The BEST Episodes of Hardcore Pawn

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 6, 2019

Network: truTV

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.

Meet the New Girl

#1 - Meet the New Girl

Season 8 - Episode 14

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.

star 8.00
2 votes
Monster Deals

#2 - Monster Deals

Season 7 - Episode 3

After Seth rescinded his invasive search policies for American Jewelry's employees, the ladies that worked the redeem windows return to work.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.

star 7.98
61 votes
Kill Em All

#3 - Kill Em All

Season 5 - Episode 25

Les issues an ultimatum to the staff after uncovering some damaged merchandise.

star 7.90
29 votes
Back in Action

#4 - Back in Action

Season 7 - Episode 17

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.

star 7.86
59 votes
Ashley's Breakdown

#5 - Ashley's Breakdown

Season 5 - Episode 20

Seth finds a hidden room filled with merchandise that his employees were unable to sell; Ashley gets into it with a customer over a diamond necklace. Later, Seth is irate over Ashley's purchase of a worthless roulette table.

star 7.86
36 votes
Karen in the Middle

#6 - Karen in the Middle

Season 8 - Episode 25

When an argument with Seth leaves Ashley in tears, Karen attempts to broker a peace deal. Seth refuses, but Karen's gesture brings her and Ashley closer together. Plus, Bobby J takes a joyride on two-story tractor, and a watch snob finds himself on Seth's bad side.

star 7.84
49 votes
Million Dollar Deal: Part 1

#7 - Million Dollar Deal: Part 1

Season 8 - Episode 26

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!

star 7.82
55 votes
Urban Hillbilly

#8 - Urban Hillbilly

Season 5 - Episode 18

An urban hillbilly sells unusual items to finance a farm; Seth's eye for authenticity proves handy when a customer peddles suspect music memorabilia. Later, the grateful hillbilly returns to show his thanks, but one of his farm animals gets loose in the store.

star 7.80
30 votes
Les Sells Out

#9 - Les Sells Out

Season 7 - Episode 9

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.

star 7.79
43 votes
Back to the Hustle

#10 - Back to the Hustle

Season 7 - Episode 18

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.

star 7.77
60 votes
The Trouble with Michael

#11 - The Trouble with Michael

Season 7 - Episode 15

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.

star 7.74
65 votes
Seth's Gamble: Part 2

#12 - Seth's Gamble: Part 2

Season 8 - Episode 10

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.

star 7.73
56 votes
Ashley In Charge

#13 - Ashley In Charge

Season 8 - Episode 24

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.

star 7.71
51 votes
To Catch a Thief, Part 2

#14 - To Catch a Thief, Part 2

Season 6 - Episode 26

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.

star 7.70
47 votes
Devil in Detroit

#15 - Devil in Detroit

Season 5 - Episode 22

The Golds attempt to catch a thief who has been staging break-ins; and a customer claims to be a devil. Later, security nabs a burglar in the parking lot.

star 7.70
37 votes
Rich Returns

#16 - Rich Returns

Season 6 - Episode 1

Season 6 begins with the return of the banished Rich, who hopes to regain Les’ trust. When Rich eyeballs a load of stolen goods, he sees a way back into the boss’s good graces. Meanwhile, Seth continues his efforts to take over the store, all under Ashley’s watchful and disapproving eye.

star 7.70
53 votes
Directors: Ken Snow
Writers: Richard Dominick
Seth's Soft Side

#17 - Seth's Soft Side

Season 8 - Episode 8

A couple, in need of money to pay their bills, sell a pair of Gretsch electric guitars to Seth, who paid $1800 for the pair. However, upon further inspection, Seth feared that he paid them too little for the guitars.

star 7.70
79 votes
You Bet Your Butt

#18 - You Bet Your Butt

Season 7 - Episode 10

Seth and Ashley each make a series of bets to see if either of them, or Les, can purchase any item that comes into the store that they would otherwise dismiss as "junk", including a "Major Dollar" mascot costume and a rusted out Mobil Oil Pegasus logo. But when a set of first-class airline seats (the actual seats, not tickets) come into the shop, they get Les involved in the wager to see whether or not the seats will be bought -- the loser will take over the janitor's job for the final hour of the day.

star 7.69
59 votes
Along Came a Spider

#19 - Along Came a Spider

Season 8 - Episode 21

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.

star 7.69
55 votes
To Catch a Thief, Part 1

#20 - To Catch a Thief, Part 1

Season 6 - Episode 25

Jeff noticed a ring on the floor close to his workstation, but after conferring with Les, he chalked it up as a clumsy accident. However, his suspicions were heighened when he found some scrap jewelry on the floor, leading to he and Les to conclude that an American Jewelry employee is a thief. After a check on the security cameras yielded nothing due to technical problems, Jeff decides to create a sting operation as a way to catch the thief in the act. Also: an unruly customer threatens Les with death, resulting in a call to the Detroit Police Department when security found him too tough to handle. And Seth wonders if they can sell a pair of size 21 sneakers worn by Shaquille O'Neal, which are taking up a lot of space on the sports shelf -- along with some sports jerseys.

star 7.67
43 votes
Return of the King

#21 - Return of the King

Season 7 - Episode 14

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

star 7.67
58 votes
Skulls & Scoundrels

#22 - Skulls & Scoundrels

Season 2 - Episode 5

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.

star 7.67
51 votes
Junkyard Intervention

#23 - Junkyard Intervention

Season 6 - Episode 22

A warehouse overflowing with broken electronics prompts Seth to go behind his father's back and order a dumpster in which to deposit the junk; and Ashley has a run-in with a woman whose pawn experience isn't to her liking. Meanwhile, a man claiming to be a lawyer tries to unload some jewels that may be fake.

star 7.67
39 votes
Million Dollar Deal: Part 2

#24 - Million Dollar Deal: Part 2

Season 8 - Episode 27

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.

star 7.65
55 votes
Gold vs. Gold

#25 - Gold vs. Gold

Season 8 - Episode 17

Seth thinks Les is stuck in the past for hand delivering their gold to a refinery on the West Coast, and bets his dad that his new mail order service will provide a better return. But will the easy way pay off? Or cost the Golds a pretty penny? Plus, a senior strongman impresses the heck out of Ashley and Les, and Seth gets energized over an incredibly rare 1981 Bradley electric car.

star 7.65
57 votes