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Started out as a DocuSoap on the Creator/DiscoveryChannel about the Orange County Choppers bike shop, ran by Paul Teutul and his sons Paul Jr. and Mike. They built bikes; they argued. And at times, they just goofed off.

Then, the unthinkable happened: Sr. fired his son from the company, which ultimately lead to the show's apparent {{Cancellation}}. But what seemed like the end of the saga, turned out to [[ItHasOnlyJustBegun the beginning]] of a sort-of new series, ''American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior''. This continuation had a similar formula, but this time, the arguments between father and son are SeriousBusiness. As in, [[JerkAss Paul Sr.]] did everything he could to put the workshop of his son, Paul Jr. Designs, out of business. It ran for four seasons in this format and then ended in a GrandFinale with [[spoiler: Sr. and Jr. deciding to abandon their business relationship in order to save their familial one.]]

In November of 2013, ads began appearing for a new program, ''Orange County Choppers'' on a different network, featuring Paul Sr. At this point, expectations are for more or less a continuation of ''American Chopper''.
!!Tropes Appearing:
* AwesomeButImpractical: Paulie has a tendency to favor such designs, focusing on intricate aesthetics that result in beautiful bikes that can't actually be ridden for very long.
* BadassBiker: The whole cast are Badass Bike ''Builders''.
%%%* BadassMustache: Paul Sr.
* BerserkButton: Paul Sr. has quite a few:
** The shop being disorderly.
** Things taking longer than (he thinks) they should.
** Anything dealing with Paul Jr...
** Implying that Paulie is responsible for his success. When Paulie did this Senior reacted by kicking his office door out.
* BigBrotherInstinct: Paulie is quite protective of Mikey, especially when the extent of Mikey's addictions came to light and Mikey had to go into rehab. Paulie even set aside a corner of his new shop exclusively for Mikey's use and provided his younger brother with an array of ''very'' expensive art supplies so that Mikey could pursue his artistic ambitions while under Paulie's watchful eye. [[VitriolicBestBuds None of this stops Paulie from busting Mikey's balls, however]].
%%%* TheBigGuy: Paul Sr.
* BrooklynRage: The Teutels are New Yorkers, and it shows.
* CoolBike: Custom choppers are about 1/2 the premise of the show.
* CrossOver:
** With Series/SonsOfGuns.
** The 2011 "Build-off" with Paul Sr., Paul Jr., and Jesse James.
%%%* DysfunctionalFamily:
* FamilyDrama: Deconstructed. The drama that goes on splits the family, and makes the show extremely hard to produce.
* HotPaintJob: Averted in most of the custom bikes featured on the show, played straight by the customer bikes.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Paul Sr. shows himself to be a bit of this. In most episodes, he criticizes Junior for trying to finish designing instead of helping to fabricate parts. However, in a later episode, when building a bike, Paul Sr. says, "We didn't get much fabrication done today, but we did get the design done, and as I always say, designing is half the battle."
* IdiotBall: Mikey totes this around a lot. In one episode, the crew goes to Paris. Mikey has a few hours to kill, so he decides to see [[Music/TheDoors Jim Morrison's grave]]. Except he doesn't speak French and has absolutely no idea where it is, so he wanders the streets in basically random directions, hoping to trip over it. It's apparently mandated OnceAnEpisode. "We're a week behind on (BikeX). So, let's go ride gocarts/play mini golf/do something else timewasting and stupid."
* ItHasOnlyJustBegun: The advertisements for Senior vs. Junior begin with "What looked like the end...was only the beginning!".
* JerkAss: Paul Sr., big time. He sued his son several times, scandalizes him constantly on international television and during radio shows, and has apparently convinced himself that his company's fame can only be attributed to ''his'' achievements, despite having stated otherwise previously, and seemingly having forgotten that this being a reality show, the truth has actually been filmed.
%%%%* LiveEpisode: The "Build-off" finale
* MotorcycleJousting: One episode had them doing this in pairs, though one was on a scooter.
* OnlySaneEmployee:
** Vince could qualify here, with the Teutul clan arguing for about half the show, and bikes needing to be built.
** After the show got {{Uncancelled}}, this applies to Rick from Paul Sr.'s team, as he is the only worker who doesn't hate (or acts as if he hated) Paulie's guts.
* ProductPlacement: Some savvy companies realized that simply hiring the Teutels to make them a themed bike effectively granted them two free hours of advertising on the Discovery Channel. So the guys have made bikes for Jay Leno (promoting ''Series/TheTonightShow''), ''Film/IRobot'', and [[http://www.asphaltandrubber.com/bikes/occ-builds-electric-chopper-siemens/ Siemens]], among others.
%%%%* TheSmartGuy: Paul Jr.
* SoCalization:
** Soundly averted by the company which underlines the "New York" after "Orange County" to emphasize that they are '''not''' Californians.
** Paul Sr. even got a tattoo on one of his biceps to help differentiate the two when in public.
%%%%%%%%* VitriolicBestBuds: Paul Jr. and Vince.
* WellDoneSonGuy: ...ain't coming, chucklehead. [[CatchPhrase So get off your ass and do some work.]]