‘Pawn Stars’: Here’s All the Spinoffs Launched on Heels of Shows’ Success

by Allison Hambrick
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The success of Pawn Stars is undeniable. The series premiered in 2009 and quickly became the highest-rated series on the History Channel. It follows the Harrison family, who owns the Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop in Las Vegas. The principal cast is Richard “Old Man” Harrison, Rick Harrison, and Corey “Big Hoss” Harrison, as well as Austin “Chumlee” Russell.

The appeal of Pawn Stars is its unique combination of an Antiques Roadshow concept with the people-focused approach of reality television. Because of the runaway success of Pawn Stars, the show received several spinoffs.

American Restoration was the first spinoff. It follows Rick Dale, who occasionally appeared on Pawn Stars. Dale is a metalworking expert who is skilled at restorations. He owns a store called Rick’s Restorations, which takes on roughly a dozen projects at a time. Like Pawn Stars, the series focuses on the dynamics of the store in addition to what they do. After season seven, Dale chose to exit the series. American Restoration shifted focus to multiple stores. New lead cast members include Andy Bowman Jr., Steve Hale, Bob Halliday, Bodie Stroud, and Dale Walksler.

In addition to American Restoration, another spinoff was called Cajun Pawn Stars. The cast of this series were unrelated to the Harrisons. Following Jimmie DeRamus and his family, the series lasted for four seasons. It mostly stuck to the format of its parent show, which is likely why it didn’t last. After all, if fans watch for the characters, an entirely new group may or may not resonate.

The third spinoff of Pawn Stars is called Counting Cars. Like American Restoration, this show follows an expert from the parent series. Danny “The Count” Koker is the owner of Count’s Customs, which provides expense restoration services for vehicles. Because his business isn’t family-owned, it has less of that human interaction aspect that Pawn Stars did. Additionally, Koker’s shop often features celebrity clients. This spinoff is the only one still airing episodes.

Pawn Stars Goes International

In addition to their stateside spinoffs, Pawn Stars launched two International versions. Pawn Stars UK takes place at Regal Pawn in Wales. The series leads are “Big” Mark Manning and “Little” Mark Holland, two friends who run the shop with Big Mark’s family. While the show was successful enough, it ended after two seasons when the owners chose to close the shop.

The other international spinoff was Pawn Stars Australia. Like the UK version, it focuses on a store abroad. The Benes brothers, Aaron and Ben, own and operate Happy Hockers. The store has five locations across Sydney, Australia. Though this show only lasted 12 episodes, Happy Hockers is still going strong. The Benes even started a YouTube series of their own, which is similar to a condensed version of the show.

While the last spinoff wasn’t international, it did depart significantly from the format of Pawn Stars. Titled Pawnography, the series was essentially a game show. Contestants compete against Rick, Corey, and Chumlee. The contestant competes in three rounds to try and win an object from the store. Each round they win adds a potential prize. The final round is all or nothing, so if the Harrisons beat the contestant, they go home empty-handed. While the show was popular, it lasted 30 episodes.

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