When I posted this thread I really was really concentrating on the Lo-Boy that I spotted. Wasn't trying to start a discussion on the various merits of Reality Shows. Just wanted to point out that Cubs can be seen in a lot of these programs including Canadian Pickers. I know I saw an A on CP a few weeks ago so I keep me eye peeled.
But since the discussion has started there is very little that isn't staged/scripted/fiction or even biased historical documentaries. Even shows that are supposed to be historical/based on historical fact are indeed scripted even if it is simply shown from a specific perspective. Very few shows are truly unbiased, don't care where they are produced/filmed etc...
However, I do enjoy them including Ice Road Truckers and it's two spin-offs, Ice Pilots (which is great but really scripted) which brings back a lot of memories for me as I spent 3 years in Inuvik and traveled to a lot of them areas in the north over the years. Pawn Stars, Storage Wars and SW Texas is a giggle at times and of course American Restoration. I like a lot of what Rick does - some of those pieces are amazing and there is a certain amount of craftsmanship involved as many of us already know. Having been involved in restoring antiques for all of my life I know what the real world prices are on some of some of these things -- and the prices he seems to command -- well that is a different reality that is for sure. Now it has been almost 32 years since I last did an install for casework in the casino's in Vegas - but like they say -- everything is bigger/better in Vegas and I guess those prices too. Is it realistic ? Not in my book.
But then again I wouldn't be taking anything to Rick, I would be doing it myself so the prices are a non-issue for me.
I will still be looking for Cubs on Pickers and enjoying all the finds that they pick through/over. Some of those items are really cool