Hardcore Pawn is an American reality television series produced by RDF USA (later Zodiak USA) and Richard Dominick Productions for tru TV about the day-to-day operations of American Jewelry and Loan, a family-owned and operated pawn shop in Detroit, Michigan's 8 Mile Road corridor.
Les's business partner and only son, Seth, is an alumnus of the University of Michigan and has been a co-owner of American Jewelry since graduating from school.
Ashley is a co-owner of American Jewelry and has been working there for more than fifteen years, although she took three years off at one point for maternity leave.
The sibling rivalry between her and Seth is a common element of many episodes.
The show has been largely compared to Pawn Stars on History, but in the vein of similar programs (Operation Repo and Lizard Lick Towing for example), the focus is mainly on the human aspects of drama, rather than the significance of the items being brought into the shop.
According to Marc Juris of tru TV, any similarities between the shows are coincidental.
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