Secrets From ‘Pawn Stars’ Including What’s Real And What’s Fake

The hit History Channel show Pawn Stars has been on the air for 15 seasons. Nobody could have anticipated that a show about old junk and a bunch of old guys would become one of the channel’s highest-rated shows.

People from all over the world travel to the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas, Nevada to buy and sell artifacts, treasures, antiques, and oddities. Some of the objects that come through the door of that now-iconic institution are worth tens of thousands of dollars. Pawn Stars may be a reality show, but how much of it is actually real? Keep reading to find out.

It All Started In Sin City

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Richard Harrison (AKA “Old Man”), his son Rick, Rick’s son Corey, and Corey’s friend, Chumlee had been working at the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop long before Pawn Stars premiered. Old Man opened the store in 1989 and ran it as a 24-hour family business.

It was Rick who had the idea to turn the daily workings of the store into a television show. He pitched the idea to several networks in the early 2000s until eventually, the History Channel picked up the show.