Pawn Stars is the new Antiques Roadshow
Posted by 90210code on February 14, 2013
Until reading Chapter 2 in Spreadable Media, I don’t think I have thought of Antiques Roadshow since I watched it with my grandparents when I was younger. Of course when you’re kid, you don’t find things like that interesting. An older couple might bring in a teapot with some sob story of how they acquired it or the sentimental meaning behind it. Someone will appraise it, and tell them it’s worth X amount of dollars. Exciting, right? Not for a kid.
Today, I watch the History Channel almost every day. There’s this “little” show on it called Pawn Stars. I say little in quotation marks because it’s one of the highest rated shows on cable television that’s probably pretty simple to produce. It’s a pretty straightforward reality show set in a pawn shop. People will bring in anything. Their owner’s tagline is, “You never know what’s going to come through that door.” The show is similar to Antiques Roadshow because the owner will bring in the item and give a backstory. Most of the time, a professional that deals with said item will appraise it and give some insight into the said product. The only difference of these two shows is one is set in Vegas and never leaves.
Pawn Stars is somewhat the Antiques Roadshow for my generation. It may be a reality show, but the facts of the items are real. There’s a definite Market exchange on this show because the pawn shop is always looking for someone to buy their items after they’ve bought them from someone else for a fraction of the cost.