The BEST Episodes of Hardcore Pawn
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Dec 20, 2020
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.
#1 - Shakedown!
Season 8 - Episode 20 - Aired Jul 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.
#2 - Along Came a Spider
Season 8 - Episode 21 - Aired Jul 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.
#3 - Guards Go Home
Season 8 - Episode 11 - Aired Mar 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.
#4 - Monster Deals
Season 7 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 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After Seth rescinded his invasive search policies for American Jewelry's employees, the ladies that worked the redeem windows return to work.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.
#5 - Fire Bomb
Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Jun 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.
#6 - Melted Gold
Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired May 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.
#7 - Les Sells Out
Season 7 - Episode 9 - Aired Jun 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.
#8 - Motor Mouth
Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired Aug 14, 2012
A fast-talking customer catches Les off guard and he's tempted to break with store policy.
#9 - Back in Action
Season 7 - Episode 17 - Aired Aug 20, 2013
Les, now fully back in charge following his hernia operation, puts the staff on notice that everyone's job is at risk -- including Seth and Ashley, who Les says contributed to a drop in American Jewelry's revenue in all departments. Because of that, he placed both on probation, subject to the close, watchful eye of Les, and would remain there until Les determines that they can do their work properly.
#10 - Whack Job
Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Feb 22, 2011
A customer pushes the staff to their breaking point with an endless parade of worthless items. Then, Ashley asserts herself when a woman brings in what she claims is rare music box. And, Ashley and Seth band together against an unruly customer. TV-14-L
#11 - Seth's Gamble: Part 2
Season 8 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 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.
#12 - The Trouble with Michael
Season 7 - Episode 15 - Aired Aug 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.
#13 - Gold at Gunpoint
Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Sep 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.
#14 - Million Dollar Deal: Part 1
Season 8 - Episode 26 - Aired Aug 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!
#15 - Seth's Gamble: Part 1
Season 8 - Episode 9 - Aired Feb 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.
#16 - Back to the Hustle
Season 7 - Episode 18 - Aired Aug 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.
#17 - Meet the New Girl
Season 8 - Episode 14 - Aired May 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.
#18 - Return of the Queen
Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 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?
#19 - Ashley In Charge
Season 8 - Episode 24 - Aired Jul 30, 2014
With Les and Seth away at the Autorama car show, and Ashley in charge of the store, the employees go a little crazy. Karen gets caught putting on a fashion show during store hours and Bobby J gets called out for being rude to a customer. Seth accuses his sister of being a bad manager but Ashley gets the last laugh.
#20 - Return of the King
Season 7 - Episode 14 - Aired Jul 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
#21 - All in the Family
Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 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.
#22 - Ashley vs. Rich
Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 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?
#23 - To Catch a Thief, Part 2
Season 6 - Episode 26 - Aired Feb 5, 2013
Continuing from the previous episode, the following day, Les, Seth and Jeff look at the video footage of the thief after he had taken the gold ring purposely set up as part of the sting operation. After examining footage from previous days, they not only found their thief, they also found themselves sick and betrayed, as the thief was Joe, American Jewelery's chief of security.
#24 - Short Staffed
Season 7 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 2, 2013
The day after Seth imposed his body search policy on his employees, the ladies that worked the redeem windows all took sick leave, leaving Les and Ashley to believe that the new policy is causing them not to come in. But it would later become possible that they will never return when an employee told Ashley in a phone call that Seth's new policies may cause her to quit.
#25 - Seth Snaps
Season 7 - Episode 19 - Aired Sep 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.