Getting A Head
- Episode 16, "Getting A Head"
- Synopsis: The hit HISTORY series returns to the only family-run pawn shop in Las Vegas, where three generations of men carefully assess the value of items brought in by an array of quirky customers. Watch as the Harrison family attempts to find the gems and bust the fakes, all in hopes of making the biggest profit possible.
- Original air date: September 6, 2010
- Runtime: 22 minutes
- ASIN: B004CTWAWQ
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,137 in Movies & TV
- Pawn Stars Volume 3
- Starring: Corey Harrison, Richard Harrison
- Supporting actors: Austin ‘Chumlee’ Russell
- Season year: 2011
- Genre: Reality-TV
- Executive producer: Mary Donahue
- Network: A&E Television Networks
The Princes Of Pawn: 16 Episodes Of The Popular Series, Not A Complete Season
(1) Trail Breaker, (2) Top Secret, (3) Whale of a Time, (4) Gold Diggers, (5) Aw Shucks!, (6) Deals From Hell, (7) Chumlee’s Dummies, (8) Strike, Spare, Boom, (9) Message in a Bottle, (10) Rough Riders, (11) Phoning It In, (12) Moon Walking, (13) Peeping Pawn, (14) Ace in the Hole, (15) Double Trouble, and (16) Getting A Head.
Now a little about the show in case there are any newbies. As the History Channel has evolved to include reality programs with only a tenuous link to actual history, its slate is filled with a number of reality shows (American Pickers, Top Shot, Larry the Cable Guy). “Pawn Stars” is the highest rated show in the network’s history. Many of the items traded may or may not have historical significance (that is its link to the history format), and often times we’ll be treated to some type of informative discourse. Set in a popular family pawn shop in Las Vegas, the three generations of the Harrison clan (as you might imagine) make daily deals with customers seeking a quick buck. As this is an instant cash business, sometimes they strike a great bargain for themselves and sometimes they back the wrong horse. I know some people can find the show exploitative as the Harrisons are actually trying to make money–buy low, sell high–but really isn’t that just the nature of the retail arena? And there is an element of risk on their side. They are giving out cash without really knowing an item’s true valuation or whether they can sell it.
The show is entertaining for several reasons. Of course, some intriguing merchandise passes through their hands and you just might learn something. But as in any reality show, this one is as much about interaction and conversation as it is about the art of the deal. The Harrison guys are a colorful crew–real old school Vegas. Perhaps the biggest scene stealer is Chumlee (like an adopted son) who plays village idiot, but can surprise you as well. It’s comical and engaging for the most part. All in all, it is rather like the unsavory and confrontational cousin to the classic “Antiques Roadshow” with more grit and edge. If you’re unsure, check out a sample episode. They air pretty consistently on the network and are available on-demand here if you want to sample one before investing in the DVD. KGHarris, 10/11.
Pawn Stars just plain rocks…
We always love Pawn Stars!
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