Parents' Guide to

Pawn Stars

By Will Wade, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Bickering, hard bargains mark show about family business.

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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 13 parent reviews

age 18+

1977 Matel Las Vegas pinball machine

I have access to a 1977 Matel Las Vegas pinball machine and would like an estimate for it. Needs a little bit of work. All the electronics are in working condition.
age 18+

Fun show except one guy.

Rick is a good businessman and does his job well. Chumlee is immature but entertaining. But I quit watching because Corey is an arrogant jerk. A while back he demanded to become a partner, but he kept acting like an irresponsible child and had an attitude problem. I used to watch the show a lot, but can't anymore.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (13):
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The Harrisons' tempestuous personalities are part of what makes this show fun. All three are very savvy businessmen, but they don't always see eye to eye. Where one sees an underpriced diamond in the rough, another sees a lump of coal -- and they aren't shy about sharing their opinions.

But it's the naked capitalism that's even more interesting. There's no way to predict what people will try to sell at the pawn shop, and the guys will seriously consider even the most unusual objects -- if they think they can sell it later for a profit. That means they have to be experts in an enormous range of high-end products, capable of spotting both a fake Rolex and a real Picasso. After each negotiation, they explain what an item might really be worth and why they were willing (or not) to buy it. In the end, any object is worth exactly as much as someone is willing to pay -- a fundamental rule of business that's rarely seen as clearly as here.

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