Hollywood Treasure

 
Fascinating hunt for Tinseltown gems is fun family viewing.

What parents need to know

Educational value

The show promotes knowledge about and interest in older films, classic television shows, and the business of running an auction house.

Positive messages

The overall message is that a business can be successful if you do something you're passionate about -- and do it well.

Positive role models

The team includes a variety of positive role models -- smart people who know their business and do their research.

Violence & scariness

Potential for creepy visuals, like a realistic figure of Heath Ledger's The Joker.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The show functions as a commercial for the company's auction business, but the products they sell are out of most viewers' budgets.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is generally a show they can watch with their kids, although a few of the items up for auction (including the Wicked Witch of the West's hat from The Wizard of Oz and an eerily realistic sculpture of Heath Ledger as the Joker) could creep out younger viewers. There's also the show's promotion of its subjects' exclusive auction house, although most viewers won't be tempted to participate in these super high-end purchases.

What's the story?

Joe Maddalena and his team of experts are searching high and low for HOLLYWOOD TREASURE in this Syfy reality series about Joe's successful auction business, Profiles in History. Acting on third-party tips and first-person observations, the Profiles team heads out into the field to investigate potential auction pieces and give the items' owners an estimated value of their worth. But, more often than not, the actual auction at the end of every episode produces some surprising final price tags.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Although it starts off on shaky ground with some forced and overly scripted "dialogue" during a staff meeting, Hollywood Treasure quickly redeems itself with some legitimately cool items that are truly Hollywood treasures. Like the iconic pointy, black hat worn by Margaret Hamilton as the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz (which ends up selling at auction for $200,000). Or the seemingly bottomless carpet bag Julie Andrews toted around in Mary Poppins (which sold for nearly $100,000).

Seeing these rare items up close -- or, at least, as close as your TV screen allows -- is the real treat. But Hollywood Treasure also peppers each episode with interesting facts about the items' history and sheds light on some often-overlooked entertainment icons. Shows with real cross-generational appeal don't come along too often, so keep this one at the ready -- and enjoy.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about consumerism and the value of some of these items. How do auctions work, and how do Joe and his team set values for the items they put on the block? Were you surprised by how much some of the items went for at auction?

  • How does Joe's business benefit from being featured on this show? Before watching the show, did you realize that you could buy items like these at auction?

  • Parents and kids can also have fun discussing the movies and television shows associated with the most famous items. Would you ever want to own a piece of Hollywood history? How much would you be willing to pay?

TV details

Cast:Joe Maddalena
Network:Syfy
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG

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Parent of a 6 and 8 year old Written byjohntaber November 18, 2010
age 8+
 

Fun show that builds nicely to an exciting auction!

I think this is a fun show for adults or kids who are into the movies. It builds nicely to the auction climax at the end.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Teen, 17 years old Written byabbacus June 16, 2012
age 9+
 

Love it!

This is a really good show. I love seeing the old iconic movie props. It is so cool to seen these items from the movies I love. Some of them are so valuable and many are sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
What other families should know
Educational value
Teen, 13 years old Written byrobinrunner March 22, 2011
age 4+
 
Fantastic! Stunning! Amazing! Hey, wasn't that from the Wizard of Oz? Check out the batmobile! I can't believe what that was worth! This is one of my all time favorite T.V.shows that every one will enjoy.
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