History Channel // 2013 // 286 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // October 26th, 2013
He finds 'em and flips 'em.
History's cool little Pawn Stars spin-off finds traction once again, delivering a second season that is just as satisfying as the first. Surprising, too.
I know I was surprised. No matter where you look on your broadcast dial, you'll be confronted with myriad reality shows, often involving an American entrepreneur trying to make money through salvage or picking or scrapping or hunting or fishing or digging or what have you. Counting Cars is one of those shows, but it rises above the crowd primarily because of its main star: Danny "The Count" Koker.
The guy is juiced with car enthusiasm and comes across as a down-to-earth, genuine chap who just goes crazy for a pair of sweet bumpers. The most entertaining element of the show is The Count's casual car-jackings, where he patrols the streets of Las Vegas with one of his underlings, spots a car of interest meandering on the streets and asks the owner to pull over. After some small talk, he usually offers to buy the car to flip for a profit. I don't know how much of this is staged (some quick research reveals that it might be more legit than I thought), but it's entertaining.
Buttressing these drive-bys is an episode-long arc where Danny is customizing a vehicle for someone. This season, he's working on the usual assortment of American muscle, Danny and company tackle a soap box racer and even a wheelchair. The customization elements are just as interesting as Danny's crew is skilled at what they do and often produce some awesome stuff. The forced personalities in the shop leave a bit to be desired, but if who cares if they can output some dope toys?
In the end, it's about Danny and he's one of the most likable personalities in reality TV. He keeps the show grounded and his boy-like excitement when he comes face to face with a great car is infectious. He just seems like a good dude and that makes Counting Cars a consistent winner.
The DVDs: 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, 2.0 stereo and 20 minutes of deleted scenes.
Not guilty. Still maintains that showroom shine.
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Studio: History Channel
* 1.78:1 Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
Running Time: 286 Minutes
Release Year: 2013
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Deleted Scenes
* Official Site