Oddest Reality Show Trend: Other people's stuff.
It started with Pawn Stars. Then came Storage Wars. Then American Pickers. Then the multitude of imitators. Hardcore Pawn. Auction Hunters. Storage Hunters. Picker Sisters. Then the spinoffs. Cajun Pawn Stars. Storage Wars Texas. Canadian Pickers. Between reruns and marathons, you pretty much can't swing a dead cat at the TV dial without hitting one of 'em. What is it about people pouring over other people's junk that is so friggin' fascinating?
You can probably trace it back to Antiques Roadshow, with the pawn and storage shows being sort of the lowbrow version.
I might even say they're the companion to all the hoarding shows- people abandoning things of value in a storage unit contrasted with people keeping too many things of no value.
Edited by jackiecarr, Jan 30, 2012 @ 2:47 PM.