Buried Treasure

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Reality antique-hunting show is interesting, emotional.

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

Positive Messages

The series identifies some of the things that make something a valuable antique. It also underscores how a piece's sentimental value is sometimes more important than its financial worth.

Positive Role Models & Representations

While the Keno brothers are focused on items' financial value, they do also want to help their owners get much-needed cash or appreciate an item's worth as a family heirloom.

Violence
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Language

Occasional profanity like "s--t" (usually uttered out of excitement) is bleeped, with speakers' mouths blurred.

Consumerism

Leslie Keno works for Sotheby's.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that, like similar show Antiques Roadshow, this antique-hunting series is pretty family friendly, though some episodes feature personal tales about the loss of loved ones, and hoarding is sometimes discussed. Occasional profanity ("s--t") is fully bleeped, with the speakers' mouths blurred. Viewers are likely to pick up some information about what older items might be worth (financially and/or emotionally), but younger kids may not be too interested.

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What's the story?

BURIED TREASURE follows brothers Leigh and Leslie Keno as they look for valuable antiques hidden away in people's homes. The Antiques Roadshow veterans travel the country visiting families that own items ranging from old comics to medieval bronze bowls. After hearing the histories behind the acquisition of any items they find interesting, the Keno brothers have them appraised by leading experts in the field. If the items do prove valuable, they try to help the owners sell them so they can reach their financial goals. But getting the owners to part with their belongings isn't always easy, especially when their emotional attachments to the heirlooms are stronger than their desire for cash.

Is it any good?

Like Roadshow, much of this show's drama comes from waiting for the appraisers' opinions about what each item is worth. It also introduces audiences to some leading appraisers in the field and highlights some of the smaller details that give collectibles their market value.

 

Some of the stories behind these collectibles are very emotional, especially when they deal with loved ones who are long passed. But they also remind us that money isn't always what makes an object valuable. Still, don't be surprised if, after watching this show, you find yourself searching your house for your own hidden treasures.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about family heirlooms. Does your family own anything that falls into that category? What's the history behind it? If you wanted to know whether it was a valuable antique, how could you find out?

  • Does an item's monetary value make it any more or less important to a family that has already cherished it for years?

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For kids who love reality TV

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