The recent On the Media segment “Reality TV is Even Faker Than You Think” included a brief exposé on the show Storage Wars, which was discussed in a few episodes of the Giant Bombcast (incidentally, those discussions are included in our upcoming best-of).
As it turns out, Storage Wars is as fake as Jeff thought it might be. We learn that:
- The appraisers (those “professionals” that say what the items might be worth) are actors whose lines are scripted.
- The bidders (the stars that compete for the lots) are actors whose lines are scripted.
- Most egregiously, the items inside the storage lots are usually planted. Producers go to antique/pawn stores, buy up anything that looks good, and plant those things inside the containers.
So, Storage Wars is mostly fake. Does that make it worse… or somehow (ironically) better?