TV Episodes The Best Episodes of American Restoration  

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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Episodes of American Restoration
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?

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Billy Joel: A Matter of Rust is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Episodes of American Restoration
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.

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The Big Move is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Episodes of American Restoration
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?

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Off the Rails is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Episodes of American Restoration
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?

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Riders of the Storm is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Episodes of American Restoration
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.

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Mixed Signals is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Episodes of American Restoration
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.

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The Big Bang is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Episodes of American Restoration
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?

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Close Shave is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Episodes of American Restoration
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?

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Double Trouble is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Episodes of American Restoration
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.

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Hopalong Rick is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Episodes of American Restoration
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?

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Cooler Kings is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Episodes of American Restoration
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?

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Lights Out is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Episodes of American Restoration
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?

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Ice Cold is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Episodes of American Restoration
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?

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Harrison's Vendorlator is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Episodes of American Restoration
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?

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Jackpot is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Episodes of American Restoration
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?

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Blast Off! is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Episodes of American Restoration
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.

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Buttered Up is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Episodes of American Restoration
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.

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Bimbo and the Beasts is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Episodes of American Restoration
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.

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Ridin' Route 66 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Episodes of American Restoration
Ridin' Route 66 Season 2 Episode 2: While cruisin' down historic Route 66, Rick and his brother Ron stumble across a 1950s Wurlizter jukebox in need of some fine-tuning. And later, Tyler is challenged to restore a 1940s chocolate bar vending machine for a local picker.

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Pumped Up is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Episodes of American Restoration
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.

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Boy Meet Whirl is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Episodes of American Restoration
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?

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Bombshell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Episodes of American Restoration
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?

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Sofa King Cool is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Episodes of American Restoration
Sofa King Cool Season 5 Episode 2: When Pawn Stars' Rick Harrison arrives at the shop looking for his son Corey's birthday present, Rick Dale suggests a new couch made from an old car. But the hunt for the coolest classic proves more difficult than he thought.

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Prank War is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Episodes of American Restoration
Prank War Season 3 Episode 5: Rick suits up to restore a basketball arcade game from the 1950's but problems with its electronics force him to enter into a unique business agreement. At the shop, a simple disagreement between Tyler and Ron escalates into an all-out prank war.

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Rusted and Busted is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Episodes of American Restoration
Rusted and Busted Season 1 Episode 21: Rick and his crew drive full speed ahead when a 1960s coin-operated motorcycle roars into the shop. Can they burn restoration rubber with this kiddie contraption, or will this rapid refurbishment suddenly hit the skids? A client brings in a crumbling 1950s bumper car. Will Rick decide to buckle up and steer this challenging overhaul?

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Search Part-y is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Episodes of American Restoration
Search Part-y Season 5 Episode 14: When Rick is tasked to repurpose a retro Cigarette Dispenser into a Bike Tool Vending Machine, the wheels are set in motion for a pedal-to-the-metal project. Then, Tyler steps in for Rick to bid on rare 1950s Pedal Bulldozer project.

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American Respiration is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Episodes of American Restoration
American Respiration Season 4 Episode 14: When a 1937 Iron Lung rolls into the shop for a restoration, Rick visits a strange former client in hopes of unlocking the project's mysteries. Then, a prank war breaks out after Ron gives Tyler lip and no one knows who's getting the last laugh.

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Milking It is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Episodes of American Restoration
Milking It Season 1 Episode 32: When Rick's brother Ron and son Tyler encounter a 1950s milk vending machine for sale, they attempt to squeeze out a good deal. And later, the guys restore two kiddie handcar trains from the 1950s.

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Smoking Hot is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Episodes of American Restoration
Smoking Hot Season 1 Episode 31: Rick turns up the heat when an 1881 potbelly stove whips into the shop. Can he cook this project to perfection, or will this old oven come out burnt to a crisp? And later, the guys are unexpectedly challenged to restore a 1940s children's Irish Mail cart by hand. Can they successfully conquer this manual mission, or will this rug rat ride put them in the corner?

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Bikes & Barbecues is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Episodes of American Restoration
Bikes & Barbecues Season 1 Episode 34: When a 1940s Japanese Maruishi bicycle pedals into the shop, Rick and his crew strap on their helmets for an uphill ride. Can they swiftly cycle through this ten-speed transformation, or will they take a wrong turn on this rare racer? And later, the crew restores a compact Chiclet vending machine from the 1940s.

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Beer Bell-y is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Episodes of American Restoration
Beer Bell-y Season 5 Episode 19: When a beat-up 1940s Boxing Bell arrives in Rick's shop, the crew prepares for a rusty rope-a-dope. Can the guys go the distance and fight their way to a knockout restoration?

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Pony Up is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Episodes of American Restoration
Pony Up Season 7 Episode 13: Bodie does a custom restoration on a 1967 Ford "Eleanor" Mustang, for Imagine Dragons lead singer Dan Reynolds.

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Space Kowboy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Episodes of American Restoration
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.

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Knockout is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Episodes of American Restoration
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.

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Tune-in & Tune-up is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Episodes of American Restoration
Tune-in & Tune-up Season 6 Episode 12: When a one-of-a-kind quarter-scale model of a 1932 Hudson car arrives in the shop, Rick and the guys put the wheels in motion for a museum-quality makeover. Can they turn this small car into a big deal or will the restoration run out of gas?

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Tyler's Promotion is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Episodes of American Restoration
Tyler's Promotion Season 2 Episode 13: Rick and his crew face a sticky situation when a cement gun from 1915 rolls into the shop. Can they safely seal up this concrete hurtling contraption or will the guys crack under the pressure? And later, the shop faces the music when a client brings in a 1920s Alba gramophone. Can the guys fine-tune this retro record player or will this rotating restoration spin out of control?

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Big Boom is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Episodes of American Restoration
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.

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Soda Jerks is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Episodes of American Restoration
Soda Jerks Season 3 Episode 4: A client has high expectations of Rick and the crew when he agrees to a $10,000 restoration of his 1950 s soda fountain. A repeat customer challenges the guys to revive his vintage phone booth.

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Feel the Heat is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Episodes of American Restoration
Feel the Heat Season 2 Episode 24: Rick has a rolling riddle on his hands after an antique three-wheeled cart with no identification comes into the shop. Can he piece together this perplexing puzzle or will this moving mystery remain unsolved?

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Stolen Memories is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Episodes of American Restoration
Stolen Memories Season 4 Episode 2: A customer has huge expectations of Rick s work when she agrees to pay $9500 to restore a 1959 coin operated Western Express amusement ride.

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Break In is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Episodes of American Restoration
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.

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Duck and Cover is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Episodes of American Restoration
Duck and Cover Season 1 Episode 7: Rick and his team take a trip out to a local Las Vegas museum to restore a civil defense air raid siren from 1957. Can they withstand this nuclear restoration, or will they fail to duck and cover? And later, a client brings in a turn-of-the-century, nickel-plated cash register.

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Secret Fan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Episodes of American Restoration
Secret Fan Season 1 Episode 16: It's a restoration race to the finish line for Rick and his team when a client cruises in with a 1960's go-kart. Can they masterfully mend this miniature motor vehicle, or will this project be a karting catastrophe? And later, Tyler conspires to fix up a 1950's fan as a gift to Rick for Father's Day.

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Motor Mayhem is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Episodes of American Restoration
Motor Mayhem Season 2 Episode 20: Rick roasts up a pipin' hot coffee grinder overhaul after a client spies a recently picked 1800's coffee grinder sitting in the shop's boneyard. And later, the shop revs up a collectible 1930's fishing boat motor.

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Star Wreck is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Episodes of American Restoration
Star Wreck Season 5 Episode 4: When a star-shaped 1970s Carl's Jr. sign arrives in need of a fast-food facelift, Rick and his team aim for a restoration that's out of this world. Will the stars align for a tasty tune-up or will Rick be left with a belly ache?

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Bear Down is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Episodes of American Restoration
Bear Down Season 4 Episode 4: A rare "Shoot The Bear" arcade game arrives at the shop needing so much work that Rick is forced to call in an electronics expert to assist with the restoration.

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Hot & Cold is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Episodes of American Restoration
Hot & Cold Season 1 Episode 15: After Rick's son Tyler stumbles upon a 1950's coffee vending machine, the team has to brew up an instant formula for restoration. Will they turn this junky java dispenser into a vintage valuable, or will this project land them in hot water? And later, Rick is challenged to convert a 1930s Montgomery Ward refrigerator from icebox to wine-box.

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Apples and X-rays is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Episodes of American Restoration
Apples and X-rays Season 1 Episode 14: Rick and his team have a chance to restore an extremely rare department store x-ray machine from the 1940s used to fit shoes. Can Rick put his best foot forward to safely service this radiation discharging device from head to toe or will this item prove to be too hazardous to everyone's health?

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Rev'd Up is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Episodes of American Restoration
Rev'd Up Season 1 Episode 13: When a client brings in an extremely rare British motorcycle from the 1950s, Rick sets the speed for this matchless mission. Can he steer clear of any old time obstacles, or will this project crash and burn before the finish line? And later, the team has to put their two cents into the restoration of a 1940's Accurate Weight penny scale.

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Phony Baloney is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Episodes of American Restoration
Phony Baloney Season 3 Episode 2: Rick and the crew work to restore a miniature Model T when a customer picks it out of the boneyard. A fire fighter brings in a vintage 1930 s forest field service phone for transformation.