The American Chopper was really a one-of-a-kind reality TV Series. The previous 2 decades has seen our TV sets (dis)graced by almost an infinite number of reality television shows from a variety of different networks and producers.
While most of the networks that ran reality TV, ran in the genre of drama, this one came on Discovery. It was, in fact, one of Discovery Channel’s most popular shows. At its peak, the show averaged close to 3.4 million viewers, for every episode.
The show shot the workings and the routine at the Orange County Choppers, a custom workshop run by father-son duo Paul Teutul Sr. and Paul Teutul Jr. Of course, there were other family members and workshop employees too, but these two were the ones who really caught everybody’s attention with their constant drama.
It’s said that a LOT of the insane fights we saw over the show’s 10-year run, from 2002 to 2012, were actually unscripted, unlike those on most other reality TV series.
Even though it has been off-air since half a decade now, people still have a lot of interest in the ever-going saga of the Teutuls drama. Which, by the way, continues off-screen too!
This is probably why Discovery thought that it’d be a good idea to get the cameras rolling at the Orange County Choppers yet again. When the show went off-air, OCC went with its business as usual, just without the cameras.
They recently revamped and renovated the facility, throwing in a bowling alley, a shop, and a café too! Maybe, paying these bills, was Teutuls incentive to sign with Discovery again.
Paul Jr., meanwhile, has his business focused on uber-expensive builds, and is probably hoping to rake in big ballers for his business from the increased publicity the show will bring to him and his choppers.
The show is supposed to return to TV this winter. We’re all ready with our buckets of popcorn and cans of beer.