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American Chopper

American Chopper and why I would never work for my dad

By Rowan Edmonsmith, A.T.C.

One of the most popular reality TV shows on television right now is American Channel. Shown on the Discovery Channel, American Chopper doesn’t fit into the nature programming that you would expect from the Discovery Channel but is actually a look at life at Orange County Choppers, one of the most renowned custom-bike shops in the world.

Although it would seem that the show would only appeal to motorcycle enthusiasts, this isn’t the case at all. Rather, American Chopper is one of the most interesting shows on television, particularly if you aren’t a motorcycle enthusiast or even a car enthusiast.  For a person that doesn’t even have a driver’s license and knows nothing about motorcycles, I really get a kick out of watching American Chopper. You don’t need to be an expert in choppers or know what the difference between Indian and Ironhorse motorcycles are to realize that the designs that Paul Teutul Jr. comes up with on a regular basis are incredible. Paul does excellent work and through American Chopper, he is getting a widespread recognition that he deserves.

Another reason that I enjoy American Chopper is because of the relationship between its two principal people or characters, for lack of a better word.  Paul Teutul Jr. may be the one responsible for designing these custom bikes but his father Paul Teutul Sr. is the one that owns Orange County Choppers.  Sporting a blonde walrus style moustache and looking every bit like a biker, Paul Teutul Sr. is one of the most loved people found on reality television.  Even I like him but there’s no way I would ever want to work for him.

Which brings me to my next point about why American Chopper is so relevant to me.  You see, as an aspiring television critic (A.T.C.), I need to devote my time to keeping up with the constant stream of new television shows, both reality TV and regular, and improve my critical skills.  Although I don’t plan to review every new television show that comes out this year, it helps to be able to build up a collection of funny, obscure references from these new shows to uses in a review.
However, my father insists that I join the family business of running a bakery.  Although I respect the family business, I have to say that I don’t want to devote my time to such an activity.  Additionally, it doesn’t help that my father is exactly like Paul Teutul Sr.

Judging from how exasperated Paul Teutul Jr. gets from working with his dad mirrors exactly how I feel.  For this reason, American Chopper is not only entertaining but also relevant to my life.  I have tried to explain to my father the way I feel but he seems to take it as a personal attack.  I have attempted to have him watch American Chopper with me but apparently he’s too busy working for that.  So, anyway, American Chopper rules!

About the author:

Rowan Edmonsmith learned at an early age that the only thing that he truly enjoyed in the world was sitting in his basement and watching television for long hours.  Much to the concern of his parents, Rowan has not grown out of this phase.  Confronted with increasing demands by his parents to obtain a job or another source of revenue, Rowan has decided to try his hand in television criticism.  Taking this role seriously, Rowan has added the title of A.T.C. (aspiring television critic) to his name. 

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