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The adventurer inside almost everyone has that secret wish to unearth a priceless item and acquire untold wealth, and the TV series Storage Wars calls to that hidden adventurer. The show follows a regular cast of characters who actually are living this treasure hunting dream.

For the most part, Storage Wars takes place in a variety of storage units across the state of California. According to the established rules, if three months pass without rental payments on a unit, the owners of the establishment may put its contents up for auction. Dan and Laura Dotson, a couple who travel from unit to unit, are the auctioneers who are in control of the auction process. The guidelines for each auction are the same. Bidders are allowed a five minute visual inspection from the doorway of the unit, without touching any of the contents. At that time the auction begins in earnest.

The regular bidders in the show include Dave Hester, a somewhat arrogant and savvy dealer; Darrel Sheets, an aggressive player with a kind heart, sometimes accompanied by his son, Brandon; Jarrod Schultz and Brandi Passante, relatively new to the field and trying to establish a successful enterprise; and Barry Weiss, an eccentric and avid collector of anything unusual or valuable. Viewers find themselves choosing a favorite person and rooting for them through episode after episode.

The TV audience watches and learns as the different bidders look for clues that may indicate the value of each unit's contents. At the end of the auction, the wisdom or folly of their judgment is decided as they explore and search for items of value.

The show is a Siren call that appeals to a wide range of viewers. It has appeal for those who enjoy the thrill of second hand purchases, those who have an interest in antiques and collectibles, those interested in human nature at its best and worst, and more. One episode offers a clear understanding of the dynamics interactions of the spotlighted individuals and entices viewers to come back for more.

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9 Seasons, 216 Episodes - Currently Airing
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  • Lockers in El Monte, CA have been known to hold some great finds and this auction is no different. Brandi decides to let Jarrod loose with their money, but Mary steps up with her new boyfriend to get the most expensive locker of the day. Rene spends the least looking for a collector's unit, but he may come out of the gate with the best score.

  • The buyers head to Arcadia, CA, which promises solid auctions. Darrell and Brandon come out swinging, but get caught in their own shenanigans. Rene brings his father Gunter to help hunt for collectibles and Ivy takes a risk on something unique.

  • While in Santa Ana, CA, Jarrod and Brandi's plans go awry when Dave stirs up trouble. Mary is determined to break a long losing streak and Rene enlists a little help to get through a massive score.

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'Storage Wars' Auctioneer Mark Balelo Dies in Apparent Suicide

Mark Balelo, 40, was found dead Monday morning in a running car in at his Simi Valley auction house.

Watch the Most Ridiculous Trailer for 'Storage Wars' Season 3 [Video]

The newest trailer for "Storage Wars" season 3 takes the whole "war" thing very literally, giving our heroes military vehicles, guns, flamethrowers, and... a pet monkey? Yeah, the whole thing is pretty ridiculous, but in a good way. Watch it here.

Fall 2011 TV Preview: A&E Premiere Schedule

A&E has made a name for itself in the documentary/reality show niche as viewers find themselves addicted to the drama of shows like "Intervention" and "Hoarders." While neither of those shows are set to return until later, the Fall 2011 slate for A&E is still packed with some fun reality fare to hold you over.

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