Storage Wars

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  • TV-14
  • 2010
  • 16 Seasons
  • 6.3  (10,458)

Storage Wars is a reality television show that aired on A&E from 2010 to 2018. The show follows a group of professional buyers who attend storage auctions, bidding on abandoned storage lockers with the hope of uncovering valuable and rare items inside. Among the buyers is Barry Weiss, a colorful and eccentric collector who quickly became a fan favorite.

The premise of the show is simple: Each episode begins with the auctioneer opening the doors of a storage locker, revealing its contents to a group of potential buyers. The buyers can't touch or inspect the items inside, but they are allowed to peek through the door and try to guess what might be hidden inside. They then bid against each other, with the highest bidder winning the locker and all of its contents.

Once the auction is over, the buyers have a limited amount of time to sort through and appraise the items in the locker. They must quickly decide what to keep, what to sell, and what to throw away. The buyers are often portrayed as cutthroat competitors, each hoping to make the biggest profit from their purchases.

The show is known for its high drama and unexpected twists. In one episode, for example, Barry Weiss purchased a locker for $1,500, only to discover a rare and valuable BMW motorcycle hidden inside. In another episode, a group of buyers bid on a locker that turned out to contain the personal effects of a deceased veteran, leading to an emotional moment as the buyers decided how to honor his memory.

Throughout the series, Barry Weiss emerged as a fan favorite. With his signature ascot and colorful personality, Weiss quickly became known as the "collector's collector." He often took risks on unusual items, including a vintage carnival ride and a Vespa covered in rhinestones. Weiss also had a keen eye for valuable antiques and collectibles, making shrewd purchases that sometimes yielded big profits.

In addition to Barry Weiss, Storage Wars featured a number of other memorable buyers, including Dave Hester, Darrell Sheets, and Brandi Passante. Hester was known for his brash personality and trademark catchphrase, "Yuuup!" Sheets, also known as "The Gambler," was a seasoned buyer with a talent for spotting hidden treasures. Meanwhile, Passante and her partner Jarrod Schulz were a couple who often competed against each other at auctions.

In addition to the drama of the auctions themselves, Storage Wars also offered viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the world of buying and selling. The buyers had to haggle with potential buyers, negotiate with antique dealers, and navigate the sometimes confusing world of appraisals and valuations. Throughout it all, they had to remain alert to the possibility of fakes and forgeries, which could quickly torpedo a potential sale.

Overall, Storage Wars was a highly entertaining show that offered a fascinating glimpse into the world of buying and selling. While the show may have been criticized for its emphasis on drama over realism, it nevertheless captivated audiences with its colorful characters and high stakes auctions. And with Barry Weiss leading the way, viewers were always in for a fun and unpredictable ride.

Storage Wars is a series that is currently running and has 16 seasons (381 episodes). The series first aired on December 1, 2010.

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Five Cards But No Stud
24. Five Cards But No Stud
August 15, 2023
Rene shows up to West Covina feeling very nostalgic and ends up lifting his spirits. Kenny zeroes in a "tricycle" locker and deals with what's inside. The Calvins just try to have a fun day, while Barry can't understand the general lack of professionalism amongst his peers.
Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road? Don't Ask Brandi
23. Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road? Don't Ask Brandi
August 15, 2023
Ivy and Pops shop for bags in Fullerton but end up with containers. Darrell and Kimber go all in on a toy locker, while Brandi covers her costs in an otherwise unassuming household unit.
Every Party Needs a Pooper
22. Every Party Needs a Pooper
August 15, 2023
Laura's on her own in Moreno Valley, and she's anything but discreet about the reasons. Brandi cooks up a nice profit. Rene's doll locker yields a couple surprises, while Ivy dabbles with a bit of the supernatural.
We Were Promised Fun
21. We Were Promised Fun
August 15, 2023
Ivy ropes his kids into a "beach day" in Victorville and they make the best of it. Brandi tries to erase bad camping memories with a good locker. Despite Rene giving him a hard time for his choices, Kenny manages to scrape out a decent return.
If Ya Got It, Flaut It
20. If Ya Got It, Flaut It
August 8, 2023
Kenny happens upon a familiar vehicle and follows it all the way to Lancaster for an auction, where desperately tries to find his gas money. Rene tries to find new luck, after losing in Vegas. Lisa tries to make up for last time, while the Calvins look to a higher power for their profit.
California Knows How to Pottery
19. California Knows How to Pottery
August 8, 2023
Ivy kidnaps Pops and takes him to Rosamond, where they deftly score a fine locker. Kenny sets out to brighten everyone's day and his clowning around has him seeing stars. Lisa proves she has a friend... for now.
Does a Bear Bid in the Woods?
18. Does a Bear Bid in the Woods?
August 8, 2023
Kenny makes his way out to the mountains, watching out for cougars the whole time. Lisa scores on a small sister locker, but it's Brandi who gets the nomination for buyer of the week.
Rock, Paper, Winner
17. Rock, Paper, Winner
August 8, 2023
Back in Montebello, Gunter comes along to "help" Rene, who won't give him the time of day. Darrell tries to make Kimber his queen, while Ivy and his boys Rochambeau their way to solid showing.
Pin Up or Shut Up
16. Pin Up or Shut Up
August 1, 2023
Dusty and Lupe pedal their way to an auction in Fullerton, but end up needing the truck. Darrell pins his hopes on a small locker for which he overpaid. Rene makes the most of "the Honeymoon unit" and things get a bit racy.
Strings & Beans
15. Strings & Beans
August 1, 2023
Ivy takes on a supervisory role in Stanton and it leads him to a bit of Slavic success. Brandi tries to help Danielle outfit her new apartment. Lisa gambles on a painting.
Your PawPaw Loves You!
14. Your PawPaw Loves You!
July 25, 2023
Lisa returns to Moreno Valley, where it all started, and gets nostalgic with her locker. Kenny welcomes a new granddaughter to the clan and would love to find an appropriate unit. Dusty and Lupe put a little elbow grease into their purchase.
13. San-Brandi-Dino!
July 25, 2023
Brandi is fired up about expanding her brand in San Bernardino. Rene is positive that everyone is out to get him. Dusty tackles a locker dustier than him. Kenny... well he's just a mess.
We Fun-Did It!
12. We Fun-Did It!
July 18, 2023
Ivy drags Isaiah to Victorville as punishment for getting C's on his report card. Kenny wants to furnish his new house, but there are eight reasons standing in his way. And not to be cheesy, but Lisa learns a lot.
Manifest Chastity
11. Manifest Chastity
July 18, 2023
Brandi is determined to actually win a locker for once in Santa Ana and has to show restraint to do it. Rene spots a stack of items in a locker that speaks to him. Kenny puts his needs out to the universe, while Barry struggles to stay in the game.
Four Bidders and a Funeral
10. Four Bidders and a Funeral
July 11, 2023
Lisa comes to Montebello with a clear mind, intent on letting the lockers speak to her. Ivy lets his son navigate his way to a unit which turns out not to be completely vacant. Kenny is absolutely appalled by what he finds abandoned in his unit.
The Way of the Gam Gam
9. The Way of the Gam Gam
July 11, 2023
While in Santa Ana, Lisa channels her grandmother, in trying to turn a profit. Brandi is dealing with the most frustrating day ever. Darrell tries to make a meal out of a snack-sized locker and Kenny learns to prep himself for true stealthiness.
Parsol Pals
8. Parsol Pals
June 27, 2023
The sun is beating down in Oceanside, bringing out all the parasols. Dusty and Lupe steal a no-brainer locker and it pays off handsomely. Darrell taxes himself and it almost puts him in storage jail. Brandi and Lisa find their true identities and ultimately "re-cover" their investment.
Vending, Vidi, Vici!
7. Vending, Vidi, Vici!
June 27, 2023
The buyers head out to Palm Springs, in search of higher end goods. Kenny tries to amp up the profit on an otherwise unimpressive unit. Rene sees quick potential where others don't and puts his pocket change into it. Brandi and Bozek try to keep their gains from squirming away.
Etrog, Lupe?
6. Etrog, Lupe?
June 20, 2023
Lancaster is Ivy's honeypot, so everyone had better watch out or they might get stung. Lisa plans to use the right side of her brain when selecting lockers...or is it the left? While Dusty and "Tollbooth Lupe" do a mitzvah.
I Love Lupe!
5. I Love Lupe!
June 20, 2023
The women outnumber the men in Rosamond, as Dusty and his girlfriend discover a stockpile of vintage TV memorabilia. Brandi enlists the help of both Danielle and Lisa to dig for gold, and what they find gives them pause. Kenny stumbles over what appears to be an exotic music box.
Perm-anently Fulle
4. Perm-anently Fulle
June 13, 2023
All the whales are coming to the big auction in Fullerton... or at least, that's what Barry hears as he takes Dusty under his wing to see what kind of profit he can style. Rene has some dainty discoveries, while Darrell's tool locker is quite eye-opening.
Stanton in the Place Where You Work
3. Stanton in the Place Where You Work
June 13, 2023
Rene has lukewarm results bobbin' for profits in Stanton. Dusty finds a hoard of quality equipment, inking himself a decent payday. Looking for treasure, Brandi does end up with the green... just not in the way she expected.
YOLO Bolo!
2. YOLO Bolo!
June 6, 2023
The doctor is in Riverside. Rene goes big. Ivy scores a packed locker and stumbles across an antique of unusual origin. Darrell grabs a smaller unit but finds that good things do, indeed, come in petite packages sometimes.
All Hail, King Brandi: The Rule-Her of West Covina
1. All Hail, King Brandi: The Rule-Her of West Covina
June 6, 2023
In West Covina, Brandi makes a serious land grab and it pays off handsomely. Rene can't resist the mystery of a good safe. Kenny can't seem to satisfy his hunger, while Barry takes an opportunity to poach from the competition.
Where to Watch Storage Wars
Storage Wars is available for streaming on the A&E website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Storage Wars on demand at Disney+, Discovery+, Amazon Prime, Philo, Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, Sling, Google Play, Hoopla, Apple TV, A&E, Tubi TV and Pluto TV.
  • Premiere Date
    December 1, 2010
  • IMDB Rating
    6.3  (10,458)