|Also known as||The Pickers (outside the US, Canada, UK, and Australia)|
Antiqot al Haderekh (Hebrew: ענתיקות על הדרך, Antiques on the Way) in Israel
Cazatesoros in Spain, Pe urmele antichităților in Romania
|Created by||Mike Wolfe|
|Developed by||Mark Poertner|
|Directed by||Anthony Mastanduno|
|Theme music composer||Jingle Punks Music|
|Composer(s)||The Dark Studio|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||21|
|No. of episodes||315 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Charles Tremayne|
|Production location(s)||LeClaire, Iowa|
Nationwide, particularly Rural America (especially the Rust Belt, Midwest, and South)
|Camera setup||Multiple (Casey Marucci, Jennifer Tsai)|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Cineflix (AP2/AP3/AP4/AP5) Inc.|
A&E Television Networks, LLC
|Original release||January 18, 2010 –|
The show follows antique and collectible pickers Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz, who travel around the United States to buy or "pick" various items for resale, for clients, or for their personal collections. Danielle Colby runs the office of Wolfe's business, Antique Archaeology, from their home base in Le Claire, Iowa, and more recently at a second location in Nashville, Tennessee. They originally traveled in a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van and now in a Ford Transit. Fritz sells his acquisitions at his own shop, and previously on his now-defunct website, Frank Fritz Finds, upriver in Savanna, Illinois. The men go on the road, not only following up leads that Colby has generated but also "freestyling" – stopping at places that look like they might hold items worth buying. They also pick some places more than once.
The series introduction is narrated by Wolfe and Fritz. The first three seasons used a lengthy introduction, but beginning with Season 4, a shortened version began to be used:
[W]e're pickers. We travel the back roads of America looking to buy rusty gold.
We're looking for amazing things buried in people's garages and barns. What most people see as junk, we see as dollar signs. We'll buy anything we think we can make a buck on. Each item we pick has a history all its own. And the people we meet? Well, they're a breed all their own.
We make a living telling the history of America...one piece at a time.
Mike and Frank explore people's homes, barns, sheds, outbuildings, and other places where they have stored antiques and collectibles. They call upon amateur and serious collectors, hoarders, and also people who have inherited overwhelming collections of items that they don't know what to do with. Wolfe, who has been picking since age four, has a particular interest in antique motorcycles, air-cooled Volkswagens, old bicycles and penny-farthings, while Fritz has a fondness for antique toys, oil cans, and old Hondas, with a special love for peanut-related items. They have purchased old advertisements and commercial signage, film posters, a rare 15-gallon visible gasoline pump, and a Piaggio Ape (pronounced: ah-peh) that one of their friends told them is probably the only one of its kind in North America.
In December 2011, American Pickers revealed that Antique Archaeology had leased part of a former 1914 car factory in Nashville, Tennessee, which originally made the Marathon automobile, for a second business location to decrease the distance required to haul their finds from the southern states.
On March 13, 2018, Mike Wolfe made a cameo as himself on Season 15, Episode 17, of NCIS, titled "One Man's Trash".
The series debuted on January 18, 2010. The premiere episode of American Pickers had 3.1 million viewers, making it the highest rated History channel debut since Ice Road Truckers in 2007. The September 8, 2010, episode "Laurel & Hardy" garnered Nielsen ratings as high as 5.3 million viewers in the 25–54 age group. As of that episode, the show retained the title of #1 new non-fiction series of 2010 among all viewers and adults 25–54.
American Pickers has also been a hit in Australia, where it can be viewed on Channel 7mate. In 2013 An Australian version of the show called Aussie Pickers premiered on 7mate. The series ran until 2014 lasting 2 seasons. In 2019 Road to Riches was launched on A&E Australia
American Pickers is distributed on DVD by Beyond Home Entertainment in Australia.
|DVD name||Format||Ep #||Discs||Region 1 (USA)||Region 4 (Australia)|
|American Pickers (Collection 01)||DVD||Season 01, Episode 01-12||03||1 June 2010||6 April 2011|
|American Pickers (Collection 02)||DVD||Season 02, Episodes 01-08||02||1 February 2012|
|American Pickers (Collection 03)||DVD||Season 02, Episodes 09-13
Season 03, Episodes 01-03
|02||5 September 2012|
|American Pickers (Collection 04)||DVD||Season 03, Episodes 04-11||02||9 January 2013|
|American Pickers (Collection 05)||DVD||Season 03, Episodes 12-13
Season 04, Episodes 01-11
|04||3 July 2013|
|American Pickers (Collection 06)||DVD||Season 05, Episodes 01-13
Season 06, Episodes 01
|03||4 December 2013|
|American Pickers (Collection 07)||DVD||Season 06, Episode 02-10
Season 07, Episodes 01-04
|03||5 March 2014|
|American Pickers (Collection 08)||DVD||Season 07, Episodes 06-12
Season 08, Episodes 01-04
|03||4 June 2014|
|American Pickers (Collection 09)||DVD||Season 08, Episodes 05-09
Season 09, Episodes 01-07
|03||1 October 2014|
|American Pickers: Picking It Forward (Collection 10)||DVD||Season 09, Episode 08-12
Season 10, Episodes 01-04
Season 10, Episodes 06-08 & 11
|03||2 March 2015|
|American Pickers: Pick or Treat (Collection 11)||DVD||Season 10, Episode 05
Season 10, Episodes 09-10
Season 10, Episode 12-13
Season 11, Episodes 01-08
|03||6 July 2015|
|American Pickers: Big Boy Toys (Collection 12)||DVD||Season 11, Episodes 09-15
Season 12, Episodes 01-07
|03||9 September 2015|
|American Pickers: Museum Men (Collection 13)||DVD||Season 12, Episodes 08-11
Season 12, Episodes 13-14
Season 13, Episodes 01-09
|04||2 March 2016|
|American Pickers: On The Hunt (Collection 14)||DVD||04||1 July 2016|
|American Pickers: Oddities & Commodities (Collection 15)||DVD||Season 14, Episode 01-05
Season 14, Episodes 10-19
|03||1 September 2016|
|American Pickers: Planes, Frames and Automobiles (Collection 16)||DVD||Season 15, Episode 01-10||03||5 July 2017|
|American Pickers: Divide & Conquer (Collection 17)||DVD||Season 15, Episode 12
Season 16, Episodes 01-17
Season 17, Episode 06
|04||4 October 2017|
|American Pickers: Tunnels & Treasures (Collection 18)||DVD||Season 17, Episodes 01-05
Season 17, Episodes 07-11
|03||28 March 2018|
|American Pickers: The Mother Load (Collection 19)||DVD||Season 18, Episodes 01-06
Season 18, Episode 08
Season 18, Episodes 10,13
|03||4 July 2018|
|American Pickers: Junkyard Wizard (Collection 20)||DVD||Season 18, Episodes 07,09-10
Season 19, Episodes 01-08
|03||6 February 2019|
|American Pickers: Pickers Like It Hot (Collection 21)||DVD||Season 19, Episodes 09-23||04||5 June 2019|
|American Pickers: Raiders Of The Lost Pick (Collection 22)||DVD||Season 20, Episodes 01-12||03||5 February 2020|
|American Pickers: California Picking (Collection 23)||DVD||Season 20, Episodes 13-24||03||4 March 2020|
|American Pickers: Mega Collection||DVD||Box set containing:
Planes, Frames & Automobiles
Divide & Conquer
Tunnels & Treasures
The Mother Load
Pickers Like It Hot
|6 November 2019|
In other media
- In the NCIS episode, "One Man's Trash", Gibbs and Ducky watch American Pickers and see an antique war stick from a 16-year-old cold case. Mike Wolfe guest stars as himself in the episode.
- Canadian Pickers / Cash Cowboys (2011–13), a similar TV series featuring two pickers in Canada; produced by Cineflix Media for the History channel in Canada.
- Picker Sisters, a 2011 TV series about two female pickers/designers.
- Picked Off, History's 2012 reality competition series, also produced by Cineflix Media.
- Steven Kurutz (August 24, 2011). "At Home with Mike Wolfe: The Jack Kerouac of Junk". The New York Times.
- Rob Owen (September 2, 2012). "'Pickers' don't compete on sales". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
- "'Mike Wolfe & Frank Fritz'".
- "Mike's Breakdown" (season 2, episode 12)
- "American Pickers": The Inside Story of the History Channel’s Surprise Hit Archived 2010-09-11 at the Wayback Machine River Cities' Reader Quote: "The episode "Super Scooter" shows how the pair works together. Wolfe is nearly drooling over a Vespa Ape scooter."
- "Big Bear" (season 1, episode 1)
- Antique Archaeology web page about Nashville location Archived 2011-12-25 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 2012-01-03
- "'Series Debut of American Pickers Scores 3.1 million'".
- "'HISTORY Posts Blockbuster Ratings on Monday Night with Premiere Episodes of Hit Series 'American Pickers & 'Pawn Stars".