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|Starring||Paul Teutul, Sr.
Paul Teutul, Jr.
|Narrated by||Mike Rowe (2003–2007)
Jim Pratt (2007–2010)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||6|
|No. of episodes||165 (list of episodes)|
|Location(s)||Newburgh, New York|
|Running time||42 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Pilgrim Films & Television|
|Original channel||Discovery Channel
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Original run||March 31, 2003– February 11, 2010|
|Followed by||American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior|
American Chopper is a reality television series that airs on Discovery Channel, produced by Pilgrim Films & Television. The series centers on Paul Teutul, Sr. (frequently called Senior), and his son Paul Teutul, Jr. (also known as Paulie or simply Junior), who manufacture custom chopper-style motorcycles. Orange County Choppers is in Newburgh, New York. The contrasting work and creative styles of the father and son team and their resulting verbal arguments were the series' hallmark until 2008 when a culminating explosive argument led to Paul Jr.'s termination and departure to start a competing chopper company (Paul Jr. Designs).
Originally aired on Discovery Channel beginning in March 2003. In December 2007, the series moved to Discovery's sister channel TLC, starting off with an 18-hour marathon. Its first TLC season premiered in January 2008. Season 6 began in April 2009 but the series was canceled by TLC in February 2010. In July 2010, TLC announced that the Teutuls would return in a new series, American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior. Senior vs. Junior premiered on TLC but was soon moved to Discovery halfway through the first season. Discovery Channel announced that the show would end with "The Chopper Live: The Revenge" show on December 11, 2012 after 10 seasons.
The OCC fabricators and mechanics such as Paul Teutul, Jr., Rick Petko, Nick Hansford, Christian Welter, and former employees Vincent DiMartino (who left OCC to start V-Force Customs in 2007), and Cody Connelly (a BOCES student intern who has since joined DiMartino's business), create dozens of custom motorbikes. Michael Teutul, usually 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. Also featured occasionally is Danny Teutul, the second oldest child, who succeeded Paul Sr. as the owner of Orange County Ironworks. Danny visits to do contracted work for the OCC facilities. The show also documents their personal and promotional activities ranging from magazine photo shoots to family holidays and custom bike shows.
Paul Jr. leaves Orange County Choppers
Following regular disagreements with his father, Paul Jr. was fired from the shop in late 2008. In January 2009, TLC served a notice of default due to Paul Jr.'s absence. Paul Jr. then returned to OCC briefly as a contractor, but left finally in April 2009 in order to start his own design firm, Paul Jr. Designs. Paul Sr. then exercised a contractual option to purchase Paul Jr.'s 20% share in OCC, and subsequently filed a lawsuit to force the buyout. The case remained ongoing while a valuation of OCC was performed.
On December 14, 2010, Paul Jr. won his appeal of a lower court ruling forcing him to sell his 20% ownership of OCC to Paul Sr. Paul Jr.'s appeal asked that the agreement to sell be ruled invalid, so Jr. will continue to own 20% of OCC until a fair selling price is agreed to. Jr. has also filed a counter-suit laying out massive fraud on Sr.'s part in dealing with Jr.'s interests at OCC. The suit seeks $100,000,000 in damages along with court-ordered controls over the company's finances to prevent further fraud.
After a one year non-compete clause ended, Paul Jr. opened a motorcycle design company in April 2010. TLC then commissioned a 7th season titled American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior which features both OCC and Paul Jr. Designs.
In July 2009, Cody Connelly sued OCC and Paul Teutul Sr., seeking damages for misappropriation of likeness, breach of contract and fraud. He claimed the show used his likeness in posters, coloring books and other merchandise after he left it in 2007. Connelly also claimed that he never received "the old school chopper" that he helped design, though Paul Teutul Sr., said it would be his in one episode of the show.
Due to its popularity during the first seasons, American Chopper inspired two video game titles. The first was American Chopper by Activision Value, released for the PlayStation 2, PC and Xbox. The second, American Chopper 2: Full Throttle by Creat Studios was released for the Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 2, and Xbox.
A video pinball arcade game made by Incredible Technologies, Inc. reached on-site play testing but was never released.
Fantasy Bike Contest
During 2005, Discovery Channel sponsored a contest in which four winners received OCC motorcycles. Custom 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).
Cancellation and Senior vs. Junior
On February 6, 2010, TLC announced that American Chopper's season finale scheduled for February 11 would also mark the end of the series, stating, "The Teutuls will always be a part of the Discovery family and we congratulate them on a tremendously successful series run." On April 7, TLC announced the Teutuls would return for a new series.
The new series, American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior, chronicles the aftermath of Paul Jr.'s departure from OCC and his construction of a new custom chopper company across the street from younger brother Dan's Orange County Iron Works. It premiered August 12, 2010 on TLC.
In December 2010, Senior vs. Junior was moved to the Discovery Channel, the network American Chopper originally debuted on. In Canada American Chopper started on January 8 on TLC and moved to Saturday nights at 10 p.m.
On February 7, 2011, Paul Teutul, Jr. announced that American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior had been renewed for a second season and would return spring 2011.
On November 21, 2012, Eileen O'Neill, president of Discovery Network, announced the show had been cancelled. The final episode aired December 17, 2012. 
Orange County Choppers
Briefly, the Orange County Choppers shop was seen in an eight part series that ran late 2013/early 2014 on the CMT network under the title Orange County Choppers. It was essentially American Chopper under a new title and on a new network, but excluding Paul Jr. and his shop. A new member of the crew, "Fabricator/Creative Director" Evan Favaro, appeared to have been added to take the place of the long-absent Paul Jr..
December 2014 special
On December 11, 2014, Discovery Channel aired an American Chopper special under the title "American Chopper: Shaq Bike", which featured the building of a chopper for former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal. It focused on the original Orange County Choppers business, with no sign of Paul Jr., though Mikey Michael Teutul (listed as a VP) did appear and interact with his father. While there were a few new family members and fabricators, the crew at the shop appeared to be the same as the cast of the seven year Orange County Choppers series, including Evan Favaro. According to Paul Sr., the Shaq "Man of Steel" bike is the biggest in OCC history. The specs: 48-inch handlebars, 6-inch rake, 23-inch front wheel and 20-inch rear wheel on a stretched frame.
|Season premiere||Season finale|
|Pilots & Specials||19||29 September 2002||N/A|
|1||15||31 March 2003||15 December 2003|
|2||23||14 January 2004||6 December 2004|
|3||20||31 January 2005||24 October 2005|
|4||37||9 January 2006||18 October 2007|
|5||26||17 January 2008||30 October 2008|
|6||26||9 April 2009||11 February 2010|
|Total||166||29 September 2002||11 December 2014|
|Region 1||Region 2||Region 4|
|Black Widow Bike||N/A||25 October 2004||N/A|
|Comanche Bike||N/A||25 October 2004||N/A|
|Daytona & Old School Chopper||N/A||24 October 2004||N/A|
|Dixie Chopper & Mikey Special||N/A||4 April 2005||N/A|
|Jet Bike & Biketoberfest||N/A||25 October 2004||N/A|
|Liberty Bike||N/A||4 April 2005||N/A|
|Mikey's Bike||N/A||25 October 2004||N/A|
|Miller Electric Bike||N/A||4 April 2005||N/A|
|Series 1:Parts 1-3||N/A||25 October 2004||N/A|
|Series 1:Parts 4-6||N/A||25 October 2004||N/A|
|Series 2:Parts 7-9||N/A||4 April 2005||N/A|
|Series 2:Parts 10-12||N/A||4 April 2005||N/A|
|Series 3:Parts 13-15||N/A||10 October 2005||N/A|
|Series 3:Parts 16-18||N/A||10 October 2005||N/A|
|Series 4:Parts 19-21||N/A||15 Jan 2007||N/A|
|Series 4:Parts 22-24||N/A||15 January 2007||N/A|
|Series 5:Parts 25-30||N/A||15 December 2008||N/A|
|Series 5:Parts 31-37||N/A||15 December 2008||N/A|
|Series 5:Parts 38-45||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Series 6:Parts 40-42||N/A||14 June 2010||N/A|
|Series 6:Parts 43-45||N/A||14 June 2010||N/A|
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