Let Pawn Stars take you inside the colourful world of the pawn business. Step inside the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop on the outskirts of Las Vegas, where three generations of the Harrison family - grandfather Richard, son Rick and grandson Corey - jointly run the family business.
There's clashing and camaraderie every step of the way as the three men use their sharp eyes and skills to assess the value of items from the commonplace to the truly historic, including a 16th century samurai sword, a Super Bowl ring, a Picasso painting and a 17th century stay of execution. It's up to them to determine what's fake and what's the real deal, as they reveal the answer to the questions on everyone's mind, "What's the story behind it?” and "What's it worth?".
As Corey’s devoted childhood friend, Chumlee is just like a son to Rick and he’s been around the shop since he was a kid. Everybody loves Chum, but he is often the butt of the boys’ jokes.
Part of the reason he isn’t taken seriously is that he constantly begs Corey to buy items that entertain him, like video games and circus paraphernalia, that usually don’t make good business sense. And, although his heart of gold makes him a pro at customer service, it’s continually proven to be bad business for the shop. Chumlee always wants to give his patrons the best deal and often takes their side, a trait that never fails to push Rick’s buttons.
Where did Chumlee get his nickname? Friends in elementary school took the name from cartoon character Tennessee Tuxedo’s sidekick, a walrus named Chumley.
Corey Harrison began working at the pawnshop at the age of 9. Expertly trained in the art of appraisal, Corey not only has the brains to spot a cheat but the brawn to back it up.
He is not afraid to throw his muscle around, especially when it comes to protecting his family. He also handles everything when it comes to hiring and firing employees and managing eBay clients.
Often treated a bit like a slave, Rick believes that Corey needs to earn his keep. Without a real stake in the business, Corey is hoping that all of his hard work pays off.
Did you know Corey has a brother, Adam, who used to work at the pawn shop but is now a plumber.
After serving in the U.S. Navy and losing a million dollars in the real estate market, Richard Harrison uprooted his family and moved to Las Vegas in pursuit of a fresh start.
Opening the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in 1988, he had to learn a little about a lot really quickly. From Rolexes to antique cars, Richard is now armed with the rare skill of assessing the value of anything accurately. With uncanny precision, Richard is the king of purchasing underpriced merchandise, even from archrival pawn shops, which has helped turn his initial $10,000 investment into a multi-million dollar business.
Disciplined, wise and cunning, Richard drives a hard bargain and is anything but easy to please.
After 28 years in the business, Rick Harrison is an expert when it comes to spotting anything fake or stolen. He is the man for the job as far as big-ticket items are concerned. Spotting a fake Cartier watch that most people would mistakenly purchase for $30,000 is just one of his many skills.
Often acting as the middleman between his father and his son, Rick is the glue that holds this family and the business together. Trained in the pawn business from the age of 13, he is born a hustler. He even dropped out of high school to pursue his $2,000-a-week business of selling fake Gucci bags. With enough money to partner with his father at the age of 23, he never looked back.
It’s clear that this is no ordinary pawn shop as the PAWN STAR$ wheel and deal items ranging from an old school Pac-Man to a Medieval Jousting Helmet. If these items are as real as their owner’s say they are, they could be worth up to $30,000! Then, an old timer brings in a pristine 1884 Trap Door rifle that the guys buy hoping that it still fires. But, when the gun range owner says that simply firing it could cause a "catastrophic malfunction" the guys decide it's time to bring out their human guinea pig.
The Pawn Stars have an opportunity to buy a 17th Century treasure chest that nobody can open--even though what's inside could make all the difference. Will they figure out how to get in and plunder what's inside or will it remain locked keeping its contents secret forever? Then when a man wants to sell a three-sided trench knife from WWI, Rick has some concerns. And later, Rick and Corey play a prank on the Old Man by "borrowing" his 1956 Chrysler Imperial. What really happened to it?
The Pawn Stars have a chance to buy a key from the 16th or 17th century, but this key doesn't just open doors, it shoots bullets! Will they use this rare antique key-gun to unlock a deal--or shoot themselves in the foot? Then Corey and Chum meet a dumpster diver with a life-size Power Ranger. Will Corey use his super hero powers to conjure up some cash, or will the dark forces compel him to cast the Ranger out? And later, Rick has a chance to buy a trophy presented to Jeff Gordon for being one of NASCARs top five drivers. Will Rick throttle up his cash register for the trophy, or will the deal go screeching into a pit stop?
The Pawn Stars are blown away when they meet a guy selling his homemade mortar that fires a very unique brand of ammunition--bowling balls. Will the gang line up their aim and strike a deal or will a misfire send the deal into the gutter? Then Rick is handed an extremely rare World War II gas mask believed to have been designed for baby. Will Rick try to buy this unusual artifact, or will he throw the baby out with the bathwater? And later, the Old Man has a chance to buy an original unused ticket to the 1965 classic bout between Muhammad Ali and Floyd Patterson. Will the Pawn Stars go the distance for this piece of boxing memorabilia or will a surprise uppercut sting like a bee?
The Pawn Stars take a mission briefing when presented with a fully functional 1941 M3 Armored Scout Truck from World War II. Will the gang head to battle for this bulletproof piece of military history or will an auto ambush force them to retreat? Then, Rick and Corey meet a man hoping to sell a check signed by notorious mobster Carlo Gambino. Will Rick make him an offer he can't refuse or will this deal sleep with the fishes? And later, Rick and Chumlee check out a 1987 Apple II GS Computer. Will they boot up some cash for this classic piece of technology or is the deal bound to crash?
The Pawn Stars snap to attention as they check out a photo album signed by one of history's greatest military leaders--General George S. Patton. Containing pictures labeled as "classified," can the gang make a strategic advance for these images from World War II or will they be out-maneuvered and forced to retreat? Then, it's off the races when Rick and Chumlee come across a pair of jockey boots autographed by horse-racing legend Willie Shoemaker. Will Rick chomp at the bit for this rare piece of sports history or will he back the wrong horse? And later, a man comes in hoping to sell his Kevlar bulletproof vest. Will Corey take aim at buying this heavy-duty body armor or is this deal too tough to penetrate?