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4. Storage Wars
Storage Wars’ second season premiere was the most watched show in A&E history when it aired in 2011. The show follows auctioneers as they bid on property abandoned in storage. While the entrepreneurial auction-goers try “to get rich or die buying,” each uncovered “treasure” also usually represents someone else's poor decision-making, though as the show's executive producer has explained, Storage Wars doesn’t focus on the delinquents whose property is auctioned off because “all you see is misery there.” Indeed, it's bad enough to forfeit your old pornography collection, but it's another matter entirely to lose thousands of dollars because you failed to pay your storage bills.
Is there a lesson here about fiscal priorities? Only if you're paying attention.