I thought I’d share my own perspective on a few TV shows out there in TV wasteland. Since everyone whined about how wordy some of my posts were getting, I’ll split this out into an ongoing series…sort of like I did with the T-shirts.
To get things rolling, I thought I’d start with a show I actually like: American Pickers.
I know, I too thought it was this when I first turned it on:
And let’s not even get into why I’d turn it on if I actually thought it was that. The show is actually about two guys that go around rooting through people’s junk and reselling the stuff.
First off, I cannot stand today’s new format of having to repeat everything after every commercial break and continually reemphasizing another bit of their footage for dramatic effect while you’re watching. As a society are we that A.D.D. that we need to be reminded what we watched three minutes ago? Hey… squirrel… nevermind…
But I like the guys and they go around picking through the junk and the crazies they have on the show are bizarre. I watched a few hoarder shows but found it depressing because those people were really messed up and the show just seemed to flaunt their sad state. At least with this show the guys are actually buying things from these hoarder-wanna-be people and I like hearing the history and values of things.
I’m envious though. I used to collect beer cans and I’d root around through abandoned houses looking for old ones because they were rare and expensive. Of course, I stopped the practice after walking into a house that wasn’t actually abandoned…but I digress…
Anyway, they drive around in one of those white utility serial killer vans and knock on doors of properties that look like something out of The Hills Have Eyes, The People under the Stairs, Texas Chain Saw Massacre or some crazy horror movie.