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History channel's hit reality series American Pickers has put a new face on the world of antiquing. The show follows professional Iowa-based pickers Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz as they crisscross their way around the country in search for the next honey hole of antiques and collectibles to restore and resell. As they say in the show's opening, "What most people see as junk, we see as dollar signs." Digging through rusted mountains of riffraff in people's barns, basements, and outbuildings Mike and Frank uncover unique treasures of all kinds from early motorcycles to vintage oil cans and advertising to taxidermy elephant heads. Each piece comes with a story and history all its own that provides the audience with a deeper understanding and appreciation of America's roots.

American Pickers is about far more than the items discovered, though. It is just as much about the often eccentric individuals Mike and Frank meet along their journey through the back roads of the nation. The pickers never know what to expect as they pull up in their business Antique Archaeology's Sprinter van and knock on the door of a potential seller, adding to the sense of suspense and excitement of the program. Sometimes met with a shotgun and other times a cheerful Mrs. Clause-like granny figure, Mike and Frank introduce the audience to the diverse range of personalities that make America what it is.

At the heart of the show are everyday people with fascinating stories to share through the things they have collected. American Pickers' Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz take viewers on an exciting treasure hunt through these people's homes for unexpected objects buried deep under years of dirt and grime. Not only do they explore unspoiled pockets of the country, but America's rich history as well.

Wednesday 9:00 PM et/pt on History Channel
17 Seasons, 248 Episodes
January 18, 2010
Reality
7.0/10
Cast: Frank Fritz, Mike Wolfe, Danielle Colby-Cushman
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American Pickers Full Episode Guide

  • Mike and Frank stumble upon large collections of cars, from Volkswagens to Fords.

  • A collection of fan favorites chosen by viewers.

  • Mike and Frank dig through attics and barns in search of the rare items that have shaped the United States.

  • Mike and Frank try their luck with coin flips, arm wrestling matches and other games of chance, gambling on prices for items that are worth the risk.

  • Mike and Frank roll up on a coin-op empire ruled by sisters ready to rumble for every penny.

  • In a jam-packed home, Mike and Frank find superhero heaven, coming across a rare Superman comic as well as the very first Spider-Man comic worth $50,000.

  • Mike and Frank come across a 200,000-square-foot factory turned private collection by Woody, its dumpster-diving owner.

  • Mike and Frank head across the U.S. in search of iconic Americana.

  • Mike and Frank deal with collectors who like to go big when it comes to collecting.

  • Mike and Frank head West in search of the most perfect picks on the range.

  • The picking gets red, hot and blue in a Louisiana warehouse as Mike makes a move on Gypsy Grandma, the queen of arcade games.

  • Frank dials it down when he comes across items that he just can't live without.

  • Mike and Frank discover a fleet of amazing concept cars, some so unique they don't know how to price them.

  • Mike and Frank make good on a promise to restore a 1935 Auburn and take the original owners for a ride.

  • A collection of rare Indian motorcycles and a one-of-a-kind custom Volkswagen bus.

  • Mike and Frank are first in line to pick an incredible North Carolina collection of weird and wonderful circus and sideshow memorabilia.

  • Mike and Frank come across the best comic book, superhero and sci-fi memorabilia in the history of ``American Pickers,'' including a rare Spider-Man comic book, a life-size replica of Han Solo and the original Batmobile.

  • While combing through a mind-blowing collection, Mike stares down the headlights of a rare Ford; the guys pick a Tennessee home hiding a big secret.

  • Mike stumbles on a century-old Jell-O ice cream wagon worth thousands; Robbie makes a huge offer on an iconic Ford.

  • Mike and Frank have the most fun possible on two wheels in this compilation of the rarest bikes and motorcycles they ever picked.

  • Mike and Frank face their fears as they uncover the most hair-raising items of the series.

  • The guys put thousands on the line to stake a deal with a tough negotiator, and they meet Hubba, a rockabilly reverend with many talents.

  • Mike and Frank go West on a sun-soaked journey for the best nuggets the Golden State has to offer.

  • When they uncover one of the rarest motorcycles in the world, Mike and Frank must muster more cash than ever before to try and seal the ultimate deal.

  • The guys double-team a packed property to find what they're looking for before nightfall. Plus, Mike discovers something living in the attic.

  • In the heartland of beer, Frank is surprised to meet an old friend; Plus, the guys secretly prepare a surprise build for Danielle.

  • The guys have their work cut out for them on a huge property with more custom '32 Fords than they have ever seen in one place, and Danielle attempts an important military mission.

  • The guys get the pick of a lifetime behind the scenes at a famous tourist attraction, plus a collector in Cape Cod shuts down deal after deal until his wife steps in.

  • In Detroit, Frank takes a big risk on one of the greatest pieces he's ever seen. Plus, Mike acquires a Purple Heart along with a very special mission.

  • The guys pick New York City for the first time ever, and go back to the future at a sprawling computer store packed with a mind-blowing stockpile of 20th century technological artifacts.

  • The guys are stunned by a house with storefronts frozen in time, containing a bounty of never-sold stock and a secret bootlegging basement.

  • Mike and Frank attempt to buy from a handyman who lives on a unique homestead, but the handyman's deal making could end the pick before it begins.

  • Mike and Frank explore a stash of ultra-rare motorcycle parts found behind a secret wall, then they find the ultimate aviation collectible -- a propeller linked to Charles Lindbergh.

  • After a mammoth pick on a 25-acre homestead, Mike and Frank comb through the largest collection of sideshow memorabilia they've ever seen.

  • If the guys can't get a mammoth 1929 Roadster safely down a decaying 100-year-old elevator, they will be $20,000 in the hole; Mike uncovers a surprise when he hears hissing coming from beneath an out-of-control collection.

  • Mike and Frank have their hands full with a high-strung collector; Danielle lands in New York City for a high-stakes auction of rock 'n' roll memorabilia.

  • On a family compound in New York, Mike flips for a coin-operated elephant, while a collection of A-list mannequins leaves him speechless.

  • Mike and Frank make a killer backroom deal after winding up at the home of a former arms dealer and her Judo-champion husband.They also do a pick in a old train depot that had a toy train store in it.

  • At an old school drive-in, Mike and Danielle uncover a vintage reel of Beatles' footage that could be the only one of its kind.

  • When Frank goes nuts for a century-old snack icon, he must decide if it's worth the high asking price; Mike falls hard for a Roaring '20s roadster.

American Pickers News

New Season of Surprisingly Popular 'American Pickers' Premieres Tonight

Who'da thunk it? A show about two normal-looking dudes rummaging through barnyards and jam-packed homes in the far corners of the Midwest is a runaway success for The History Channel. "American Pickers" starts a new season tonight, and there will be far more people watching than you would imagine.

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American Pickers: Bonus - Buying the Bayou | History Clip (02:41)