Oddities

Common Sense Media says

Reality show features bizarre and often morbid collectibles.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The series highlights some of the history, details, and market value of some unique collectibles.

Positive role models

The owners of the featured shop are hard working and passionate about their vocation.

Violence

Some of the objects include embalmed two headed animals, human bones, and weapons. Discussions often include details about animals decomposing, and other potentially disturbing events. Some of the store’s patrons are a little spooky, too.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

Words like “pissed” are used on occasion.

Consumerism

The Obscurities Antique and Oddities Shop is prominently featured. Apple computer logos are covered but still visible.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this quirky reality series features a pair of antique store proprietors whose expertise lies in unusual collectibles. Despite the occasional strong word (like “piss”), the show is pretty mild overall, and offers some interesting information about some of the collectibles they are handling. Some of the objects (like mummified heads) and store patrons may be a bit frightening for younger viewers.

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Kids say

What's the story?

ODDITIES showcases antiques and oddities that range from the interesting to the bizarre. It features Evan Michelson and Mike Zohn, the proprietors of the New York-based Obscurities Antiques and Oddities, as they buy, sell, and rent rare antiques and unique objects like two-headed cow heads, old coffins, and human gallstones. While they look for new finds and haggle over prices with some unconventional patrons, they also offer information about what makes the piece interesting to collectors.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The show offers viewers an interesting look at some of the unusual things people with unique tastes enjoy collecting. It also highlights the real market value of some of these items, many of which date back centuries and had a real place in people’s culture. 

Some of the items for sale, as well as the performances of some of the store’s more eccentric patrons, are a bit creepy, but this only adds to the peculiar fun. In the end, this is the kind of series that will appeal to viewers who enjoy learning about some of odder sides of history. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about antiques. What makes an old item valuable? Do collectors only buy antiques because of their value, or is there something more behind it? Is there anything that you collect that might seem strange to someone else?

  • Talk about why people decide to go on reality shows. What do the shop owners in this show aim to gain or lose?

TV details

Cast:Evan Michelson, Mike Zohn
Network:Discovery Channel
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG

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Teen, 14 years old Written byAsh1234791 February 1, 2011
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I watch this show because you learn about the history of the objects and what all they do and meet intrusting people.
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Great role models
Adult Written byshell4you July 22, 2011
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10
QUALITY
 

good show, weird but good

There are weird and creepy things on this show but thats what makes it interesting, i wouldn't want a little little child watching but thats because i wouldn't want to have to try to explain why someone would want to buy a dead cat, or a human skeleton ext. not because of language or anything like that.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models

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