|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||US Series|
5 (Regular) 1 (Celebrity series) (upcoming)
|No. of episodes||US Series|
1 (Celebrity Special)
|Production location(s)||United States (2011–2013)|
United Kingdom (2014–present)
|Running time||21 minutes|
|Production company(s)||T Group Productions|
|Original network||TruTV (US)|
|Original release||US Series|
June 21, 2011 – December 17, 2013
October 28, 2014 – present
Storage Hunters is a reality television series featuring a series of storage auctions, created by and starring Sean Kelly. It originally ran in the US from 2011 to 2013 on TruTV and has been used in the UK on the digital channel Dave when they’ve run out of episodes of Top Gear and in preference to that other made-up “reality” show, Lizard Lick Towing. A domestic British version, also featuring Kelly, started broadcasting in 2014 and continued into 2016 with a fifth series that aired in April 2016. There also has been a UK celebrity special which aired in 2015 with all the money each celebrity made going to their chosen charity. The series has also been shown on New Zealand's TV3.
In October 2016, Dave announced that a celebrity series would take place following the huge hit of the one off special earlier in the year with five 60-minute episodes. The format is the same, but all the money they made went to their chosen charity. It was followed by a sixth series of the UK regular series in January 2017.
For the US series, bidders Brandon and Lori Bernier, the Taylor Brothers, Jesse McClure, Tarrell "T-Money" Wright, Ron "Papa Bear" Kirkpatrick, Kashuna, Wade, FJ, Gary "Goal Machine" Madine, Scott and Chrissy Tassone, the Alvardo Brothers, "Desert Dan," Mone Smith, Will and Nick Eastwood, Soccer Mom and the lock cutters/security guards, Will C. (Season 1), Cameron "Green Mile" Rowe (Season 2-Season 3). The series was cancelled on TruTV after Season 3 ended.
In the UK and Ireland the show has been broadcast and repeated on the digital channel Dave. In 2014, Dave commissioned a spin-off series called Storage Hunters UK, featuring Kelly reprising his role as auctioneer with a series of British bidders hunting for valuables across the UK. Dave renewed the UK version for two more series in 2015, with the second series beginning on 2 June and featuring US regulars Jesse and T-Money. Series 3 of the show premiered on 15 September 2015.
A fifth series was commissioned to air from April 2016, Kelly will return alongside regular bidders from series 4. A sixth series has been commissioned and will air in 2017 with filming taking place Autumn 2016.
|First aired||Last aired|
|Season 1||23||21 June 2011||September 2011|
|Season 2||24||June 2012||September 2012|
|Season 3||24||June 2013||17 December 2013|
|Series 5||10||April 2016||April 2016|
|UK Celebrity Series|
|Christmas Special||1||20 December 2015|
|Series 1||5||18 October 2016||15 November 2016|
The show has been well received in Britain, with the first episode of Storage Hunters UK being watched by over 1.1 million viewers, beating ratings for several prime time television shows broadcast that week.
The Guardian's Rhik Samadder described Kelly's auctioneering style "like someone has attached electrodes to a woodpecker". Tom Eames writing in Digital Spy described it as "one of the least authentic and most fake shows you will ever see, and comes under the umbrella of 'trashy reality' programmes that the US are very good at", but adding that "somehow, it is strangely addictive and enjoyable, and has clearly become a big guilty pleasure of many UK viewers."
The success of the show has been attributed to the participants' lack of social skills, comparing it to "watching a carnival". In an interview for Digital Spy, he speculated that the strong popularity of the show in the UK may lead to a revival of the US series.
Main Buyers US
|Brandon and Lori Bernier||Team Brandori||Yes|
|Ronald Kirkpatrick||Papa Bear||Yes|
|James and Dustin Taylor||The Taylor Brothers||Yes||No|
|Scott and Chrissy Tassone||Scott and Chrissy||No||Yes||No|
Main Buyers UK
|John and Natalie Maddox||John and Natalie||Yes|
|Colin Newell||Heavy D aka The Boominator||Yes|
|Daniel Hill||Dapper Dan||Yes|
|Barry and Darren Elford||Barry and Darren||Yes|
Main Celebrity Buyers UK
|Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer||Yes|
|Charlotte Crosby and Holly Hagan||Yes|
|Steph & Dom Parker||Yes|
|Jenny Eclair and Lizzie Roper||Yes|
|JJ Hamblett & Josh Cuthbert||Yes|
Minor Buyers US
|The Alvarado Brothers||No||Yes||No|
Minor Buyers UK
- Auction Hunters, a similar show on Spike TV
- Storage Wars, a similar show on A&E TV
- Container Wars, a similar series on TruTV
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- Cancelled / Ended TV Shows on TruTV, retrieved 2014-10-27
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- "Storage Hunters UK gets two more series". 21 January 2015.
- Metro. "Storage Hunters UK Second Series". Metro. Retrieved 2015-06-02.
- UKTV. "Storage Hunters UK Third Series". UKTV. Retrieved 2015-09-15.
- "Storage Hunters UK debuts with a bigger audience than Walking Dead". The Guardian. October 30, 2014. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
- Samadder, Rhik (February 10, 2015). "Storage Hunters: Sean Kelly has a rumble in our jumble". The Guardian. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
- Eames, Tom (22 July 2013). "'Storage Hunters': Dave's addictive showcase of greed". Digital Spy
- "Storage Hunters star Sean Kelly interview: 'American version may return'". Digital Spy. February 14, 2015. Retrieved March 23, 2015.