las Vegas, Nevada, where it chronicles the daily activities at the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, a 24-hour family business operated by patriarch Richard Harrison, his son Rick Harrison, who opened the shop with his father in 1988, and Rick's son Corey, who has worked there since childhood, and who is being groomed to one day take over the shop.[3] The show debuted on July 26, 2009, and it presently airs on Mondays at 10pm Eastern Time. Two episodes are aired in an hour block.[4]

Described by reviewers as a "cool Antiques Roadshow," the series depicts the staff's interactions with customers, who bring in a variety of artifacts to sell or pawn and who are shown haggling over the price and discussing its historical background, with narration provided by Rick and Corey. The series also follows the interpersonal conflicts between Richard, Rick, Corey and Corey's friend Austin "Chumlee" Russell, another employee of the shop, which led one reviewer remarking that the series resembles Antiques Roadshow that was "hijacked by American Chopper's" Teutul family.[5]

Contents

Cast

Shop staff

  • Rick Kevin Harrison[6] The boss at the pawn shop, nicknamed "The Spotter." He started in the business at age 13,[1] and is the co-owner of the shop,[7] having started it with his father in 1988.[8][1] Claiming that the Gold & Silver is the only family-owned pawn shop in Las Vegas, Rick says he dropped out of high school in the tenth grade because he was making $2,000 USD a week.[9]
  • Corey Harrison Rick's son, nicknamed "Big Hoss." Corey is the manager of the shop's day-to-day operations,[10] makes the most purchases of anyone in the shop[11] and is being groomed by Rick to be the boss one day.[1] Corey, who has worked in the shop since he was nine years old,[12] often comes into conflict with his father and grandfather over his knowledge of the shop's inventory,[13] his responsibilities as a manager[14] and his overall judgment in sales,[15] in particular his purchase of expensive items.[16]
  • Richard Harrison Rick's 68-year-old (during the first season[17]) father and co-owner of the pawn shop,[7] which he opened in 1988.[18] He is usually referred to by his nickname, "The Old Man",[1] which he earned at a young age.[2] According to the episode "Big Guns", he has not had a sick day since 1994.
  • Austin "Chumlee" Russell[1] Corey's childhood friend, employed for five years at the time of the first season.[17][19] He does behind-the-counter work at the shop, such as testing the items and loading them. He is often the butt of the others' jokes for his perceived lack of intelligence and competence,[1][20] for which he has been referred to as a "village idiot."[2][17] Chumlee has responded to this by claiming that he is underestimated, and points to his expertise in pinball machines, which he utilizes in the second season episode "Pinball Wizards", much to Corey's surprise, as an example of one of the areas in which he is knowledgeable.
  • Danielle "Peaches" Pearey[21] One of the shop's 30 staffpeople.[10] In the episode "Rope a Dope," she is punished for her habitual tardiness by being put on the graveyard shift with Chumlee, who harbors an unrequited affection for her. In "Peaches & Pinups," she reluctantly helps Rick appraise a box of Playboy magazines, despite her distaste for the task.

Experts

These professional specialists are called in by the pawn shop to determine the authenticity and value of the items brought in and, in some cases, to restore them.

  • Bill Ybarzabal – Boat restorer, and owner of A1A Marine Tech.[22][23]
  • Mark – Locksmith and expert in police memorabilia and restraints.[24]
  • Mark Hall-Patton – 20th Century historian and administrator of the Clark County Museum.[25][26]
  • Mark Allen – Performer and collector of Western memorabilia, and owner of Wild West Arts Club and Western Stage Props.[27][28][29][30]
  • Sean Rich – Antique arms and armory expert.[31][28][32]
  • Rick Dale – Metal artist and antique restorer.[33][28][34]
  • Dean – Antique military edged weapons expert.[35]
  • Tony – Antique firearms expert.[36]
  • Ferdinand – Timepiece repairman and chronograph expert.[37]
  • Brenda AndersonHandwriting expert and owner of Expert Handwriting Analysis.[38][39]
  • Dwight Purcell – Motorcycle expert and owner of Purcellz Customz.[40][41][42]
  • Dana Linett – Expert in artifacts from Early American history.[43][28][44]
  • Scott – Airplane restorer and pilot, who works at Mojave Aviation.[19]
  • PaulWorld War I and World War II expert and military shop owner.[45]
  • Charles – Archery specialist who works at the Pacific Archery firing range.[45]
  • Jesse – Expert in stringed instruments, and owner of Cowtown Guitars.[24][46]
  • Wally Korhonen – Expert in automobile restoration.[47][28][48]
  • Carl – Expert in sunken ships and shipwrecked salvage items.[49]
  • Mark – Expert in old and rare coins and owner of Sahara Coins.[50]
  • Larry – Expert restorer of wrecked, damaged aircraft and owner of LJ Air, Inc.[51]
  • Roland – Expert horologist who specializes in cuckoo clocks.[52]

Format

The series initially was headed for the pay cable route, though the network interested in it desired a Taxicab Confessions-style series. The format eventually evolved into the now-familiar family-oriented motif used on the series. The show was called Pawning History until the History Channel renamed it, giving it a title they believed was "catchier".[18]

The format of Pawn Stars involves either Rick or Corey narrating a segment in which a customer brings in an object to pawn or sell, then explaining the historical facts behind the object. Whoever is evaluating the object goes over potential value with the customer, interspersed with an interview in which he explains the basis of his decision to the viewer. A price tag graphic at the bottom corner of the screen provides the ever-changing dollar amount as the two negotiate over the item at hand. When Rick or Corey are unable to evaluate an object, they consult with a knowledgeable expert who can evaluate it to determine its authenticity and potential value and, in the case of items needing repair, the cost of restoration. Following that, they are shown haggling over price with the customer (except in the case of objects needing restoration, which Rick usually purchases in advance, taking a risk on the cost of restoration[53]). Interpersonal narratives focusing on the relationship and conflicts among Rick, Corey, the Old Man and Chumlee are also shown. These usually pertain to arguments over the running of the shop, Rick and the Old Man questioning Corey's judgment,[14][16] and aspersions cast on Chumlee's intelligence and competence.[1][20] Each episode features several segments focusing on the items being pawned or sold and these conflicts.

Reception

The show has garnered successful Nielsen ratings, peaking at 5.1 million viewers for the original episodes broadcast on March 1, 2010.[54] The show's popularity has earned a renewal for a third season and led to a substantial pickup in the pawn shop's business, with its average customer visitation rate rising from 70 a day to 1,000, and a $400,000 expansion that will increase the store's space by more than 60%.[18]

On TV.com the series has a rating of 9.0 out of 10, based on 51 user votes. The show is ranked 695 out of 18,489 shows on TV.com.[55]

Christopher Long, reviewing the first season DVD for DVD Town, praised the series for its cast and the educational value of the items examined, calling it "addictive" and "a big-time winner", and opined that it is the best show on the History Channel and perhaps cable.[2]

April McIntyre of Monsters and Critics, whose negative view of pawn shops influenced her view of the series' setting, reviewed one episode of the series, which she labeled a "cool Antiques Roadshow." Though she found aspects of it interesting, she criticized what she perceived as an emphasis on cheap laughs at the expense of family patriarch Richard Harrison over the show's historical material, as well as Corey Harrison's weight. She ultimately saw potential for the series if aspects of it that she found to be in poor taste were curbed.[56]

USA Today's Gary Strauss opined that the bickering among the Harrisons, as well as the customers seen in the shop, are "alternately amusing and grating".

The series has also attracted some criticism from other pawnbrokers, who while conceding its entertainment value, claim that the series' focus on the extravagant vintage items brought into the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop are not typical of the average pawn shop, whose business is predicated on individuals on fixed income who bring in conventional objects in order to pay their bills, such as electronics, tools and jewelry. Corey Grigson and Charles Brown, who own a shop called Pawn Stars, estimate that their average loan to a customer is between $50 and $100. They also point out appraisals are handled by the staff, who rely on experience, reference works and research, and not the outside experts who are frequently seen on the show aiding the Harrisons.[57]

Common Sense Media, which reviews programming for parents, gave the series 3 out of 5 stars, concluding it to be appropriate for children age 13 and up.[58]

Series overview

Season Episodes Season Premiere Season Finale
1 14 July 19, 2009 September 27, 2009
2 23 November 30, 2009

Episodes

Season 1

Ep # Total Title Airdate
1 1 "Boom or Bust" July 19, 2009 (2009-07-19)
Items brought to the shop include an 1890 Hotchkiss gun used during the American Indian Wars that could be worth up to $40,000 if it can be authenticated with a test firing, a replica Roman armor suit brought in by a former casino employee and a 1.5-ton Knapp table saw whose transportation back to the shop proves challenging. After the Old Man misidentifies a Carson City silver dollar, he is cajoled into getting an eye exam
2 2 "Confederate Conundrum" July 19, 2009 (2009-07-19)
Items brought to the shop include an autographed Chuck Berry Fender guitar, a 1861 Civil War cavalry saber whose unsharpened blade gives Rick cause for doubt, a Native American energy totem and a 1916 National Cash Register. The Old Man and Corey form bet on Corey's ability to resell a Rolex GMT for more than $4,800 USD that would require either the Old Man to wear Ed Hardy pants to work, or Corey to wear a suit and tie. 
3 3 "Sink or Sell" July 26, 2009 (2009-07-26)
Corey angers his father and grandfather after he buys a 1984 Chris-Craft boat without testing it first. Other Items brought to the shop include an 1849 colt revolver, a rare 1954 Gretsch Guitar whose owner says was used by Robert Duvall in the 1983 film Tender Mercies and a set of three 1967 Salvador Dali artist's proof woodcut prints. 
4 4 "Knights in Fake Armor?" July 26, 2009 (2009-07-26)
Items brought to the shop include an old tabletop Pac-Man video game, a medieval jousting helmet, and a 1884 Trap Door rifle that the Harrisons test in the hopes that it still fires. 
5 5 "Gangsters & Guitars" August 2, 2009 (2009-08-02)
Items brought to the shop include a 1961 Lincoln Continental whose restoration costs may break the shop's investment, a Gibson L-7 guitar whose owner claims was played for Al Capone on his birthday, Confederate money and an Atari 2600 home video game console. 
6 6 "Damn Yankees" August 2, 2009 (2009-08-02)
Items brought to the shop include a baseball autographed by the 1951 World Series Champion New York Yankees that needs to be authenticated, a 25-piece Knights of the Round Table chess set cast in pewter, and a 1909 West Point Cadet jacket owned by WWII Lieutenant General Oscar Griswold. After Rick's wife asks him to give his niece, Kirsten, a job at the shop, Rick offers Corey his long-desired raise if he can successfully train her to distinguish a real Rolex watch from a fake one. 
7 7 "Brothels & Busses" August 9, 2009 (2009-08-09)
Items brought to the shop include a 1750s blunderbuss gun whose owner needs to buy an engagement ring, a fighter jet ejection seat claimed to be from World War II, a collection of Vegas autographs that once belonged to a brothel owner and a 1966 Schwinn Sting-Ray bicycle. 
8 8 "Time Machines" August 16, 2009 (2009-08-16)
Rick buys a 1950s Coca Cola machine that he hopes he can refurbish to turn a profit. Corey is offered an 18th-century flintlock pistol that he needs to authenticate. Rick is presented with a 1941 Philco Radio
9 9 "Rope a Dope" August 23, 2009 (2009-08-23)
Items brought to the shop include a 1929 Chopped Ford Coupe, and a calf-roping machine being sold by a cowboy. Rick and Richard are forced to address Peaches' habitual lateness. 
10 10 "Rick's Big Bet" August 30, 2009 (2009-08-30)
Items brought to the shop include a 1930s Wayne gas pump that needs to be restored, and German World War II bayonets whose modifications cause concern for Rick. After Corey's knowledge of the shop's inventory is called into question, Rick offers to give him a $2,500 bonus if he passes a quiz and place him on the graveyard shift if he fails. 
11 11 "John Hancock's Hancock" September 6, 2009 (2009-09-06)
Items brought to the shop include a document claimed to have been signed by John Hancock and a bullwhip whose owner says was used by Harrison Ford in one of the Indiana Jones films. The purchase of a stolen item by one of the staff results in a visit by the police and a test given to Corey and Chumlee by Rick. 
12 12 "Plane Crazy" September 13, 2009 (2009-09-13)
Rick sees an opportunity to buy a 1976 Piper Warrior airplane. A customer brings a map of Boston from the 1700s, and Chumlee gets training in art after buying a fake etching
13 13 "Peaches & Pinups" September 20, 2009 (2009-09-20)
Items brought to the shop include a World War II U.S. Army Air Corps uniform, a 1970s Barnett crossbow that hasn't been fired in almost 40 years, a 1929 Remington portable typewriter, and a collection of Playboy magazines that belonged to the owner's husband. Rick tries to sell a couple one of the shop's most prized items, a $10,000 Ormolu clock, aka "The Death Clock." 
14 14 "Old Man's Gamble" September 27, 2009 (2009-09-27)
Items brought to the shop include a racing suit used in the 2001 film Driven, and a 1914 $20 bill that is a star note, on which Rick needs expert advice. After Corey buys a 1982 Harley Davidson, Chumlee insists he wants to purchase it from the shop himself, though the Old Man is skeptical that he can raise the money. Corey and Chumlee visit a man selling a 1979 KISS pinball machine

Season 2

Ep # Total Title Airdate
1 15 "Fired Up" November 30, 2009 (2009-11-30)
Rick's doctor has informed him that he is suffering from too much stress. Items brought to the shop include a 17th-century musketoon and a wooden airplane propeller that may have been a gift from Charles Lindbergh
2 16 "Sharks and Cobras" November 30, 2009 (2009-11-30)
Items brought to the shop include a World War II-era chronometer, a rare 1965 Shelby Cobra bodyframe that requires authentication, and a collection of megalodon teeth. 
3 17 "Old Man's Booty" December 7, 2009 (2009-12-07)
Items brought to the shop include a set of World War I-era trench knives, a locked treasure chest whose contents are unknown, and a Police Cap stolen from a Russian Militsiya. Rick and Big Hoss secretly take the Old Man's prized 1966 Chrysler Imperial to have it restored as a 50th wedding anniversary gift, though they tell him that they sold it to a customer who wanted to convert it into a low-rider
4 18 "A Shot and a Shave" December 7, 2009 (2009-12-07)
Items brought to the shop include a 1845 Harpers Ferry musket, a quilt covered with hundreds of celebrity signatures, artifacts from the South Pole, and a 1950s barber's chair that causes Rick to reminisce of days gone by. 
5 19 "Hot Air Buffoon" December 14, 2009 (2009-12-14)
Items brought to the shop include a pair of rare 1925 McKenzie handcuffs, a bottle of Prohibition-era whiskey, and a Gibson Les Paul guitar whose seller claims is from 1960 but whose true date Rick feels is uncertain. To expand the shop's inventory, Corey buys a hot air balloon for $38,000, much to the dismay of his father, who requires Corey to consult him first when spending more than $10,000 on an item. 
6 20 "Steaks at Stake" December 14, 2009 (2009-12-14)
Items brought to the shop include some Colonial era coat buttons, a collection of Montie Montana memorabilia, an antique comptometer, and a Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa motorcycle. Upset over dwindling profit margins, Richard offers a steak dinner and $500 prize to whoever exhibits the highest profit margin by the end of the month. 
7 21 "A Christmas Special" December 21, 2009 (2009-12-21)
In this clip episode, as Rick, Corey and Chumlee prepare to be taken out by a grumpy Richard to a surprise location to celebrate Christmas, they reminisce about the purchases they've made over the course of the past year. 
8 22 "Secret Santa" December 21, 2009 (2009-12-21)
The staff engages in a Secret Santa gift exchange. Items brought to the shop include American Revolutionary War-era currency printed by Benjamin Franklin, a battleaxe purported to be from the 15th Century and a 1950 ship's camera purported to be from the USS Wisconsin
9 23 "Pawn Shop Pinot" December 21, 2009 (2009-12-21)
Items brought to the shop include a 16th Century replica signal cannon that makes Rick question if it is truly a replica, a Volvo semi truck used as collateral for a loan, an antique 19th Century demijohn that Chumlee promptly uses to make his own foot-crushed wine, and a 1923 Louis Vuitton trunk. 
10 24 "Bikes and Blades" December 27, 2009 (2009-12-27)
Items brought to the shop include a 19th Century miniature reproduction of a 16th Century suit of armor, a 1940 quartermaster's spyglass, and a set of knives that the seller says his grandfather smuggled back from World War II. Corey looks at a customized 1996 Harley Road King motorcycle, whose paint job may limit its range of potential customers. 
11 25 "Rick's Bad Day" December 27, 2009 (2009-12-27)
Items brought to the shop include a Le Coultre "perpetual motion" Atmos clock, a pair of halberd axes, a prisoner's ball and chain, a Ford's Theater playbill for the night of Abraham Lincoln's assassination, and an antique potty chair. A number of unfortunate events, from bad purchases to multiple mishaps involving destroyed or broken merchandise make it a bad day for Rick and the others. 
12 26 "Wheels" January 18, 2010 (2010-01-18)
Items brought to the shop include a a Dutch East India ship's bell supposedly from a 1602 shipwreck, an early 1900s roulette wheel, a 1970s Indian racing mini motorcycle, and a pair of Scottish daggers whose owner claims are 200 years old. 
13 27 "Chum Goes AWOL" January 18, 2010 (2010-01-18)
Items brought to the shop include a 1901 Edison phonograph, an AYT XP 2200 speedboat in need of restoration, a collection of gold demonic figurines painted black, a 1922 antique savings book, and a Binion's playing card vending machine. Chumlee gets sent to Richard's house for a simple errand, but takes his time doing it. 
14 28 "Shocking Chum" January 25, 2010 (2010-01-25)
Items brought to the shop include a 1948 portable electric shock therapy machine, a bag filled with antique stamps, a Yamaha Rhino, and a bag of silver 1702 rupees discovered as a sunken treasure in 1961 by Arthur C. Clarke that is known as the Taj Mahal Treasure. 
15 29 "Pezzed Off" January 25, 2010 (2010-01-25)
Items brought to the shop include an 18th Century French double-barrel musket coach gun, a collection of Pez dispensers from the 1960s and 70s, a 1932-S Washington Quarter and a U.S. Navy uniform whose time period of origin becomes the point of a bet between Rick and the Old Man. 
16 30 "Tattoos and Tantrums" February 1, 2010 (2010-02-01)
Items brought to the shop include an 1888 McClellan saddle purported to have been used by Kevin Costner in the film Dances with Wolves, an 1886 Winchester rifle, and a large, early 1900s cast iron sheet metal shear. In addition, Corey buys a tattoo kit that he then takes to a tattoo shop to trade for a tattoo, much to the irritation of his father and grandfather. 
17 31 "Guns and Rangers" February 1, 2010 (2010-02-01)
Items brought to the shop include a 1987 NASCAR trophy that was presented to Jeff Gordon, antique portraits of Napoleon Bonaparte and Joséphine de Beauharnais, an antique matchlock key gun dating from circa the 17th century, an ivory tusk that Rick immediately rejects, and a life-size, fiberglass Power Ranger whose owner refurbished and outfitted with a cell phone charger after finding it in a dumpster. 
18 32 "Pinball Wizards" February 8, 2010 (2010-02-08)
Items brought to the shop include a 1973 Bally's "Odds & Events" pinball machine whose owner presents it, disassembled, to Corey and a surprisingly knowledgeable Chumlee, a 1924 St. Gaudens Double Eagle gold coin, a Segway i2 whose owner wishes to upgrade to an offroad model, an early 20th Century portable grammophone and a couch shaped like the rear end of a Shelby Cobra
19 33 "Chopper Gamble" February 8, 2010 (2010-02-08)
Items brought to the shop include a 1768 colonial lottery ticket signed by George Washington, a pair of antique Plug 8 handcuffs and a set of five 1967 Pete Rose baseball cards. Rick also buys a 1992 crashed Schweizer helicopter in need of restoration, whose space needs are a concern for the Old Man. 
20 34 "Spooning Paul Revere" February 15, 2010 (2010-02-15)
Items brought to the shop include a handmade, Anton Schneider cuckoo clock from the 1800s, an antique thermometer from the 1800s that features the Celsius, Fahrenheit and Réaumur scales, a silver table spoon said to have been made by Paul Revere, and a vintage Kam-Act MK-2 archery bow
21 35 "Off the Wagon" February 15, 2010 (2010-02-15)
Items brought to the shop include an 1890 Auto Wheel coaster wagon, a Civil War saber believed to have belonged to a Confederate officer, a cast iron, Kelsey Excelsior printing press from the 1800s and a rare 1942 Saroléa motorcycle that Corey tries to convince Ricks can turn a profit if restored. 
22 36 "Fortune in Flames" March 1, 2010 (2010-03-01)
Items brought to the shop include a World War I U.S. military flamethrower, a 1963 Volkswagen Baja Bug, and a Manhattan Firearms pepper-box revolver from the mid-1800s. Corey and Chumlee also investigate a gypsy fortune teller machine whose owner is auctioning it off, and refuses to sell it prior to auction. 
23 37 "Backroom Brawl" March 1, 2010 (2010-03-01)
Items brought to the shop include a pocket-sized, antique ivory sundial believed to be from the 16th Century, and an album of original 1963 Jimmy Hoffa photographs. Corey and Chumlee also appraise a 1964 Midway "Rifle Champ" sharpshooting arcade game. Rick and the Old Man's complaints to Corey about the disorganized back room, where thousands of pawned items items are kept, leads to the discovery of a bronze, 1986 art deco statue by Erté called La Danseuse (The Dancer), which appears to be valuable. 
24 38 "Big Guns" March 8, 2010 (2010-03-08)
Items brought to the shop include a pair of scaled up, World War II model training rifles, a 1965 Gilbert Erector Set, two Soviet launch keys whose owner claims were used to launch ICBMs, a rare, 1920s Gibson banjo ukulele and a 1940 steel Supermen of America membership ring. 
25 39 "Flight of the Chum" March 8, 2010 (2010-03-08)
Items brought to the shop include a Perseus statue by Émile Louis Picault, whose owner says is an 1888 original, a watchmaker's staking kit, a rare, 1950s Las Vegas Club $5 casino chip and a jersey autographed by Lou Gehrig. Rick and Chumlee also investigate a vintage Schweizer SGS 2-33 glider that needs restoration. 

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Cast page for Pawn Stars at History.com
  2. ^ a b c d e Christopher Long. Pawn Stars DVD review; DVD Town; December 29, 2009
  3. ^ Cast page for Pawn Stars at History.com
  4. ^ Episode guide at History.com
  5. ^ Lawrence, Christopher. "Las Vegas pawnshop center of new reality series" Las Vegas Review-Journal; July 19, 2009
  6. ^ His middle name is established in "Chopper Gamble" (Episode 2.19).
  7. ^ a b Rick claims in "Steaks at Stake to own 50% of the store, but Richard insists that Rick owns only 49%.
  8. ^ He mentions this in a preview for the show before it premiered (Seen here on YouTube). He also mentions he's been at the store for 21 years in the show's opening title sequence.
  9. ^ Left Field Pictures' original sales tape of Pawn Star$
  10. ^ a b "Backroom Brawl" (Episode 2.23)
  11. ^ A previous version of History.com's cast page for the series stated that Rick closed most of the deals on the show. That statement is no longer on that page as of March 2, 2010, and the interstitial trivia quiz seen at the end of the last commercial break of the episode "Off the Wagon" states that Corey makes the most purchases.
  12. ^ "Guns and Rangers" (Episode 2.17)
  13. ^ His father quizzes him on this in "Rick's Big Bet."
  14. ^ a b Examples include Rick's reaction to the purchase of a stolen item in "John Hancock's Hancock", and his perception of Corey's laziness in motivating staff people like Chumlee to keep the back storage area organized in "Backroom Brawl".
  15. ^ Examples include Corey and the Old Man's bet in "Confederate Conundrum" that Corey could not sell a restored Rolex GMT watch for more than $4,800.
  16. ^ a b Examples include his purchase of a boat in "Sink or Sell", despite his father's policy against buying boats, and his $38,000 purchase of a hot air balloon in "Hot Air Buffoon", despite his father's rule requiring him to consult him first when paying more than $10,000 for an item.
  17. ^ a b c "Boom or Bust" (Episode 1.1)
  18. ^ a b c Strauss, Gary. "From 'Pawn Stars' to 'Pickers,' America's trash is TV's treasure" USA Today; February 18, 2010
  19. ^ a b "Plane Crazy" (Episode 1.12)
  20. ^ a b Other examples include the Old Man's remarks in "Plane Crazy" that Chumlee probably can't spell the word "art", and can barely tie his own shoes.
  21. ^ Steve Simels "Wednesday Pitch Meeting" Box Office; December 2, 2009
  22. ^ "Sink or Sell" (Episode 1.3); "Chum Goes AWOL" (Episode 2.13)
  23. ^ Killer, Ed. "'Pawn Star' sets up shop in Stuart" TCpalm.com; February 11, 2010, Accessed February 12, 2010
  24. ^ a b "Hot Air Buffoon" (Episode 2.5)
  25. ^ "Fired Up" (Episode 2.1); "Pezzed Off" (Episode 2.15)
  26. ^ Ed Vogel. "Chapel to be museum fixture" Las Vegas Review-Journal March 31, 2008
  27. ^ "Rope a Dope" (Episode 1.9); "John Hancock's Hancock" (Episode 1.11); "Steaks at Stake" (Episode 2.6)
  28. ^ a b c d e "Meet the Experts" History.com; Accessed January 24, 2010
  29. ^ Wild West Arts Club's official site
  30. ^ Western Stage Props' official site
  31. ^ "Pawn Shop Pinot" (Episode 2.9); "Rick's Bad Day" (Episode 2.11); "Pezzed Off" (Episode 2.15); "Guns and Rangers" (Episode 2.17); "Off the Wagon" (Episode 2.21)
  32. ^ Tortuga Trading
  33. ^ "Time Machines" (Episode 1.8); "Rick's Big Bet" (Episode 1.10); "A Shot and a Shave" (Episode 2.4); "Wheels" (Episode 2.12); "Off the Wagon" (Episode 2.21)
  34. ^ Rick's Restorations
  35. ^ "Secret Santa" (Episode 2.8)
  36. ^ "A Shot and a Shave" (Episode 2.4); "Guns and Rangers" (Episode 2.16)
  37. ^ "Sharks and Cobras" (Episode 2.2); "Rick's Bad Day" (Episode 2.11)
  38. ^ "Damn Yankees" (Episode 1.6); "A Shot and a Shave" (Episode 2.4)
  39. ^ Expert Handwriting Analysis' official site
  40. ^ "Bikes and Blades" (Episode 2.10)
  41. ^ Purcellz Customz' official site; Accessed January 18, 2010
  42. ^ Contact page at Purcellz Customz; Accessed January 18, 2010.
  43. ^ "John Hancock's Hancock" (Episode 1.11); "PlaneCrazy" (Episode 1.12); "Steaks at Stake" (Episode 2.6); "Secret Santa" (Episode 2.8); "Chopper Gamble" (Episode 2.19); "Spooning Paul Revere" (Episode 2.20)
  44. ^ Early American.com Home Page
  45. ^ a b "Peaches & Pinups" (Episode 1.13)
  46. ^ Cowtown Guitars
  47. ^ "Gangsters & Guitars" (Episode 1.5)
  48. ^ Rusty Nuts Rod-n-Custom
  49. ^ "Wheels" (Episode 2.12)
  50. ^ "Pinball Wizards" (Episode 2.18)
  51. ^ "Chopper Gamble" (Episode 2.19)
  52. ^ "Spooning Paul Revere" (Episode 2.20)
  53. ^ Examples include the chronometer in "Sharks and Cobra" and the barber's chair in "A Shot and a Shave".
  54. ^ Seidman, Robert. "Monday Cable Finals: Damages Rises, But Not By Much" TV by the Numbers; March 2, 2010
  55. ^ Pawn Stars at TV.com
  56. ^ April MacIntyre "History's Pawn Star$, some thoughts" Monsters and Critics; July 20, 2009
  57. ^ Nelson, Emily. "Local pawn shops see more DVDs than diamonds" The News-Star, January 31, 2010
  58. ^ Pawn Stars review at Common Sense Media; Accessed January 12, 2010.

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