Dear A&E, Bring Back ‘Dog The Bounty Hunter’ Now [Opinion]

It's time to bring back the Chapmans once and for all.

Dog and Beth Chapman at the 2013 CMT Awards
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It's time to bring back the Chapmans once and for all.

We’re in an era of reboots. Sitcoms that have been off the air for over 10 years are returning, reality shows that announced their end are now being resurrected, and for some reason, the one show that should be returning remains off the air.

Dog the Bounty Hunter had an incredible run from August 2004 through June 2012. Fans were given a second chapter with the Chapman family in Dog and Beth: On the Hunt from 2013 to 2015. It’s been almost three years that Duane “Dog” Chapman and Beth Chapman have been missing from our TV schedules, and it’s just not acceptable anymore.

DTBH came on the scene when reality shows were actually real, and there were only a few dozen other shows out there. Now that there is a reality show for every family, career, culture, age group, location, and so on, it’s time to bring back one of the most authentic shows ever.

As the Inquisitr reported last year, fans of the Chapmans have been rooting for a new show for years and have campaigned to A&E for a reboot, but unfortunately, the network has remained silent. I’m just very confused on why this is happening. DTBH was one of A&E’s biggest successes, lasting for eight seasons and 246 episodes.

August 30, 2004 @aetv where it all began .

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I understand, as a fan, there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes that we don’t know about. A&E might have a very good reason for not re-launching the show, but it’s not due to bad blood. The network featured Beth’s struggle with throat cancer during a one-time, two-hour special back in November 2017.

If they’re still on good terms with the family, why not bring them back? We fans are more invested and interested in the Chapman family than we have ever been. We want to see Beth recover and grow from her battle, we want to see Garry break into the family business, and we want more Duke for crying out loud!

I can’t possibly wrap my brain around a world that brings back Murphy Brown and doesn’t think twice about bringing back Dog and company. I don’t want to live in that world.

Beth shares a lot with her fans on social media, and it’s a great way to connect with the family we all love so much. Unfortunately, it’s just not the same as watching things play out once a week on TV.

Other than watching the Chapmans do their bounty hunter thing, I think it would be especially interesting to watch Dog and Beth in the fight against bail reform. For anyone who hasn’t been reading the news regarding these dangerous “catch and release policies,” it’s something you need to spend some time researching.

Beth and Dog are fighting their hardest to bring awareness to these dangerous laws and to combat them. These new laws will determine if dangerous criminals can be released before trial based on risk assessment. Burglars, rapists, assailants — you name it — are up to be released before trial. We need the Chapmans to bring awareness to millions, and TV is the best way to do this.

Social media is a cesspool of nonsense these days, and no matter how hard they fight it online, broadcasting this on TV could bring about some real change.

The Chapmans are about way more than just bounty hunting. They are a wholesome family who just want to make America a safer place and are setting the example that citizens of this country need to follow.

So A&E, I’m begging you, alongside millions of fans, to please bring back Dog the Bounty Hunter for new episodes. You won’t regret it.

A hui hou Dog and Beth!