Pretty Good Reality Show is Pawn Stars with Hot Rods
When it comes to creating new TV shows, there's nothing wrong with imitation. And when History Channel's Pawn Stars is your source material, all the better.
The problem is, of course, that imitating a good show doesn't mean you have another good show on your hands. That's where we find Discovery Channel's Fast N' Loud, a Pawn Stars-type show where Richard Rawlings buys old cars, fixes them up and resells them for a profit.
In between buying and selling, Richard, like Pawn's Rick Harrison, stares at the camera (uncomfortably) and recites seemingly scripted facts about cars. The idea, I guess, is to put his buying and selling into context. Like, maybe, "In 1910, Henry Ford..." Blah.
The better part of Fast N' Loud is the heart of the show - following Richard and super-bearded mechanic Aaron Kaufman as they drive all over the South looking for old cars like a 1931 Model A and a Chevy 210.
They haggle over prices. Aaron fixes up the cars, like, really nice. And Richard goes out and sells the cars - or tries to.
It's familiar territory. It's not quite as well done as, say, Pawn Stars. But, ultimately, Fast N' Loud is an entertaining show, particularly if suped-up old cars get your blood racing.