Everyone knows what a pawn shop is. But do you know how pawning actually works? If you don’t, there’s no need to be shy about admitting it. I never used to know what it was. Pawn shops are frequently depicted in movies and TV shows as places to sell your stuff for quick cash. Buying and selling is a service they do provide, but until I started watching Pawn Stars, I always assumed selling and pawning were one and the same, and that pawning just meant the sale took place at a pawn shop.
Once in a while, I’ll catch a bit of Antiques Roadshow. I like seeing the old items, hearing the stories behind them, and finding out how they fit into history. But the show is just too bland and slow-moving for my taste. That’s why I like Pawn Stars. It’s kind of like Antiques Roadshow with a kick.
That video is a bit out of date, so the show isn’t exactly “new” anymore, but if you haven’t seen it, Pawn Stars is a half-hour reality show that documents the goings-on of Rick Harrison’s pawn shop in Las Vegas. The main cast includes three generations of Harrisons: Rick’s dad, AKA “The Old Man”, Rick himself, and his son, Corey. Also a regular is employee Chumlee, who’s often on the receiving end of some kind of intelligence or weight-related joke.
Though I’ve never really looked into it, the show is probably semi-scripted. The clients seem genuine enough, as does their chatting and haggling with the guys behind the counter. But there are usually factoids and the like presented by Rick in a seated, interview-style setting that are likely rehearsed, as well as little humourous interludes here and there (at least, they’re meant to be humourous) that are clearly written prior to filming.
So you get some interesting tidbits of information with a couple of laughs thrown in for fun. Overall, it’s usually an entertaining thirty minutes.
Video credits: Pawn Stars via the official History YouTube channel