Storage Wars: Texas
|Storage Wars: Texas|
Clinton "Bubba" Smith
Mary Padian (beginning in Season 2)
Jenny Grumbles (beginning in Season 2)
Lesa Lewis and Jerry Simpson (main cast Season 1; occasional episodes beginning in Season 2)
|Narrated by||Thom Beers|
|Theme music composer||Andy Kubiszewski|
|Opening theme||"Money Owns This Town"|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||72 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Robert Sharenow, Elaine Frontain Bryant, Thom Beers, and Philip D. Segal|
|Running time||21–22 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Original Productions|
|Original run||December 6, 2011– present|
Storage Wars: Texas (Originally Storage Wars Dallas) is a reality television series on the A&E Network that premiered in 2011. It is a regionalized spin-off of the highly-popular series Storage Wars.
As of the latter portion of Season 3, the show features auctioneer Walt Cade, as well as auction hunters Ricky and Bubba Smith, Jenny Grumbles, and Mary Padian, with other buyers being included on some episodes, notably Lesa Lewis and her assistant Jerry Simpson (who were regulars on Season 1).
The premise is essentially the same as the parent show: when rent is not paid on a storage locker in Texas, the contents are sold by an auctioneer as a single lot of items. The show follows professional buyers who bid on the contents (usually for the purpose of reselling for profit should they purchase a locker) based only on a five-minute inspection and what they can see only from the door when it is opened. The episodes feature the winning buyers inspecting the contents (providing their estimate of their value), with one specific (and often unusual) item from each buyer featured being appraised to determine its worth.
Sixteen episodes were filmed for the first season, debuting on A&E on Tuesday December 6, 2011. The premiere episode garnered 4.1 million viewers, making it the most watched series launch in network history. Viewers got a glimpse of Storage Wars: Texas on the first Storage Wars: Unlocked special, when Ricky and Bubba appeared to present a teaser clip. It was revealed that the show was to have been originally called Storage Wars: Dallas. It was later revealed that Storage Wars: Texas and its parent series Storage Wars had both been renewed for another twenty-six episode season respectively, with the second season of Texas premiering on August 15, 2012. Storage Wars: Texas can be seen internationally as well, as AETN International has sold the series to several channels in Canada, Finland, and the Netherlands. Between and during seasons, some buyers chose not to return to the show, or have done so only on certain episodes and not as regulars.
- Ricky Smith and his nephew/business partner Clinton "Bubba" Smith - "The Rangers" (Season 1-present): The pair operate a warehouse in Lampasas, Texas, where they stock their purchases for resale. Most of their business is wholesale but they also sell directly to the public. Ricky and Bubba often play up their "country bumpkin" personas in order to lull their competitors into a false sense of security at auction time.
- Jenny Grumbles - "The Dazzler" (Season 2-present): A furniture restorer/designer, she runs the Dallas-based "Uptown Country Homes" furniture boutique. She became interested in storage auctions after a friend brought in some furniture for $1,000 and sold it for $5,000. She joined the cast beginning with the season premiere of the second season.
- Mary Padian - "The Junkster" (Season 2-present): A furniture restorer/designer, she runs "Mary's Finds", a small custom furniture store. She was originally invited to the auctions by Moe in the first season, and now sees the auctions as a source of raw materials to assist in bringing her store to "the next level". She joined the main cast beginning in the start of the second season. After trying to bid on lockers on her own in the first couple of episodes (and by her own admission being in over her head), she decided to form a partnership with Moe, and later a brief partnership with Jenny from season 3.
- Lesa Lewis ("The Boss") and her assistant Jerry Simpson (Season 1; Recurring appearances season 2-present): Lesa and her employee/friend Jerry run the "Again and Again Resale" thrift store in Crockett, Texas. Lesa and Jerry are often at odds over Lesa's propensity to keep jewelry and antiques for herself rather than sell them at the store. In Season 2, Lesa and Jerry were seemingly replaced by Mary Padian and Jenny Grumbles, with their entry removed from the site. Rumors surfaced that A&E wanted to terminate the contract of Jerry Simpson because of a National Enquirer post which showed his arrests (1992 for selling a controlled substance; 2007 for assault). Due to this, both Lesa and Jerry initially decided not to return to the show. However, Lesa and Jerry eventually returned in a second season episode that aired on November 7, 2012, and have since returned for several third season episodes on a non-recurring basis.
Other buyers and participants
- Francis Grumbles is Jenny's mother. She appeared in the episode "Throw Momma From The Auction".
- Conor "Blom" Padian is Mary's brother. Blom has appeared in several episodes beginning in Season 3.
- "East Texas" Kenny Stowe is featured in several episodes beginning in Season 3. Kenny is also an auctioneer, operating Xtreme Auction Services in Athens, Texas. Kenny's philosophy is to buy multiple lockers at an auction (in "Float Like a Bubbafly" he buys several lockers, and per the A&E website is known to buy 30 lockers a month) and milk as much profit out of a locker as possible; since he operates his own auction house, he is willing and able to sell items (such as toys and old clothing) that other buyers would discard or donate to charity.
- "Cowboy" Matt Blevins is a bidder in several episodes beginning in Season 3. Matt has shown a chauvinistic attitude toward the women on the show, and in "Hands Off My Embroidery" was almost evicted from an auction by Walt Cade for his conduct.
- David Kay is a British bidder featured in three Season 3 episodes: "British Invasion", "Swinging With The Jenemy", and "Winners of The Centuries". Kay is known for his unusual vocabulary in describing the amount paid for a locker.
- Roy Williams - "The Player" (Season 1): Roy was formerly a defensive back in the NFL, having been a 2002 1st round draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys. Roy played there for 7 years and ended his 9 year career spending 2 years with the Cincinnati Bengals. Roy made his first appearance in episode 10 of Season 1 ("If I Were a Tibettin' Man"), although not as a storage buyer (Ricky and Bubba found some Oklahoma Sooners mini-helmets that were purportedly autographed by Roy, a former Sooner, and asked him to verify his autograph). They then invited Roy to come to a storage auction to see what it was like. When he did, Roy was hooked, and then cast in episode 11 ("Dallas Cowboys And Indians"). He did not return for the second season.
- Victor Rjesnjansky - "The Outsider" (Seasons 1-3): A native of New York, he is known for his distinct Long Island accent (and "Right Here!" catchphrase when he bids), his BMW, and Sopranos-style wardrobe. He often ridicules his native-Texan competitors, whom he regards as yokels. He and his partner Joann run two stores in Tyler, Texas. (Approximately mid-way through Season 3, Victor stopped appearing on the show, and he is no longer featured in the opening sequence. However, he is scheduled to reappear in the episode "Welcome to the World of Sonny Monday" with a new protege.)
- Morris "Moe" Prigoff - "The Doc" (Seasons 1-3): A septuagenarian practicing podiatrist who also owns an antique boutique called "River Regency Modern". Prigoff is known for his flamboyant wardrobe and purchases lockers looking for antiques and objets d'art to stock his gallery. He has accumulated his net worth through years in the world of storage auctions. In a second season episode, it was revealed that he keeps items from his lockers not deemed to be valuable piled up in his back yard, upsetting his wife. (After the second episode of Season 3, Moe has not reappeared on the show, and he is no longer featured in the opening sequence. But according to his Facebook page, he stepped aside to concentrate on his medical practice.)
Other cast members
- Walt Cade - The show's auctioneer. He is known to wear a different, custom-made shirt at each auction. His catchphrases are "hammer up!" (at the start of each auction) and "until next time, hammer down!" (at the end of each auction).
- Thom Beers - The executive producer/narrator of the show who gives a quick explanation of the show's premise at the beginning, and a recap of the buyers profits/losses at the end.
Every show opens with announcer Thom Beers setting the scene for the series: "When storage units are abandoned, in the great state of Texas, the treasures within are put up for auction."
The opening titles features a sequence of cast members, which has continually changed during the show's run (the only consistency is that Ricky and Bubba are shown first, while Walt is shown last):
- The original (Season 1) sequence featured (in order) Ricky and Bubba, Lesa and Jerry, Moe, Victor, and Walt.
- In Season 2, Lesa and Jerry were removed from the sequence, while Jenny and Mary were added.
- In Season 3, a completely new sequence was filmed, featuring (in order) Ricky and Bubba, Victor, Jenny, Moe and Mary, and Walt. However, the sequence was revised later in Season 3 to remove Moe and Victor; as of November 2013 the sequence features (in order) Ricky and Bubba, Jenny, Mary, and Walt.
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