'American Chopper' getting a second life at TLC

by Annie Barrett

April 7, 2010 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – You thought it was over? Silly. With Jesse James dominating the headlines these days, there could very well be a renewed interest in tattoos, arguments, and motorcycle customization! TLC has announced the revival of American Chopper, the motorcycle-building series that ran on Discovery Channel from 2003-07 and TLC from 2008-10 (the Feb. 10 episode was said to be the series finale). The entire Teutel clan will return, including the long-feuding father-son duo, Paul Sr. and Paul Jr. (refresh your memory of their testosterone-rich dynamic in a clip after the jump), and Mikey. Since Paul Jr. ended up leaving to start his own design firm, the reality show could now revolve around him.  (James, of course, is not involved. I was just being a brat.)

I used to watch this show. I worked at a media research company and had to write 10-question surveys based on key plot points. The questions were supposed to be action-based, but the action was so technical none of the survey-takers would ever be able to remember it. I remember writing scores and scores of questions just based on the Big Paul/Paulie tiffs. “What did Paul Jr. do that caused Paul Sr. to storm out of the Orange County Choppers workroom for the fourth time in an hour?” A) Asked for help in fabricating a frame; B) Suggest he could try being polite to a consultant; C) Uttered a complete, expletive-free sentence; D) Took a single sip of refreshing water. Ah. My roarin’ early 20s.

SOURCE: Entertainment Weekly



  1. That’s really weird. “just when I thought I was out,they pull me back in. The show turned into garbage way before it was canceled and I can’t wait to learn about Paul Jr.s new design business(not). Another reality show to avoid. I guess TLC is desperate and the AC boys are broke.

  2. After Vinnie left, I lost interest in the show, but started catching re-runs and watching the relationship between father and son heat up in the past season.

    I for one am looking forward to seeing Jr. start up his own business and succeed, despite his old man’s disdain.

    I really liked Vinnie, and it is great to see him and Nub get together with Paul. Jr. was the creative genius that put O.C.C. on the map, and Vin and Nub were critical components in creating some of the absolutely best looking motorcycles/sculptures ever made.

  3. I have been watching the occ guys with my husband for quite some time, but of late I am totally put off by them. The anger, the potty mouths and yes, mike’s drug use. It isn’t as though I’ve never heard the ‘F’ word or for that matter even said it, but theres a time and place. With all their money and creative ability I would think they would want to project a better image……………………..

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