I think at some point we were all hooked on watching pond stars. For me what got me hooked on the show was a combination of the personalities and the really strange items that were coming. How they even knew whether or not some of those things were real or fake is beyond me. Their knowledge of history was always really impressive.
According to this video none of that, plus whatever might have hooked other fans to the show, was enough to keep it going. Additionally, the patriarch passed away just about a week ago. Family, friends and fans paid their last respects Sunday to Harrison, who was known to the reality TV world as “The Old Man,” last Sunday is Las Vegas.