A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Lost & Found With Mike & Jesse is a reality series where two antique shop owners help people find their lost treasures; it's unique in the reality world in that it focuses on themes like being appreciative and showing gratitude. There’s some mild bickering, as well as discussions about wars and other difficult moments in people’s lives. Beer drinking is occasionally visible. It is a promotional vehicle for the antiques shop Mike and Jesse own, Finders Keepers, and logos for Apple, Chevrolet, and local shops are visible.
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What's the story?
LOST & FOUND WITH MIKE & JESSE stars "Big Mike" Schario and Jesse Brown, the co-owners of Finders Keepers, a nostalgia or "weird-tiques" store in Ohio. When they’re not wheeling and dealing in their store, they spend their time hunting down specific, rare items that were important to people back in the day. The catch? Each "find" is for a family or group of friends who want to present it to a person as a way of showing their appreciation for something that s/he has done. After hearing stories about the piece and why it's important to a specific individual, the duo spends a lot of time traveling the country in order to visit shops, make contacts, and talk to collectors. From World War II flags to vintage cars, they do everything they can to make it happen. Throughout it all, they also share the history about the items they come across along the way.
Is it any good?
The positive, interesting series focuses on antique hunting, but for the purpose of helping people showing their gratitude to someone else. Mike and Jesse's hands-on approach also allows for some rich story telling, as they learn from their clients, collectors, and other people they connect with with every search.
Antique lovers will appreciate the historical information about the items and the era from which they came. But you don't have to be a collector to appreciate the show's larger message, which is that the value of an object can't always be measured in dollars and cents.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the role objects play in the way we remember our past. Do you have an object that is important to you because it reminds you of a time or a person from your past? How does it make you feel when you look at or hold it?
Do collectors get useful information from antiqueing shows like this one? Like what? Or are these really meant to entertain you?