‘Pawn Stars’: Rick Harrison’s Explanation on Why Different Types of People Love Show

by Quentin Blount

There are people young and old who love watching the reality show Pawn Stars. But what makes it so special that it can be enjoyed by multiple generations?

The show Pawn Stars is filmed in Las Vegas, Nevada. It follows the daily activities that go on at the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop. So many of us love seeing the staff’s interactions with customers while they bring in all kinds of various items to pawn off. They are known to haggle back and forth over the price while also discussing an item’s historical significance.

Rick Harrison and his father Richard “Old Man” Harrison first opened the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop back in 1989. It was operated by the two men, Rick’s son Corey “Big Hoss” Harrison, and Corey’s childhood friend, Austin “Chumlee” Russell. The series would go on to become the highest-rated show on The History channel. Not only that, but it also became the No. 2 reality show on all of television only behind Jersey Shore.

Being that Pawn Stars airs on the History Channel, you would think that they would probably have an older crowd, right? We thought so too until stumbling across a 2010 interview between Rick Harrison and Entertainment Weekly.

Why Do So Many People Love ‘Pawn Stars’?

If you have still never seen The History Channel’s Pawn Stars, you are missing out. There are a lot of things that make Pawn Stars so great. But for starters, one of those things is the fact that it has such a wide interest among fans.

“When you hear it’s on The History Channel, you wouldn’t expect the ratings to skew as young as they do,” an interviewer with Entertainment Weekly told Harrison. “But it’s really incredible.”

Rick Harrison credits the series’ popularity among all ages to the fact that Pawn Stars has “a little bit of everything.” And he is most certainly right about that.

“I think the thing is, it’s a little bit of everything. It’s a history show, it’s Pimp My Ride, it’s American Chopper, it’s sort of like a game show because everyone wants to know if they win in the end.”

Let’s just think about that for a second and process some things. That’s actually a good point from Harrison. Not only does Pawn Stars contain elements from other successful shows, but it also contains a historical and educational aspect. And in addition to that, there is somewhat of a game show or a trivia show feeling as well.

“They always want to know, ‘Is it real? Is it fake?'” Harrison continued. There are a lot of different things going on in the show, and it attracts a really broad range of people.”