DVD Review: American Pickers – Collection 5
American Pickers Collection Five proves to be once again one of the best of the many reality TV shows loosely based of that darling of British TV, Antiques Roadshow. American Pickers follows the comedic duo of Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz as they travel the back road and highways of America, looking for places to pick. Aided by the lovely Danielle who stays back and runs their shop as well as fining them leads.
Essentially picking is going through other peoples collections and finding stuff that is rare or valuable and bartering with them to get a good price, so Mike and Frank can make a living re-selling the items.
Some of the time they visit places that Danielle has found for them, and the owners know that they are coming, and other times it’s just Mike and Frank free-styling – or driving down the road looking for possible picking locations. Of course, when the boys just drop by unannounced you get the feeling that it’s not all that unannounced. Either that or most American hoarders expect to be visited by two jokers and a camera crew.
And yes, I did say hoarders, because for the most part, that is what these collectors really are. There are some true collectors (who could still be deemed hoarders) and they are the ones who look after their stuff, have it on display or at least neatly put away on shelves. For the most part however Mike and Frank are climbing over piles of rubbish looking for a needle in a haystack, whilst the son/daughter/wife of an recently departed hoarder proclaims “he never threw anything away his entire life”. Which explains why you now have seven barns packed to the rafters of junk, from which Mike and Frank only manage to find six items worth buying.
But to be fair to the program, it’s not a show about helping hoarders face their mental illness, but a show that shines a light on the hidden treasures that some Americans have rusting away in back rooms, and more importantly, the history behind the pieces. The stories and unique items are what makes the show, and in collection five their are plenty of stories, characters and items to keep you coming back fro more.
Rating: PG Coarse Language.