A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The two main characters, Paul Teutul Sr., and his son, Paul Teutul Jr., expend significant energy stewing, glowering, and complaining to anyone who will listen about how they have been wronged by the other.
Positive Role Models
Paul Sr. and his namesake son Paul Jr. are fiery and tempestuous, and their strained relationship is the heart of this show. Though they take pains to avoid actually speaking to each other, they spend plenty of time talking about each other, usually in derogatory terms. It's unpleasant to see such bad blood between family members.
Violence & Scariness
Some intense arguments between estranged family members where they curse, yell, and throw furniture.
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Lots of swearing. Some words are bleeped, but others aren't, including "ass," "crap," "balls," "hell" and "bullcrap."
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Products & Purchases
The show heavily promotes the Orange County Chopper custom motorcycle shop, which has become a well-known brand through the American Chopper TV franchise.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
No drinking or drug use, though one character mentions that he is now clean and sober.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality show, a spinoff of the popular American Chopper series, spends a lot of time not just on the art of designing and building one-of-a-kind bikes, but also how an estranged father and son are running rival custom motorcycle shops. There's plenty of artisanship on display, but the conflict comes from watching the two men bicker, often involving profanity (plenty of bleeped language, plus "crap," "ass," etc.). The fights can be intense, and set poor examples of how to resolve differences, especially between family members.
Is It Any Good?
Let's start by saying that conflict is the fuel that propels many reality series, and this one's no exception. There's no love lost between father and son here, and both spend a good portion of each episode deriding the other and trying to explain their side of the argument. That's too bad, because the motorcycles are more interesting than their fight. Yes, tension is key to making reality TV interesting, but this fight seems to have gone massively awry.
It seems as if the two Teutuls no longer have much in the way of substantive issues to discuss, or simply can't find a way to let proverbial bygones be, well, bygones. The most important on the issue now appears to be who'll give in first, a sight that's frankly depressing. It's no fun watching them air so much of their dirty laundry. Fortunately, there are the bikes. And what wonderful bikes they are. Once they get into the shop, these men are skilled artists, and watching them turn a pile of metal into a unique two-wheeled creation is a treat. It almost makes up for having to spend the rest of the show listening to them insult each other.
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