Due to their inability to shoot new episodes over the past few months, Mike decided to compile old clips for a limited series called American Pickers: The Lost Tapes. It features videos that were used to pitch the reality show to networks more than 15 years ago, as well as unseen picks from the last decade.
“These photos were shot in 2009 when we were just beginning to shoot the show [American Pickers],” Mike captioned a couple of promotional pictures from Season 1. “Frank and I were pretty [worn] out. The schedule was grueling and being on camera for the first time was a mental marathon…
“It was scary and awesome,” he recalled. “When we aired in 2010 we became the number one non-scripted show on all of cable television. What that meant to me… the items, the people, and the places finally had a voice. Small town America was being focused on in a different way and it was beautiful.”
Viewers appreciate the walk down memory lane. “Watching the Lost Tapes yesterday made me realize how special this show is,” one follower commented on Facebook. “You guys bring the real America to light every episode. I love it. This is one of the best shows on TV.”
A second fan added, “It’s really fun to see the old films — stories never seen before. Please continue doing this even after the pandemic.”