Here Today, Destroyed Tomorrow

In the New Hampshire countryside, there’s a demolition company whose members pounce on a job at a moment’s notice. And when they do, they don’t leave much behind. After they bid on and win demolition jobs, whatever they find on site is now either their problem … or their bonus! So before they demolish, they hunt for everything of value they can get their hands on.

The new 12-part series Bid & Destroy premieres tonight at 9:00 and 9:30 p.m. with a double stack of episodes. Follow the colorful crew of Danley Demolition as they go treasure hunting in buildings before tearing them down. And they’ve stumbled across it all: a vintage slot machine, a classic Pac-Man game, Civil War medals and even a collectible teddy bear makeup kit. But they also know a thing or two about people and where they like to hide their stuff, so they find more than their fair share of stashed cash, guns and jewels.

Each week, there’s treasure hunting, destruction, and dysfunction. Come along as the crew tackles a number of projects, including a lakefront house that comes with the added pressure of huge fines if anything falls in the water; a badly burned home with a cracked foundation and a tight timeline; and an abandoned paper mill with an industrial-sized eyesore that needs to come down just the right way — without damaging nearby buildings or hurting anyone.

Knocking down buildings and hunting for treasure is the crew’s passion. There’s Lee Danley, the boss who plays by the rules and often butts heads with Brian Gurry, (a.k.a. “the Cowboy”), his hard-driving, no-nonsense partner in crime; Kip Walker (a.k.a. “the Kipp-a”), a grumpy heavy-machinery operator who can’t be controlled; and Eric Gurry, the day laborer (and Brian’s nephew).

Tonight on the series premiere, Bid & Destroy: The Toilet Farm, Brian and Lee of Danley Demolition are in Manchester, N.H., at an abandoned boarding house. It’s a giant house with multiple rooms, and what they can see is a huge pile of toilets, which pretty much means all the good salvageable stuff is gone.In an effort to beat out their competitor, Boston Jim, they bid lower than they’re comfortable with, which only increases the pressure on them to find good stuff hidden away. Unfortunately, because Brian and Lee are under so much stress to find treasures, they completely overlook a tank in the basement with more than 50 gallons of oil in it. At the last minute, the oil tank is spotted, averting an environmental mess. At the end of the day, the team discovers a handful of random items, profiting a couple thousand dollars from an antique silver salt and pepper shaker set and a tiny old collectible teddy bear makeup kit. Add those to an old Harley Davidson and a Coke sign, and they turn a tidy profit.

Then, at 9:30 on Bid & Destroy: The Cash Factory, Brian, Lee and the rest of Danley Demolition head to Claremont, N.H., to tear down an abandoned paper mill complete with a 16-story metal smokestack. It seems unlikely that there’s any good stuff left in the structures. Fortunately for the Danley crew, though, they find a number of classic snowmobiles, an old voltage regulator, an old Golden Nugget slot machine and an extremely smelly Winnebago (which itself holds quite a few treasures). The team busts a hole in the side of the building to get the RV out, and after flattening the two buildings they set their sights on the smokestack. But there’s a speed bump ahead — the smokestack is thicker than they anticipated and it’s also bolted down with more force than necessary. Now they must get it down — without it falling on anything or anyone — with a giant, satisfying crunch.


  1. Dj Genzler
    October 10, 2012, 10:28 pm

    Nrian used to have a show on lock tv called American builder. And the person that worked for him( his right hand man) was no other than….. Boston Jim.. Hmmmm makes me think the whole “bidding” part of the show is B.S. just my thoughts.

  2. Peter Z
    October 14, 2012, 8:21 am

    Insult of my intelligence. Somebody left behind a mint harley. Outside under a bush, spanking in mint condition. Also my mother who is 80 y/o wouldnt leave behind a Mickey Mantle bat that was signed. FRAUDS. Natgeo is better than this.

  3. jrred
    October 17, 2012, 5:12 pm

    i saw american builder dover downs del. and who would leave behind the stuff they find also how do they get a permit that quick the show is a fake

  4. southernamanda
    October 21, 2012, 5:52 pm

    Finally a show that blends action with the thrill of antiquing. Obviously you bloggers have never heard “One mans’ junk is another mans pleasure. As a lifelong antiquer, I’m thrilled to watch a show that can place $$value to the junk people are stupid enought to leave behind. Action packed show and the hottie host Brian is VERY easy on the eyes! Awesome show!!

  5. racerx143
    October 23, 2012, 9:18 pm

    Great concept but just another so called “reality show” with staged events. The things they find left behind are obviously placed there. Done with this one.

  6. cultofdan
    October 24, 2012, 4:22 am

    I watched the first episode and could tell right away everything about this show was fake. It is worse than all the fake auction shows on TV.

  7. John Durso
    Paulsboro, NJ
    October 24, 2012, 2:23 pm

    Love the guy with the Boston accent ! (Brian) where did you find him. Watched a few shows last week, my kids love it!
    Better than Pawn Shop – they say.

  8. Faith Fucarile
    October 24, 2012, 3:46 pm

    Very entertaining show! Love watching the “characters” interact! Love Brian and Eric! What a pair. Nothing like a demo!

  9. Nancy
    October 24, 2012, 8:41 pm

    Yes I saw the builder at dover downs also for a Brew Fest.
    Fitting place for a construction guy, he was very nice
    signing autographs for everyone who ask. He should come to NASCAR!

  10. Scott
    October 26, 2012, 3:38 pm

    Completely staged and formalistic. Come on really, two amazing treasures and one fake item in every house? What happened to quality control at nag geo?

  11. Dennis
    October 31, 2012, 8:48 pm


  12. Noah
    Stratham, NH
    October 31, 2012, 11:26 pm

    Say what you will about the show – some of it seems “embellished” for TV, sure, but the team is legit (and obviously naturals for a show). Danley Demo is a few miles from where I live, they’ve done years of work in the area, including the famous Hampton Playhouse demo.

  13. Dave
    Manchester NH
    November 2, 2012, 8:44 am

    Review the home run episode. The letter of authenticity they found in the safe for the baseball is dated February 16, 2012. If you google Auburn NH fire you’ll find this house burned on February 10, 2012. The show is very much staged.

  14. Tony
    November 8, 2012, 12:33 pm

    an Enigma Machine, REALLY?????

  15. Peter Z
    November 10, 2012, 11:41 am

    I didnt see the Enigma machine episode. Whats next the Holy Grail? No,the Mona Lisa. Maybe a couple of Rolex watches that were left behind brcause the previous owner thought they had no value. Insulting

  16. Douglas
    November 11, 2012, 10:25 pm

    I usually love these “treasure finding” shows, but I’m so sick of the obvious fake “amazing finds” and scripted reality. This show stinks and is obviously staged. I stopped taping it and won’t watch again. You’re better than this Nat Geo!

  17. ntt1
    November 11, 2012, 11:37 pm

    mint stuff ,”left behind” total fake, waste of time.

  18. Chad
    San Antonio,TX
    November 16, 2012, 6:34 pm

    Watched the first two episodes, seemed far fetched. Then watched the next two episodes and couldn’t believe the “wool” Nat Geo is trying to pull over the viewers eyes. What a joke! I expect more from Nat geo. I hope the show doesn’t last long. C’mon Nat Geo, quit trying to insult our intelligence!

  19. George
    November 27, 2012, 1:49 pm

    So fake! An Enigma machine, REALLY! With almost all of these machines being purposely destroyed, they just happen to find one. These are worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Maybe in their next tear down they’ll find Hoffa. I stopped watching the show after this. It is way to fake!

  20. chris
    December 3, 2012, 7:24 pm

    We here realy enjoy the show and also missing it.
    Hope to see it soon……
    Thumbs up and thanks to Danley and the crew.

  21. Denis
    December 4, 2012, 9:00 pm

    A metal detector in a house full of metal and they find the coin…
    What ever happened to intelligent programming?

  22. Maejones
    December 11, 2012, 4:13 pm

    Stopped watching after a couple episodes. NatGeo, Don’t insult our intelligence with the obviously staged “finds” and goofy bidding process, it makes the show insipid and unwatchable. It would have been interesting enough seeing the demos and how much the salvaged building parts were worth.

  23. dumb&dumber
    December 12, 2012, 7:03 pm

    watch the 442 one. Then right near the end when they pan down to the tires of the car, hit the pause button and take a real close look at the way the dirt circles the whole tire. Now doesn’t this look like a tire that was freshly pushed into the dirty garage? there is no way a tire can get fresh dust to wrap a full circle if the car was found “just sitting” there.

    Fake? you bet your next breath.

  24. mike
    December 20, 2012, 1:58 pm

    Saw “Pilots Palace” or whatever they called it. That was MY house!! owned it for 18yrs lost to for-closure. They said a pilot owned the house and wanted to make a bigger one. What B.S.!!! I put the weather vane on the barn I got it for my birthday 10 yrs ago!! I think I might have seen an airplane in the barn I owned and spent time in for 18 yrs!!!! Real nice of them to exploit the plight of people in this country during the worst housing situation in American history! EVERYTHING they found was planted!! I bought the house, spent a month re modeling and tearing it apart before we moved in. None of those “finds” were there. Completely Fake in every way!!

  25. dave
    canyon lake ca
    January 8, 2013, 12:30 am

    yeah i got to watch the episode where they to tear down the house for school parking, all the stuff hadnt been touched n yrs and see them threw windows, come on now, how sad has television become that everything has to be staged, i thought nat geo would want everything real. and not become true tv. there in it now for the audience n money

  26. heather
    January 17, 2013, 3:06 pm

    when will a new bid and destroy play

  27. Tom
    January 27, 2013, 4:17 pm

    Utter Shite

  28. Tom
    February 13, 2013, 10:46 pm

    What a joke. Watched a repeat this afternoon. It was the one with the civil war gun. Everything looked planted. So I figured I would watch one more. It was te one with the PAC man machine. Another total joke. There is an hour of my life I will never get back. We should all throw our tvs out the window. Nothing but junk on it anyway

  29. Cherry
    Perth Western Australia
    February 26, 2013, 4:57 am

    This show is absolutely faked, would you leave your much loved valuables and collectables behind.
    It’s BULLSHIT….

  30. Rob T
    Newcastle NSW Australia.
    March 2, 2013, 12:43 am

    The producers obviously think that the viewers are all morons. I have been in the Antiques game for more than 20 years, and in that time I have come accross maybe 4 or 5 real gems. Unlike the Danley Demolition people who come up with treasures every time they walk onto a job site, this is just another staged show , WHAT AN INSULT TO US AS VIEWERS, honestly Nat Geo, I thought you guys were better than that. Won’t be watching anymore of this garbage!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. john
    March 9, 2013, 2:39 am

    The only real thing on the show is Kip and his excavator. But my question is: Why destroy and not dissassemble?
    There is no value in the wodden flooring, walls, windows, plumbing, HVAC, copper wiring? You hear left and right about recycling, but what about this show? 90% of the buildings are liveable, if you don’t want it, you can move it….
    fake show, moron viewers.

  32. CArlosStains
    March 30, 2013, 5:51 pm

    Is this meant to be a parody or something? I look forward to the episode where they find the arc of the covenant hidden behind a radiator.

  33. Andre
    Sydney , Australia
    May 6, 2013, 3:59 am

    Watched a little of the show tonight for the first time…and the first thing I was thinking was “who leaves stuff like this in a house and/or which Bank/Mortgager/Insurer decides to just blindly allow demolishers to assume immediate ownership of these types of items?” Totally incredulous..leave these types of shows for A & E channel (the fake reality specialists!)

  34. Bullshit
    June 18, 2014, 7:13 am

    A Harley Davidson motorcycle laying out the back yard, that they didn’t even see while inspecting for bids? Fake show if fake.

  35. Robin bell
    July 28, 2014, 10:57 am

    What a crock!, Planted stuff…and the kid wears black and whites to a demo!

    Would be better if they at least had intelligent players.