Storage Wars

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Storage Wars
StorageWarsTitle3.png
Title card (Seasons 3-present)
GenreReality
StarringDave Hester (Seasons 1-3, 5-)
Darrell Sheets
Brandon Sheets
Jarrod Schulz
Brandi Passante
Ivy Calvin
Rene Nezhoda
Casey Nezhoda
Dan Dotson
Laura Dotson
Barry Weiss (Seasons 1-4)
Narrated byThom Beers
Theme music composerAndy Kubiszewski
Opening theme"Money Owns This Town"
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes137 (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
FreemantleMedia
A+E Networks
Broadcast
Original channelA&E
Original runDecember 1, 2010 (2010-12-01) – present
External links
Website
 
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Storage Wars
StorageWarsTitle3.png
Title card (Seasons 3-present)
GenreReality
StarringDave Hester (Seasons 1-3, 5-)
Darrell Sheets
Brandon Sheets
Jarrod Schulz
Brandi Passante
Ivy Calvin
Rene Nezhoda
Casey Nezhoda
Dan Dotson
Laura Dotson
Barry Weiss (Seasons 1-4)
Narrated byThom Beers
Theme music composerAndy Kubiszewski
Opening theme"Money Owns This Town"
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes137 (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
FreemantleMedia
A+E Networks
Broadcast
Original channelA&E
Original runDecember 1, 2010 (2010-12-01) – present
External links
Website

Storage Wars (stylized as STORAGE WAR$) is an American reality television series on the A&E Network that premiered in December 2010.

When rent is not paid on a storage locker for three months in California, the contents can be sold by an auctioneer as a single lot of items in the form of a cash-only auction. 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 open. The goal is to turn a profit on the merchandise.

History[edit]

Storage Wars can be seen internationally as well, as AETN International has sold the series to several channels in Singapore, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Italy, Poland, Germany, Spain, Denmark and New Zealand, India.[1]

Season one of Storage Wars consisted of 19 episodes, 17 of which were filmed at various self-storage facilities throughout Southern California.[2] 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.[3]

Storage Wars was recommissioned for another 26-episode season in January 2012,[4] with the season officially premiering on June 5, 2012. Only 20 of the 26 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.[5] In March 2013, four early, special season 4[6] episodes aired prior to the official launch of Season 4, which premiered on April 16, 2013.[7] The show is scheduled to begin its sixth season on November 11, 2014.

The title card used from Season 1-Season 2

A spin-off of Storage Wars titled Storage Wars: Texas made its debut on A&E on December 6, 2011; this series features a different auctioneer and group of bidders, and takes place at various self-storage locations in the state of Texas.[8] A second spin-off called Storage Wars: New York premiered January 1, 2013.[9][10][11] As of late 2014, neither spin-off is airing on the network or in production.

Participants[edit]

Cast memberAlso known asPositionSeasons
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Dan Dotson/Laura DotsonN/AAuctioneersMain
Jarrod Schulz/Brandi PassanteThe Young GunsStorage Unit BuyersMain
Darrell Sheets/Brandon SheetsThe GamblerStorage Unit BuyersMain
Dave HesterThe MogulStorage Unit BuyerMainMain
Ivy CalvinThe KingStorage Unit BuyerRecurringMain
Rene Nezhoda/Casey NezhodaThe Bargain HuntersStorage Unit BuyersRecurringMain
Mary PadianThe JunksterStorage Unit BuyerRecurring
Mark Harris/Matt HarrisThe Harris BrothersStorage Unit BuyersRecurringMain
Barry WeissThe CollectorStorage Unit BuyerMain
Mark BaleloRico SuavéStorage Unit BuyerRecurring
Nabila HanissN/AStorage Unit BuyerRecurring
Jeff JarredN/AStorage Unit BuyerRecurring
Herb Brown/Mike KarlingerN/AStorage Unit BuyerRecurring
Earl Graham/Johan GrahamN/AAuctioneersRecurring

Main buyers[edit]

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

Past buyers[edit]

Promo for Storage Wars

Recurring featured buyers[edit]

Other cast members[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

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,"[34] and Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times called the series "an especially entertaining addition to the genre."[35] Brian Lowry of Variety said that "'Wars' should have been left in storage, indefinitely."[36] Writing for Slate, Troy Patterson gave a mixed review, referring to the series as "trash TV" as well as "trivial and magnetic."[37] Ellen Gray of the Philadelphia Daily News suggested "if there's an acquisitive bone in your body, you should probably steer clear".[38]

Ratings[edit]

The first season premiere episode drew 2.1 million viewers[39] and the show was A&E's top-rated non-fiction show for 2010, with an average of 2.4 million viewers.[32] 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.[3] The combined season premiere outperformed competing original episodes of NBC Love in the Wild and ABC's Primetime Nightline.[40]

Concerns about authenticity[edit]

While some have speculated that some of the units have been stocked by producers,[32] 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".[41] 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.[9]

Lawsuits[edit]

In December 2012, Dave Hester filed a lawsuit against A&E and Original Productions, claiming that the producers staged entire units, planted items in lockers after having them appraised weeks in advance, and funneled cash to weaker teams to buy lockers they could not have otherwise afforded. The suit claims that Hester and other cast members met with network officials to express concerns that those actions were in violation of federal law[42] intended to prevent viewers from being deceived when watching a show involving intellectual skills.[43][44][45]

In January 2013, rather than deny the accusations, A&E responded by stating that its composition of the show is covered by the First Amendment, and that Hester's claims do not apply; the network also said the Communications Act of 1934 is inapplicable to cable television, which did not exist in 1934, and that the format of Storage Wars involves no "chance", "intellectual knowledge" or "intellectual skill" and so is not a game show. A&E also stated that there are "notable inconsistencies in [Hester's] exaggerated self-portrait", referring to his claims of value on the items he finds in lockers.[46]

In March 2013, A&E won a partial victory in the suit when a federal judge tossed out Hester's claim of unfair business practices, calling the show "expressive free speech", and stated that his claim of wrongful termination was not specific enough. Hester was ordered to pay the legal fees for A&E.[47]

On September 3, 2013, Hester had one of his claims approved by Los Angeles Superior Court judge Michael Johnson. The court ruled that Hester "can move forward with the wrongful termination portion of his wide-ranging lawsuit against A&E and the producers of Storage Wars."[48]

On July 15, 2014, it was announced that Hester and A&E came to a settlement,[49] setting the stage for his return to the show on August 12, 2014.[50]

Episodes[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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