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End of an Era: Discovery Cancels American Chopper

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Awwww … American Chopper has been cancelled. This makes me sad, because my kids sort of grew up with this show. And I came this close to interviewing the Teutuls for this story for USA Weekend about how Schwinn was partnering with them on a new Sting-Ray. Well, new back in 2004 when I wrote the story, that is.

I couldn’t find a publicist for the Teutuls, so just called the shop to see if they’d talk to me. They were in the middle of filming, so I didn’t get to talk with them, but it was still thrilling at the time.

Now the show — which premiered in 2002 and helped define the TV documentary genre — is being cancelled after a ten-year run. They’ll finish with a four-way bike build-off special titled The Revenge airing live from Las Vegas on Dec. 11.

“After 10 years and 233 episodes of incredible, riveting reality television, American Chopper will be ending its run,” says Eileen O’Neill, group president, Discovery and TLC Networks. “This series was one of the very first family-based reality programs on television … The Teutuls have given us really innovative bike builds and real drama since 2002. We wish both Orange County Choppers and Paul Junior Designs the best.”

At first, the fighting between Paul Sr. and Paul Jr. seemed funny and riveting, in a dysfunctional family kind of way. Then it got sad. You could tell that this was a family with some serious issues. Sometimes it felt intrusive to be watching them on TV.

“I have mixed emotions,” executive producer Craig Piligian told “It’s had a great run. We had a lot of ups and downs. There’s been so much that’s happened to this family over the last 10 years. We’ve seen them grow to a huge motorcycle shop. We’ve seen them fight bitterly. We’ve seen them sue each other. And recently we’ve seen them come together to open up a new business. I think the show has come full circle.”

Something tells me we haven’t seen the last of the Teutuls. I bet they’ll resurface with something else as time goes on.

By the way, in honor of ten years of American Chopper, here’s a picture of me on my motorcycle, circa 1980s. It was a sweet little Yamaha 185 Exciter. Loved that bike.

Jane on Motorcycle, circa 1980s





10 responses to “End of an Era: Discovery Cancels American Chopper”

  1. Brette Sember Avatar

    I had no idea this show had been on for 10 years! My son used to watch it once in a while.

  2. verabadert Avatar

    Well, who knew? Jane the bike chick.

  3. MyKidsEatSquid Avatar

    I must admit, this one never appealed to me. Although I was surprised by how fascinating I’ve found similar shows. What was the one about sharp shooters?

  4. Alexandra  Avatar

    Cool photo!   We didn’t watch American Chopper, but my husband loves the shows about restoring old cars.  Also, American Pickers often unearth old motorcycles.

  5. Alexandra Avatar

    Cool photo!  My husband loves the shows about restoring cars.  Did you know that on American Pickers, they often look for old motorcycles?

  6. HeatherFL Avatar

    You look much better than the Teutuls on your bike. I won’t miss this show. The dad is pretty much inhuman.

  7. alisabow Avatar

    Love your pic. Used to watch that show with my husband– not every single time. Just when we happened to catch it. It was entertaining, but I always thought the dad should check himself into an anger management clinic.

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  9. Ankit Saxena Avatar

    I have no idea about this, but why discovery cancel this show- My brother love to this show.

  10. William Knight Avatar

    I don’t feel sad about cancelation of this show. It was more about swearing and the older guy bullying all the others rather than about bikes and engeneering. Discovery could do better than that.

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