Storage Wars

TV review by
Elka Karl, Common Sense Media
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Very little treasure found in brash auction reality series.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 11 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

Money is priveleged above all else in this show. There is little mention or analysis of why the storage unit owners could not pay for their units. Instead, the show focuses on the competition between the bidders and makes the auctions into a game, when the reality is likely much more sad.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The four main characters present themselves as aggressive, foul-mouthed, and money hungry. They are sometimes savvy about antiques and the value of merchandise.


There is no physical violence, but the four main characters are verbally aggressive and use language that could provoke violence.


Pornography is often found in the storage units, though no explicit images are shown onscreen.


Fully bleeped out language includes many instances of "f--k," "a--hole," and "s--t."


Some brand names mentioned.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Main characters refer to their jobs as "addiction" and refer to "chasing that high."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while the four main subjects in this auction-oriented reality show are verbally abusive, boastful, and interested in only one thing: money. Strong language is fully bleeped out, but kids will still know that cursing is happening at a steady rate. Aside from the colorful characters, the show holds little appeal for kids.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byrobertmanning135 February 27, 2021


The show should be called storage thieves. Take pleasure at the loss of others makes you white trash
Adult Written byDoris Day August 1, 2019

Too Fake. Too Scripted.

OMG! Too many fake actors, too much wasted time on them talking BS in the car. Too much wasted time on the fake rivals between each other... BORING! I'm... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old January 22, 2012


WORST SHOW EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Teen, 14 years old Written byDogcat June 4, 2020

Too. Much. Bleeping.

My grandpa watches it all the time and I have to put up with the bleeping and fighting all the time. I can actually hear it right now as I’m writing this. And I... Continue reading

What's the story?

From the producers of Deadliest Catch, reality show STORAGE WARS explores the world of treasure hunters bidding on repossessed storage units. The show focuses on four buyers who are branded with the following identities: Dave (The Mogul), Barry (The Collector), Darrel (The Gambler), and Jarrod (The Rookie). These four men travel throughout California assessing the value of storage units and bidding on them, hoping to make a quick profit on other people's repossessed goods.

Is it any good?

While the producers of STORAGE WARS try their best to inject excitement in the show through the use of excessive visual and sound effects, there is little real excitement in this series. The buyers refer to bidding on the storage units as “chasing that high” and “my addiction," which makes their actions seem less a career path and more a reason to join a 12-step group.

The four main characters are all men who brag, swear, trash talk, and generally act as if they're thugs who may break into fisticuffs at any moment. Barry, identified as "The Collector," is the most levelheaded of the bunch, yet he too indulges in iffy behavior, including bringing a little person to an auction, who's then given stilts and night vision goggles to use to peer into the storage units. Jarrod’s wife Brandi seems to be the sole voice of reason among these modern-day hunters whose misplaced aggression seems to guarantee poor decision making at every turn. While the idea of storage locker secrets is a compelling one, the focus on unappealing characters instead of mystery, discovery, and background makes this show hollow and empty.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the characters on the show. How much of their behavior seems realistic? Do you think their personalities are exaggerated for television? Why would these people choose to be on a reality show?

  • Talk about the focus of the show. Why do you think the show ignores the reasons the storage units have been repossessed and focuses instead on the competitive bidders? Would some background on the storage unit's owners detracted from the show? Would it add anything?

  • How does this show compare to others on similar subjects? Does it stand out? Why or why not?

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