The concept of Pawn Stars, the History Channelâ€™s latest stab at reality TV, is admittedly yawn-inducing. Set in a family-run pawn shop off the strip in Las Vegas, the show works thanks to the personalities of the shop owners and employees and an interesting collection of items that come into shop.
The store is run by the Harrison men, three generation including the cranky, â€œIâ€™ve seen it allâ€ Navy vet grandfather Richard, his affable and extremely patient son Rick and the goofy and nearly always put-upon grandson Corey. Coreyâ€™s buddy Chumlee also works at the store, but he is so thick-headed youâ€™d swear he was a hired actor brought in to play the idiot side kick.
History lessons are snuck into the episodes (itâ€™s the History Channel, folks) when customers try to sell or pawn old fire arms, coins and military uniforms, but the showâ€™s main charm is the personalities behind the country.
That being said, the highlight of the first season is when cameras catch the honest reaction of a man who came into the store to try and sell an antique hand gun he paid $800 for at some point. A weapons expert examines the gun and has to break it to the guy that he bought a fake pistol actually worth about $75. Priceless.
Rating: 8 out of 10
Pawn Stars: The Complete Season 1/DVD/2010/A&E Home Video/160 Mins.