Genre: Reality TV
TV Rating: TV-G
Other Choices: Antiques Roadshow, American Pickers, Auction Hunters
Available On: Online
Common Sense Says: Amateur antique collectors compete for cash in mild show.
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Parents need to know
Parents need to know that Picked Off is a mild reality competition featuring teams of amateur antique collectors gunning for a cash prize. Kids probably won't be too interested. Occasionally creepy items like skeletons or dead, stuffed animals are visible. Modern GMC trucks are prominently visible; vintage pieces sport logos for Coca-Cola, 7up, Krispy Kreme, etc.. Weapons, cigarette boxes, and other things are also occasionally visible.
- Families can talk about what makes an item a collectible or antique vs. just being an old worthless piece of junk? How do people go from being amateur collectors to become experts in knowing the difference?
- What is the appeal of this show? What do competitors stand to gain or lose?
What's the story?
PICKED OFF is a reality competition series featuring four teams of amateur antique dealers and collectors who face off for a chance to win $10,000. Host Keith Neubert sends the teams on three different challenges, each requiring them to scour flea markets, barns, and other places with limited time and funds to locate and deal for valuable antiques and collectibles. At the end of each round, the items are appraised by expert antique dealers Ethan and Todd Merrill, and the team with the item of least cash value gets eliminated. The remaining teams get to spend the cash value of their item in the next round. Mini-challenges also make things interesting. At the end of the competition, the team who has managed to hustle their way to the most valuable item wins the cash prize.
Is it any good?
Picked Off offers viewers a chance to see some of the ways that people wheel-and-deal for interesting collectibles, as well as a chance to learn a little bit about what gives antiques and collectors' items their financial value. It also shows some of the issues that arise when people pay too much attention to the historic and/or nostalgic nature of a piece rather than the details that give it its commercial value.The show attempts to create some suspense and drama during appraisals, but the real fun comes from watching the teams pick through flea markets and outbuildings full of interesting items. Some of the stories the dealers share are interesting, too. Picked Off won't to appeal to everyone, but folks who like swap meets, flea markets, and collecting will find it both informative and entertaining.
The Good Stuff
Messages: The series underscores what makes collectibles and antiques valuable, and some of the ways people negotiate good deals. Occasionally stereotypical references like "redneck" are used.
Role Models: The teams and the dealers are interested in great trades, and will sometimes engage in mild sabotage-like behavior to keep other teams from getting them.
What to watch out for
Violence Occasionally vintage items include guns or other collectible weapons. Skeletons, stuffed alligators, and other creepy items are also visible.
Sex: Humorous references to kissing people after a deal is struck.
Language: Not an issue
Consumerism: GMC trucks are prominently visible. Collectibles feature notable logos for Coca-Cola, 7up, Kool cigarettes, Krispy Kreme, Singer sewing machines, etc.
Drinking, drugs & smoking: Flea markets and shops feature vintage items include old cigarette boxes, ads for alcoholic beverages, old decanters, etc.