American Pickers

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American Pickers
Also known asThe 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 byMike Wolfe
Developed byMark Poertner
Stephen Pettinger
Directed byAnthony Mastanduno
StarringMike Wolfe
Frank Fritz
Theme music composerJingle Punks Music
Composer(s)The Dark Studio
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons21
No. of episodes315 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Charles Tremayne
Mark Poertner
Mike Wolfe
Producer(s)Simon Lloyd
Stephen Pettinger
Julie Cooper
Production location(s)LeClaire, Iowa
Nashville, Tennessee
Nationwide, particularly Rural America (especially the Rust Belt, Midwest, and South)
CinematographyJohn Chiappardi
Editor(s)Julianna Borg
Max Cherpitel
Charles Montany
William Shaw
Camera setupMultiple (Casey Marucci, Jennifer Tsai)
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Cineflix (AP2/AP3/AP4/AP5) Inc.
A&E Television Networks, LLC
Original networkHistory
Original releaseJanuary 18, 2010 (2010-01-18) –

American Pickers is an American reality television series that premiered on January 18, 2010 on History, produced by A&E Television Networks in collaboration with Cineflix Media.


The Nash Statesman Super in front of the Antique Archaeology building in Le Claire, Iowa

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,[1] 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,[2] Frank Fritz Finds, upriver in Savanna, Illinois.[3] 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 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,[4] 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.[5] 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.[6][7]

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.[8]

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.[9] 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.[10]


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


List of American Pickers episodes

Home media[edit]

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

Junkyard Wizard

Pickers Like It Hot

6 November 2019

In other media[edit]

  • 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.

See also[edit]

  • 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.


  1. ^ Steven Kurutz (August 24, 2011). "At Home with Mike Wolfe: The Jack Kerouac of Junk". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Rob Owen (September 2, 2012). "'Pickers' don't compete on sales". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  3. ^
  4. ^ "'Mike Wolfe & Frank Fritz'".
  5. ^ "Mike's Breakdown" (season 2, episode 12)
  6. ^ "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."
  7. ^ "Big Bear" (season 1, episode 1)
  8. ^ Antique Archaeology web page about Nashville location Archived 2011-12-25 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 2012-01-03
  9. ^ "'Series Debut of American Pickers Scores 3.1 million'".
  10. ^ "'HISTORY Posts Blockbuster Ratings on Monday Night with Premiere Episodes of Hit Series 'American Pickers & 'Pawn Stars".

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