Did a quick search and didn't find a previous topic, so here goes. Storage Wars is "real-life" program from A&E network. The premise is that people bid on the contents of abandoned storage containers (given the briefest of inspections) in the hope of cashing out on some hidden treasure inside. The show pits a group of regular antique dealers/collectors in weekly bidding wars. The person who makes the most amount of (net) profit from their storage container wins bragging rights for the week (and eventually sells the items for a profit in their stores).
Came across this show entirely by accident in a mini-marathon of back-to-back episodes one day on A&E. It's quite addictive.
The "cast" is an interesting mix of personalities, which makes for entertaining viewing. All in all a good show. Now for the down side.
Given these storage auctions are public events, I fully expected other people not connected with the show to bid and win some of the units. Creative editing makes it appear that only the cast ever wins the auctions. These is also the recurring theme of a hidden treasure lurking in the back of nearly every container, thus making for dramatic TV. Makes you wonder if some of these reveals are staged for the viewing audience.
All-in-all the good casting and simple premise make this a hit, IMO.