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"American Pickers" Season 5 is a reality series on History Channel that follows Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz as they search the back roads, junkyards, and filled-to-the-brim barns for "rusty gold."

Part sleuths, part antiques experts, and part cultural historians — Mike and Frank's adventures bring them to small towns across the country in search of weird and wonderful Americana. Each treasure hunt leads them to fascinating, quirky characters — everyday people with stories that open a window onto American life.

As professional "pickers," these childhood buddies comb through memorabilia and artifacts, hoping to find treasures among the trash. Sometimes they make a few bucks; and sometimes they walk away with little more than the history of an item.

The new season begins in North Carolina, where the duo comb through a collector's abandoned outbuildings and find a 1950 Studebaker. Mike becomes obsessed with a 1934 pre-Airstream trailer, but can they negotiate a deal? Then, hoping to sell a choice vintage sign, they visit their friend and NASCAR champion Ryan Newman, who has a surprise of his own for the guys.

As their junkyard journeys continue, the pickers rummage through ramshackle school buses, a burned storage building, forgotten barns, salvage yards, and rust heaps in search of what they call "good junk." They come across an item they've never seen before, place bets on what it actually is, and get a surprising assessment from the appraiser. They encounter a mother and daughter who catch the picking bug and give the guys a run for their money. And with nerves of steel, they try to strike deals with people who are often reluctant to part with their possessions.

Meanwhile, back in Iowa, Danielle Colby Cushman holds down the fort at Antique Archaeology. She spends her time getting leads, talking to sellers and doing research via trade publications and websites. Danielle also keeps the boys in line — while they keep her in stitches with their antics.

"We're caretakers of treasures and the stories behind them," says Mike. Traveling along with the duo, viewers will meet an assortment of American originals and watch as a patchwork of history unfolds — one treasure at a time.

Season 5

In this new season, viewers will travel along with Mike and Frank on a European adventure as they pick their way thru Italy and England. In Europe, the guys struggle with the language barrier and have to rely on translators who barely speak English to negotiate their deals. They find rare cars and motorcycles that you won't find back in the states but they aren't able to seal every negotiation since they have to factor in the exchange rate between Euros and dollars, and the cost of shipping everything back home. In Sicily, Mike and Frank dig thru properties that were built in the 1600's and they pick items that could be as old as 17th century. Then in England they pick a bicycle enthusiast who has bikes that even Mike has never seen. They also get to dig into a packed garage in London that hasn't been opened in over 12 years!

Back in the states, Mike and Frank will once again haggle over a slew of interesting historic items and meet quirky and interesting characters. From rare Bonnie and Clyde memorabilia to a Bass Guitar that may have belonged to Bill Black, a legendary musician who played with Elvis, to a typewriter that supposedly was lent to Albert Einstein.

Meanwhile, in Iowa, Danielle Colby is overseeing the Antique Archaeology store expansion and is holding down the fort. Viewers will see Danielle go picking with Mike's brother Rob Wolfe and make a huge purchase without the guys.

"American Pickers" is produced for History by Cineflix Productions. Susan Werbe and Dirk Hoogstra are Executive Producers for History. Executive Producers for Cineflix Production are Charles Tremayne and Mark Poertner. Simon Lloyd is Producer and Mike Wolfe is Co-Executive Producer. Series Producer is Stephen Pettinger.



AMERICAN PICKERS: FACTS

Network: History Channel
Genre: Reality
Runtime: 60 mins.
Premiere Date: January 18, 2010
Seasons: 5
Production Company: Cineflix Productions Inc.





Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz in "American Pickers" 'American Pickers' Season 5 Heads to Europe — Premiering Wednesday, October 9, the new season of the History Channel series follows Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz as they pick their way through Italy and England. Read more...
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barb says:
My husband and I love the show
theresa says:
i love this show watch every chance i get !!!
linda says:
Hooray - great show love it now if my husband would only let me keep my stuff! Hey when do the guys have a chance to be with family ?
joe says:
Tonight took me back to 1965. I went to Bushkill Park as a child and still drive by there. Mike and Frank I'm glad to see people like you are still alive and well in this country!
donna says:
Great family show i watched it with my child and mom and love every episode. Good friendship example here also.

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