- American Chopper
show_name = American Chopper: The Series
caption = "American Chopper: The Series" logo
runtime = 60 minutes
rating = TV-PG
Paul Teutul, Sr. Paul Teutul, Jr. Michael Teutul
Mike Rowe (announcer)
executive_producers = Craig Piligian Sean Gallagher Mark Finkelpearl Judy Plavnick Christo Doyle
country = USA
Discovery Channel(2003-2007) TLC(2007-)
first_aired = 2003
last_aired = present
num_episodes = 120
num_seasons = 5
website = http://dsc.discovery.com/fansites/amchopper/amchopper.html
imdb_id = 0364779
"American Chopper: The Series" is a
Learning Channel reality televisionseries produced by Pilgrim Films & Television Inc. The popular series is based around the founder of the company, Paul Teutul, Sr., and his son, Paul Teutul, Jr., also known as "Paulie" or simply "Junior", as the two run a business creating custom motorcycles in their workshop, Orange County Choppers. The workshop is based in Montgomery, New York.
The contrasting attitudes of the men and their propensity for sulking often lead to fiery but humorous verbal exchanges as they meet unusually short schedule deadlines for building distinct custom choppers.
Originally a show on the
Discovery Channel, the series moved to Discovery's sister channel, TLC, on December 28, 2006, starting off with an 18-hour marathon. Its first season on TLC premiered on January 18, 2007.
Typically Paul Jr. works alongside fabricators and mechanics such as Rick Petko, Nick Hansford, Christian Welter, and former employees
Vincent DiMartino, also known as Vinnie, (who left OCC to start V-Force Customs in 2007) and Cody Connelly (a BOCES student intern who has joined DiMartino's business), to create dozens of custom motorbikes. Paul Sr. supervises the builds and has built motorcycles himself. Michael Teutul, commonly referred to as "Mikey", serves as the shop's custodian and webmaster, and provides comic relief to the show. He has been seen doing metal work occasionally, as one of his early jobs was working at Orange County Ironworks.
The show also documents their personal and promotional activities ranging from magazine photo shoots to family holidays and custom bike shows.
Due to its popularity during its first seasons, "American Chopper" inspired two video games, including "" for the
Nintendo GameCube, Sony PS2, and the Xbox.
FANtasy Bike Contest
Discovery Channelsponsored a [http://dsc.discovery.com/fansites/amchopper/fantasybikes/fantasybikes.html contest] in which four finalists won OCC motorcycles. Bike features were specified by the winning fans, who sent in videos expressing their reasons for wanting a bike. The contest winners were (in episode order): Jeff Clegg ("Corporal Punishment"), Susan Morisset ("Female Snake Bike"), Joseph McClendon ("Custom Hog"), Bryan King ("Vertebrate Trike"). Each winner's bike appeared in a single episode, since each build took only 2 days.
American Body Shop", an improvisational comedyshown on Comedy Central, is a parody of American Chopper, as well as other similar shows, such as Monster Garageand American Hot Rod. [ [http://www.commonsensemedia.org/tv-reviews/American-Body-Shop.html American Body Shop - Television Review ] ] [ [http://www.tv.com/story/9844.html TV.com: Body Shop creator makes dent with DIY gambit ] ]
* [http://www.orangecountychoppers.com/ Orange County Choppers] website.
* [http://dsc.discovery.com/fansites/amchopper/amchopper.html Discovery Channel's "American Chopper"] website.
* [http://www.orato.com/lifestyles/2008/06/19/orange-county-choppers-are-my-life Exclusive Interview With Paul Teutul Jr.]
* [http://www.vforcecustoms.com/ V-Force Customs]
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