‘Pawn Stars’: Part of Show’s Success is ‘Deeply Weird’ for Rick Harrison

by Courtney Blackann

When Rick Harrison of “Pawn Stars” started out, he didn’t know he’d soon be a household name. The television star first opened his pawn shop in 1989 and success sort of just followed. Though Harrison is grateful for his success, he also says it’s sometimes a bit weird.

Speaking with 8 News Now in Las Vegas about the show’s tenure, he opened up about fame a success.

“Oh Yeah. It’s deeply weird. I’ve been mobbed in Kuala Lumpur,” Harrison said. “For years, I pitched a reality show because I thought it would be good for business. For lack of a better term, I was always just a media whore, and whenever I got national press, it was good for business. I never thought it would turn into this.”

With more than a decade on the History Channel, “Pawn Stars” continues to be a fan-favorite. A true family affair with the late Richard Harrison, his son Rick and Rick’s son Corey, the three have been a dynamic cast of characters over the years. Additionally, funny man Austin “Chumlee” Russell lends his comedic demeanor to the show, giving it that goofy spin.

While the TV stars’ antics are generally filmed throughout the half hour series, it’s also a lesson in history. This part, particularly makes the job fun for Harrison – who loves that it has something to offer everyone.

How the “Pawn Stars” Team Determine What Items to Air

From ancient swords, Civil War-era memorabilia, old pocket watches and even cars, there’s something new every day. However, not everything that comes into the famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop is filmed for “Pawn Stars.”

Harrison actually has a way to determine what cool or unique items will be shown. The star said in an interview that the antiques and other products that come in have to be pretty different in order to make a good story.

“Basically if it’s something different and it hasn’t been on the show before,” Rick shared with Freesat. “Sometimes I see just a picture of something and then I’ll approve it. And then I won’t see it again until it’s actually in front of me a couple of months later.”

He goes on to say that, “sometimes I actually have to stop the camera and do a little research. But in general that’s all me, I’m just that nerd you see on television and that’s how we do it. Usually, if it’s something different and cool. It’s normally based off an image on the internet, a really small one, and I think it looks really cool. I say bring it on in. Because with most of these things if you want to see if it’s real you’ve got to see it in person.”