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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Sgt. Picker's Lonely Heart... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
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.

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The Return of Hobo Jack is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
The Return of Hobo Jack 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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A Man's Home is His Castle is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
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.

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Pandora's Box is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
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.

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Bound for Badness is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
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.

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The Italian Job: Part 2 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
The Italian Job: Part 2 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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The $90,000 Question is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
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.

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Red Barn, Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
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.

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Psychic Pickings is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
Psychic Pickings 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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Another Brick in the Wall is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
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.

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What's Inside the Vault? is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
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.

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The Big Bet is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
The Big Bet 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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NASCAR Challenge is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
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.

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Rocket Man is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
Rocket Man 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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My Sweet Ford is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
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.

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Picked a Peck of Pepper is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
Picked a Peck of Pepper 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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Risks and Rewards is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
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.

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The Possum Trot is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
The Possum Trot 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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Law & Hoarder is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
Law & Hoarder 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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A Colonel of Truth is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
A Colonel of Truth Season 11 Episode 16: The guys pick the collection of a reclusive and mysterious businessman named "the Colonel," who has gone to great lengths to keep his identity a secret.

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Tick Tock Pick is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
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.

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Know When to Fold is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
Know When to Fold Season 1 Episode 10: The guys are in the South and running low on cash. They're desperate for a good pick when they happen upon a massive old junkyard and closed-down family flea market. The location is promising but its nostalgic owner is reluctant to part with his treasures.

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Cheap Pick is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
Cheap Pick 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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For a Few Dollars More is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
For a Few Dollars More 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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White Knuckles is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
White Knuckles 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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Hobo Jack is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
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.

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Reverse the Curse is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
Reverse the Curse 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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One Pony Town is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
One Pony Town 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) 29 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
Smooth Operators 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) 30 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
Knuckleheads 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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Dial F For Fritz is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
Dial F For Fritz 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.

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Super Scooter is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
Super Scooter Season 1 Episode 2: Mike's and Frank's strategy of picking--buying and negotiating--becomes clear as they use a motorcycle sidecar part found at an earlier pick to help close the deal on a rare, valuable Vespa Ape scooter. Mike meets the "Goat Man" whose collection of busses is buried under weeds and a collector who has 32 tractors and farming memorabilia.

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What's In The Box? is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
What's In The Box? Season 2 Episode 16: Mike and Frank visit a New York collector who's filled a train station with vintage cars, and although the cars are hot, the prices cool their engines. But the pick isn't as good as it looks until Mike finds a mysterious Italian trunk that hasn't been opened in 50 years...and though it's driving him crazy, he waits until he gets home to open it.

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5 Acres of Junk is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
5 Acres of Junk Season 1 Episode 8: Leaving Iowa in the dead of winter, Mike and Frank head south to New Orleans. There they stumble upon a quirky antique dealer with a sprawling collection. But after digging through his treasure-filled outbuilding, they begin to wonder if he's ready to make a deal.

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Invisible Pump is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
Invisible Pump Season 1 Episode 4: Mike and Frank stumble upon a potential mega-pick in Northeast Iowa, but will it yield any treasures? Danielle has a lead on a rare, 15-gallon antique gas pump. The guys explore an 1879 Illinois opera house that hasn't been touched since the 1930s. And, Mike introduces Frank to a 94-year-old master collector. Can they pick the picker?

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Pint Sized Picker is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
Pint Sized Picker Season 2 Episode 13: Danielle is jealous when the guys take Mike's young nephew on his first pick instead of her. But 12-year-old Rhesa is thrilled, especially when the trio starts exploring Danny Bean's sprawling property. The pressure is on. And with junk piled to the rafters, and with expert tips from Mike and Frank, Rhesa dives in to prove his mettle.

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Hyder's Hideaway is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
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.

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Coin-Op Kings is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
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.

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A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
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.

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Plymouth Rocks is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
Plymouth Rocks 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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Keep Out! is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
Keep Out! Season 2 Episode 21: Driving along the back roads of Tennessee in the early morning fog, Mike and Frank are brushing up on their Southern expressions when they spot an awesome property. Once they muster up the courage to ignore the scary "no trespassing" signs, the homeowner opens up his amazing collection of incredible "mantiques".

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Bad Mother Shucker is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
Bad Mother Shucker Season 6 Episode 7: In an awesome Arkansas auction hall, Mike does business with a fast-talking taxidermy deer. In a ghost town full of empty storefronts, the guys pick an old-school general store that's packed with merchandise.

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Slim Pickings is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
Slim Pickings Season 12 Episode 6: The guys visit a jaw-dropping Kentucky property with a racetrack that revives an old Mike & Frank rivalry.

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Substitute Picker is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
Substitute Picker Season 5 Episode 5: With Frank too sick to go picking, Mike's brother Robbie scrambles to fill in at the last minute for the trip.

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Feudin' Pickers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
Feudin' Pickers Season 4 Episode 17: In West Virginia, the guys find an old general store that had a lot of Hatfield customers around the time of the legendary feud between the Hatfields & McCoys. There are a few artifacts with the Hatfields name, but are they authentic?

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Mountain Mayhem is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
Mountain Mayhem Season 8 Episode 1: A 135-year-old Colorado opera house is packed with vintage Americana and Mike and Frank are determined to buy whatever they can. Down the road in Colorado Springs, the boys visit a fellow picker's junkyard home.

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Let It Go is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
Let It Go Season 9 Episode 13: Mike and Frank stage a picking intervention in Massachusetts and later, help a collector whose massive stockpile is facing eviction.

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Cowboys and Cobwebs is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
Cowboys and Cobwebs Season 6 Episode 5: In Arkansas, Frank and Danielle pick a former trading post that's packed with awesome Americana. Later, Dr. Smith's family hospital has been shuttered for decades and it's filled with vintage medical curios.

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The Superfan is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
The Superfan Season 11 Episode 3: Mike makes a big league offer on an ultra-rare vintage Edison invention, and a mega stash of beer-related memorabilia stokes Frank's Oktoberfest mojo.

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Can't Catch a Break is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Episodes of American Pickers
Can't Catch a Break Season 11 Episode 2: While Mike makes deal after deal, Frank hits a road block with a straight-talking Wisconsin collector who won't budge on prices.