Storage Hunters

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Storage Hunters
Starring
  • Sean Kelly
  • Brandon & Lori Bernier
  • Jesse McClure
  • Papa Bear
  • T-Money
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons US Series
3
UK Series
5 (Regular) 1 (Celebrity series) (upcoming)[1]
No. of episodes US Series
73
UK Series
50 (Regular) (10 upcoming)
1 (Celebrity Special) (5 Upcoming)
Production
Location(s) United States (2011–2013)
United Kingdom (2014–present)
Running time 21 minutes
Production company(s) T Group Productions
Release
Original network TruTV (US)
Dave (UK)
Original release US Series
June 21, 2011 (2011-06-21) – December 17, 2013 (2013-12-17)
UK Series
October 28, 2014 – present
External links
Website

Storage Hunters is a reality television series featuring a series of storage auctions, created by and starring Sean Kelly. It originally ran in the US from 2011 to 2013 on TruTV[2] and has been particularly successful in the UK on the digital channel Dave. A domestic British version, also featuring Kelly, started broadcasting in 2014 and has continued into 2016 with a fifth series to air from April 2016. There also has been a UK celebrity special which aired in 2015 with all the money each celebrity made going to their chosen charity. The series has also been shown on New Zealand's TV3.

It was announced in October 2016 that Dave announced that a celebrity series would take place following the huge hit of the one off special earlier in the year with five 60-minute episodes. The format will be the same, but all the money they make goes to their chosen charity.[3] It will be followed by a sixth series of the UK regular series in January 2017.

Format[edit]

For the US series, bidders Brandon and Lori Bernier, 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 British 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, Kelly will return alongside regular bidders from series 4. A sixth series has been commissioned and will air in 2017 with filming taking placed during autumn 2016.

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 April 2016
Series 6 TBA 2017 2017
UK Celebrity Series
Christmas Special 1 20 December 2015
Series 1 5 18 October 2016 15 November 2016

Reception[edit]

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.[11]

The Guardian's Rhik Samadder described Kelly's auctioneering style "like someone has attached electrodes to a woodpecker".[12] 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."[13]

The success of the show has been attributed to the participants' lack of social skills, comparing it to "watching a carnival".[12] 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.[14]

Buyers[edit]

Main Buyers US[edit]

Name Nickname Season
1 2 3
Brandon 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 No
Scott and Chrissy Tassone Scott and Chrissy No Yes No
Mone Smith Mone No Yes

Main Buyers UK[edit]

Name Nickname Season
1 2 3 4 5 6
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
1
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 6
Jesse McClure No Yes No
T-Money No Yes No
Samantha Bartlett No Yes
Boudicca Scherazade No Yes
Rupert Yes No
Scotty No Yes

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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

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