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Source: History Channel

'Pawn Stars' Is About as Real as Any Other Reality Show... Meaning a Lot of It Is Staged

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We’ve never seen a reality show quite like Pawn Stars. The History Channel series has been on the air for over 10 years but is still so popular that the network increased the episode running time from 23 minutes to 44 minutes for its 16th season.

Given the high volume of content produced by the cast and crew each year, viewers have questioned whether the sales at Gold & Silver Pawn Shop are scripted ahead of time and if the drama shown on screen is manufactured for storytelling purposes. Scroll down for some behind-the-scenes facts about the Las Vegas-based series.

Is Pawn Stars real or staged?

According to insiders, there are elements of both on the weekly program. In 2016, a man named Mike Hoover claimed to have been an extra on the show and revealed what it was really like to film at the store.