You Never Know What’s Gonna Come Through That Door: Secrets of Pawn Stars

Rick Pitched Pawn Stars Long Before It Was Picked Up


Rick Harrison pitched the concept of Pawn Stars for years, with little luck. “I figured that a show would mean free publicity and free publicity would mean more business,” he told Star-Telegram. “But everyone told me that no one wants to watch a show about four fat guys in a pawnshop.”

Eventually, Gold & Silver Pawn Shop was featured in a 2001 PBS documentary as well as Comedy Central’s Insomniac in 2003. In what seemed like a promising gig, the concept was picked up by HBO but the pilot was so disastrous that Rick turned to Leftfield Productions. Brent Montgomery and Colby Gaines of Leftfield were struck by the diverse spread of borderline seedy pawn shops in Las Vegas and after visiting Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, knew they’d found the right fit.