The Best Episodes of American Pickers
Last Updated: Feb 10, 2019
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.
#1 - Everything Must Go
Season 2014 - Episode 29
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.
#2 - Like Father, Like Daughter
Season 2015 - Episode 25
A retired auctioneer and his daughter have haggling in their blood; Mike has eyes for a long-sought 1930s Cord convertible.
#3 - Let's Be Frank
Season 2014 - Episode 26
Frank meets another Frank and they really hit it off, plus the guys uncover some unusual micro-cars in Illinois.
#4 - Big Tennessee Welcome
Season 2018 - Episode 21
In Nashville, Danielle introduces the guys to a former Chevy dealership that could provide an awesome new home base.
#5 - Plymouth Rocks
Season 2014 - Episode 19
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.
#6 - Space Oddities
Season 2015 - Episode 19
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.
#7 - If You Talk Nice to Me
Season 2014 - Episode 25
Mike attempts to get his hands on a rare cycle car.
#8 - Civil War Pickings
Season 2011 - Episode 10
The guys are on an assignment that's 150 years in the making. The Gettysburg Museum asks Mike and Frank to help expand its collection by hunting down some hard to find Civil War items. It's a daunting task made even harder with a limited budget. Danielle gets things rolling when she sends them to a previous customer who's a Civil War buff. Frank scores a Spencer Carbine. They next visit a collector, Keith, who doesn't want to sell, but they convince him to loan a rare Dog River Confederate sword to the museum. They also buy a Springfield musket and canteen. But their picking skills are put to the test when they spot a Union frock coat. It's at the top of the museum's wish list, but can they negotiate a sale and keep within the museum's tight budget? In addition, the guys experience a Civil War adventure when they sign up with a local re-enactment group. As Captains on opposite sides they go into battle, leading their respective troops.
#9 - Escape To Motor Mountain
Season 2014 - Episode 28
The pickers discover a mountain of motorcycles, but it's protected by booby traps; and one stubborn collector stands in the way of the guys and a mega-warehouse mega-pick.
#10 - Virginia is for Pickers
Season 2014 - Episode 21
It's a picking blitz in the state of Virginia, when Mike, Frank, Robbie and Danielle all hit the road to leave no lead unturned.
#11 - Hyder's Hideaway
Season 2017 - Episode 21
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.
#12 - Woody's Picking Paradise
Season 2017 - Episode 13
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.
#13 - Pinball Mania
Season 2011 - Episode 16
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!
#14 - The $90,000 Question
Season 2017 - Episode 5
When they uncover one of the rarest motorcycles in the world, Mike and Frank must come up with more cash than ever before to try and seal the deal.
#15 - Museum Man
Season 2015 - Episode 1
In Indiana, the guys discover a collection so big and rare it's enough to start a one-man museum, but how do you put a price on the priceless?
#16 - Raze the Roof
Season 2014 - Episode 17
A Kentucky collector is eager to sell his stock before the roof of the building caves in; a pack rat in West Virginia wants to sell some of his collection.
#17 - Twin at All Costs
Season 2016 - Episode 25
On a family compound in New York, Mike flips for a coin-operated elephant, while a collection of A-list mannequins leaves him speechless.
#18 - The Maineiacs
Season 2015 - Episode 6
The guys discover a reclusive octogenarian Maine-iac deep in the north woods, and pay a visit to Timtown–a one-man village with 42 jam-packed buildings.
#19 - Mad as a Picker
Season 2014 - Episode 11
Danielle and the guys kick it into overdrive when they land a high-profile custom pick for Dollywood, the theme park owned by legendary country music star Dolly Parton. A tribute to the Smokey Mountain Fire Patrol of the 1930s, the park's brand new roller coaster wouldn't be complete without some key pieces of vintage petroliana. And the team has just two weeks to uncover a long list of hard-to-find items.
#20 - The Big Bet
Season 2015 - Episode 12
It's Frank vs. Mike in their biggest bet ever, and this time the stakes are personal. Will Frank keep his beard, or get himself a close shave?
#21 - Shock Value
Season 2014 - Episode 15
A collector with an unusual taste for high voltage oddities reveals his shocking stash, and Mike and Frank's luck runs cold when they're stonewalled by the Willett brothers.
#22 - Jersey's Jackpot
Season 2016 - Episode 6
When the guys do a favor for a friend, what seems like a raw deal becomes a surprising win-win situation. Plus, they get behind a locked door that hasn't been opened in decades.
#23 - What Happens in Sturgis...
Season 2012 - Episode 1
Danielle turns up a good lead she's been working on for months. When Mike tells Frank let's pack up for a trip to South Dakota, Frank says he can't. He's secretly going to his 30th annual trip to the legendary Sturgis motorcycle rally, but says he'll cover the shop. So Mike takes Danielle, first to Dollar Dick's, a tough-minded auction aficionado whose yard is covered in rusty gold. Next, they happen upon what looks like a tourist trap, but the 1880s ghost town pays off with a speed pick in a pair of treasure-filled silos that turns up some unusual items. Finally, they get to Dave's amazing automotive collection where Mike spies a sexy belly tank cycle car with classic Hollywood history.
#24 - Oddities and Commodities
Season 2015 - Episode 28
The guys brave a collection that sends chills up the spine at a former gas station transformed into an eccentric home.
#25 - Slam Dunk Junk
Season 2018 - Episode 7
In Chicago, Mike and Frank find a massive warehouse filled with cast off treasures including some superstar sports memorabilia that are a total slam dunk.