The BEST Episodes of American Pickers

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jul 4, 2020

Network: History

This isn't your grandmother's antiquing. Pickers like Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz are on a mission to recycle America, even if it means diving into countless piles of grimy junk or getting chased off a gun-wielding homeowner's land. Hitting back roads from coast to coast, the two men earn a living by restoring forgotten relics to their former glory, transforming one person's trash into another's treasure. American Pickers follows them as they scour the country for hidden gems in junkyards, basements, garages and barns, meeting quirky characters and hearing their amazing stories. If you think the antique business is all about upscale boutiques and buttoned-up dealers, this show may change your mind--and teach you a thing or two about American history along the way.

Dani's Picker-versary

#1 - Dani's Picker-versary

Season 2020 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 20, 2020

Danielle's 10th anniversary with Antique Archaeology becomes a surprise party for Mike when she turns the milestone into a major league event complete with a Hollywood ending.

star 8.71
7 votes
Double Barn Bonanza

#2 - Double Barn Bonanza

Season 2019 - Episode 28 - Aired Nov 11, 2019

In rural New York, the guys dive into back-to-back epic picks where the incredible collections tell the story of America.

star 8.27
11 votes
Pickin' Safari

#3 - Pickin' Safari

Season 2020 - Episode 3 - Aired Feb 3, 2020

Teeming with taxidermy, Ron's Illinois home is like Pet Sematary meets the Natural History Museum.

star 8.13
8 votes
Midwest Mayhem

#4 - Midwest Mayhem

Season 2020 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 27, 2020

A supersize Chicago machine shop leaves the boys breathless while Danielle and Robbie search for curios at an Odd Fellows Home-turned-winery.

star 8.09
11 votes
Everything Must Go

#5 - Everything Must Go

Season 2014 - Episode 29 - Aired Dec 17, 2014

They guys are on the trail of two vintage Harleys in Pennsylvania, but Frank gets more than he bargained for when one bike collector takes a liking to him.

star 8.05
19 votes
Aerosmith Van

#6 - Aerosmith Van

Season 2019 - Episode 16 - Aired Jul 8, 2019

After picking an awesome surf museum in California, Mike and Frank catch up with the Aerosmith van in Vegas. Then drive it down the strip to meet their rock ‘n’ roll idols for the big reveal.

star 8.05
61 votes
Pick This Way

#7 - Pick This Way

Season 2019 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 18, 2019

Aerosmith's legendary tour van gets an overhaul just in time for a visit from Rock'n'Roll royalty.

star 8.01
81 votes
Like Father, Like Daughter

#8 - Like Father, Like Daughter

Season 2015 - Episode 25 - Aired Oct 14, 2015

A retired auctioneer and his daughter have haggling in their blood; Mike has eyes for a long-sought 1930s Cord convertible.

star 7.99
72 votes
Alabama Rolls

#9 - Alabama Rolls

Season 2019 - Episode 15 - Aired Jul 1, 2019

An Alabama couple has one of the biggest collections the guys have ever come across, including a number of high-octane cars saved from the scrap heap.

star 7.96
56 votes
Pinball Mania

#10 - Pinball Mania

Season 2011 - Episode 16 - Aired Aug 1, 2011

The guys head to the Lone Star State, hoping to uncover a Texas-size honey hole. Once there, Mike and Frank dig through a huge outbuilding filled with dead coin-operated games (in the dark because the electricity was out). While they make an offer on a few rare gems, the owner struggles to let go of his grandpa's merchandise and all the memories that go with them. He steers the boys to a hangar-sized warehouse down the street where the guys discover the mother-lode of pop culture pinball machines. They end up at John's jaw-dropping collection of rare motorcycles, bikes and even rarer parts. At first the guys go into overdrive, but when they realize nothing is for sale, Mike switches gears and comes up with a plan!

star 7.95
152 votes
Let's Be Frank

#11 - Let's Be Frank

Season 2014 - Episode 26 - Aired Nov 24, 2014

Frank meets another Frank and they really hit it off, plus the guys uncover some unusual micro-cars in Illinois.

star 7.94
33 votes
The Michigan Madman

#12 - The Michigan Madman

Season 2019 - Episode 9 - Aired May 20, 2019

The guys stumble upon two of the fastest motorcycles ever built and they are determined to save them from oblivion.

star 7.93
72 votes
The Belly Dance

#13 - The Belly Dance

Season 2012 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 5, 2012

Automotive aficionado Dale gets seriously cranked up over Mike's one-of-a-kind belly tank racer. But the negotiations could crash if the classic can't run leaving Mike out thousands of dollars. Freestyling in New Hampshire, Tommy's treasure-packed barn yields some incredible railroad relics. Mario loves his junk but says he's willing to negotiate, and after gambling on a very cool retro smoking toy, bundle-master Frank steps in to save the day for Mike. Bruce's jam-packed property is staggering and though he's reluctant to sell, Mike manages to pull the trigger on a rare folk art rifle.

star 7.91
124 votes
Big Tennessee Welcome

#14 - Big Tennessee Welcome

Season 2018 - Episode 21 - Aired Aug 6, 2018

In Nashville, Danielle introduces the guys to a former Chevy dealership that could provide an awesome new home base.

star 7.88
51 votes
Van-Tastic

#15 - Van-Tastic

Season 2019 - Episode 13 - Aired Jun 17, 2019

The boys uncover a treasure trove of VW buses in Arkansas. With the collection under threat from vandals, Mike is determined to rescue as many as possible.

star 7.88
68 votes
Rocket Man

#16 - Rocket Man

Season 2014 - Episode 20 - Aired Aug 27, 2014

Mike and Frank make a scene when they hit the streets in a one-of-a-kind rocket car.

star 7.88
50 votes
California Gold Mine

#17 - California Gold Mine

Season 2013 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 18, 2013

Freestyling in Los Angeles, Mike and Frank tail a vintage steam car to an auto shop where they uncover an acre of unbelievable junk. Packed with oddball artifacts, the guys stumble upon a salvage yard turned prop shop. Later, the guys meet Cecil, a man who has built himself a rustic little Western town and filled it with amazing stuff.

star 7.85
34 votes
Coin-Op Kings

#18 - Coin-Op Kings

Season 2015 - Episode 23 - Aired Sep 2, 2015

The guys discover the ultimate coin-op man cave hidden on a farm in upstate New York, and Frank hatches a plan to help lonely collectors find love.

star 7.85
65 votes
Plymouth Rocks

#19 - Plymouth Rocks

Season 2014 - Episode 19 - Aired Aug 20, 2014

In car country, Mike falls hard for a 100-year-old turbo-charged hotrod; the guys land some sweet deals at a massive man cave, and Frank rescues a vintage muscle car from a rusty demise.

star 7.84
57 votes
Thunderdome

#20 - Thunderdome

Season 2014 - Episode 23 - Aired Nov 5, 2014

It's make or break for the Virginia blitz strategy. Mike and Frank meet a real-deal motorcycle legend ready to clear out some of his high-octane stock, and a VIP pass to a unique mancave turns up a rare item that's old and odd.

star 7.83
36 votes
Space Oddities

#21 - Space Oddities

Season 2015 - Episode 19 - Aired Aug 5, 2015

Picking in New Mexico for the first time ever, the guys head straight to Roswell, but take a detour to a Wild West town with a million-dollar item for sale.

star 7.83
86 votes
Mike's Big Buy

#22 - Mike's Big Buy

Season 2017 - Episode 16 - Aired Oct 16, 2017

Mike and Frank are picking and dreaming in California. Then dreams become reality when Mike falls for the sweetest classic Ford pick-up he’s ever seen.

star 7.80
153 votes
Cheap Pick

#23 - Cheap Pick

Season 2013 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 11, 2013

The guys are blown away when legendary Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen opens the doors to his private rock'n'roll warehouse. Mike and Frank scour a log cabin village museum and go nuts for some cast iron erotica. John's Wisconsin property is packed with great stuff but he's attached to every single thing he's got.

star 7.79
34 votes
Hyder's Hideaway

#24 - Hyder's Hideaway

Season 2017 - Episode 21 - Aired Nov 20, 2017

While freestyling in Virginia's Appalachian Mountains the guys come across a hidden hideaway filled with history and even some mementos from a bluegrass legend.

star 7.78
77 votes
Woody's Picking Paradise

#25 - Woody's Picking Paradise

Season 2017 - Episode 13 - Aired Jul 10, 2017

It's a picking paradise as Mike and Frank come across a huge 200,000-square-foot factory housing a private collection cultivated by Woody, the building's dumpster-diving owner.

star 7.78
122 votes