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American Restoration 7 Seasons 2012

Season 2
4.5 out of 5 stars (203) 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

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1. Pain In The Gas

When a client petitions for a pair of 1920s visible gas pumps, Rick recruits Ron and Tyler to search far and wide on this petrol pursuit. And later, the shop goes all in on a 1930s horse gambling wheel.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: January 11, 2012
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2. Ridin' Route 66

While cruisin' down historic Route 66, Rick and his brother Ron stumble across a 1950s Wurlizter jukebox in need of some fine-tuning. And later, Tyler is challenged to restore a 1940s chocolate bar vending machine for a local picker.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: January 11, 2012
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3. Double Trouble

Rick and his guys get an eye full when a 100-year-old mutoscope comes into the shop. Can they comfortably crank out a motion picture masterpiece, or will this restoration be a flippin' formula for a major flop? And later, it's double the fun when Rick's brother Ron and son Tyler spot a tarnished tandem bike at a client's house.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: January 18, 2012
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4. Slick Pick

It's time for rusty rehab after Rick and his brother Ron pick up two 1950s service station showpieces. Can they successfully salvage these auto antiques or will one minor mistake turn this retro refurbishment into a first-rate fiasco? And later, a client carries in a turn-of-the-century Edison film projector.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: January 18, 2012
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5. Buck Wild

Rick and Ron take restoration by the horns when they agree to revive a vintage mechanical bull. Can they stay steadily astride this rough ride or will they be bucked off? And later, a client drops in with a 1940s Pepsi "Gullwing" cooler. Can they swiftly swallow this ice-cold challenge or will they need to put this soda service on ice?

TV-14 CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: January 25, 2012
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6. The Big Move

When a client hefts in a 1900s penny scale from the Santa Cruz boardwalk, Rick and his crew tighten their belts. Can they successfully slim down this massive mechanism or will their weighty workload tip the scales? And later, a picker strolls in with a 1930s Taylor Tot walker. Can Ron and Brettly properly push this baby buggy bargain along or will this toddler transaction need a time out?

TV-14 CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: January 25, 2012
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7. Bumper Balls

After Rick agrees to restore a vintage Italian bumper car from a local antique shop, the shop braces for immediate impact. Can they effectively electrify this dented delight or will this entertaining endeavor give them whiplash? And later, the shop pedals away on a 1970s kiddie tractor. Can they sow the seeds of success with this rusty ride, or will this plowing plaything buy the farm?

TV-14 CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: February 1, 2012
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8. Cold Cuts

Rick and his crew sharpen their service skills when a client ships in a 1900s Berkel meat slicer. Can they carefully carve out a mechanical masterpiece, or will they lose a few fingers on this slice and dice device? And later, a 1950s stamp vending machine arrives at the shop. Can they refurbish this snail mail mechanism or will this correspondence contraption be postmarked return to sender?

TV-14 CC Runtime: 20 minutes Release date: February 1, 2012
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9. The Big Bang

Rick and the guys aim to please when an 1800s cannon rolls into the shop. Can they hit their transformation target or will this banged up blaster backfire? And later, a client brings in a 1960s slot machine from the old Silver Slipper Hotel & Casino. Can the shop hit the jackpot on this 10-cent contraption, or will they lose big on this gaming gamble?

TV-14 CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: February 8, 2012
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10. Top Dog

Rick prepares for battle when a 1940s dog tag maker comes into the shop. Can he successful stamp out this embossing endeavor or will this military mechanism have a major malfunction? And later, the shop reins in the restoration of a 1950s toy horse. Can they gallop through this tin toy transformation or will they need to put this pony plaything out to pasture?

TV-14 CC Runtime: 20 minutes Release date: February 8, 2012
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11. Pump & Gun

Rick and his crew take a shot in the dark when a 1943 trap machine lands in the shop. Can they get off to a flying start on this target practice project or will they end up missing the mark? And later, Ron and Tyler find a rare rusty pump while on the road. Can they crank out a successful sale or will this fuel find fail?

TV-14 CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: February 15, 2012
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12. Tall Order

Rick faces a larger than life restoration when a client lugs in a 1930s Pep Boys marquee to the shop. Can he tackle this towering task or will these famous figures turn into a colossal catastrophe? And later, the crew takes on Mother Nature with the overhaul of a 1948 Coca Cola machine destroyed by Hurricane Irene. Can they weather this soda storm or will this windy work blow them away?

TV-14 CC Runtime: 20 minutes Release date: February 15, 2012
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13. Tyler's Promotion

Rick and his crew face a sticky situation when a cement gun from 1915 rolls into the shop. Can they safely seal up this concrete hurtling contraption or will the guys crack under the pressure? And later, the shop faces the music when a client brings in a 1920s Alba gramophone. Can the guys fine-tune this retro record player or will this rotating restoration spin out of control?

TV-14 CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: February 22, 2012
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14. Blast Off!

Rick takes on the biggest challenge of his career when a 1960s rocket-slide comes into the shop piece by giant piece. And later, every minute counts when the shop outfits a 1930s pump with a coin counter that doesn't fit--no matter how you slice it.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: April 11, 2012
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15. King of Signs

Rick puts his work on display when a weather worn 1950's casino billboard comes into the shop. Can he preserve this aging desert advertisement, or will this shabby sign be better left to rot roadside? And later, the crew makes cents of a 1940's candy vending machine. Can they sweeten up this nickel-and-dime device or will this sugary service leave a bad taste in their mouths?

TV-14 CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: April 18, 2012
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16. Hot & Salty

The heat is on for Rick and his crew when they restore a salty 1960s popcorn machine. Can they freshen up this corny contraption or will this snack server get too hot to handle? And later, a client brings in an antique Michelin Man air compressor. Can the guys fill up this pressure pump or will they accidentally blow a hole in this aged apparatus?

TV-14 CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: April 18, 2012
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17. Treats & Feet

Rick battles a brain freeze when a 1940s Good Humor bicycle pedals into the shop. Can he deliver a sweet solution to this sticky situation or will this cold cart be forever frozen in time? And later, a client brings in a 1920s Atwater Kent art-deco radio. Can the shop fine-tune this airwave apparatus, or will it be nothing but dead air for this rundown receiver?

TV-14 CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: April 25, 2012
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18. Restoration Rivalry

Rick and his son Tyler kick off a restoration race after a pair of vintage scooters wheel into the shop. Can Tyler show up his dear ol' dad or will Rick prove father always knows best? And later, the shop makes cents of a 1940s candy vending machine. Can they sweeten up this nickel-and-dime device or will this sugary service leave a bad taste in their mouths?

TV-14 CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: April 25, 2012
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19. Cannonball Safe

Rick and his guys get keyed up to restore a colossal 1920s cannonball safe. Can they lock up this protected project or will this massive mission be too heavy to handle? And later, the shop freshens up some vintage farm tools. Can the guys carefully crack these compact contraptions or will one rotten egg spoil this scramble?

TV-14 CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: May 2, 2012
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20. Motor Mayhem

Rick roasts up a pipin' hot coffee grinder overhaul after a client spies a recently picked 1800's coffee grinder sitting in the shop's boneyard. And later, the shop revs up a collectible 1930's fishing boat motor.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 20 minutes Release date: May 9, 2012
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21. Sticky Fingers

The clock is running for Rick and his crew when they hail in a 1950s taximeter. Can they successfully speed to a detailed destination or will they get stuck in troublesome transformation traffic?

TV-14 CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: May 16, 2012
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22. Dirt Bike Duels

Rick puts the pedal to the metal when NASCAR driver Greg Biffle asks him to restore his 1970s Montesa motorcycle. Can Rick steer this speed demon dirt bike to the finish line or will this muddy motorbike wipe out before the checkered flag?

TV-14 CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: June 6, 2012
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23. Train Trouble

It's time for some soon-to-be stepbrothers bonding when Tyler and Brettly volunteer to tow in a 1947 railroad speeder. Can the shop hop aboard this rapid restoration express or will a low estimate from Tyler cause the job to jump the tracks?

TV-14 CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: June 6, 2012
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24. Feel the Heat

Rick has a rolling riddle on his hands after an antique three-wheeled cart with no identification comes into the shop. Can he piece together this perplexing puzzle or will this moving mystery remain unsolved?

TV-14 CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: June 13, 2012
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25. Down & Dirty

Rick and his crew face a tough trek when a 1972 Honda ATC motors into the shop. Can they navigate this rough ride's rocky route to restoration or will this three-wheeled vehicle veer off course?

TV-14 CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: June 13, 2012
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26. Saddle Up!

Rick auditions a new employee when a 1950s Cushman scooter with sidecar swerves into the shop. Will this specialized staffer ace this tricky trial or will another one bite the dust?

TV-14 CC Runtime: 20 minutes Release date: June 20, 2012
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27. Big Boom

After a 1900s signal cannon bursts into the shop, Rick prepares for the big boom. Can he gather his troops to launch this field firearm or will this restoration offensive backfire? Then, the shop attempts to hold their first auction.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: June 20, 2012
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Product Details

Genres Reality TV
Starring Rick Dale, Tyler Dale
Supporting actors Brettly Otterman, Kowboy, Kyle Astorga, Ron Dale, Ted Hague, Kelly Mayer, Bodie Stroud, Dale Walksler, Rick Harrison, Mark Hall Patton, Austin 'Chumlee' Russell, Danny Koker, Kirk Douglas Sanders, Charles Canfield, Corey Harrison, Bob Yuhas, Chris Matthews, Horny Mike
Season year 2012
Network A&E Television Networks
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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My wife and I greatly enjoyed the first season of American Restoration, and looked forward to the second one. Season two starts off fine, with the same format and balance of the first. Show the items coming in, gauge the price, show the actual process, and sprinkle in a bit of back office drama. It was well done.

In the second half of the season, the show's format changes, though. The different intro is a clue that something's gone wrong, as it doesn't seem to relate to the show's purpose (and the audio for the intro, unlike the rest of the show, has a pronounced echo/reverb through Prime...perhaps a mixing error?). They still show the items coming and the initial estimate, but instead of focusing on the restoration process, each episode spends half its time on family drama. Non-family workers who had some camera time are relegated to bits and backgrounds. It effectively hollowed out the show for us and was enough of a shift to make us think twice about paying for the third season through Prime. Until we can confirm that that focus goes back to what it should be (the restorations), we'll wait for free Prime viewing or do without.
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I've watched the first two seasons of American Restoration on Amazon and was genuinely entertained by the first seasons. It provided a nice mix of history, restoration, the buying/selling aspect of the business, the customers' reaction to the work of Rick and crew, a little family TV drama, and more importantly for a show of this title, the craftsmanship involved in restoring historic relics and items. Starting in season 2 they began cutting out parts where they would show the guys working on the projects and started injecting TV drama instead - the competition between Rick's brother and son-in-law for auctioneer, showing Kelly about 5 times as much as season 1, promoting an 18 year old kid to foreman, etc. Those things are mildly entertaining, but I watch this show to see...Restoration of Americana by elite craftsman and how items get turned into gold from junk. I hope following seasons don't continue this disappointing trend.
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This show used to be everything one could hope for in Reality TV. The characters were real, the setting was real, the "action" showed real process.

Sadly, with this season, the producers rolled out a new over-wrought title block and a new production outline that has substituted fakey acting and dialog for the old idea of showing the process of "Restoration" at which they used to be so good.

Now the show has devolved to be just another gabfest, and largely a waste of time.

Its just sad.
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When the show first came out, it was more about the restoration process and about the items being restored. Now, the show is more about Rick and the group's dynamics than about the items being restored. I liked the show when it spent more time on the restoration process and the items history. If it is going to be Rick's Reality, then the show should be renamed.
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I rated season 1 5 stars because of the balance between the 'personal' and the 'restoration' parts of the show. Season 2 departs from that formula about mid-season and loses something in the process.

The consensus in the household is that season 2 is not as entertaining as season 1. If there is a season 3 I'm not sure it will be on our watch list.
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Some of the best shows from the restoration program. Its fun to see items folks have kept for years that need a bit of a touch up or a large make over. Seeing the beginning and the ending product to me is facanating. Great for you to see history and what can be done when worked by a master.
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I really enjoyed watching the first few episodes of American Restoration, where they actually delved into the details of HOW these guys complete the restorations. But after the first season, they fell into this creative rut. A couple of beat up old collectibles come in...they take them apart...off screen...Brettly sandblasts everything...off screen...someone fabricates a missing part...off screen...the parts get painted or powdercoated...off screen...some broken mechanism gets taken apart, cleaned up, polished, reassembled and repaired...off screen...HURRY the customer is coming in, thirty seconds after they discover some seemingly insurmountable problem...this is solved, magically, off screen. The thing is delivered, roll credits.

In between all of the repairs and refinishing, there is this continual reality show fifth business going on. Brettly gets a dog, Kowboy has a toothache, Ron bought some stupid, unrepairable, unsalable item, Tyler forgot some critical step, Kelly gets miffed at Rick. It's all pretty predictable and hard to believe it's not all scripted.

I started watching this with my kid because he likes to take apart and repair old toys and other stuff. Consequently I watched pretty much the whole 1,2, and 3d seasons, but we both agreed that the language was unnecessarily vulgar, the restorations were progressively less interesting, we stopped learning anything useful, and that the details of the American Restorations "family" were sort of not any of our business.
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