Parents' Guide to

American Restoration

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Some salty language in antique restorer's reality series.

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age 13+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 13+

Good show, but all a set-up and all about him

I really liked it until I found out it was fake. I saw a 2009 episode of Pawn Stars where a guys brings in an old coke machine to pawn. The pawn guys take it to Rick's for restoration. All seems normal until you flash forward 4 years and the guy that brought the machine to the pawn shop turns out to be Rick's brother who works for Rick. What a fix. I thought both shows were pretty real until that. The episode of American Restoration I just watched had a guy bring in an old pencil vending machine that he wanted restored to raffle off for disabled American Vets. Rick's quote was for $600. All was good and the restoration was beautiful. The surprise came at the end when Rick did NOT donate the restoration work to the cause.Rick would have earned a lot more respect from me if he'd have done that little $600 job for free - nope money is the bottom line. And, truthfully, while disappointed I'm ok with him making his paycheck, but what bothered me was that Rick said it was great to be a part of such a great cause. Rick, you weren't part of the cause - you were only in it for the money.

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age 10+

just sayin'

Great show, but lose the retired show girl. It's insulting.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (2 ):

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.

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