Pawnography

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Quiz show spin-off is mild, informative.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Historical collectibles and memorabilia can be interesting. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Rick Harrison is an expert in his field. There's lots of competitive behavior, especially when it comes time to negotiate deals. 

Violence

Trivia questions and stories sometimes allude to past violent events. 

Sex
Language

Words such as "ass" are occasionally audible. 

Consumerism

The series is a promotional vehicle for the Pawn Stars series and the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawnshop. Brands such as Roadster and Cadillac are discussed as they relate to trivia questions or antique and collectible items. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Antiques and collectibles are sometimes connected with smoking and drinking. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Pawnography contains the occasional iffy word ("ass") and some mildly competitive behavior among players. Unless they're fans of the series, kids probably won't be too interested

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What's the story?

PAWNOGRAPHY is a quiz show that pits contestants against the Pawn Stars cast for cash and prizes. It's hosted by comedian Christopher Titus, and players go head to head with Corey Harrison, Austin "Chumlee" Russell, Rick Harrison, and each other in two trivia rounds, where they try to win cash and coveted collectibles pulled from the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawnshop's extensive collection. The contestant who earns the largest dollar amount at the end of the second round goes on to the third and final match, where he or she must face off in a winner-takes-all game against all three stars to keep the collectibles previously won. If the player wins or ties with the trio, he or she takes home the cash and prizes. The twist? Before the final winner is announced, Rick Harrison is given the chance to negotiate a fair monetary exchange for the items to keep them in the shop.

Is it any good?

From an old-fashioned pinball machine to unique WWI memorabilia, the items on this unique reality show spin-off offer people a fun chance to learn some interesting history. Most of these accounts come from Rick Harrison, who seems to have a never-ending supply of historical tidbits to share.

The show is more informative than action-packed, but the pace leaves little time to go into any real depth about the items. Nonetheless, viewers of all ages will be surprised by some of the things they'll learn when watching. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the research, education, and training that go into working with antiques and memorabilia. How do people who work in this industry learn about the items they buy, sell, and trade? How do they determine their value? How do people make a living doing this kind of work? 

  • Do trivia-driven game shows really have the potential to teach people history? Or are they simply meant to be entertaining? 

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