The BEST episodes of Hardcore Pawn

Every episode of Hardcore Pawn ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Hardcore Pawn!

This series follows the daily events in Detroit's biggest pawn shop, American Jewelry and Loan. The store is located in Detroit's famous 8 Mile district and has a very diverse (e.g. ghetto) clientele, handling anything from family heirlooms to heavy machinery.

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Shakedown!
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8.27
80 votes

#1 - Shakedown!

Season 8 - Episode 20 - Aired 7/2/2014

A shakedown artist tries to make Les an offer he can't refuse, but the Golds fight back and turn the tables on the hustler. Seth and Karen feel the power of the force when a customer brings in a pair of high-end light sabers, and Ashley has her hands full with an angry customer who claims Ashley injured her.

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Along Came a Spider
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7.96
80 votes

#2 - Along Came a Spider

Season 8 - Episode 21 - Aired 7/9/2014

Ashley pranks Seth to teach him a lesson about locking his door, but Seth to even the score with a prank of his own. Les takes the plunge on a prison toilet, and Bobby J tries to make a deal with an embarrassing granddad and his ventriloquist dummy.

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Fire Bomb
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7.94
163 votes

#3 - Fire Bomb

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired 6/28/2011

A customer tries to rip off the store and quickly learns why you never mess with Les. Then, the Golds have the chance to buy a genuine Olympic torch. Will they win this deal or will victory elude them? And, a raging car fire in the parking lot threatens to catch the power lines, but things take a turn for the worst when the family learns someone may be inside the car.

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Guards Go Home
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7.90
92 votes

#4 - Guards Go Home

Season 8 - Episode 11 - Aired 3/25/2014

Security guard Byron and his co-worker, Hook, was sent home by Seth (upon orders from Les) after being caught playing practical jokes on customers and other co-workers. However, Seth and Ashley wonder how secure the store would be without a security guard in the store.

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Monster Deals
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7.88
91 votes

#5 - Monster Deals

Season 7 - Episode 3 - Aired 4/9/2013

After Seth rescinded his invasive search policies for American Jewelry's employees, the ladies that worked the redeem windows return to work. But Seth has a new problem -- profits are down, and he's looking for creative ways to get new customers into the store. Ashley has an idea that she tried out -- an inflatable gorilla with a banner reading "monster deals". However, Seth has a better promotional plan, which would explain why a couple of customers told Ashley to quit.

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Melted Gold
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7.82
187 votes

#6 - Melted Gold

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired 5/10/2011

Seth steps in when a customer and employee square off in the parking lot. Then, Les and Ashley learn the meaning of "nut up" when they try to calm down a customer's maniacal mother. And, the entire store gangs up on Seth to give him the birthday surprise of a lifetime.

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Les Sells Out
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7.77
79 votes

#7 - Les Sells Out

Season 7 - Episode 9 - Aired 6/11/2013

With over 40,000 wristbands to sell and stored in 126 boxes, Les decides to sell the watchbands one by one, starting at $2 apiece. While Seth and Ashley remained skeptical of the whole idea, they didn't realise that in the end, all it takes is a little showmanship -- and some friends in the business.

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Hot Rods, Raging Tempers
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7.77
199 votes

#8 - Hot Rods, Raging Tempers

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 2/22/2011

When a customer tries to sell his dead wife's diamond ring, the Golds surprise him by turning the item into a priceless pendant. Plus, Ashley butts in on a heated negotiation sending Les through the roof and resulting in a full-out family feud. TV-14-

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Gold at Gunpoint
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7.77
177 votes

#9 - Gold at Gunpoint

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 9/27/2010

Les takes Ashley and Seth to the pawn shop his Grandfather started in downtown Detroit. Then, a dominatrix brings her gear into the shop; will the Golds show this madam the door? And, Seth surprises his father with an emotional birthday present.

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Motor Mouth
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7.71
112 votes

#10 - Motor Mouth

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired 8/14/2012

A fast-talking customer catches Les off guard and he's tempted to break with store policy.

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Seth's Gamble: Part 2
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7.68
81 votes

#11 - Seth's Gamble: Part 2

Season 8 - Episode 10 - Aired 3/11/2014

One week had passed since Les knew about Seth's $7000 purchase of baseball cards, and so far, he made $2500 off of what he already sold. However, he had until the end of the day to sell the remaining stock, or he would had to pay for whatever remains. Seth found a card dealer willing to buy the remaining lot, but whether or not Seth would still had to cover the remaining costs with his own money would depend on the outcome of the deal.

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Seth's Gamble: Part 1
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7.66
121 votes

#12 - Seth's Gamble: Part 1

Season 8 - Episode 9 - Aired 2/25/2014

Seth purchases a lot of collectible baseball cards on an online auction for $7000, with hopes of making a profit by selling them individually online. However, he bought the lot without consulting Les first. However, Les eventually found out about the purchase; as a result, he gave Seth an ultimatum: sell the entire lot in one week, or he'll be paying for it out of his own money.

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The Trouble with Michael
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7.66
93 votes

#13 - The Trouble with Michael

Season 7 - Episode 15 - Aired 8/6/2013

Michael is a regular customer at American Jewelry, but the feeling is not mutual among the clerks, as everything he brought in was all but worthless. Ashley doesn't want him back anymore, and Bobby J especially has a hatred toward Michael, but Seth says otherwise, in the event that Michael actually had something of value. However, when Michael offered a car without a title, Seth felt that he was at the end of his rope -- until Michael offered a gold chain that might bring in thousands of dollars. Also: speed painter Dave Santia tries to paint Les's portrait in ten minutes in hopes to get money.

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Million Dollar Deal: Part 2
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7.64
56 votes

#14 - Million Dollar Deal: Part 2

Season 8 - Episode 27 - Aired 8/20/2014

The Golds’ investigation into the million dollar art deal takes more twists and turns, but eventually, Les shakes hands on the single biggest purchase in store history. Then, a shocking phone call reveals the art dealers may be fraudsters and the mega-deal is in jeopardy.

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Seth Snaps
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7.62
58 votes

#15 - Seth Snaps

Season 7 - Episode 19 - Aired 9/3/2013

Since Ashley resumed being a manager, she felt that she had every right to order Seth around, as he was still on probation. However, Ashley's regimental behavior was concerning Les, thinking that she's being a little too rough on Seth -- this included her criticizing Seth for buying things that she felt would all but take up space. But things come to a head when Ashley buys a 1950s Eljer toilet for $10, leading to Seth to buy it for $20, just so he can destroy it with a sledgehammer, before abruptly leaving the store angry.

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Million Dollar Deal: Part 1
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7.62
55 votes

#16 - Million Dollar Deal: Part 1

Season 8 - Episode 26 - Aired 8/13/2014

A ventriloquist leaves Karen and Bobby J speechless, and an angry MMA fighter takes a swing at Byron. Plus, an odd couple delivers one of the biggest surprises in store history when they try to sell the Golds art they claim is worth over a million dollars. The paperwork is fishy but the Golds bring in an art expert who believes the paintings by Picasso, Miro and Chagall are real!

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All in the Family
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7.61
160 votes

#17 - All in the Family

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired 8/16/2011

Ashley and Seth have officially marked their territories. Tensions between the two run high, but when a customer demands drug money they are forced to band together for the good of the store. Then, a signed and authenticated Elvis record may command major cash, but will Les and Rich spend too much? And, the gloves come off when a customer threatens to attack Les after hours.

Directors: Ken Snow
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Return of the Queen
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7.58
169 votes

#18 - Return of the Queen

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired 6/21/2011

Les snaps when a customer threatens to throw down over a broken necklace. Then, the Golds are presented with Saddam Hussein's signed personal documents and Iraqi currency. Will his signature prove to be the real thing or not worth the paper it's written on? And later, Les calls Ashley in for a family sit-down. He wants her back at the shop, but she has plans of her own. Will daddy's darling return and change the family business forever or will Seth stand in the way?

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I Quit!
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7.57
122 votes

#19 - I Quit!

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired 5/24/2011

Les and Seth face down Ashley in a final power struggle that could change the face of American Jewelry & Loan forever.

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Ashley vs. Rich
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7.57
158 votes

#20 - Ashley vs. Rich

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired 8/30/2011

When Rich invades Ashley's territory in the jewelry and loan department, she puts him in his place. Then, Seth negotiates hard for high-value jewels, but when the customer starts abusing his girlfriend, things really heat up. Plus, Les eyes a rare piece of memorabilia from a famous movie and ignites a bidding war on the sales floor. And, Rich crosses the line and sends Ashley through the roof. With neither of them willing to back down, will Ashley find common ground or send Rich packing?

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Back to the Hustle
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7.56
59 votes

#21 - Back to the Hustle

Season 7 - Episode 18 - Aired 8/27/2013

When two teens claim that they got scammed by a mystery woman with an inside connection to the shop, Seth brushes them off, but Ashley makes it her job to find out if they are telling the truth. Are they just dumb kids who trusted the wrong person with a deal that was too good to be true? Or do the Golds have another thief on their team? Plus, Les sets his sights on a McFly ride, and teaches a Jersey Boy how it’s done in the D. Share this one proudly.

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Meet the New Girl
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7.56
115 votes

#22 - Meet the New Girl

Season 8 - Episode 14 - Aired 5/28/2014

On her first day at American Jewelry, Karen was assigned to the stainless steel jewelry section; however, Ashley is still worried that Karen would upstage her, while Karen worries that Ashley would create bad blood. This situation would later be put to a test when two young men, looking for cheap jewelry, began to become angry when Ashley focused on the expensive gold jewelry, only for Karen to point them towards the stainless steel jewelry.

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Return of the King
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7.54
59 votes

#23 - Return of the King

Season 7 - Episode 14 - Aired 7/30/2013

With Les out of commission, Seth and Ashley run the shop as co-managers, but when Seth's decision to cut back on staff leaves Ashley alone on the floor with one too many crazy customers, it's clear that sharing duties just won't work. Les must decide who

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Stolen Gold?
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7.52
191 votes

#24 - Stolen Gold?

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired 11/29/2011

After purchasing the new store, Les discovers a bags of jewels in an old employee's desk. But all that glitters ain't gold when he shows up to demand his goods back.

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Skulls & Scoundrels
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7.52
221 votes

#25 - Skulls & Scoundrels

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 1/18/2011

A customer claims that he was overcharged for a watch. Ashley becomes irate with Les and Seth over their undermining of her authority. Les buys an elephant skull and porta-potty. Les has to take over a deal when Ashley offers too much money.

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