"Pawn Stars: Volume 3 (2010/History Channel)" Review

Show Synopsis: Venture inside the one family-run pawn shop in Las Vegas, where three generations of men use their sharp-eyed skills to carefully assess the value of items ranging from the obscure to the historic. In PAWN STARS, the rarely tactful and always confrontational Harrison family finds the gems and busts the fakes, all in hopes of making the biggest profit possible.
Review: In the last few years there has been a boom in "reality" television and it seems like about every subject matter available has been made into a reality show. This genre of television has been around for a long time but never really became big until shows like Big Brother and Survivor came onto the scene which those shows in ways spawned off from MTV hits Real World and Road Rules and before those was part of the subject of the film The Running Man (1987). Most the reality shows out now are quite bad but some are entertaining. Pawn stars falls in the entertaining category for me and that is due to the subject matter.
The show follows the daily business of the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop owners as well as Chumlee, but mainly focuses on the items that people bring in that are special or just plain odd. Also you do see fellow experts from different places around the area that come in and help to appraise or authenticate the items. It's really cool to see what some people bring in especially the more historical items because some of them most people would never normally see in their life time. It says on the back of this set that it's 16 fan favorite episodes which is odd because it's actually the first 16 episodes of the 3rd season, honestly they should of just put the other 10 episodes of this season on this set and called it the complete 3rd season like they did previously on the first 2 seasons.
This show is one that I keep finding myself revisiting, so it's not one that alot of people will just watch once and never watch again so it is worth it to buy this set. There has been alot of people who go around saying this show is scripted like alot of those on the Real TV network, but I really don't think this show is. I just think they are more selective with the items that they have on the show and of course they do mic the people because the audio would be shit if they didn't. Overall this is a great show is very entertaining and if your a fan I say pick up this set despite the sets down falls with it not having all the episodes like it should!

-Daniel "Damnation" Lee

Director: The History Channel
Genre: TV/Reality Television
DVD Release Year: 2011
Syndication Years: 2010
Time Length: 5 hrs. 52 mins.
Company: History Channel/New Video
Website: http://www.history.com