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American Pickers: Season 2: Episode 8 -- Thanks to his vast collection of stuffed animals and weird curios, lifelong picker and yard sale aficionado Lester is known by his neighbors as the "spooky collector."
American Pickers: Season 2: Episode 1 -- Episode DescriptionMike and Frank comb through a master collector's untouched outbuildings in North Carolina. After getting past a few petrified hams they find a true gem, a 1950 Studebaker that Mike falls in love with.
American Pickers: Season 1: Episode 3 -- Mike and Frank spot a White Castle burger joint on an Ohio farmer's front lawn and discover his extraordinary collection of vintage buildings and vehicles. A promising Iowa home reportedly packed with antiques yields everything but.
American Pickers -- In this scene, Frank is the only one who can test drive a hot rod truck with a low roof.
American Pickers -- In this scene, Mike and Frank take a piece of art for a spin around the lake.


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Mike and Frank are pickers that travel the country and literally would go anywhere just for the prospects of finding antique gold. With the assistance of Danielle they often find themselves in a comedic pickle.
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 (Series Cast Summary - 3 of 4)
Frank Fritz ... Himself / ... (141 episodes, 2010-2014)
Mike Wolfe ... Himself (138 episodes, 2010-2014)

Danielle Colby-Cushman ... Herself (138 episodes, 2010-2014)

Series Directed by
Ian Gelfand (24 episodes, 2011-2012)
Keshia Coe (11 episodes, 2010-2011)
Elias Orelup (5 episodes, 2014)
Jerry Carita (4 episodes, 2010)
Guy Fiorita (4 episodes, 2010)
Adam Matalon (4 episodes, 2010)
Catherine Pappas (4 episodes, 2010)
Todd Broder (2 episodes, 2011)
Series Writing credits
Mike Wolfe (1 episode, 2013)

Series Produced by
Tim-Ryan O'Kane .... story producer / lead story producer / ... (57 episodes, 2011-2014)
Mary Swanhaus .... supervising story producer / supervising producer (37 episodes, 2010-2012)
Elias Orelup .... field producer / field story producer (30 episodes, 2013-2014)
Annie MacKinnon .... field producer (12 episodes, 2010)
Bengt Anderson .... series producer (11 episodes, 2011)
Krystia Basil .... line producer (8 episodes, 2011)
Steve McGovern .... line producer (8 episodes, 2012-2014)
Ben Epstein .... senior story producer (8 episodes, 2013-2014)
Rachel Mills .... field producer (5 episodes, 2012)
Dan Marcellus .... associate producer (3 episodes, 2013-2014)
Mark Poertner .... executive producer (3 episodes, 2013-2014)
Michael Swanhaus .... series producer (3 episodes, 2013-2014)
Charles Tremayne .... executive producer (3 episodes, 2013-2014)
Elizabeth Wade .... supervising story producer / supervising producer (3 episodes, 2013-2014)
Mike Wolfe .... executive producer (3 episodes, 2013-2014)
Simon Lloyd .... producer (2 episodes, 2010-2013)
Kim Bondi .... producer (2 episodes, 2014)
Series Original Music by
Randy Dzielak (25 episodes, 2011-2014)
Matt Chambless (12 episodes, 2010)
Jeff Peters (12 episodes, 2010)
Wellington Lora Jr. (6 episodes, 2010)
Wade Marshall (3 episodes, 2013)
Series Cinematography by
John Chiappardi (10 episodes, 2010-2014)
Michael Clevenger (4 episodes, 2010)
Series Film Editing by
Trevor Ristow (30 episodes, 2011-2014)
Robert Kew (18 episodes, 2010-2011)
Tennille Uithof (8 episodes, 2010)
Eduardo Martinez (7 episodes, 2010)
Ryan Neill (7 episodes, 2010)
Brendan Reed (5 episodes, 2013-2014)
Nick Damiano (3 episodes, 2013-2014)
Anthony Ripoli (3 episodes, 2013-2014)
Rob Chandler (2 episodes, 2010)
Julie Bob Lombardi (2 episodes, 2011-2012)
Julianne Berg (2 episodes, 2013-2014)
Series Production Management
Michael McNally .... production manager (12 episodes, 2010)
Reina Nishida .... production manager (2 episodes, 2013-2014)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Scott Siegel .... assistant director (22 episodes, 2010-2011)
Amanda Rosa .... assistant director (11 episodes, 2011-2012)
Annie MacKinnon .... assistant director (2 episodes, 2010)
Series Sound Department
Grant Edmonds .... sound re-recording mixer (60 episodes, 2010-2012)
James Bastable .... sound editor (52 episodes, 2010-2011)
Luciano Dias .... audio supervision / audio supervisor (2 episodes, 2013-2014)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Ryan White .... camera operator (30 episodes, 2010-2011)
David Gorn .... camera operator (26 episodes, 2010-2011)
Autumn Eakin .... camera operator (12 episodes, 2012)
Tim Spellman .... camera operator (2 episodes, 2013-2014)
Series Casting Department
Jodi Friedman .... casting producer / senior casting producer (44 episodes, 2012-2014)
Cristin Cricco-Powell .... supervising casting producer (3 episodes, 2013-2014)
Jake Bandman .... casting producer (2 episodes, 2013-2014)
Sunday Mensah .... senior casting producer (2 episodes, 2013-2014)
Anthony Rodriguez .... casting associate producer (2 episodes, 2013-2014)
Series Editorial Department
David Gelston .... post-production coordinator (99 episodes, 2011-2014)
Dave Gotwald .... additional editor / assistant editor / ... (72 episodes, 2011-2014)
Greg Innes .... on-line editor (22 episodes, 2010-2011)
Adrian Saywell .... on-line editor / colorist (13 episodes, 2010)
Lester Lubuguin .... assistant editor (7 episodes, 2013)
Series Music Department
Jingle Punks .... composer: theme music / music by / ... (126 episodes, 2010-2014)
Barak Shpiez .... composer: additional music (26 episodes, 2010-2012)
Jared Gutstadt .... composer: theme music (25 episodes, 2010-2011)
Adam Arcuragi .... composer: additional music (19 episodes, 2010-2011)
Louise Heaney .... composer: additional music (13 episodes, 2010-2013)
Jeff Peters .... composer: additional music (12 episodes, 2010)
Cody Westheimer .... composer: stock music (12 episodes, 2010)
Steve Bauman .... composer: additional music (10 episodes, 2013-2014)
Alberto Domínguez .... composer: additional music (9 episodes, 2010-2011)
Matt Chambless .... composer: additional music (9 episodes, 2010)
Kyle Wittlin .... composer: additional music (8 episodes, 2010-2013)
Michael John Mollo .... composer: additional music (7 episodes, 2011-2013)
John Turner .... composer: additional music (6 episodes, 2010-2012)
Joel Dean .... composer: additional music / composer: incidental music (6 episodes, 2010-2011)
Alex Fouquet .... composer: additional music (6 episodes, 2011-2013)
Haim Mazar .... composer: stock music (5 episodes, 2011-2012)
Barry French .... composer: additional music (4 episodes, 2012)
Tracey and Vance Marino .... composer: additional music (3 episodes, 2012)
David S. Hamilton .... composer: additional music (2 episodes, 2011-2012)
Michael Craig Cohen .... composer: additional music (2 episodes, 2013)
Series Other crew
Sherri Rufh .... head of production administration (60 episodes, 2010-2012)
Vanessa Aprile .... production assistant (38 episodes, 2010-2011)
Tara Dean .... legal and business affairs executive (34 episodes, 2013-2014)
Andrew Deiters .... researcher / visual researcher (9 episodes, 2010-2011)
Frank Otero .... production assistant (9 episodes, 2010)
Josh Halpert .... researcher (8 episodes, 2010)
Whitney Engstrom .... production assistant (5 episodes, 2010-2011)
Matthew Bernabei .... production accountant (5 episodes, 2012)
Whitney Diehl .... production secretary (5 episodes, 2012)
Patrick Michael Miller .... production assistant (3 episodes, 2013-2014)
Anthony Prentice .... production assistant (2 episodes, 2011)
Tom Keady .... production coordinator (2 episodes, 2013-2014)
Dave Ohrt .... picks consultant (2 episodes, 2013-2014)
Randi Rosenthal .... office production assistant / production assistant (2 episodes, 2013-2014)
Series Thanks
Pamela Jo Davis .... in memoriam: 1946-2013 (1 episode, 2013)
Bob Trepenier .... in memoriam: 1940-2014 (1 episode, 2014)

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60 min (including commercials)
Australia:PG | Singapore:PG13 (season 1) | Singapore:PG (season 2) | USA:TV-PG

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[first lines]
Mike Wolfe:I'm Mike Wolfe.
Frank Fritz:And I'm Frank Fritz.
Mike Wolfe:And we're pickers.
Frank Fritz:We travel the back roads of America looking for rusty gold. We're looking for amazing things buried in people's garages and barns.
Mike Wolfe:What most people see as junk, we see as dollar signs.
Frank Fritz:We'll buy anything we think we can make a buck on.
Mike Wolfe:Each item we pick has a history all its own. And the people we meet? Well, they're a breed all their own. We make a living telling the history of America... one piece at a time.
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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Good TV on 3 levels, 2 July 2012
Author: doujoe from United States

Let's separate the vitriol and resentment of History channel's programming shift as presented by other reviewers to acknowledge this fact: History has clearly shifted it's initial charter. While I share many of the forlorn opinions of disappointed viewers in History's departure from educational programming, I say to those who resent this change to donate to PBS. History needs to pay the bills and meet viewer demand, so alas we're subject to 75% 'reality shows' that are on the thinnest thread tangentially related to history.

So I evaluate American Pickers as a show in its singularity, and not in the context of the network's namesake. And as far as 'reality' TV goes (a content matter in which I generally avoid), I find this show as wholly engrossing television. My review assumes the reader is familiar with the show's premise.

The appeal has layers for many viewers, perhaps accidentally. It appeals to the human element, the business element, and the joy of discovery. Not necessarily in that order.

The human element shows the primary hosts are affable and enjoyable, and they treat their prospective sellers with respect. The dynamics between the Mike, Frank, and Danielle are enjoyable to watch and relatable to anyone who has worked in a front office/field environment.

The business element is fascinating in the negotiations, valuation, and reward (or loss). For those who have suggested that Mike and Frank are "vultures" looking to "rip people off," I counter by saying these two are forthright businessmen, and they do the work of what any middle party does—that is to maximize profit. If the negative reviewers want to cry injustice, I'd suggest a study in how much it cost to manufacture any iDevice.

The third element, and perhaps most inclusive, is the joy of discovery. Whether it's an old oil can or a rusty old gear shift, it's fascinating to see the collection of odds and ends that would otherwise be discarded, forgotten, or simply erode with time spark with new life by those who can assign value. And superficially, they discover some really interesting items.

So this program has as much to do with history as "Ice Road Truckers" or "Tracking Bigfoot" or any other sensational program on History. Let's face and embrace reality viewers—History has mostly abandoned history some time ago. So whether this show is on History, Discovery, NBC, or Comedy Central, it matters not. This show is good TV regardless of the network.

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