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“Pawn Stars Season One” - {Blu-ray}
Taylor Carlson
Studio: A & E
Release Date:
Special Features:

Real or Fake, Additional Footage, Meet the Pawn Stars


Leave it to the History Channel to create interesting programming that is also educational. Every now and then, they will put out a show that just breaks the mold, and draws in all kinds of viewers. Pawn Stars does just that - and then some. ***

The show is set in the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop in Downtown Las Vegas. Throughout each episode, sellers bring in items that they are looking to either pawn or sell (usually the latter.) Every item is a different story - one purchase could be the ultimate potential moneymaker the show has ever gotten, the next could be a total flop of a purchase they could lose big-time money on. Assisting the Pawn Shop are a wide variety of experts and restoration artists in various fields - it isn't uncommon for the shop to purchase old, damaged items at a low price and have them restored to sell and make a profit. ***

The show primarily revolves around 4 employees of the Pawn Shop - Rick Harrison, who owns the shop and handles the good majority of the transactions, Richard Harrison (AKA the Old Man), Rick's father and a Navy veteran who founded the shop in 1988, Corey Harrison, Rick's son who is being groomed to take over the shop in the future, and Austin “Chumlee” Russell, Corey's friend since childhood. A number of other employees around the shop have important roles from time-to-time as well, but the show primarily revolves around the Harrisons and Chumlee. ***

The most interesting thing about Pawn Stars, is to quote Rick from the opening credits, you never know what is going to come through the door. From Pez dispensers to big rigs, from classical artwork and antiques to sports memorabilia, the show literally has everything. Ongoing themes on the show include Corey clashing with his father over how much he knows, Chumlee serving as the primary source of comic relief and being the butt of everyone's jokes, and the Old Man dishing out typical old man banter - and never ceasing to make us laugh with it. ***

This is the first DVD release of the show, however I am somewhat skeptical of recommending the purchase of the set given that many websites have the episodes available to view, for free. ---

Image And Sound:

The show looks exactly like it did when it aired. No major negative image qualities to speak of here, though the show isn't the kind of show that is ever going to really “wow” in terms of image quality, either. The dialogue is loud and clear throughout. This isn't the kind of show that was ever meant to be an immersive audio experience, but this track gets the job done.

Special Features:

Just a few brief featurettes on this set. There are brief bios of the main characters, some random additional footage, and a fun little featurette that explains how you can tell the difference between real and fake Rolex watches. ---

Final Words:

Pawn Stars is the best History Channel show to come around in a long time. Packed with information and a fun cast of employees, there is little not to love here. However, given that you can watch the episodes online for free, you might want to hold off on buying the set.


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