American Restoration

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Some salty language in antique restorer's reality series.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The series highlights the hard work and craftsmanship that goes into restoring vintage pieces. It also offers some insight into the place these objects had in American culture.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Rick Dale is a well-known and very hard working classic object expert. His brother Ron tends to fool around on the job.


Words like “ass” and “crap” are audible.  "S--t” is fully bleeped.


Logos for obsolete and current companies, including Hershey’s, Coca Cola, and Harley Davidson, are visible

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

In one episode Rick and his gang restore an antique refrigerator intended for the customer’s beer storage.

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byeddjones11 October 31, 2012

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... Continue reading
Adult Written byfemale viewer November 25, 2011

just sayin'

Great show, but lose the retired show girl. It's insulting.
Teen, 17 years old Written byabbacus June 20, 2012
Teen, 14 years old Written byScreennameGirl March 3, 2012

Good Show For Almost Anyone

This is a really good show that can sometimes have bad language. I love to watch this show. You can learn about old objects and see how people bring them back a... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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