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Storage Hunters
  • Sean Kelly
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasonsUS Series
UK Series
5 (Regular)
1 (Celebrity) [1]
No. of episodesUS Series
UK Series
50 (Regular)
6 (Celebrity)
Production locationsUnited States (2011–2013)
United Kingdom (2014–2016)
Running time21 minutes
Production companyT Group Productions & Hard Boiled Entertainment
Original release
ReleaseJune 21, 2011 (2011-06-21) –
December 17, 2013 (2013-12-17)
ReleaseOctober 28, 2014 (2014-10-28) –
November 15, 2016 (2016-11-15)

Storage Hunters is a reality television series presented by Sean Kelly (as the auctioneer). It originally ran in the United States from 2011 to 2013 on TruTV[2] and has been shown in the UK on the digital channel Dave. A domestic UK version, also featuring Kelly, ran from 2014 to 2016.

The series has also been shown on New Zealand's TV3.


Sean Kelly grew up in Germany. After leaving school, he worked as a store detective before joining the Army, becoming a German interpreter, and then being stationed in Iraq. He then worked as an auctioneer, and compering comedy clubs at night. After a fight broke out at an auction, he came up with the idea for the show, describing it as "Antiques Roadshow meets WWF!"[3]


For the US series, bidders Brandon and Lori Bernier. It continued with the Taylor Brothers, Jesse McClure, Tarrell "T-Money" Wright, Ron "Papa Bear" Kirkpatrick, Kashuna, Wade, FJ, Gary "Goal Machine" Madine, Scott and Chrissy Tassone, the Alvardo Brothers, "Desert Dan," Mone Smith, Will and Nick Eastwood, Soccer Mom and the lock cutters/security guards, Will C. (Season 1), Cameron "Green Mile" Rowe (Season 2-Season 3).[4][5] The series was cancelled on TruTV after Season 3 ended.[6]

In the UK and Ireland the show has been broadcast and repeated on the digital channel Dave. In 2014, Dave commissioned a spin-off series called Storage Hunters UK, featuring Kelly reprising his role as auctioneer with a series of UK bidders hunting for valuables across the UK.[7] Dave renewed the UK version for two more series in 2015,[8] with the second series beginning on 2 June and featuring US regulars Jesse and T-Money.[9] Series 3 of the show premiered on 15 September 2015.[10]

A fifth series was commissioned to air from April 2016, with Kelly returning alongside regular bidders from series 4.

A one-off UK celebrity special aired at Christmas 2015, with any money made being donated to the celebrity individual charities. This was followed by a series of 5 more celebrity episodes that aired at the end of 2016.[11]

Series overview[edit]

Series Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
US Series
Season 1 23 21 June 2011 September 2011
Season 2 24 June 2012 September 2012
Season 3 24 June 2013 17 December 2013
UK Series
Series 1 10 2014 2014
Series 2 10 2014 2014
Series 3 10 2014 2014
Series 4 10 2015 2015
Series 5 10 April 2016 2016
UK Celebrity Series
Christmas Special 1 20 December 2015
Series 1 5 18 October 2016 15 November 2016


The show has been well received in Britain, with the first episode of Storage Hunters UK being watched by over 1.1 million viewers, beating ratings for several prime time television shows broadcast that week.[12]

The Guardian's Rhik Samadder described Kelly's auctioneering style "like someone has attached electrodes to a woodpecker".[13] Tom Eames writing in Digital Spy described it as "one of the least authentic and most fake shows you will ever see, and comes under the umbrella of 'trashy reality' programmes that the US are very good at", but adding that "somehow, it is strangely addictive and enjoyable, and has clearly become a big guilty pleasure of many UK viewers."[14]

Presenter Sean Kelly has attributed the success of the show to the participants' lack of social skills and compared it to "watching a carnival".[13] In an interview for Digital Spy he speculated that the strong popularity of the show in the UK may lead to a revival of the US series.[15]


Main Buyers US[edit]

Name Nickname Season
1 2 3
Brandon Bernier and Lori Bernier Team Brandori Yes
Jesse McClure Jesse Yes
Tarrell Wright T-Money Yes
Ronald Kirkpatrick Papa Bear Yes
James and Dustin Taylor The Taylor Brothers Yes Yes (Dustin only) No
Scott and Chrissy Tassone Scott and Chrissy No Yes No
Mone Smith FauxHawk No Yes

Main Buyers UK[edit]

Name Nickname Season
1 2 3 4 5
John and Natalie Maddox John and Natalie Yes
Colin Newell Heavy D aka The Boominator Yes
Linda Lambert Linda Yes
Daniel Hill Dapper Dan Yes
Barry and Darren Elford Barry and Darren Yes
George Johnson George Yes

Main Celebrity Buyers UK[edit]

Name Season
Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer Yes
Charlotte Crosby and Holly Hagan Yes
Theo Paphitis Yes
Tim Vine Yes
Nancy Dell'Olio Yes
Steph & Dom Parker Yes
Jenny Eclair and Lizzie Roper Yes
Johnny Vegas Yes
Katherine Ryan Yes
Chris Kamara Yes
Ainsley Harriott Yes
Phil Tufnell Yes
Janet Street-Porter Yes
Jaymi Hensley Yes
JJ Hamblett & Josh Cuthbert Yes

Minor Buyers US[edit]

Name Season
1 2 3
Desert Dan Yes No
Wade Gallagher Yes No
FJ Yes No
Kashuna Perfected Yes No
The Alvarado Brothers No Yes No
Danarchy No No Yes

Minor Buyers UK[edit]

Name Season
1 2 3 4 5
Jesse McClure No Yes No
Tarrell Wright No Yes No
Samantha Bartlett No Yes
Boudicca Scherazade No Yes
Rupert Yes No
Scotty No Yes

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Storage Hunters UK - Dave Channel".
  2. ^ "Storage Hunters Episode: "Storage Hunters"". Retrieved 31 October 2012.
  3. ^ Shaw, Alan (5 August 2017). "Storage Hunters star Sean Kelly on bringing his show to the Edinburgh Fringe and his crazy early years". Scottish Sunday Post. Retrieved 22 October 2019.
  4. ^ "Storage Hunters: Cast & Details". Retrieved 31 October 2012.
  5. ^ "Storage Hunter: Bios – Think Big (Money)". TruTV. 2012-09-16. Retrieved 2012-09-16.
  6. ^ Cancelled / Ended TV Shows on TruTV, retrieved 2014-10-27
  7. ^ "Storage Hunters UK". UKTV. Retrieved 2014-10-27.
  8. ^ "Storage Hunters UK gets two more series". Digital Spy. 21 January 2015.
  9. ^ Metro (2 June 2015). "Storage Hunters UK Second Series". Metro. Retrieved 2015-06-02.
  10. ^ UKTV. "Storage Hunters UK Third Series". UKTV. Retrieved 2015-09-15.
  11. ^ "Full line up announced for Celebrity Storage Hunters - News - UKTV Corporate Site".
  12. ^ "Storage Hunters UK debuts with a bigger audience than Walking Dead". The Guardian. October 30, 2014. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
  13. ^ a b Samadder, Rhik (February 10, 2015). "Storage Hunters: Sean Kelly has a rumble in our jumble". The Guardian. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
  14. ^ Eames, Tom (22 July 2013). "'Storage Hunters': Dave's addictive showcase of greed". Digital Spy
  15. ^ "Storage Hunters star Sean Kelly interview: 'American version may return'". Digital Spy. February 14, 2015. Retrieved March 23, 2015.

The Daily Mirror Brandon Bernier tells all "I was never happy in this chaotic relationship, I was miserable"[full citation needed]

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