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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.

Tuesday at 10:00 pm et/pt on A&E
10 Seasons, 251 Episodes
December 1, 2010
Reality
6.5/10
Cast: Brandi Passante, Laura Dotson, Darrell Sheets, Dan Dotson
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Storage Wars Full Episode Guide

  • In Riverside, Brandi saves a loose pooch from oncoming traffic; Darrell's locker confirms his Magic Bullet Theory; while Kenny's unit serves up a shiny score.

  • Rene laughs all the way to the bank, while Darrell reels in a hoard of goodies.

  • Mary tries to impress a client; Rene finds protection from predators; Ivy heads to the barbershop.

  • Brandi and Jarrod uncover an Illuminati-ng stash; Dave does what he does best; and Mary finally gets the help she needs.

  • Rene is shocked by what he finds; Darrell's locker multiplies his investment; Ivy tests his radar on the best.

  • The Gambler returns to form in Huntington Beach, as Rene gets on everyone's bad side; Mary finds her likeness lucrative, while Ivy's prospects are cloudy at best.

  • Mary bumps into some vintage art; Ivy adds to his stamp collection; Kenny faces his fears... yet again.

  • Ivy angles his way into some vintage outdoor accessories and Dave finds his way into an unexpected audit. Emily's departure ruins one buyer's day.

  • Indio is extreme-ly interested for Dave. Brandi and Jarrod find the ultimate stash while Mary's locker misfires.

  • Jarrod finds the party locker he's always wanted. Meanwhile Rene discovers a new mobile business opportunity and Ivy's footwear makes a huge impact.

  • Mary's locker brings out her inner voice; Kenny tries to clothe America; Brandi & Jarrod get a leg up on the competition.

  • Ivy can't get enough from Montebello; Dave gets a taste of carnival fun; Brandi & Jarrod shred vintage-style.

  • The Dotsons return in Adelanto; Dave tries to get his motors runningl Darrell stumbles over a curious collection; and Rene finally goes nuts.

  • The team stops in Huntington Beach where Rene's daughter steps up; the Schulzes and Passantes add to their outdoor options; and the Gambler meets the predators.

  • Ivy takes a chance on his own party locker; Brandi & Jarrod get back to basics; Rene gets advice on his presentation.

  • Mary finally manages to find a vintage goodie in El Monte; Ivy uncovers decades-old family fun; while Darrell re-visits a childhood pastime.

  • Kenny finds some relief in a unit. Brandi & Mary join forces and Dave stumbles across a historic find.

  • Costa Mesa offers Rene a bit of unexpected "high" tech; Darrell goes on a cross-cultural haberdashery journey.

  • Adelanto is the site of the Dotsons' return; Dave tries to get his motors runnin'; Darrell stumbles over a curious collection; Rene finally goes nuts.''

  • Dave augments his inventory with a medical device. While Rene finds his furniture locker enlightening and Ivy finds some unexpected green.

  • Moreno Valley provides Darrell a chance to school his friend in daredevil-ing. Dave's fortunes go up in flames. Jarrod and Brandi dive back in, but hit rock bottom.

  • The buyers head to the City of Orange where Ivy gets a hole in one with an unusual landscaping tool. Darrell's eye for upscale furniture finds him a high end hoard. Rene maxes out on a video game console and Mary's fortunes leave her leaving empty handed.

  • The buyers head to Van Nuys, CA, to search for hidden treasure.

  • While in Montebello, Cal., Darrell and Brandon cause chaos; Rene has a new partner in crime; Dave eyes a big score; and Ivy battles injury to hit the auctions hard.

  • The buyers head to Huntington Beach, Cal. where Ivy and Mary are each other's biggest competitors; Darrell and Brandon look to score big on home turf; and Dave searches for either a score or a sucker.

  • The buyers visit North Hollywood where Jarrod and Brandi fight to resist the lure of showbiz items; Mary and a new friend get targeted; and Rene goes solo.

  • The buyers visit Palm Springs, Cal. where Dave is desperate to score a great locker after missing out on one; Rene tries to get some inside information; Ivy is forced to buy big; and Mary gets help from an unlikely ally.

  • Lockers in El Monte, CA, have a history of providing great finds for the buyers. 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.

  • 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.

  • The buyers head to Riverside, CA, where Jarrod and Brandi try to teach a hard lesson to Bozek. Ivy hopes to score big with a low paying locker while Darrell and Brandon limp into a locker that may leave them all wet.

  • The buyers head to Moreno Valley where there has been lots of success in the past. Mary hopes to follow the others to a solid locker, but Dave is intent on a score of his own or making the others pay heavily for theirs. Both Ivy and Rene get massive lockers packed with goods, but only one will have a massive pay day.

  • The buyers struggle for a score in an auction in downtown Los Angeles.

  • The lockers in Westminster, CA, sell for thousands so Jarrod and Brandi strike quickly.

  • The buyers are in San Diego where Rene and Casey step up to defend their home turf against Darrell and Brandon. Mary hopes to score with a high end household unit and Ivy enlists help and brings two extra Calvins to the auctions.

  • Favorite scenes from the series.

  • Favorite scenes from the series.

Storage Wars News

'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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