>> Pawn Stars: Volume Three (2011)

Show: Pawn Stars

Season/Volume: 3

Genre: Educational, Reality

Starring: Richard Harrison, Corey Harrison

Studio: A&E Home Video

Runtime: 352 Minutes

Release Date: October 26, 2011

Discs: 2

Rating: 1.75 (out of 4.00)

Grade: D+

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“Pawn Stars” is a show that takes place at the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas. It follows the everyday dealings between the shop’s owner (Rick Harrison), his dad (“Old Man”), his son (Corey Harrison), and their worker (Chumlee). This show gives you a special behind-the-scenes look at what really goes on at a pawn shop and the thought process for the deals.

This show tries really hard to glorify the business of owning a pawn shop, but they fail miserably because it’s a boring industry. I do admit, I enjoyed the history lessons on some of the items, such as the 1715 Spanish Fleet coin and the Battle of Iwo Jima maps and battle plans, but other than that, the show was very dull. On 16 episodes and about 6 hours, it is nothing but the same thing for the duration of the 2 DVDs.

The show’s usual structure for each episode begins with a desperate person bringing in an item. The store workers then look over the item to make sure it’s not counterfeit or they call in an expert. Next, the workers give some history about the item and then they then ask the person if they want to “Pawn or Sell.” Lastly, they play “Let’s make a Deal,” and usually the person gets lower than what they were asking for or they get way less than the item’s face value. This happens in every episode without any real drama or action going on. They have the occasional cheesy or lame jokes, but they never help the show in any way.

Lastly, I am usually not a shallow person and usually don’t comment on the characters on any of the items I review, but the stars of this show (Rick, Corey, Old Man, and Chumlee) were not in any way pleasant to the eyes. Rick is the only one that has some form of intelligence, but that is all he has going for him. The characters on this show, as a whole, were not likeable and fairly irritating. The fact that they take advantage of people that have to sell their belongings because they are in desperate need of money makes me view this show in an even more negative light. To make matters worse, the DVD did not include any extras. For those reasons, I am giving this DVD a “D+.” 


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