Started watching Pawn Stars in late 2012, my family and I really liked it and set up a season pass watching all the old episodes from 2009, 10, 11...we are pretty much caught up and watch the new episodes....but now it seems like the new episodes are getting ridiculously obvious that they are heavily scripted. Even my youngest son at 11 years old said something about all of it being scripted. I don't recall it being that obvious in earlier seasons...sure some stuff has to be to make it interesting, but I even wonder if some of the "sales" are fully scripted and not someone that came in off of the street with an interesting thing to sell. I notice that many of the "buddies" that Rick has that are "experts" in something end up with their own show....seems like it is becoming a way to introduce new characters to launch new spin off shows. The whole Chumlee stuff, and other interactions with the staff seem much more obviously scripted verses recording live, or taking something that really happened and re-creating it for the camera.