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Counting Cars: Season 1

Lionsgate // 2012 // 322 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // June 22nd, 2013

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All Rise...

Judge David Johnson counts carnies.

Editor's Note

Our reviews of Counting Cars: Season 2, Volume 1 (published October 26th, 2013) and Counting Cars: Season 2, Volume 2 (published February 2nd, 2014) are also available.

The Charge

Find 'em and flip 'em.

The Case

Give it to the History Channel: they're certainly branching out past World War documentaries. It's a stretch to call Counting Cars much a of a history show. I suppose you can draw the line to the "historical storytelling"—and really work at it—by looking at the vintage muscle cars the frequently pop up on the program.

Whatever. I don't care if this show is on Nickelodeon. It's legit. Anchored by Danny "The Count" Koker (a frequent guest on Pawn Stars), Counting Cars at first glance looks like your standard-issue commerce-based reality show. You have a colorful group of entrepreneurs, a charismatic lead, and a commodity—rehabbing and customizing bad-ass cars for fun and profit—and a bunch of cameras poised to capture it all.

The show is a success and, like Duck Dynasty, emerges from the fog of reality also-rans thanks to likeability. Danny Koker just seems like a nice dude and his enthusiasm for cars drives the show forward into noteworthiness.

He does have the eccentric gang, including the exasperated sidekick, an obnoxious meathead and some guy named Horny Mike who literally walks around in a jacket with dinosaur horns on the back.

The commodity he traffics is always solid gold for TV viewership. Who doesn't love cars? Especially cars like these, muscle-heavy, gorgeously tuned and painted (thankfully the customization isn't as ostentatious as Pimp My Ride) to sell.

What's fun is Koker's pursuit of cars to flip. He'll hit garages, junkyards, follow up friends' leads and, his trademark, just pull unsuspecting drivers over and ask them if he could buy their dope cars. This segment may or not be contrived, but it's my favorite. Here Koker gets to really let his personality show, talking cars and showering the owners with praise. It usually goes something like this:

"Hey your car is awesome. Do you want to sell it?"

And so forth. Trust me, it's cooler in practice.

The two-disc set lands 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfers, 2.0 stereo and 19 deleted scenes.

The Verdict

Not guilty. Turn the key and fire it up.

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 90

Perp Profile

Studio: Lionsgate
Video Formats:
• 1.78:1 Anamorphic
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
• English (SDH)
• Spanish
Running Time: 322 Minutes
Release Year: 2012
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
• Reality TV
• Television

Distinguishing Marks

• Deleted Scenes


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