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Hardcore Pawn, a show airing on TruTv, follows the daily trials and tribulations of a pawn shop on Detroit's notorious 8 mile Road. The documentary-style show touches on all parts of the pawn business from the customer complaints, to the rampant drug problems and poverty that plague Detroit and bring customers into the pawn shop. The show also highlights the relationships between the family that owns and runs the location.

Les Gold, the majority stakeholder in the business, has worked in the Pawn industry all his life. His father was the owner of Sam's Gold located on Michigan Avenue before he teamed with his son and opened American Jewelry and Loan, the pawn shop that is the focus of the show. Now in his 60s, Les often finds himself embroiled in heated debates with his business partner and son, Seth. Seth, a young, college graduate is looking to take the reigns of the business and lead it towards a more technologically advanced marketing campaign. Ashley, the daughter of Les, returned back to the shop after some time off to raise children. The sibling rivalry often spills over as Seth, Les and Ashley try to meld their different business ideals together.

When family squabbles and differences in opinion do not rule the television show viewers are offered an in-depth look at how the pawn business operates. From the most irate of customers looking to get their items back, to poverty-stricken single mothers looking to garner a quick loan, TruTv sugarcoats nothing. The shop; which sits in one of Detroit's most poverty-stricken neighborhoods, services a delightful array of clients and the true underbelly of the pawn business is exposed.

Hardcore Pawn is currently in its 6th season and has aired 77 episodes. The show premiered on August 16th, 2010 to critical acclaim. The show has often been compared to Pawn Stars, one of the History Channels biggest, original successes. While Pawn Stars focuses on obscure and valuable items that come into a pawn shop in Las Vegas Hardcore Pawn focuses more on the raw emotions and true underbelly of the pawn industry. It is a must see for anyone interested in the raw emotions that explode in an industry marked by seedy dealings.

Tuesday 9:00 PM et/pt on truTV
10 Seasons, 158 Episodes - Currently Airing
August 16, 2010
Reality
4.8/10
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Hardcore Pawn Full Episode Guide

  • Les is given an ultimatum that could change the history of American Jewelry and Loan.

  • A customer's dunk tank sees Karen coming up with a big idea for the shop.

  • Les finally lands a buyer for his special edition Lee Iacocca Mustang, but loses his cool when he learns Seth sent the hot rod out on consignment. Can Seth get the car back in time?

  • When Ashley interferes with one of Karen's sales on the shop floor, a family feud breaks out. Les urges them to work together, but when Ashley's half-hearted efforts to mentor Karen almost result in a big loss for the store, Les has had enough. Plus, Seth gets quite the show when a rock metal group shopping for a guitar breaks out into an impromptu jam session.

  • Les hatches a secret plan to put his employees to the test, but how will Seth, Ashley and Karen react when they find out they've also been put under the microscope? Plus, a man in search of the perfect engagement ring ends up giving everyone road rage when he blocks the store parking lot with his truck.

  • Ashley breaks up a fight between two employees.

  • Ashley and Bobby J war over a collection of Nerf guns.

  • Ashley and Les hit the road to get first dibs on a huge estate sale, but will they find treasure or fool's gold? Seth takes a custom Corvette go-kart for a spin but pumps the brakes on the deal when the 12-year-old owner tries to play hardball. Plus, what price is Karen willing to pay to get her hands on a piece of '70s movie memorabilia?

  • Karen convinces Les to let her bring in a feng shui expert in to try and boost sales and bring some positive energy.

  • The Golds gear up to shoot a new commercial for the store which can only mean drama. All Les cares about is putting out a good product, but will everyone be happy with the final result? Plus, the shop gets a handful of sexy, when a woman tries to find her perfect mink coat.

  • Les becomes generous and hands out the biggest loan ever on a luxurious Rolls Royce, leaving Seth and Ashley concerned about his mental well-being.

  • The Golds stumble upon pieces of art that could be worth millions.

  • Les seals the deal on the single biggest purchase in store history.

  • A ventriloquist leaves Karen and Bobby J tongue-tied, and an angry MMA fighter retaliates.

  • When an argument with Seth leaves Ashley crying, Karen tries to intervene. Plus, Bobby J takes a joyride on two-story tractor, and a watch snob finds himself on Seth's bad side.

  • With Les and Seth absent, and Ashley left in charge of the store, the employees cut loose. Karen gets caught putting on a fashion show during store hours, and Bobby J gets called out for being rude to a customer. Seth accuses his sister of poor management, but Ashley gets the last laugh.

  • Les and Seth visit a customer with a garage full of amazing vintage cars. Les ignores his kids and offers big money for one of the guy's golden oldies...but can he close the deal? While a male stripper gives Byron the slip, Karen stumbles making a big deal and Ashley forces a customer to kiss a Gremlin for cash.

  • When the Golds uncover a series of fake pawns, all evidence points to a trusted employee.

  • Ashley pranks Seth to teach him a lesson about locking his door, but Seth seeks vengeance. Les takes the plunge on a prison toilet, and a ventriloquist offers to sell his dummy to Bobby J.

  • A shakedown artist makes Les an attractive offer, but the Golds retaliate. Seth and Karen feel the power of the force when a customer brings in a pair of high-end light sabers.

  • Les goes on a buying spree that leaves his staff dumbfounded.

  • Tension erupts between Karen and Ashley on the sales floor and when Les discovers that Ashley has banished Karen to a storage room he puts them both in the doghouse. Plus, Lady Gaga's bass player impresses Les, and a guy tries selling Seth presidential autographs for 40 thousand dollars.

  • Seth suggests a mail order service for delivering gold to the West Coast refinery.

  • Ashley is envious of Les' niece. A retro RV bus has Seth and Bobby J considering a road trip.

  • Counting down the top 20 Fan Favorite deals in Hardcore Pawn history.

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