Dog the Bounty Hunter
is a reality television
show on A&E
which chronicles Duane "Dog" Chapman's
operations at his job, Da Kine Bail Bonds in Honolulu, Hawaii
Dog is joined by his wife and business partner, Beth Smith Chapman
, his sons Leland
, Duane Lee
, associate Tim Chapman
(no relation, although the show's intro has "Dog's brother" under his name and Dog sometimes refers to Tim as his "brother"), and his daughter 'Baby' Lyssa Chapman. In season one, the team was joined by Dog's 'nephew' Justin Bihag. In addition to Hawaii episodes, episodes have been filmed in Dog Chapman's home state of Colorado
and the city of San Francisco
Production of and airing of the show was halted by A&E on November 2, 2007, after Dog Chapman was recorded uttering racist remarks. After Chapman's public repentance and vow to make amends, and after a show of support from fans and from black leaders including Roy Innis, on February 19, 2008, A&E announced that the show would return. Reruns of Dog The Bounty Hunter, along with never before seen episodes from season 4, began airing on June 25, 2008. New episodes (the show's fifth season) began airing on July 16, 2008.
Dog the Bounty Hunter
is a reality television
series starring Duane Chapman
. The show is aired on A&E Networks in USA and on Virgin 1
in the UK and on Fox8 on Foxtel (Pay TV) in Australia, on prime in New Zealand and on RTL 2
The program spun off from Chapman's appearance in the show A&E Network's Take This Job, a program about people with unusual occupations. Both shows are produced for A&E by Hybrid Films, a New York-based production company. The concept of the program was to follow a family of bounty hunters as they capture fugitives.
The television show follows the family's bail bond business, Da Kine Bail Bonds, which has locations in Oahu, in Kona on the Big Island, and also on the mainland in Denver, Colorado.
The television series led to an autobiographical book You Can Run But You Can't Hide, which chronicles his years before becoming a bounty hunter and also some of his more infamous hunts, including the more controversial hunt that took him and his team to Mexico to capture serial rapist Andrew Luster.
The show also featured other family members and friends during the course of the series.
- Cecily Barmore (Beth's Daughter)
- Dominic (Beth's Son)
- Bonnie Jo Chapman (Beth & Duane's Daughter)
- Garry Chapman (Beth & Duane's Son)
- Abbie Mae Chapman (Lyssa's Daughter)
- Dakota Chapman (Leland's Son)
- Cobie Chapman (Leland's Son)
- Maui Chapman (Leland's Ex-wife)
- Davina Chapman (Tim's Wife)
- Tucker Chapman (Duane's son)
- Travis Chapman (Duane and Beth's Grandson)
- Summer Rain and Autumn Sky Chapman (Tim's Daughters)
- Garry Smith (Beth's Late Father)
- Dylan Chapman (Duane Lee's Son)
- Teresa Chapman (Duane Lee's Ex-Wife)
In popular culture
- Duane Chapman's book You Can Run But You Can't Hide was to be set for a February 2007 release, but after his arrest, and extradition case, his book was released on August 7, 2007.. As of August 20th, the book is number one on the Hardcover Nonfiction list of the New York Times Best Seller list.
- a parody of dog appeared on the simpsons but instead of dog he was called wolf
- Dog and his crew were parodied in the tenth season South Park episode "Miss Teacher Bangs a Boy." Cartman portrayed Dog, but was a hall monitor rather than a bounty hunter. In this episode, Cartman would chase around students accusing them of "hallway infractions" and attacking them with bear mace, which is the weapon of choice for Dog and the rest of his crew. Cartman also gave the students he "caught" moral lectures, spoofing the philosophizing Chapman does with fugitives while transporting them to jail.
- Dog was parodied in American Dad! episode "Joint Custody" when Roger dresses up as Dog, when he was trying to hunt down Jeff Fischer.
- Dog appeared as himself in the season two finale "The Trial" of the NBC show My Name Is Earl capturing Joy Darville in Mexico.
- Dog appeared with his wife Beth on the one hour special of Criss Angel: Mindfreak. Dog tied Criss up to a chair and lowered him into a hot tub. After four minutes, Criss loosened himself and stood up.
- Heavy metal artist Ozzy Osbourne sings "Dog, The Bounty Hunter" as Dog's theme song. The song can be heard on Ozzy's Prince of Darkness box set (CD #3).
- Dog was also parodied in the second episode of the fifth season of Reno 911. The character, "Tommy Hawk", was portrayed by Diedrich Bader.
- Another Dog parody appears on Psych, in the second season episode "Bounty Hunters!" The character's name was Byrd Tatums, and he was played by Kevin Sorbo.
- An impersonation of 'Dog' appears in Soulja Boy's music video 'Yahhh!'.
- Dog appeared in an episode of The George Lopez Show, where George goes to his mom's neighborhood to pick up her pet dog and meets Dog instead.
- Dog appeared with Beth in the Corner Gas episode "Coming Distractions", in which during a daydream they showed up to arrest Brent.
- In Italy, starting in 2007, a special adaptation was aired on the GXT satellite channel. Characters were dubbed into a heavy Roman dialect; dialogues, while mostly faithful to the original, were changed to include references to the popular culture of Rome. As a result, the show was turned into a comedy based on grotesque humour.
||Additional Information |
| The Best Of Season 1
|| January 25, 2005
|| Features Dog's episode of Take This Job, Cast Bios, and Promos. |
| The Best Of Season 2
|| March 28, 2006
|| Features Cast Bios and a Pop Up Dog Hunting Quiz. |
| The Best Of Season 3
|| February 27, 2007
|| Features a Photo Gallery. |
| The Best Of Season 4
|| August 26, 2008
| The Wedding Special
|| December 12, 2006
|| Features 5 featurettes titled: |
- The Drama Of Dog's Wedding Ring,
- Dance Lessons,
- Shopping With Beth,
- The Bow Wow Vow, and
- A Tribute To Dog & Beth.
||September 25, 2007
||Features Additional Scenes.