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American Restoration 7 Seasons 2011

Season 1
4.6 out of 5 stars (290) IMDb 6.7/10

History takes you back to the future with Pawn Stars perennial favorite, Rick Dale. In the new series American Restoration, viewers go behind-the-scenes of Rick's family business for an in-depth look at the age-old art of antique restoration.

Starring:
Rick Dale, Tyler Dale
Original air date:
November 18, 2011

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Season 1

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1. Hopalong Rick

Rick attempts to restore a 1960's three-wheeled Marketeer Golf Cart for the Pawn Stars. Can his team drive this double bogey into a hole-in-one, or will this project end up in the rough? And later, a customer drops off an extremely rare Hopalong Cassidy bicycle from the 1950's, can Rick and Tyler find the missing parts, or is this bike too rutty to ride?

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2. Ice Cold

Up against a tough deadline, Rick's team attempts to restore an antique Hershey's dispenser from the 1940's. Can they turn this chocolate treat box around in time, or will all their hard work melt away? And later, Rick's team tries to fix up a 1950's Kelvinator Fridge. Will they repair this fridge to its maximum beer chilling potential, or will this restoration get unplugged and spoil?

CC TV-14 October 25, 2010 21 minutes
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3. Lights Out

After a severe Las Vegas windstorm knocks down and destroys a local magician's street lamp he calls on some of Rick's restoration magic to fix it. Will Rick and his team pull the rabbit out of a hat and piece the shattered lamp back together, or will this opportunity simply disappear?

CC TV-14 November 1, 2010 21 minutes
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4. Buttered Up

A local picker pays Rick Dale a visit with a truckload of rust laden loot. After spotting an old toy train, Rick hops on-board to buy it. Can Rick and his team get this locomotive up to full steam or will an unseen obstacle force it off its tracks? And later, the guys are asked to restore an antique popcorn machine from 1948 back to its original hot popping glory.

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5. Cooler Kings

Rick buys a 1950's Coke cooler with plans to convert it into the holy grail of Coke collectibles: the Hot Dog Cooler Grill. Capable of simultaneously cooling sodas and cooking weenies this machine is the Cadillac of Coke coolers. Can the team handle this duel climate barbecue machine, or will the hot dogs end up on ice?

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6. Knockout

It's game on for Rick and his team when they restore an early 1900s strength-testing punching bag game. Can Rick knock-out this challenge with the old one-two punch, or will this rock 'em, sock 'em heavyweight project prove too big to go down? And later, the crew is under a tight deadline to fix up an antique railroad strongbox.

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7. Duck and Cover

Rick and his team take a trip out to a local Las Vegas museum to restore a civil defense air raid siren from 1957. Can they withstand this nuclear restoration, or will they fail to duck and cover? And later, a client brings in a turn-of-the-century, nickel-plated cash register.

CC TV-14 April 22, 2011 22 minutes
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8. Pumped Up

Rick and his brother Ron take a road trip to a dusty desert salvage-yard to rummage for some beat-up antiques to flip for cash. Will they find a hidden oasis brimming with profit potential or will they get lost wandering the wasteland? And later, Rick takes a restoration risk and auctions off a 1920s visible gas pump.

CC TV-14 April 22, 2011 21 minutes
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9. Jackpot

Rick and his team have a chance to restore a prohibition era slot machine, will they take a backroom gamble and hit the restoration jackpot or will this one-armed bandit walk off with all their winnings? And later, when a 1940's Pepsi cooler comes in for an icey overhaul, will an archaic bottle of pop distract the team, or will this frosty cooler quench the teams thirst for soda salvation?

CC TV-14 April 29, 2011 22 minutes
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10. Space Kowboy

Rick and his team are given a crucial mission, completely restore a NASA helmet from the 1960s' Gemini missions. Will this project launch them out of this world, or will a fire cause them to call Houston with a problem? Then, after an old picker drops off a rusty gas cart for a fix-up, they try to give it a fill-up.

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11. Safe Keeping

When an antique candy machine from the 1950s arrives at the shop, Rick's team has their hands full--and not just with sweets. Can the crew turn this rusty pile of parts into the luxury theater machine it once was, or will this candy dispensing contraption remain rotten passed the credits?

CC TV-14 May 6, 2011 22 minutes
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12. Suck Up

After an antique railroad vacuum used to clean train carriages rolls into the shop, Rick and his team attempt to spotlessly service this colossal cleaning contraption. Will he be able to keep this tremendous task spic and span, or will this pristine project run rapidly off the rails? And later, a client requests a retro restoration of his childhood red wagon.

CC TV-14 May 13, 2011 21 minutes
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13. Rev'd Up

When a client brings in an extremely rare British motorcycle from the 1950s, Rick sets the speed for this matchless mission. Can he steer clear of any old time obstacles, or will this project crash and burn before the finish line? And later, the team has to put their two cents into the restoration of a 1940's Accurate Weight penny scale.

CC TV-14 May 20, 2011 21 minutes
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14. Apples and X-rays

Rick and his team have a chance to restore an extremely rare department store x-ray machine from the 1940s used to fit shoes. Can Rick put his best foot forward to safely service this radiation discharging device from head to toe or will this item prove to be too hazardous to everyone's health?

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15. Hot & Cold

After Rick's son Tyler stumbles upon a 1950's coffee vending machine, the team has to brew up an instant formula for restoration. Will they turn this junky java dispenser into a vintage valuable, or will this project land them in hot water? And later, Rick is challenged to convert a 1930s Montgomery Ward refrigerator from icebox to wine-box.

CC TV-14 June 10, 2011 22 minutes
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16. Secret Fan

It's a restoration race to the finish line for Rick and his team when a client cruises in with a 1960's go-kart. Can they masterfully mend this miniature motor vehicle, or will this project be a karting catastrophe? And later, Tyler conspires to fix up a 1950's fan as a gift to Rick for Father's Day.

CC TV-14 June 17, 2011 21 minutes
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17. Grippin' Mad

Rick and his team flex their muscles when they strong-arm a powerful penny arcade strength tester from the 1940s. Can they get a grip and swiftly squeeze out a macho machine, or will this resistant restoration be too tough to tackle?

CC TV-14 June 24, 2011 22 minutes
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18. The Pick, The Pawn, & The Polish

When a prominent Vegas Pawn Star hauls in a crumbling 1957 Chevy 150, Rick and his team accelerate at breakneck speed to overhaul this classic clunker. Can they restore this retro rust-bucket, or will this project stall-out before they reach the finish line? And later, a couple of American Pickers show up hoping to sell some of their varied vintage valuables.

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19. Anchors Away

Rick and his crew get their feet wet when a 1952 powerboat ride splashes into the shop. Will this wave rider be an easy-breezy endeavor, or will it be man overboard in rough restoration waters? And later, Rick rolls up his sleeves to tackle a 1940s child's tricycle for a Las Vegas museum. Can he pedal merrily along on this tattered three-wheeler, or will this ankle-biter bike get a flat tire?

CC TV-14 July 15, 2011 21 minutes
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20. Special Delivery

Rick shifts into high gear when a 1967 Harley motors in for a surprise overhaul. Can he comfortably cruise on this road hog refurbishment, or will this retro joy ride skid out of control? And later, a 1940s U.S. mailbox arrives at the shop. Can the crew swiftly sort through a postal patch up, or will this bulky box be a correspondence catastrophe?

CC TV-14 July 22, 2011 21 minutes
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21. Rusted and Busted

Rick and his crew drive full speed ahead when a 1960s coin-operated motorcycle roars into the shop. Can they burn restoration rubber with this kiddie contraption, or will this rapid refurbishment suddenly hit the skids? A client brings in a crumbling 1950s bumper car. Will Rick decide to buckle up and steer this challenging overhaul?

CC TV-14 July 29, 2011 22 minutes
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22. Batter Up

It's batter up when a 1940's baseball batting game flies into the shop. Can Rick hit this American pastime out of the park, or will a curve-ball send him back to the bench? And later, the crew is put to the test when they tackle a tarnished 1920s tire changer. Can they overpower this aged apparatus, or will this rusty restoration grind to a halt?

CC TV-14 August 26, 2011 22 minutes
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23. Suds and Duds

Rick and his crew change gears when a 1967 Honda Scrambler motorcycle swerves into the shop. Can they win the race on this dirt road restoration, or will they run out of gas before the finish line?

CC TV-14 September 2, 2011 22 minutes
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24. American Hero

When a client flies in with a helicopter gunner helmet from the Vietnam war, Rick and his crew have to suit up for some restoration recon. And later, it's bottoms up for the guys when they pop the tab on a classic 1948 Coca-Cola vending machine makeover.

CC TV-14 September 16, 2011 22 minutes
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25. Close Shave

Rick gets his hair blown back when he finds a beat-up WWII era Koken barber chair among a picker's plunder. Can he cut a decent deal on this scruffy seat, or will this transaction trim a hole in his pocket? And later, a client brings in an extremely rare 1950s Coca-Cola cooler. Can the guys stay cool, calm, and collected on this refreshing restoration, or will this soda pop salvage go flat?

CC TV-14 September 23, 2011 21 minutes
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26. Missile Impossible

Rick and his crew must launch a rapid refurbishment when the Pawn Stars steer a 1950s Atomic Missile pedal car to the shop. And later, a client brings in a 1930s fare box, once used on public transportation.

CC TV-14 October 14, 2011 21 minutes
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27. Wheel & Deal

Rick takes the restoration reins after a turn-of-the-century, horse-drawn fuel delivery wagon from the early 1900s trots into the shop. Will it be safe travels on this galloping gas tank, or will this petrol project take a spill? And later, the manliest crew in Las Vegas restores a 1940s Kotex Dispenser for a charity auction. Can the guys man up and conquer this girly gadget?

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28. Cold War Crusin

Rick and his crew try to obey the speed limit when a 1962 Czechoslovakia scooter zooms into the shop. Can they get this Cold War clunker on the fix-up fast track, or will it get deported? Later, a miniature 1930s oil tanker trucks into the shop. Will this tiny toy transformation be nothing but child's play, or will the guys hit a rough and rocky road to restoration?

CC TV-14 October 21, 2011 21 minutes
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29. Tractors & Trucks

When a client brings in his father's 1954 Bantam tractor, Rick must mend this latent lawn wrangling machine. Can he successful salvage this project piece by piece, or will this farming fix up ultimately fail? Later, the guys have a mechanical mystery on their hands when a client brings in an early 1900s air brake tester for trains.

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30. Surfing the Strip

Limited by a tight budget, Rick must light a fire under his team to overhaul a 1900s chemical cart. Can they calmly control this risky restoration, or will this unpredictable undertaking go up in flames? And later, it's surfs up for Rick's brother Ron and son Tyler when they find a 1940s motorized surfboard in a client's garage.

CC TV-14 October 28, 2011 21 minutes
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31. Smoking Hot

Rick turns up the heat when an 1881 potbelly stove whips into the shop. Can he cook this project to perfection, or will this old oven come out burnt to a crisp? And later, the guys are unexpectedly challenged to restore a 1940s children's Irish Mail cart by hand. Can they successfully conquer this manual mission, or will this rug rat ride put them in the corner?

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32. Milking It

When Rick's brother Ron and son Tyler encounter a 1950s milk vending machine for sale, they attempt to squeeze out a good deal. And later, the guys restore two kiddie handcar trains from the 1950s.

CC TV-14 November 4, 2011 21 minutes
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33. Keep on Trucking

Brettly takes the wheel when he decides to restore a beat-up 1965 Chevrolet truck. Can he keep on trucking with this tricky transformation or will this clunker wind up running on empty. And later, Rick's brother Ron and son Tyler get a sneak peek at a 1940s coin-operated peep show machine for sale.

CC TV-14 November 11, 2011 21 minutes
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34. Bikes & Barbecues

When a 1940s Japanese Maruishi bicycle pedals into the shop, Rick and his crew strap on their helmets for an uphill ride. Can they swiftly cycle through this ten-speed transformation, or will they take a wrong turn on this rare racer? And later, the crew restores a compact Chiclet vending machine from the 1940s.

CC TV-14 November 18, 2011 21 minutes
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Product Details

Genres Reality TV
Director Guy Fiorita
Starring Rick Dale, Tyler Dale
Supporting actors Ted Hague, Corey Harrison, Richard Harrison, Rick Harrison, Kowboy, Brettly Otterman, Austin 'Chumlee' Russell, Bob Yuhas
Season year 2011
Network A&E Television Networks
Producers Deshon Carter, Mary Donahue, Guy Fiorita, Colby Gaines, Courtney Kogler, David McKillop, Ryan Miller, Brent Montgomery, Shoshana Ritzler, Rob Shaftel, Tonko Soljan, Shawn Witt
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Explanation For Lower Rating:

I'm not sure what the History Channel is doing with their DVD releases this year, but it is certainly a step in the wrong direction. When they released "Pawn Stars: Volume Three," many people assumed that the show would be Season Three as the other two seasons of the program had been released in their entirety. It was, in fact, only sixteen episodes. When they released "American Pickers: Volume Two," it was the same thing. Season One had been released with all episodes, but this Volume Two was only eight episodes of Season Two. I know some people that preordered sight unseen, or just weren't paying attention, felt a little shortchanged by these smaller portions as opposed to what they had assumed were full season DVD releases. Personally, I didn't agree with the decision--but, at least, the DVD packaging was very clear about what was included. Anyone who read the box knew what to expect--how many episodes and which ones, so it wasn't a blind investment!

Not so for "American Restoration, Volume One!" I am sitting here with the DVD in hand and nowhere does it say how many episodes are inside. Never mind that it doesn't list them (which in my opinion it should if it is not a Complete Season package)--it doesn't even tell you how many episodes you are getting. I suppose I'm supposed to look at the running time and do some estimated mathematics? I know this may seem trivial to some or that I'm overreacting, but I think the company owes potential buyers this information. My lower rating, therefore, reflects the History Channel's (or A&E Networks distributing) apparent disregard for its own fan base. I don't like to make purchases without knowing exactly what I'm paying for!

I, however, will tell you what is inside.
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I don't know what happened, but along about the end of Season 1 the series switched from highlighting Rick's employees and their wonderful talents to becoming The Rick Dale Family show.

The series stopped featuring the steps taken to bring back an item back to life and instead showed a before and after view. That was the first noticeable difference. Then I saw no more shots/interviews with Kowboy, Kyle, and Ted.

I made it 1/4 way through Season 2 and couldn't take it anymore.

It's all speculation on my part, but I have seen it several times---a small enterprise becomes successful and when it reaches a certain level of success, all the people that helped build the business are suddenly "OUT" and in comes the Wife, the Kids, Kid's friends, etc., and remarkably, THEY become the ones who built the business.

Nothing shows this more than the series pulling the old switcheroo with the opening theme.

Major Bummer for me.

Great show but I just wish it was like it was in the beginning.
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I like the show but it would be better if they showed more detail on how they do the work.
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The show is about making deal and showing off after project finished. There is very little or in some cases, no footage showing what process involved in getting the project done. You will see the customers bring in a rustic item, then the price, then boom, customer returned to see a fully restored item. Where is the process? I am not sure why the high rating, maybe I am the only looking the actual process so I can learn a thing or two.
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I love this show. It shows people building something and bringing pieces of history back to life instead of someone killing someone or screwing someone over in some way. Instead of made up senseless idiocy, it shows real people doing real things and loving what they do. How can you not like that.
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By Mack on October 14, 2013
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It's very interesting to see all the talent and knowledge that goes into restoring each item. The show is great because it generally positive and doesn't focus on arguments for drama or content. It is all about restoring the item and benefitting the customer.
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This is the perfect show for those who appreciate life's diamonds in the rough. It great to watch the picker find this stuff, but even better to watch them being brought back to life again.
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This is such a great series to watch! Restorer Rick Dale from Las Vegas restores a wide variety of antiques, cars, vending machines, and just almost everything. He or the men who work for him do an outstanding job and can make antiques look brand new and in working condition. His attention to detail and a genuine passion for what he does is evident in every episode. His son Tyler is an apprentice in the shop and it is great to watch him mature from just a kid who makes sarcastic remarks to a young man who now shares his father's passion.
Rick Dale is a great owner, boss, and mechanic as well. After watching this series, I would love to work in his shop for a summer or two and learn some good skills. Big kudos to the History Channel for running this series on a weekly basis and it is easy to see why this is one of the most popular series on The History Channel. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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