Dog the Bounty Hunter
Directed by Marion Akar
Starring Duane "Dog" ChapmanBeth Smith ChapmanLeland ChapmanDuane Lee Chapman II Lyssa Chapman
Country of origin USA
No. of seasons 7
No. of episodes 200
Running time 30 minutes (season 1–5 & 7) 60 minutes (season 6)
Original channel A&E Network
Original run August 31, 2004 (2004-08-31) – present
Status Returning series


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Dog the Bounty Hunter

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Dog the Bounty Hunter is a reality television show on A&E which chronicles Duane "Dog" Chapman's operations at his job as a bounty hunter, at Da Kine Bail Bonds in Hawaii and Colorado.Dog is joined by his wife and business partner, Beth Smith Chapman, his children Leland Chapman, Duane Lee Chapman II, and "Baby" Lyssa Chapman-Galanti. In season one, the team was joined by Dog's nephew Justin Bihag. Dog's "brother", Tim "Youngblood" Chapman, starred in seasons (1) one to (4) four and made brief appearances in season six; he retired from bounty hunting after season four. Dog refers to Tim as his blood brother, but despite having the same last name, they are not biologically related. Episodes have been filmed in Hawaii, Dog's home state of Colorado, and the city of San Francisco.

Production history

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The program spun off from Chapman's appearance on the show 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 Dog the Bounty Hunter is to follow a family of bounty hunters as they capture fugitives. Chapman, his relatives, and his friends featured on the television show work for Da kine Bail Bonds, which has locations in Oahu, in Kona on the Big Island, and on the mainland in Denver, Colorado.

The television series led to a 2007 autobiographical book You Can Run But You Can't Hide, which chronicles Chapman's years before becoming a bounty hunter and some of his more infamous hunts, including the controversial hunt that took him and his team to Mexico to capture serial rapist Andrew Luster. The book was set for a February 2007 release[citation needed], but after hisTemplate:Specify whose arrest and extradition, release was delayed until August 7, 2007.

Production and airing of the show was halted by A&E on November 2, 2007, after a disturbing audio tape was released, featuring Duane Chapman using the word, "nigger", repeatedly in a rant directed towards his son's African-American girlfriend. The story was first reported by the National Enquirer and then was picked up by numerous print and broadcast media outlets. This media exposure led Duane to make a teary apology on CNN's Larry King Live for his lack of sensitivity on the matter, and vow to make amends. He soon received support from fans and leaders of the African-American community. 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 and season 6 started in February 2009. The seventh season of Dog the Bounty Hunter began airing on A&E on October 6, 2010 and the show was renewed for an eighth season.

Notable events

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On April 21, 2009, Dog was allegedly shot at with a handgun while his crew, along with bail bondsman Bobby Brown, were attempting to arrest a fugitive named Hoang Nguyen in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The suspect escaped on a motorcycle and was captured by Dog about 6 hours later. This is contrary to evidence shown on the A&E airing of this episode on March 24, 2010. According to Dog's website and TMZ, Nguyen was arrested and charged with attempted homicide related to the shooting attempt of Dog and the Chapman family. On May 15, 2009, the El Paso County Assistant District attorney dropped the attempted murder charge against the alleged shooter due to lack of evidence and conflicting statements by Dog, his son Leland, and Bobby Brown. The Prosecutors also state that they have not received the requested video footage from the incident which was allegedly filmed by the television crew.[citation needed] In March 2011, Nguyen filed a lawsuit against Dog, his sons Duane Chapman II and Leland Chapman, and bail bondsman Bobby Brown. In the lawsuit, Nguyen claims he lost his job as a result of the incident and had to relocate. He also says he was injured by pepper pellets that were allegedly fired at him. Dog's attorney, James A. Quadra, told Celebrity Crime Reporter the lawsuit has no basis "in law or fact." The case is currently in mediation. If mediation fails to result in a settlement, the suit will move forward to trial on November 28, 2011.

Family and friends appearances

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  • Moon Bihag (Justin's mother/family friend)
  • Bobby Brown (Bondsmen)
  • Abbie Mae Chapman (Lyssa's Daughter)
  • Autumn Sky Chapman (Tim's Daughter)
  • Bonnie Joanne Chapman (Duane & Beth's Daughter)
  • Cecily Barmore-Chapman (Beth's Daughter)
  • Cobie Chapman (Leland's Son)
  • Dakota Chapman (Leland's Son)
  • Davina Chapman (Tim's Ex-Wife)
  • Dylan Chapman (Duane Lee's Son)
  • Garry Chapman (Duane & Beth's Son)
  • Harrison Chapman (Duane`s Grandson)
  • Jodi Chapman (Duane Lee's Daughter)
  • Leigh Breanna Chapman (Leland & Lynette Daughter)
  • Maui Chapman (Leland's Ex-wife)
  • Summer Rain Chapman (Tim's Daughter)
  • Teresa Chapman (Duane Lee's Ex-Wife)
  • Tim Chapman (Tim's Son)
  • Tucker Chapman (Duane's Son)
  • Wesley Chapman (Duane's Son)
  • Travis Chapman-Mimms (Duane & Beth's grandson/ Barbara Katie & Travis Mimms' Son)
  • Dominic Davis (Beth's Son)
  • Travis Mimms (Duane & Beth's son-in-law/ Travis Chapman Mimms father)
  • Brahman "Bo" Galanti (Lyssa's Ex-Husband)
  • Madalynn Grace Galanti (Lyssa and Bo's Daughter)
  • Serena Galanti (Bo's Daughter)
  • Jamie Hackett (Bondsmen)
  • Chris Pollack (Bondsmen)
  • Fred Pollack (Bondsmen)
  • Mary Ellen Pollack (Bondswoman)
  • Sherrie Pollack (Bondswoman)
  • Garry Smith (Beth's Late Father)


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  • Heavy metal artist Ozzy Osbourne sings the show's theme song, "Dog the Bounty Hunter". The song can be heard on Ozzy's Prince of Darkness box set (CD #3).
  • Many episodes feature at least one song from a band that is either unsigned or with an independent label, usually played during an action scene. These songs are plugged at the end of each episode, following the closing credits.
  • Several episodes in season three and four have music from NYC-based dub reggae group Subatomic Sound System's On All Frequencies album. Featured songs include: "Criminal", "Doin' It", and "Ghetto Champion".
  • Soulja Boy's music video for "Yahhh!" includes an impersonation of "Dog".

Appearances on other shows

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  • Beth and Dog also appeared in the Corner Gas episode "Coming Distractions", in which - during a daydream - they show up to arrest Brent.
  • Dog appeared with his wife Beth on the Criss Angel Mindfreak one hour special. Dog tied Criss up to a chair and lowered him into a hot tub. After four minutes, Criss loosened the ties but could not fully free himself.
  • Dog has appeared on Detroit's popular radio show, Dave and Chuck "The Freak".
  • Dog appeared as himself in an episode of The George Lopez Show, wherein George goes to his mother's neighborhood to pick up her pet dog and meets "Dog" instead.
  • Dog appeared as himself in the season two finale "The Trial" of the NBC show My Name Is Earl, capturing Joy Darville in Mexico.


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Dog has been parodied in live action productions.

  • In Season 3, Episode 13 of Boston Legal, "Dumping Bella", Dog is referred to, perhaps satirically, by Alan as one of the only two people he truly admires, and as such the only candidate besides Shirly herself to be his costume for the party.
  • In Season 2, Episode 9 of Psych, "Bounty Hunters!", the parody character's name was Byrd Tatums (played by Kevin Sorbo).
  • In Season 5, Episode 2 of Reno 911! the Dog parody, "Tommy Hawk", was portrayed by Diedrich Bader.

Dog has also been parodied in both motion animation and print:

  • In the American Dad! episode "Joint Custody", Roger dresses up as Dog, and tries to hunt down Jeff Fischer.
  • In the Family Guy episode "Something, Something, Something, Dark Side", Stewie calls a bounty hunter meeting and Dog is briefly seen.
  • Dog, his crew, and the TV show were all parodied in an issue of Mad magazine.
  • Dog, his crew, and the TV show were all parodied on Cartoon Network's television program, Mad TV, as "Frog the Bounty Hunter".
  • In The Simpsons episode "Sex, Pies and Idiot Scrapes", a bounty hunter named Wolf is featured.
  • In the tenth season South Park episode "Miss Teacher Bangs a Boy", Eric Cartman portrayed Dog, but was a hall monitor rather than a bounty hunter.

International syndication

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CountryBroadcastersTime SlotNotes
 AustraliaFOX8Thursday , 9:30pm
 AustraliaGo!Monday, 8:30pm, Friday, 1:30pm
 GermanyRTL IIMonday, 11:15/11:45pm
 New ZealandPrime TVMonday-Wednesday, 10:30pm
 NorwayMaxEveryday, 11:50am&17:50pm
 SwedenKanal 5
A&EWednesday, 5:00pm-6:00pm and 8:00-10:00 pm ETPremiere Broadcaster

In Italy, starting in 2007, a special adaptation of Dog the Bounty Hunter 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.

DVD releases

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DVD nameEp #Release dateAdditional information
The Best of Season 17January 25, 2005Features Dog's episode of Take This Job, cast biographies, and promos.
The Best of Season 27March 29, 2006Features cast biographies and a pop-up dog hunting quiz.
The Best of Season 38February 27, 2007Features a photo gallery.
The Best of Season 48August 26, 2008
The Best of Season 58September 8, 2009
The Wedding Special1December 12, 2006Features 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.
The Arrest1September 25, 2007
  • Features additional scenes.
  • Also Features The Special Double Episode Year of the Dog.
Crime is on the Run
To Seize and Protect
Special Edition- Previously unreleased

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