A 'Pawn Stars' Education

Reality TV has a lot to answer for. Its contributions to the ongoing debasement of popular culture are well-documented. Shows that celebrate our moral weaknesses and reward bad behavior with celebrity and riches are, to put it mildly, unfortunate. But there is a whole subgenre of reality TV that is actually educational and generally celebratory of the human spirit. These shows, which, oddly enough, generally appeal to men, explore nature, adventure, and exotic jobs. They're not smutty, exploitative or condescending. You can watch them with both your kids and your parents. At the top of the heap is "Pawn Stars," ...More