|Also known as||Kings of Restoration
(outside the US & Canada)
|Directed by||Jairus Cobb, Guy Fiorita, Rennik Soholt|
|Composer(s)||Extreme Music, Music Box, Strike Audio|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||98 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Brett Montgomery, Colby Gaines|
|Producer(s)||Ryan Miller, Sean Moran, Christopher Williams|
|Editor(s)||Adam Pomata, George Sinfield, Scott Speed, Luke Spencer|
|Location(s)||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Running time||24 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Leftfield Pictures|
|Picture format||1.78:1 widescreen|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital Stereo|
|Original run||October 25, 2010 – Present|
|Related shows||Pawn Stars
American Restoration is an American reality television series airing on the History channel. Produced by Leftfield Pictures, the series is recorded in Las Vegas, Nevada, where it chronicles the daily activities at Rick's Restorations, an antique restoration shop, with its owner Rick Dale, his staff, and teenage son, as they restore various vintage items to their original condition.
The show is the first spin-off of Pawn Stars, in which Dale has appeared several times as an on-camera expert and restored various items. The series has featured cameo appearances by the cast of Pawn Stars, American Pickers, magician Lance Burton, NASCAR driver Greg Biffle, and musicians Sammy Hagar, Billy Joel, and Jason Mraz.
The series focuses on Rick's Restorations, a company owned and operated by Las Vegas area metal artist and antique restoration expert Rick Dale, who has been restoring various vintage items for almost 30 years. Dale and his company first appeared on the History reality television series Pawn Stars, in that show's first season episode "Time Machines," and in nine subsequent episodes in which he restored numerous decades-old items for the Harrisons (owners of the Gold and Silver Pawn Shop where Pawn Stars takes place), including vending machines, gas pumps, barber chairs, motorcycles, and jukeboxes.
Up to the May 16, 2012 episode ("Sticky Fingers"), the opening title sequence featured Dale alluding to the vintage era from which most of the items he restores originate:
|“||Remember back in the day when things were made by hand, and people took pride in their work? My name's Rick Dale, and I bring these things back to life. Every restoration has its own set of challenges. There's no owner's manual for what we do, but there's no job we can't handle.||”|
Beginning with the June 6, 2012 episode ("Dirt Bike Duels"), a new intro was used, in which Rick talks about his business and his family, spotlighting himself, his son Tyler, brother Ron, and stepson Brettly:
|“||Look at a man's workbench. You see his passions. His works in progress. The things that drive him crazy. Projects that... you get the point. Anyway, every workbench tells a story. And this is ours: American Restoration.||”|
In addition, a new feature, "Rick's Tips", was added preceding the second commercial break, in which Rick poses a question related to restoration, similar to the trivia question feature on Pawn Stars.
According to Dale, who claims to emphasize a great attention to detail in his work, his shop typically works on 6 - 12 projects at any given time. Although he and his staff restore the items brought in by customers themselves, they are shown consulting other merchants and experts for parts, and calling in freelance employees, such as Bob, a metalworker, when their workload requires it. In addition to items brought in by customers, Dale will also purchase items himself to restore from pickers, such as the toy train he purchases in "Buttered Up." The range of services offered by Rick's Restorations is limited by financial concerns. Although Dale has a positive view of his staff's abilities, he observes that they are sometimes difficult to manage, in particular his younger brother, Ron.
The series' second season premiered on April 15, 2011 at 10pm ET/PT with back-to-back episodes.
- Rick Dale – Metal artist, antique restoration expert, and owner of Rick's Restorations. Rick Harrison of Pawn Stars, who is one of Dale's top customers, has praised Dale's work by calling him "a certified miracle worker."
- Tyler Dale – Rick's teenage son, who has worked with him in the shop since age 2. Rick has opined that Tyler is sometimes lazy, which worries Rick, who wishes Tyler to take over the shop one day. Rick states in the premiere that although Tyler has been improving, he still has much to learn. The hair on left side of his head is dyed blonde, while the right side is his natural brown color. In the episode "Tyler's Promotion", he was promoted to Shop Foreman, which was welcomed with mixed reactions from the rest of the crew.
- Ron Dale – Rick's younger brother, who works primarily as a picker. Rick feels his brother is the hardest of his employees to manage. Ron, who says his life is "relaxed [and] easy-paced", takes his time in his work. When going to get an item cleaned away from the shop in "Ice Cold", he and Tyler take lunch, even though Tyler informs that the staff generally does not do so, which Ron says is one of the "perks" of being out with him. Tyler remarks that this explains why it takes Ron three hours to go to the hardware store. Rick worries that Tyler, who looks up to Ron, and enjoys going out on jobs with him, will pick up Ron's bad habits. Ron had previously appeared in the Pawn Stars episode "Time Machines", in which he sells an old Coke machine to Rick Harrison, who then sends it to Rick Dale, Ron's brother, to be restored. It is never disclosed to the viewing audience during the Pawn Stars episode that Ron and Rick Dale are brothers.
- Kowboy – Employee who does the metal polishing in the shop. Rick describes Kowboy as "The grumpiest bastard I've ever met. He would complain if he got a bonus." He used to do all the polishing and woodworking in the shop, but his duties expanded over the years.
- Brettly Otterman – Rick's stepson, he provides comic relief as the bumbling "village idiot". Rick describes Brettly as the "low man on the totem pole", who is delegated the most tedious tasks, such as sandblasting old rust and paint from items, or disposing of beehives. Because of his perceived ineptitude, Ron refers to sodablasting, which presents no danger of damaging restored items, as "Brettly-proof."
- Ted – A lettering artist with 25 years of experience handpainting items, and owner of Letter Perfect Incorporated, a Las Vegas based signage and design firm.
- Kyle Astorga – Kyle is in charge of reassembling disassembled projects and applying finishing touches. He is good friends with Kowboy, whom he drives to work every day, and is described by History.com as "one of the most skillful and loyal workers at the shop."
- Kelly Dale (née Mayer) – Rick's wife and Brettly's mother, she handles the business side of the shop such as payroll, maintaining budgets, ordering parts, and customer relations. She is also the woman featured in the Rick’s Restorations logo. In the second season episode "Hot & Salty", Rick proposes to her, and were soon after married.
This series is seen outside the US on most local versions of the History channel, usually under its international title, Kings of Restoration. In some countries such as Canada (History Canada) in the United Kingdom (History UK), and in the Philippines (GMA News TV, dubbed in Filipino) the series is broadcast using the same American Restoration title as the History channel in the US. In Norway the show's title is Fikserne, which means The Fixers. It is broadcast on MAX every weekday.
- American Pickers, TV series starring itinerant buyers of antiques and collectibles
- Oddities, featuring a New York antiques and oddities store
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- Katsilometes, John (September 24, 2010). "Rick Dale’s 'Pawn Stars' spinoff, 'Rusty Nuts,' set for Oct. 18 debut". Las Vegas Sun. Archived from the original on 30 September 2010. Retrieved September 24, 2010.
- "Meet the Experts" History.com; Accessed October 17, 2010
- Episodes of Pawn Stars in which Dale has appeared include "Time Machines" (Episode 1.8), "Rick's Big Bet" (Episode 1.10), "A Shot and a Shave" (Episode 2.4), "Wheels" (Episode 2.12), "Off the Wagon" (Episode 2.21), "Bumpy Ride" (Episode 2.26), "Hell Week" (Episode 2.29), "The British Are Coming" (Episode 2.31), "Trail Breaker" (Episode 3.1) and "Deals from Hell" (Episode 3.6)
- Stevens, Buck (June 6, 2012). "Greg Biffle To Get 'Restored' On History Channel Tonight". B104.
- "Hopalong Rick"; American Restorations Episode 1.1 History; October 25, 2010
- In "Buttered Up," Kowboy explains that the shop does not polish chrome, for example, because its cost requires a large amount of it in order to generate a profit, and will instead replace chrome components through a chrome shop, as with the popcorn machine in that episode.
- "Ice Cold," American Restorations Episode 1.2 History; October 25, 2010
- Gorman, Bill. "History's 'American Restoration' Series Premieres Friday, April 15", TV By the Numbers, March 14, 2011
- "Lights Out". American Restorations Episode 1.3 History. October 25, 2010
- "Special Delivery". American Restoration. Season 2. Episode 16. July 22, 2011. History.
- "American History Bios: Brettly Otterman". History.com. Retrieved August 17, 2013.
- "Home". Letter Perfect. Retrieved August 17, 2013.
- Buttered Up", American Restorations Episode 1.4 History. November 1, 2010
- "Meet the team: Kyle Astorga". American Restoration. History.com. Retrieved September 24, 2011.
- "Meet the team: Kelly Mayer". American Restoration. History.com accessed September 24, 2011.
- "Hot & Salty". American Restoration. Season 4. Episode 16. April 18, 2012. History.
- "Shows". History Television. Retrieved July 8, 2012.
- Official website
- Rick's Restorations
- Listen to a live radio interview with Rick Dale on Nostalgic Radio and Cars
- Review on Yelp.com