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Dog the Bounty Hunter
Starring Duane "Dog" Chapman
No. of seasons 8
No. of episodes 159
Running time 30 minutes (season 1-5)
60 minutes (season 6-present)
Original run August 31, 2004 (2004-08-31) – present
External links
Official website

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 Honolulu, Hawaii.

Dog is joined by his wife and business partner, Beth Smith Chapman, his sons Leland and Duane Lee, Tim Chapman (not related, however Dog refers to him as his 'blood 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 history

The program spun off from Chapman's appearance in 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 the program was to follow a family of bounty hunters as they capture fugitives. The television show follows the family's adventures in bounty hunting, 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 a 2007 autobiographical book You Can Run But You Can't Hide 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.[1]

Production of and airing of the show was halted by A&E on November 2, 2007, after Dog Chapman was recorded uttering racial slurs. 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.[2] 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 December 2, 2009. The 8th season begins March 10, 2010 on A&E.

Notable events

On April 21, 2009, Dog was allegedly shot at with a handgun while he and 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. 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, El Paso County, Colorado Assistant DA 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.

On February 10, 2010, it was reported that Dog's two sons, Leland and Duane Lee, were fired by Beth Chapman because she was upset that the boys started a sideline clothing business called Chapbros. Other sources say that Duane Lee and Leland left the show and severed all ties from the family.[3] However on February 12, 2010, they returned to the family business and TV show.[3]


  • Duane Chapman (Season 1 - Present)
  • Beth Smith Chapman (Season 1 - Present)
  • Tim Chapman (Seasons 1 - 4)
  • Leland Chapman (Season 1 - Present)
  • Duane Lee Chapman (Season 2 - Present)
  • Justin Bihag (Season 1, Season 3, Season 6)
  • 'Baby' Lyssa Chapman (Season 2 - Present)
  • Wesley (Seasons 1 - 4) (Old Office Manager) (in last episode that aired 16th of Dec)
  • Dave "Red" Wilhelm (Seasons 2 - 4)

Other family members and friends have also been featured during the course of the series.

Family appearances

  • Cecily Barmore (Beth's Daughter)
  • Dominic Smith (Beth's Son)
  • Bonnie Joanne Chapman (Beth & Duane's Daughter)
  • Garry Chapman (Beth & Duane's Son)
  • Tucker Chapman (Duane's son)
  • Teresa R Chapman (Duane Lee's Ex-Wife)
  • Jodi (Duane Lee's step-daughter)
  • Wesley (Duane's son) - Alias Wes Morgenegg[4]
  • Dylan Chapman (Duane Lee's Son)
  • Maui R Chapman (Leland's Ex-wife)
  • Dakota Chapman (Leland's Son)
  • Cobie Chapman (Leland's Son)
  • Brahman "Bo" Galanti (Lyssa's Husband)
  • Abbie Mae Chapman (Lyssa's Daughter)
  • Serena Galanti (Bo's Daughter)
  • Madalynn Grace Galanti (Lyssa and Bo's Daughter)
  • Travis Mimms(son-in-law /bondsman/Travis Chapman Mimms father)
  • Travis Chapman Mimms (Beth & Duane's grandson)
  • Davina Chapman (Tim's Ex-Wife)
  • Tim Chapman (Tim's Son)
  • Summer Rain (Tim's Daughter)
  • Autumn Sky Chapman (Tim's Daughter)
  • Garry Smith (Beth's Late Father)
  • Jamie Hackett (Bondsmen)
  • Mary Ellen Pollack (Bondsmen)
  • Fred Pollack (Bondsmen)
  • Chris Pollack (Bondsmen)
  • Sherrie Pollack (Bondsmen)

In popular culture

Dog appeared as himself in the season two finale "The Trial" of the NBC show My Name Is Earl capturing Joy Darville in Mexico. He also 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 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 but could not fully free himself. Beth and Dog also appeared in the Corner Gas episode "Coming Distractions", in which during a daydream they show up to arrest Brent.

Dog has also been parodied in live action productions. In the second episode of the fifth season of Reno 911 the Dog parody, "Tommy Hawk", was portrayed by Diedrich Bader. On Psych, in the second season episode "Bounty Hunters!", the parody character's name was Byrd Tatums, and he was played by Kevin Sorbo.

Dog has also been parodied in both animation and print. On The Simpsons, a character called Wolf was used. 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 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.

Heavy metal artist Ozzy Osbourne sings "Dog, the Bounty Hunter", used as the show's theme song. The song can be heard on Ozzy's Prince of Darkness box set (CD #3). Several episodes in season three and four have music from NYC-based dub reggae group Subatomic Sound System's On All Frequencies album as featured songs: "Ghetto Champion", "Criminal", and "Doin' It". An impersonation of 'Dog' appears in Soulja Boy Tell 'Em's music video for "Yahhh!".

Duane Chapman's book You Can Run But You Can't Hide was set for a February 2007 release[citation needed], but after his arrest and extradition case, release was delayed until August 7, 2007.[5].

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.

International syndication

Country Broadcasters Time Slot Notes
 Australia FOX8 Sunday, 1.30am
 Australia Go! Monday, 8:30pm, Friday, 1:30pm
 Canada OLN Weeknights, 5:00am
 Canada A&E Wednesday, 9:30/8:30pm
 Germany RTL 2 Monday, 11:15pm
 New Zealand Prime Television Thursday, 9:30pm
 Sweden Kanal 5
 UK Bravo Monday-Friday, 10:00am Repeats
 UK Virgin1 Fridays, 8:00pm season 2 rerun
 US A&E Wednesday, 9/8:00pm Premiere Broadcaster

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DVD releases

DVD name Ep # Release date Additional information
The Best of Season 1 7 January 25, 2005 Features Dog's episode of Take This Job, cast biographies, and promos.
The Best of Season 2 7 March 29, 2006 Features cast biographies and a pop-up dog hunting quiz.
The Best of Season 3 8 February 27, 2007 Features a photo gallery.
The Best of Season 4 8 August 26, 2008
The Best of Season 5 8 September 8, 2009
The Wedding Special 1 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.
The Arrest 1 September 25, 2007
  • Features additional scenes.
  • Also Features The Special Double Episode Year of the Dog.


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