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The Best Episodes of American Restoration

There are so many good episodes of American Restoration, but which ones really stand out? Do you like "Off the Rails" the best, or is "Riders of the Storm" your favorite episode of American Restoration? To determine once and for all what the best episodes of American Restoration are, let's rank every American Restoration episode from best to worst.

American Restoration, a reality TV series on History, was the first spinoff of Pawn Stars and focuses on Rick Dale and his antiques restoration shop in Las Vegas, Nevada. After seven seasons, American Restoration underwent a creative reboot, expanding to more shops across America that also specialize in the restoration of vintage items.

Vote up your favorite episodes of American Restoration, 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 Restoration 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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  • Train Trouble
    1

    Train Trouble

    Season 2 Episode 23: It's time for some soon-to-be stepbrothers bonding when Tyler and Brettly volunteer to tow in a 1947 railroad speeder. Can the shop hop aboard this rapid restoration express or will a low estimate from Tyler cause the job to jump the tracks?
  • Mixed Signals
    2

    Mixed Signals

    Season 4 Episode 8: When a 1920's "wig wag" train signal arrives, Rick and his crew move full steam ahead on the restoration. Will this restoration stay on track or get run off the rails? Later, Kelly plans a car show at the shop.
  • The Big Move
    3

    The Big Move

    Season 2 Episode 6: When a client hefts in a 1900s penny scale from the Santa Cruz boardwalk, Rick and his crew tighten their belts. Can they successfully slim down this massive mechanism or will their weighty workload tip the scales? And later, a picker strolls in with a 1930s Taylor Tot walker. Can Ron and Brettly properly push this baby buggy bargain along or will this toddler transaction need a time out?
  • Billy Joel: A Matter of Rust
    4

    Billy Joel: A Matter of Rust

    Season 4 Episode 15: When Billy Joel decides "This is the Time" to bring an item near and dear to his heart to Rick, the team prepares for a rock-star restoration. Then, Rick sends Ron, Tyler and Brettly out on a picking competition.
  • Double Trouble
    5

    Double Trouble

    Season 2 Episode 3: Rick and his guys get an eye full when a 100-year-old mutoscope comes into the shop. Can they comfortably crank out a motion picture masterpiece, or will this restoration be a flippin' formula for a major flop? And later, it's double the fun when Rick's brother Ron and son Tyler spot a tarnished tandem bike at a client's house.
  • Riders of the Storm
    6

    Riders of the Storm

    Season 5 Episode 18: When an New Jersey amusement park owner brings a Hurricane Sandy damaged 1920s Haunted House Car to the shop, the pressure is on to restore a piece of history for a recovering community.
  • Cooler Kings
    7

    Cooler Kings

    Season 1 Episode 5: Rick buys a 1950's Coke cooler with plans to convert it into the holy grail of Coke collectibles: the Hot Dog Cooler Grill. Capable of simultaneously cooling sodas and cooking weenies this machine is the Cadillac of Coke coolers. Can the team handle this duel climate barbecue machine, or will the hot dogs end up on ice?
  • Off the Rails
    8

    Off the Rails

    Season 6 Episode 2: It's full steam ahead when returning customer Mark Bassett brings in a late 1800s Velocipede, sometimes called a railroad hand-car. Can Rick turn this wreck on wheels into a museum-quality marvel or will the project go off the rails?
  • Close Shave
    9

    Close Shave

    Season 1 Episode 25: Rick gets his hair blown back when he finds a beat-up WWII era Koken barber chair among a picker's plunder. Can he cut a decent deal on this scruffy seat, or will this transaction trim a hole in his pocket? And later, a client brings in an extremely rare 1950s Coca-Cola cooler. Can the guys stay cool, calm, and collected on this refreshing restoration, or will this soda pop salvage go flat?
  • The Big Bang
    10

    The Big Bang

    Season 2 Episode 9: Rick and the guys aim to please when an 1800s cannon rolls into the shop. Can they hit their transformation target or will this banged up blaster backfire? And later, a client brings in a 1960s slot machine from the old Silver Slipper Hotel & Casino. Can the shop hit the jackpot on this 10-cent contraption, or will they lose big on this gaming gamble?
  • Hopalong Rick
    11

    Hopalong Rick

    Season 1 Episode 1: Rick attempts to restore a 1960's three-wheeled Marketeer Golf Cart for the Pawn Stars. Can his team drive this double bogey into a hole-in-one, or will this project end up in the rough? And later, a customer drops off an extremely rare Hopalong Cassidy bicycle from the 1950's, can Rick and Tyler find the missing parts, or is this bike too rutty to ride?
  • Ice Cold
    12

    Ice Cold

    Season 1 Episode 2: Up against a tough deadline, Rick's team attempts to restore an antique Hershey's dispenser from the 1940's. Can they turn this chocolate treat box around in time, or will all their hard work melt away? And later, Rick's team tries to fix up a 1950's Kelvinator Fridge. Will they repair this fridge to its maximum beer chilling potential, or will this restoration get unplugged and spoil?
  • Lights Out
    13

    Lights Out

    Season 1 Episode 3: After a severe Las Vegas windstorm knocks down and destroys a local magician's street lamp he calls on some of Rick's restoration magic to fix it. Will Rick and his team pull the rabbit out of a hat and piece the shattered lamp back together, or will this opportunity simply disappear?
  • Bombshell
    14

    Bombshell

    Season 3 Episode 14: A unique electric wheelchair made from parts of a 1940's B-17 bomber lands at the shop. Will the crew hit the target with this one of a kind job or will they bomb the restoration?
  • Jackpot
    15

    Jackpot

    Season 1 Episode 9: Rick and his team have a chance to restore a prohibition era slot machine, will they take a backroom gamble and hit the restoration jackpot or will this one-armed bandit walk off with all their winnings? And later, when a 1940's Pepsi cooler comes in for an icey overhaul, will an archaic bottle of pop distract the team, or will this frosty cooler quench the teams thirst for soda salvation?
  • Harrison's Vendorlator
    16

    Harrison's Vendorlator

    Season 3 Episode 11: Pawn Star Rick Harrison stops by the shop to get his vintage Pepsi dispenser restored and Rick is left stunned when he discovers it s one-of-a-kind. Will the crew ace this unique restoration or will they miss the mark with the classic machine?
  • Big Boom
    17

    Big Boom

    Season 2 Episode 27: After a 1900s signal cannon bursts into the shop, Rick prepares for the big boom. Can he gather his troops to launch this field firearm or will this restoration offensive backfire? Then, the shop attempts to hold their first auction.
  • Knockout
    18

    Knockout

    Season 1 Episode 6: It's game on for Rick and his team when they restore an early 1900s strength-testing punching bag game. Can Rick knock-out this challenge with the old one-two punch, or will this rock 'em, sock 'em heavyweight project prove too big to go down? And later, the crew is under a tight deadline to fix up an antique railroad strongbox.
  • Buttered Up
    19

    Buttered Up

    Season 1 Episode 4: A local picker pays Rick Dale a visit with a truckload of rust laden loot. After spotting an old toy train, Rick hops on-board to buy it. Can Rick and his team get this locomotive up to full steam or will an unseen obstacle force it off its tracks? And later, the guys are asked to restore an antique popcorn machine from 1948 back to its original hot popping glory.
  • Blast Off!
    20

    Blast Off!

    Season 2 Episode 14: Rick takes on the biggest challenge of his career when a 1960s rocket-slide comes into the shop piece by giant piece. And later, every minute counts when the shop outfits a 1930s pump with a coin counter that doesn't fit--no matter how you slice it.
  • Bimbo and the Beasts
    21

    Bimbo and the Beasts

    Season 4 Episode 12: Rick puts the pedal to the metal when a toy 1950's Ferrari "Bimbo" Racecar cruises into the shop. And later, Ron, Tyler and Brettly go on a big pick finding not only a rare safe, nickelodeon, and cigar dispensing slot machine, but also live tigers.
  • Pumped Up
    22

    Pumped Up

    Season 1 Episode 8: Rick and his brother Ron take a road trip to a dusty desert salvage-yard to rummage for some beat-up antiques to flip for cash. Will they find a hidden oasis brimming with profit potential or will they get lost wandering the wasteland? And later, Rick takes a restoration risk and auctions off a 1920s visible gas pump.
  • Boy Meet Whirl
    23

    Boy Meet Whirl

    Season 6 Episode 10: Rick tries to "step right up" when a 1940s Tilt-A-Whirl carnival car spins into the shop. Can he take this piece from beat-up and broken down to fairground fantastic?
  • Break In
    24

    Break In

    Season 3 Episode 13: When a 1930 s Custer Car ride from an amusement park arrives, the crew puts it on the fast track. Later, a heavily damaged, 8000 pound safe is dropped at the shop. Since it hasn t been opened in years, its contents are a mystery.
  • Space Kowboy
    25

    Space Kowboy

    Season 1 Episode 10: Rick and his team are given a crucial mission, completely restore a NASA helmet from the 1960s' Gemini missions. Will this project launch them out of this world, or will a fire cause them to call Houston with a problem? Then, after an old picker drops off a rusty gas cart for a fix-up, they try to give it a fill-up.