It’s incredibly rare for television shows to reach a 10th season, yet “American Pickers” managed to do so and extend well beyond it. The show’s landmark season wrapped up on Christmas Eve in 2013 with an episode titled “Off the Road.” As the title implies, Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz don’t spend the runtime in their truck, nor do they check out any new picking locations. Instead, they and Danielle Colby take a look back at some of their best finds to date and share some never before seen footage from their hunts — a premise that viewers didn’t love.
At the time of this writing, “Off the Road” sits at a 5.5 out of 10 on IMDb, making it the lowest-rated entry of “American Pickers” so far. After all, it is just a clip show episode, so if you’ve kept up with the program for some time, there’s not much to enjoy out of it. “Best of the 70’s” from Season 14 adopted the same format, and it’s the runner-up for the lowest-rated “Pickers” installment. As far as episodes comprised entirely of fresh material go, “8th Grade Humor” from Season 4 sits at the bottom of the barrel with a mere 6.2 out of 10.
With so many seasons and episodes to its name, it’s hard for “American Pickers” to avoid having the odd flub here and there. Thankfully, there’s a lot more out there to enjoy from the series than skip over.