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 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.
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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?
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