Storage Wars

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Storage Wars
Storage Wars Opening Title.png
Title Card (Seasons 1-2)
GenreReality
StarringDave Hester
Darrell Sheets
Jarrod Schulz
Brandi Passante
Barry Weiss
Dan Dotson
Laura Dotson

Also featuring:
Bill Archer
Mark Balelo
Nabila Haniss
Jeff Jarrod
Narrated byThom Beers
Theme music composerAndy Kubiszewski
Opening theme"Money Owns This Town"
Country of originUnited States
Language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes74 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Robert Sharenow and Elaine Frontain Bryant, Thom Beers and Philip D. Segal
Producer(s)Dolph Scott
Running time21–22 minutes
Production company(s)Original Productions
Broadcast
Original channelA&E
Original runDecember 1, 2010 (2010-12-01) – present
External links
Website
 
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Storage Wars
Storage Wars Opening Title.png
Title Card (Seasons 1-2)
GenreReality
StarringDave Hester
Darrell Sheets
Jarrod Schulz
Brandi Passante
Barry Weiss
Dan Dotson
Laura Dotson

Also featuring:
Bill Archer
Mark Balelo
Nabila Haniss
Jeff Jarrod
Narrated byThom Beers
Theme music composerAndy Kubiszewski
Opening theme"Money Owns This Town"
Country of originUnited States
Language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes74 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Robert Sharenow and Elaine Frontain Bryant, Thom Beers and Philip D. Segal
Producer(s)Dolph Scott
Running time21–22 minutes
Production company(s)Original Productions
Broadcast
Original channelA&E
Original runDecember 1, 2010 (2010-12-01) – present
External links
Website
Promo for Storage Wars

Storage Wars is an American reality television series on the A&E Network that premiered in 2010. The show features the auctioneering couple of Dan Dotson and Laura Dotson, as well as buyers Dave Hester, the usually together but occasionally separated team of Darrell and Brandon Sheets, Barry Weiss, and the team of Jarrod Schulz and Brandi Passante. Executive producer and creator Thom Beers serves as off-screen narrator. When rent is not paid on a storage locker for three months in California, the contents are sold by an auctioneer as a single lot of items. The show follows professional buyers who purchase the contents based only on a five-minute inspection of what they can see from the door when it is opened. The goal is to turn a profit on the merchandise. Season one of Storage Wars consisted of 19 episodes, 17 of which were filmed at various self-storage facilities throughout Southern California. Two special episodes were filmed on location at a pair of StorageOne facilities in Las Vegas, Nevada. The show has enjoyed ratings success, and its second season premiere attracted 5.1 million total viewers, making it the most-watched program in A&E's history to that point.[1]

A spin-off of Storage Wars titled Storage Wars: Texas made its debut on A&E on December 6, 2011. The series features a new cast of bidders and an auctioneer.[2] A second spin-off set in New York is in the works.[3] Storage Wars can be seen internationally as well, as AETN International has sold the series to several channels in Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark.[4]

Storage Wars was recommissioned for another twenty-six episode season in January 2012[5], with the season officially premiering on June 5, 2012. Only twenty of the twenty-six episodes were aired however, with six of the episodes being held back for broadcast during the second half of the show's 3rd season which began airing on December 4, 2012.[6]

A second spinoff called Storage Wars: New York was originally scheduled to debut on December 11, 2012[7] but has since been pushed out to January 1, 2013.[8]

Contents

Participants

Main buyers

Jarrod Schulz (left) & Brandi Passante (middle) with interviewer

Other featured buyers

Other cast members

Production

Opening titles

Every episode opens with the narrator, Thom Beers, setting the basic premise for the series: "When storage units are abandoned, the treasures within are put up for auction." In Episodes 2, 3, 4 and 7 of season one, an extra line was added to the opening narration: "because in this high-stakes game, it's get rich or die buyin'." The narration is followed by the preview of the upcoming episode, followed by the opening titles. In the opening titles, the sequence of titles begins at Dave, then Darrell, then Brandi and Jarrod, then Barry, and finally at Dan and Laura. While Laura always appeared in the opening titles, her highlighted face and name were not added to the credits until episode 11 of Season 1. Dave Hester Jr. and Brandon Sheets also appear in the opening titles, but are not highlighted and credited. The show's theme song, "Money Owns This Town", which was written and recorded specifically for the show, plays during the opening.

Criticism

While some have speculated that some of the units have been stocked by producers,[15] an A&E publicist said, "There is no staging involved. The items uncovered in the storage units are the actual items featured on the show."[16] Executive producer Thom Beers has stated that the vast majority of the storage lockers investigated during production contain nothing of interest and therefore do not appear in the final show.[3] Beers has explained that the series avoids delving into back stories of the lockers' original owners because, "All you see is misery there, and I didn't want to trade on that."[15]

Ratings

The first season premiere episode drew 2.1 million viewers[17] and the show was A&E's top-rated non-fiction show for 2010, with an average of 2.4 million viewers.[15] The season two premiere consisted of back-to-back new episodes of the show; the second show drew 5.1 million total viewers and was the highest rating for an episode of a series in A&E history.[1] The combined season premiere outperformed competing original episodes of NBC Love in the Wild and ABC's Primetime Nightline.[18]

Critical reception

Critical response was mixed, with Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times calling Storage Wars "a strangely uplifting show — hope being one of the many things one can apparently find in an abandoned storage unit,"[19] and Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times called the series "an especially entertaining addition to the genre."[20] Brian Lowry of Variety said that "'Wars' should have been left in storage, indefinitely."[21] Writing for Slate, Troy Patterson gave a mixed review, referring to the series as "trash TV" as well as "trivial and magnetic."[22] Ellen Gray of the Philadelphia Daily News suggested "if there's an acquisitive bone in your body, you should probably steer clear."[23]

Episodes

Home releases

Storage Wars: The Complete Season 1
Set details[24]DVD Layout
  • DISC ONE (7 episodes): "High Noon in the High Desert" - "The Old Spanish Standoff"
  • DISC TWO (7 episodes): "Midnight in the Gardena Good and Evil" - "Trouble the Oil"
  • DISC THREE (5 episodes): "Makings of a Mogul" - "Live and Let Bid"
DVD release dates
Region 1Region 2Region 4
August 30, 2011June 11, 2012N/A
Storage Wars: Volume 2
Set details[25]DVD Layout
  • DISC 1: "Santa Ana Street Fight" - "Fire in the Hole"
  • DISC 2: "San Burrito" - "FU Dog Day Afternoon"
DVD release dates
Region 1Region 2Region 4
February 14, 2012N/AN/A
Storage Wars: Volume 3
Set details[26]DVD Layout
  • DISC 1: "I'm The New Mogul" - "Scoot A Toot Toot"
  • DISC 2: "The Empire Strikes Out" - "Operation Hobo"
DVD release dates
Region 1Region 2Region 4
July 17, 2012N/AN/A

See also

References

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  2. ^ "A&E’s ‘Storage Wars’ Returns with New Episodes on a New Night Beginning Tuesday, November 15 - Ratings | TVbytheNumbers". Tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com. http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2011/11/11/aes-storage-wars-returns-with-new-episodes-on-a-new-night-beginning-tuesday-november-15/110406/. Retrieved 2012-01-06.
  3. ^ a b Harrison, Stacey. "Producer Thom Beers talks 'Storage Wars: Texas'". channelguidemag.com. http://www.channelguidemagblog.com/index.php/2011/12/20/producer-thom-beers-talks-storage-wars-texas/. Retrieved 20 December 2011.
  4. ^ October 3, 2011 by Adam Benzine (2011-10-03). "A+E inks int’l deals for "Pawn Stars," "Storage Wars"". Realscreen. http://realscreen.com/2011/10/03/ae-inks-intl-deals-for-pawn-stars-storage-wars/. Retrieved 2012-01-06.
  5. ^ April 12, 2012 by Lesley Goldberg (2012-04-12). "A&E Renews 'Storage Wars,' 'Storage Wars: Texas,' 'Shipping Wars'". hollywoodreporter.com. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/ae-storage-wars-storage-wars-texas-shipping-wars-renewed-311635. Retrieved 2012-04-28.
  6. ^ http://www.aetv.com/storage-wars/episode-guide/season-3/
  7. ^ "A&E to Open "Storage Wars: NY" on Tuesday, December 11". http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news/2012/11/14/aande-to-open-storage-wars-ny-on-tuesday-december-11-898101/10063/. Retrieved 8 December 2012.
  8. ^ "A&E Bumps "Storage Wars: New York" to January 1, "Be the Boss" to Late-Night". http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news/2012/12/07/aande-bumps-storage-wars-new-york-to-january-1-be-the-boss-to-late-night-550311/10102/. Retrieved 8 December 2012.
  9. ^ Venezia, Barbara (2011-02-04). "Venezia: Dave Hester of 'Storage Wars' has O.C. connection". Orange County Register. http://www.ocregister.com/news/dave-286781-storage-store.html. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
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  13. ^ "'Storage Wars' Star Barry Weiss Talks About Being a 'Produce' Man & His Female Fans". Aoltv.com. http://www.aoltv.com/2011/08/03/storage-wars-barry-weiss-interview/. Retrieved 2012-01-06.
  14. ^ "Hilton vs. Persa". citmedialaw.org. 2008 [last update]. http://www.citmedialaw.org/threats/hilton-v-persa#description. Retrieved 14 December 2011.
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  17. ^ "Hasselhoff show axed after 2 episodes". cbc.ca. 2010-12-11. http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/tv/story/2010/12/11/hasselhoff-show-cancelled.html. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
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  20. ^ Genzlinger, Neil (2010-12-09). "The Gold Mines Behind Padlocks". nytimes.com. http://tv.nytimes.com/2010/12/01/arts/television/01storage.html?_r=1. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
  21. ^ Lowry, Brian (2010-12-01). "Variety Reviews – Storage Wars". variety.com. http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117944136. Retrieved 17 July 2011.
  22. ^ Patterson, Troy (2010-12-15). "Let Me Touch Your Junk". Slate.com. http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/television/2010/12/let_me_touch_your_junk.html. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
  23. ^ Ellen, Gray. "Critic Reviews for Storage Wars: Season 1". Metacritic.com. http://www.metacritic.com/tv/storage-wars/season-1/critic-reviews. Retrieved 2 May 2012. Also, Storage Wars has inspired loads of fan fiction, such as the wildly popular website, Storage Wars Porn,as seen here.
  24. ^ Storage Wars: Season 1. "Storage Wars: Season 1: Dan Dotson, A&E Entertainment: Movies & TV". Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/Storage-Wars-Season-Dan-Dotson/dp/B0050O9YGW/ref=pd_bxgy_mov_img_b. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  25. ^ Storage Wars, Volume 2. "Storage Wars, Volume 2: Various, A&E Entertainment: Movies & TV". Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/Storage-Wars-Volume-2-Various/dp/B005TZFZ9C/ref=pd_cp_mov_0. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  26. ^ Storage Wars: Volume 3. "Storage Wars: Volume 3: Barry Weiss, Darrell Sheets, Dave Hester, Jarrod Schulz, Brandi Passante, Matthew Bennett: Movies & TV". Amazon.com. http://www.amazon.com/Storage-Wars-Volume-3-Various/dp/B007I1Q53U. Retrieved 2012-11-19.

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