What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality docuseries follows a team of restorers working on vintage antiques. Some items feature logos from current companies like Coca-Cola, Hershey’s, and Harley-Davidson. Despite some salty language (“ass,” “crap”; stronger words bleeped), the show is overall pretty mild, though chances are that kids won’t be clamoring to see it.
What's the story?
AMERICAN RESTORATION is about a team of antique restorers converting rusty old items into valuable vintage collectibles. It features Rick Dale, a metal artist and expert classic object restorer, who spends his time looking for resourceful ways to repair and restore items ranging from old-fashioned candy dispensers to dated gasoline pumps. He also manages his Las Vegas, Nevada shop, where his madcap crew, including his friend Kowboy, his brother Ron, and his son Tyler, helps bring each piece back to life.
Is it any good?
The series presents a lighthearted, but interesting look at the hard work and creativity that goes into the restoration of vintage objects. It also reveals how much each high-end restoration is worth, and the value added to each object once the project is complete.
Granted, most folks won’t be drawn to this kind of thing unless they have an interest in antiques or vintage collectibles. But for those who are, it offers a chance to see how historic objects documenting America’s popular culture are being salvaged one piece at a time.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the difference between an old piece of “junk” and a “classic object." How can people tell if their trash is actually treasure? What would it take to get that treasure looking like new again?