Tuesday, May 04, 2010

VE’s Observation on Various TV Shows – Part 1: AMERICAN PICKERS

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.

It’s a bit ridiculous though. They sift through crap that’s oozing with rust and somehow determine the heap of scrap was once some rare bicycle that King Tut rode in secret and even as a rusting scrap heap would sell for some ridiculous price to some ridiculous person who has a ridiculous amount of disposable income.

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.

I keep waiting for them to find Jimmy Hoffa under a barn or inside a wall but so far it hasn’t happened. Still, it’s fun to watch…

29 comments:

Mrsupole said...

Ewwwwwwwwww!!!!

God bless.

Subby said...

L...M...A...O...! And "TV wasteland" could work into a heckuva Who song parody, just saying, heh, heh...you know the song...

As for recapping after every commercial break, guess what? That started waaaay back when serial movies were in vogue( of course, back then you had to go to the theatre to see them and wait a week 'til the next installment ).

My Mom's former landlord was a hoarder (shudder!); his wifey-poo was banned from the town dump...er wastse transfer station, for "picking"...and it weren't her nose...!

And I've raided...er explored many an abandoned house, ooooooh yeah ;)

The Incredible Woody said...

I have an acquaintance that is a picker. Even tries to pick mine!!

Roy Scribner said...

Hey Stephen King VE, could this post be any longer? lol

Actually, I've seen this show in the TV listings and had no clue what it was about - the first thing that came to my mind was apples in Hood River.

Dennis the Vizsla said...

I would like to see them meet up with the Peacocks from the X-Files episode "Home" ...

lime said...

have i got a location for them!

Monkey Man said...

When I read your post about back packing with a friend and looking for old beer cans, I thought about American Pickers. They do run into some very strange people. Some even have teeth.

ReformingGeek said...

Nose-picking photo: EW!

TV shows that have to repeat everything after the commercial: I'm with you. I hate that.

TV shows that have to repeat everything.....

I think I'll stick to garage sales. Some of that "stuff" is bad enough.

Dee said...

hi V I'm back.

I watched a few episodes of Pickers but the skinny guy irked me and I couldnt watch anymore. Have you seen Pawn Stars....theres a blog post right there.

The Silver Fox said...

Short commercials for TV -- which I no longer watch -- can sometimes confuse, and you wonder if it's deliberate. (It's kinda like the stunt they pulled when the movie "Rambo" came out. TV commercials for it showed all the violence they could in 30 or 60-second increments. Then, weeks after, when everyone could assume they'd gotten every cent from the movie-going public that they were ever going to... they came out with a new ad which showed every scene possible featuring Stallone and a Vietnamese woman that made the flick look like it was a freakin' love story! But I digress.)

I remember when I saw a commercial for the then-new show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition." I actually thought it was a brilliant "phony" ad a la Saturday Night Live.

Brian o vretanos said...

I expect people would pay a fortune for a piece of celebrity mucus, but it would have to be in mint condition and come with a certificate of authenticity.

Deb said...

They recap after the commercials because they know the average American attention span is -10 minutes 'cause everyone is texting, Tweeting and blogging.

Before that paragraph break, Debbie was saying that TV shows recap after commercials because they know the average American attention span is -10 minutes 'cause everyone is too busy texting, Tweeting and blogging.

aladdinsane12 said...

that sounds kinda cool- i might have to start watching it. i think everybody always wants to find some treasure somewhere in their home. i just found the liquor cabinet. :)

sharonheg said...

I love, love LOVE American Pickers. No idea why tho...

CatLadyLarew said...

I gave up dumpster diving years ago... after my house got filled up. Now I'm petitioning for a spot on Hoarders. (Yeah, I'm that sick!) BTW... I can sell you some bicycle parts... cheap!

Serena said...

TV gets stranger and stranger.:)

Megan said...

Never heard of it. From the title I thought it was going to be something about seasonal workers...

Elizabeth said...

How much is can you sell a collectable beer can for??

Quirkyloon said...

American Pickers?

Must be on a satellite station. Never heard of it.

We only have basic cable and ME for our family entertainment.

Perpetual Chocoholic said...

Certain bloggers have pictures of themselves picking their nose on his recent trip. Must be an American thing;-)

VE said...

Mrsupole – Nice…got my ewww right at the start!

Subby – You’re right…TV wasteland…I’ll have to look into that one…

Incredible woody – That’s just wrong…

Roy – They could…just wait until part 2 of this series…

Dennis – I haven’t seen that. Sadly, I didn’t follow X-Files even though I’m sure I would have loved it…

Lime – Ha! Seems they have a lucrative career ahead of them…

Monkey man – Very few though. Yeah, looking for beer cans was very similar in a lot of ways…

Reformingeek – Congrats on being the first to repeat in the comments!

Dee – Yeah! Funny you should mention Pawn Stars…it’ll be part two of the series…

Silver fox – They play games with the previews a lot. The Pawn Stars show takes pieces of dialogue and splices them together in a sequence of dialogue that didn’t really happen. Seems almost illegal…

Brian – I’m sure its somebody’s dream to have a giant mucus collection. Not just anyone’s though…they are quite picky. (You knew I’d go there, didn’t you?)

Deb – Ha! Sorry…I was blogging…what did you say?

Aladdinsane12 – That’s an excellent find…make me a fruity rum drink, please

Sharonheg – Ours is not to reason why, it’s to mindlessly watch…

Catladylarew – I don’t dumpster dive, we have a perfectly good swimming pool right here in our subdivision…

Serena – Wait until they do extreme makeover in 3D!

Megan – It’s on the History channel of all places…

Elizabeth – I sold a single can for $3,200 once…

Quirkyloon – It’s on the history channel, right before Zombie Anger Management

Perpetual chocoholic – I saw that! The whole non-blogging thing…if he’s got time to travel the world as a result, maybe I should follow him on this….

Janna said...

OMG, I actually watched this a few weeks ago while having dinner with Mom and Dad. (They have satellite TV. I have no TV at all.)

It was interesting, though I definitely wouldn't feel safe going along with those guys. As you mentioned, some of their trips involve rather creepily unsafe-looking places.

"Deliverance" came to mind.
And I've never even seen Deliverance.
It was that bad. :)

The neat part was seeing all the antique stuff they found. They were very good at knowing which things were valuable and which things were just junk.
I would have had no clue.

VE said...

janna - Deliverance...yes, that one fits right in with their adventures...

Subby said...

Somewhere...Ned Beatty is still in hiding( cue banjo music! )

Jaime said...

never heard of it... but since i would assume it was picking of the nose variety, i probably wouldn't turn it on :P

gab said...

Hey hey hey Thats my bike from my farm! LOL

VE said...

subby - Ha! That IS scary...

jaime - It's on the history channel of all places...

gab - You need to have them over!

Cheryl said...

I really hope they don't find my place. I need my stuff.

VE said...

cheryl - Then you need to get more stuff to act as a cushion...