Fans of the History Channel's compulsively watchable American Pickers
won't want to miss these eight episodes of Mike and Frank on the road to find gold dust among America's trash. To be clear, this set contains eight hour-long episodes from the second season of American Pickers
; it's not season three. But it's still great entertainment value for the buck. These episodes find Mike and Frank wandering the back roads of the middle of the country in search of buried (in some cases, truly buried) treasure to resell. The stars are collegial and always friendly and respectful of the folks with whom they deal, which is part of the appeal of American Pickers
. Like its slightly more upscale cousin, Antiques Roadshow
, it ends up being heavy on the interesting arcana of history, and of what Americans just love collecting. Some of the more memorable pieces in these episodes include a skeletal military "training gun" from 1919--an amazing contraption twice the size of a regular rifle so that a sergeant could easily demonstrate its loading and firing to new soldiers. Other treasures include a working slot machine, and the always-popular metal oil-company signs Mike and Frank live for. (Don't mention the vintage Honda that got sold just before they arrived to check it out… it's still a sore subject with Frank.) As always, this set of episodes of American Pickers
gets the viewer wondering just what his or her own junque might be worth--and also ends up teaching a lot about American history, through its old memorabilia. OK, time to hit the road! --A.T. Hurley
HISTORY's ratings record-breaker is back for a third installment!
In small towns, and along America's back roads, treasures are waiting to be uncovered - valuable relics from our history that are hidden in junk piles, buried in barns and stacked in garages. It takes experts to find them - and turn rust to riches. AMERICAN PICKERS follows two of the most skilled "pickers" - Mike Wolfe, owner of Antique Archaeology, and his business partner, Frank Fritz - as they hunt down objects with historical, collectible and pop culture value that have been long forgotten by their owners. Along the way, they meet people whose own stories open a window into American lives and history. In AMERICAN PICKERS: VOLUME 3 Mike and Frank explore a century-old amusement park, pick their way through a geodesic dome and after years of begging, finally allow Danielle to get in on the action.
DISC 1: Hobo Jack / Laurel and Hardy / Frank Flips / Mike's Breakdown
DISC 2: Pint-Sized Picker / A Banner Pick / Danielle Goes Picking / What's In The Box?