Tom Gliatto, Monica Rizzo, and CUTLER DURKEE
March 14, 2011 12:00 PM

>PAWN STARS

1 IT’S RANDOM

This hit show on History (Mondays, 10 p.m. ET/PT) documents the weird stuff—Houdini’s handcuffs, a Rembrandt etching found at a garage sale, a possible Stradivarius—that people try to sell at a 24-hour Las Vegas pawn shop. Think Antiques Roadshow, but with neon and far more tattoos.

2 IT’S EDUCATIONAL

I now know not to pay more than $10,000 for a wrecked Schweizer 300C helicopter. And apparently the shop’s $1,000 offer for an elaborate Pez dispenser collection is, as the owner states, “an insult to the Pez community.”

3 IT’S REASSURING

Like all good reality shows, Pawn Stars often presents characters—like the guy who sells a signed letter from Winston Churchill so he can hit the casinos that night—who will, perhaps, leave many viewers feeling more at ease about some of their own life decisions.

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