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  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 21, 2009
  • Season #: 1
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  • Summary: The reality show uses hidden cameras to capture the reasons behind customers' purchases at actor Josh T. Ryan's family-owned gun shop.
  • Genre(s): Reality, News
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Kate Ward
    NRA enthusiasts might be the target audience for this reality show about a Colorado gun shop, but Lock manages to have mainstream appeal, thanks to its focus on the store's quirky customers (a shank-holding old lady, a gun-loving pastor, etc.).
  2. 70
    Lock ’n Load treats Wayne and many fellow customers as curiosities, and occasionally smacks of condescension. (The “Amazing Grace’’ sequence, in particular, crosses a line.) But the series also takes pains to avoid making judgments, and offers a parade of gun owners so vast that we end up with a broad view.
  3. 60
    Watching Logan hand small children assault rifles for inspection will no doubt amuse gun nuts and enrage anti-gun nuts. And both camps are likely to blink at one of the (surprisingly numerous) female customers who--jokingly asked if she's carrying a weapon--whips out three concealed knives.
  4. For whatever reason, it’s hard for me to treat Lock ’n Load as mere entertainment. But maybe that’s not a bad thing.
  5. Ultimately, though, the stories here are too brief and, frankly, too ordinary to sustain the viewer's interest for very long.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Given the edginess generally associated with pay TV's forays into reality--focusing on things like whorehouses and bail bondsmen--this is a surprisingly toothless affair, as if Showtime bought a concept, wound up with nothing to show for it and figured what the hell, let's take a shot, as it were, by airing the episodes.
  7. 0
    The truly terrible, Lock 'N Load, a six-parter debuting tonight on Showtime, is possibly the worst-taste reality series since "The Littlest Groom"--and it took some serious doing on the part of Showtime to manage that.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. skips
    Oct 28, 2009
    my son and i love the show. josh is a great salesperson. i point out how comfortable he make people feel. my son learns how to deal with people and make them feel important. the guns are secondary. how can i email josh? Expand
  2. DanielleB
    Oct 26, 2009
    Sexy Sexy Sexy. Nothing like a sexy rockabilly with a gun. Being funny is plus too, go SHOWTIME
  3. HarlandB
    Nov 6, 2009
    Pretty balanced view of "gun nuts" in America. Some poor gun handling and some very funny anecdotes. Very funny when Josh convinces one of his customers to tase his buddy. Expand
  4. JoanM
    Dec 20, 2009
    I am a professional consultant who currently does not own a gun. After watching Lock & Load I went target shooting and found I really shooting & am good at it. I noww want to take gun owner safety class & purchase my own firearm. Bad guys will always find a way of obtaining a gun through illegal means..... Bad guys do not like going into homes where people have guns. They are on a power trip looking for vulnerable people. Expand
  5. jasonl
    Dec 27, 2009
    good show this country is about guns and freedom i have traveled the us and only those stuck in large cities dont 'la,chigago,new york' dont understand that but we all know how uptight they are right Expand
  6. LamontR
    Oct 22, 2009
    I had a lot of fun iwht this show. Josh Ryan seems like a hell-of-a guy. Very down to earth. Makes me want to go out and buy a gun. And shoot it! Wish I had a range round these parts. Expand
  7. royh
    Nov 4, 2009
    This show is very annoying. As a second amendment supporter, gun owner and nra member I am embarrassed by the way business is conducted in this gun shop. Much of this so called reality show is obviously staged and scripted. The main character or should I say actor is careless and simply looking to make a name for himself. I have purchased firearms in many shops in Pennsylvania and Virginia and it is always done professionally and you never see dealers laying out multiple weapons and letting children play with the guns. If this is how shooters conducts business then they should be shut down. This show makes law abiding gun owners (mostly professional, intelligent people) seem like careless idiots. I truly hope that showtime does not pick up this reality series. Especially since there is absolutely nothing REAL about it! Expand