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The Best Episodes of American Pickers

There are so many good episodes of American Pickers, but which ones really stand out? Do you like "The $90,000 Question" the best, or is "Pandora's Box" your favorite episode of American Pickers? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of American Pickers are, let's rank every American Pickers episode from best to worst.

In American Pickers, antique and collectible "pickers" Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz take road trips to gather items, either for resale or to grow their own personal collections. When it debuted, American Pickers was the highest rated series premiere for the History channel since Ice Road Truckers in 2007. You can watch these episodes in any order you like, since each one is completely different from the next.

Vote up your favorite episodes of American Pickers, and downvote any bad episodes that you really didn't enjoy, despite how much you love the series as a whole. It can be painful to put one American Pickers episode over the other when there are so many good ones, which is why you can vote on however many episodes you like.

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  • Auburned Out
    1

    Auburned Out

    Season 9 Episode 3: Mike takes a gamble on a 1935 Auburn that's either a diamond in the rough or a total dud. The guys tread dangerous ground while picking an Iowa Harley enthusiast.
  • Real Knuckleheads
    2

    Real Knuckleheads

    Season 14 Episode 9: Frank falls hard for a rare Harley Davidson Knucklehead at a collectors hidden California compound.
  • Red Barn, Black Keys
    3

    Red Barn, Black Keys

    Season 9 Episode 16: The Black Keys' frontman Dan Auerbach is set to short circuit Mike's plans to flip a vintage guitar.
  • Tick Tock Pick
    4

    Tick Tock Pick

    Season 12 Episode 1: The guys go hog wild at a sprawling ranch in Texas, where Mike flips for a VW bus that's been transformed into a hunting lodge on wheels.
  • My Sweet Ford
    5

    My Sweet Ford

    Season 13 Episode 15: Mike and Frank find a classic 33 Ford that's been sitting so long that a tree has grown around it. But nothing stops the guys from rescuing this rare ride.
  • The $90,000 Question
    6

    The $90,000 Question

    Season 13 Episode 13: When they uncover one of the rarest motorcycles in the world, Mike and Frank must muster more cash than ever before to try and seal the ultimate deal.
  • Legend of the Lost Indian
    7

    Legend of the Lost Indian

    Season 8 Episode 5: Mike and Frank are in Springfield, Massachusetts, the birthplace of Indian Motorcycles. While there, the guys chase a legend that could be a real buried treasure, and drop a massive amount of cash on a stash of classic motorcycles.
  • Twin at all Costs
    8

    Twin at all Costs

    Season 12 Episode 15: On a family compound near NYC, Mike flips for the coin-op elephant in the room and a staggering collection of A-list mannequins leaves him speechless.
  • A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall
    9

    A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall

    Season 10 Episode 1: A storm is brewing as Mike and Frank are determined to retrieve an iconic American sports car that's so rare they've never even heard of it.
  • What's Inside the Vault?
    10

    What's Inside the Vault?

    Season 11 Episode 9: When the guys visit a woman overwhelmed by an incredible inheritance, she opens the doors to a secret vault. And they meet their match in an 80-year-old rebel.
  • Another Brick in the Wall
    11

    Another Brick in the Wall

    Season 12 Episode 10: The guys have an awkward encounter with the "King of the Gypsies," who has an incredible underground stash but insists he can't be bought.
  • Hyder's Hideaway
    12

    Hyder's Hideaway

    Season 14 Episode 13: While freestyling in Virginia's Appalachian Mountains the guys come across a hidden hideaway filled with history and even some mementos from a bluegrass legend.
  • Risks and Rewards
    13

    Risks and Rewards

    Season 13 Episode 8: In Detroit, Frank takes a big risk on one of the greatest pieces he's ever seen. Plus, Mike acquires a Purple Heart along with a very special mission.
  • NASCAR Challenge
    14

    NASCAR Challenge

    Season 2 Episode 26: Mike and Frank get revved up about an awesome new client: North Carolina's NASCAR Hall of Fame. The curators have asked them to scour the country for relics that help tell the unique history of auto racing. But with their limited budget, they're under even more pressure to deliver. Their first stop is Tiger Tom's auto shop.
  • Hobo Jack
    15

    Hobo Jack

    Season 2 Episode 9: Concerned about slow sales and high expenses, Danielle tells the guys they need to step up their game and make some serious money. Mike and Frank feel the pressure. They uncover lots of great stuff in Tony's sprawling Illinois collection, but not the big-ticket item they're looking for. It doesn't get much better in a small town they come across.
  • Signs of Struggle
    16

    Signs of Struggle

    Season 11 Episode 15: Mike struggles to free a massive vintage sign from a tight corner, then the guys strike an impossible deal with the "Sign Boss."
  • Hello Jell-O
    17

    Hello Jell-O

    Season 13 Episode 16: Mike stumbles on a century-old Jell-O ice cream wagon worth thousands, and Robbie makes a huge offer on an iconic Ford.
  • American Dream
    18

    American Dream

    Season 14 Episode 7: Mike and Frank roll up on a coin-op empire ruled by sisters ready to rumble for every penny.
  • Coin-Op Kings
    19

    Coin-Op Kings

    Season 10 Episode 15: The guys discover the ultimate coin-op man cave hidden on a farm in upstate New York, and Frank hatches a plan to help lonely collectors find love.
  • Pandora's Box
    20

    Pandora's Box

    Season 3 Episode 5: Mike and Frank are cruising around Daytona Beach, and while the sun is shining outside, the van reeks and the hunt is on to find out why. The guys stumble onto a street lined with abandoned businesses and fall head over heels for a girly neon bar sign. Randy's suburban home is packed with rare collectibles, when the guys get a load of his prices, it's time to pull out all the stops.
  • Everything Must Go
    21

    Everything Must Go

    Season 9 Episode 8: They guys are on the trail of two vintage Harleys in Pennsylvania, but Frank gets more than he bargained for when one bike collector takes a liking to him.
  • This One Stings
    22

    This One Stings

    Season 11 Episode 10: Mike makes a mistake in Indiana, and while the guys get a warm reception from a carnie collector in Ohio, the pick brings an unexpected sting.
  • A Man's Home is His Castle
    23

    A Man's Home is His Castle

    Season 10 Episode 16: Mike and Frank pick a family that spent 40 years building their very own castle by hand, and a circus collector with a wax museum in his living room.
  • Bound for Badness
    24

    Bound for Badness

    Season 12 Episode 14: When a freestyle lands them on the doorstep of a former arms dealer and her Judo champion husband, the guys make a killer back-room deal.
  • Sgt. Picker's Lonely Hearts Club
    25

    Sgt. Picker's Lonely Hearts Club

    Season 12 Episode 13: At an old school drive-in, Mike and Danielle uncover a vintage reel of Beatles' footage that could be the only one of its kind.