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TV Episodes The Best Episodes of American Pickers  

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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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Hyder's Hideaway is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
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.

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Everything Must Go is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
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.

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Pandora's Box is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
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.

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Bound for Badness is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
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.

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Legend of the Lost Indian is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
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.

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Another Brick in the Wall is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
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.

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Red Barn, Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
Season 9 Episode 16: The Black Keys' frontman Dan Auerbach is set to short circuit Mike's plans to flip a vintage guitar.

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Auburned Out is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
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.

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Real Knuckleheads is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
Season 14 Episode 9: Frank falls hard for a rare Harley Davidson Knucklehead at a collectors hidden California compound.

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The Italian Job: Part 2 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
Season 7 Episode 2: Mike and Frank are in Italy where they're determined to fill a shipping container with awesome artifacts they'd never find at home. With their translator Fred in tow, they follow a series of leads to an Italian mega-pick in Bologna.

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This One Stings is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
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.

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The Return of Hobo Jack is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
Season 4 Episode 15: The guys make a return visit to fan favorite Hobo Jack's sprawling forest sanctuary in Illinois. But wading through his "junkalanche" proves easier than making a deal. In Chicago, the guys search for a big-ticket item as they scour a mammoth warehouse stacked floor to ceiling with stuff.

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My Sweet Ford is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
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.

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Picker's Code is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
Season 12 Episode 9: The guys get a lead from a fellow picker, but is he a friend or competitor? Then, the toughest obstacle is making a deal with "the Godfather of Junk."

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Tick Tock Pick is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
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.

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What's Inside the Vault? is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
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.

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The $90,000 Question is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
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.

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Risks and Rewards is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
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.

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Coin-Op Kings is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
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.

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Rocket Man is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
Season 8 Episode 16: Mike and Frank make a scene when they hit the streets in a one-of-a-kind rocket car.

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Hello Jell-O is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
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.

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A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
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.

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NASCAR Challenge is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
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.

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Psychic Pickings is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
Season 2 Episode 7: While picking in Missouri, the guys stop in at Sam and Stan's steel yard where the father-son duo takes them on a high-speed golf cart tour of their massive hangar and outbuildings, loaded with heaps of metal and rusty junk. But can Mike and Frank uncover anything worth buying?

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Sgt. Picker's Lonely Heart... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
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.

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Picked a Peck of Pepper is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
Season 12 Episode 3: The guys go big in Texas with a mega pick at the first Dr. Pepper bottling plant, and tough negotiations in a 50,000 square-foot warehouse.

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A Man's Home is His Castle is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
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.

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Jersey's Jackpot is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
Season 11 Episode 13: When the guys do a favor for a friend, what seems like a raw deal becomes a surprising win-win situation.

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Space Oddities is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
Season 10 Episode 11: Picking in New Mexico for the first time ever, the guys head straight to Roswell, but take a detour to a Wild West town with a million-dollar item for sale.

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American Dream is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
Season 14 Episode 7: Mike and Frank roll up on a coin-op empire ruled by sisters ready to rumble for every penny.

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Cheap Pick is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
Season 5 Episode 17: The guys are blown away when legendary Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen opens the doors to his private rock'n'roll warehouse. Mike and Frank scour a log cabin village museum and go nuts for some cast iron erotica.

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Law & Hoarder is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
Season 10 Episode 13: A Texas attorney lays down the law by day and by night is a super picker with a wild warehouse of eclectic stuff.

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Plymouth Rocks is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
Season 8 Episode 15: In car country, Mike falls hard for a 100-year-old turbo-charged hotrod; the guys land some sweet deals at a massive man cave, and Frank rescues a vintage muscle car from a rusty demise.

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For a Few Dollars More is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
Season 7 Episode 16: In Colorado, a fast-talking negotiator is determined to get top dollar for every last piece of her collection. Down the road, a local artist has a killer collection of atomic age lamps and pricey glow-in-the-dark sculptures.

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Grudge Match is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
Season 9 Episode 6: It's Frank vs. Mike when the guys take to the track for a grudge match drag race to see who has the fastest ride.

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The Possum Trot is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
Season 2 Episode 23: While cruising through South Carolina, looking for leads, the guys call an old picking contact and soon find themselves in Bill's main street hardware store. The family business has been operating since the 1880s and is filled to the rafters with century-old inventory. In the backwoods of Alabama, the guys are invited to the Possum Trot.

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Hobo Jack is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
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.

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The Empire Picks Back is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
Season 10 Episode 8: Mike and Frank use the force to uncover a secret Star Wars stash in California; the guys try to make a deal on a mint '56 Chevy Belair.

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White Knuckles is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
Season 6 Episode 6: In Arkansas Mike tries to keep a poker face while bidding on a 1944 Knucklehead Harley. Later, a random freestyle stop leads to a mega pick honey hole. Back in Iowa, Danielle gets fired up over a gun appraisal.

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The Great Pumpkin Showdown is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
Season 13 Episode 14: The guys put thousands on the line to strike a deal with a tough negotiator, and they meet Hubba, a rockabilly reverend with many talents.

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The Greatest Pick on Earth is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
Season 13 Episode 3: After a mammoth pick on a 25-acre homestead, the guys comb through the largest collection of sideshow memorabilia they've ever seen.

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Texas Hold 'Em is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
Season 10 Episode 2: Mike and Frank finally get access to their white whale pick.

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Reverse the Curse is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
Season 6 Episode 9: Freestyling near Atlantic City, Frank confronts his bad car karma and takes a gamble on a set of vintage wheels. At Harry's sprawling New Jersey junkyard, the guys uncover a flying saucer and a larger-than-life Popeye.

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The Big Bet is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
Season 10 Episode 4: It's Frank vs. Mike in their biggest bet ever, and this time the stakes are personal.

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On the Road Again is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
Season 11 Episode 8: Mike takes an epic Route 66 road trip in an antique convertible to bring the car back to the widow of its previous owner. But the 1930s classic may not make it.

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One Pony Town is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
Season 2 Episode 8: Thanks to his vast collection of stuffed animals and weird curios, lifelong picker and yard sale aficionado, Lester, is known by his neighbors as the 'spooky collector'. Tension builds between Mike and Frank over the value of the animals, but both are thrilled to comb through his jam-packed outbuildings. Also, The guys visit a hard-core Illinois collector who says he wants to downsize.

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Smooth Operators is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
Season 2 Episode 4: As the guys are winding down their trip through the South, Danielle finds them the mother lode of rare motorbike parts in an old warehouse packed with new vintage Harley stock. Can they convince the sentimental and savvy owner Billy to part with some choice items? The guys make an incredible discovery guaranteed to impress their friend and NASCAR champion Ryan Newman.

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Knuckleheads is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
Season 4 Episode 12: With a sprawling warehouse and overstuffed semi trailers, Kevin's New England property is a gold mine where Mike makes off with the Michelin man and then gambles on a rare collection of vintage pilot gear. A former racecar driver with an amazing collection of automotive artifacts, Big Bad Jess is a serious collector who says he's ready to sell.

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Daredevil Duffey is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
Season 10 Episode 12: A daredevil stuntman lives up to his legend in New Mexico and Mike looks for some divine intervention on a must-have pick.

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Dial F For Fritz is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
Season 5 Episode 7: Out in Washington State, Mike and his brother Robbie stop off for a quick freestyle and come across a 1915 Harley. Later, the guys pick a collection that s three generations in the making and find an antique bear trap that could be worth up to $6000.