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"Harley and the Davidsons" review by Suzanne 9/10/16
Airs September 5-7 on Discovery

I apologize for not reviewing this show sooner; it aired last week. It's what we used to call a mini-series. It aired for three nights in a row. Now they call it an "event series."  Anyway, it was really good. You can still watch it on the Discovery Channel site.

It chronicles the development of the Harley-Davidson motorcycles, which was developed by some poor Irish guys in Milwaukee.  Now, this is not entirely historically accurate. It's very interesting and entertaining, but they do change the facts a bit. Go watch the movie and then read a book or Wikipedia article about the true events.

The actors do a great job. The young guy who plays Bill Harley (Robert Aramayo) reminds me a little bit of Neil Patrick Harris.  Apparently he's a British actor who was on "Game of Thrones." I don't watch that show, so I had no idea. Michiel Huisman, who plays Walter Davidson, was also in GoT.  Now, he kind of reminds me of Gale Harold ("Queer As Folk") The third prominent character, Arthur Davidson (played by Bug Hall) kind of reminds me a little bit of Raphael Sbarge, who's been in many shows.

In the show, Harley is a brilliant guy who likes to figure out mechnical things and plans to go to college to study engineering. Arthur is his good friend who has a big mouth and often gets into trouble. Arthur is a type of visionary who takes Harley's ideas of building a better motorized bicycle and runs with it. He's a real salesman, anxious to be successful and show his family that he can be successful without having to work at a manual labor type of job.  His older brother, Walter, has lost his farm, thanks to eminent domain, but he pays for their new enterprise with the last of his money.  He's kind of arrogant and enjoys the thrills of racing.  They all have to not only develop their own bike but compete against the other companies that are also developing them, and racing against them.

It's a really good show, accurate or not, and I think anyone would enjoy it. Check it out!

MORE INFORMATION:

Discovery Channel’s original scripted mini-series, HARLEY AND THE DAVIDSONS premieres Monday, September 5!  Based on a true story, the three-night event traces how Walter, along with his brother Arthur and their best friend Bill Harley built one of the most iconic bikes of all time.

HOW DID  A MOTORCYCLE BUILT FROM A SHED IN MILWAUKEE BECOME A GLOBAL PHENOMENON?

Premiering Monday, September 5 at 9PM ET/PT on the Discovery Channel

Harley Davidson promo pic 

SNEAK PEEK VIDEO CLIPS OF ‘HARLEY AND THE DAVIDSONS’

Calling Out a Fraud | Harley and the Davidsons

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81iIm7DSwy4

Veteran Thank You | Harley and the Davidsons

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rzs2z-qmUc

EPISODE LISTINGS:


Monday, September 5

9PM ET/PT – HARLEY AND THE DAVIDSONS – EPISODE 1

Amazing Machine: Bill Harley and brothers Walter and Arthur Davidson found the Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Company. But competition is fierce, and Walter puts his life at risk in deadly races to beat industry powerhouse, Indian Motorcycles.

Tuesday, September 6

9PM ET/PT – HARLEY AND THE DAVIDSONS – EPISODE 2

Race to the Top: Harley-Davidson must rejoin the racing community if the business is to survive. Distracted by their race to the top, the founders leave themselves vulnerable to a devastating and unforeseen threat to the survival of their company.

Wednesday, September 7

9PM ET/PT – HARLEY AND THE DAVIDSONS – EPISODE 3

Legacy: The Great Depression ravages America and cripples the motorcycle industry. With their company on the brink of ruin, Walter, Arthur, and Bill flout conventional wisdom by embarking on their most ambitious and expensive design yet.

DISCOVERY ROARS OUT WITH NEW MINISERIES ‘HARLEY AND THE DAVIDSONS’

3-Part Mini-Series Premieres Monday, September 5 at 9 PM ET/PT on Discovery

(LOS ANGELES) – A Harley-Davidson is more than a motorcycle. It is a symbol of Americana, built from the ground up by founders Walter and Arthur Davidson and their friend Bill Harley. But the road to success was not exactly smooth – filled with innumerable obstacles, ruthless competitors and extraordinary risks. Together these three young men, the sons of blue-collar immigrants, gave everything they had to ensure the survival of the company they founded. But just how far would they go to reach the ultimate American dream?

Discovery’s highly-anticipated miniseries HARLEY AND THE DAVIDSONS will premiere Monday, September 5 at 9 PM ET/PT. Consisting of three two-hour installments, parts two and three will air on Tuesday, September 6, and Wednesday, September 7 at 9 PM ET/PT.

“This is the type of compelling and honest storytelling that fits perfectly for Discovery Channel,” said Rich Ross, Group President of Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and Science Channel. “It is a story about brotherhood, an ironclad will to succeed and going against the conventional wisdom of that time. The founders of Harley-Davidson created more than just a motorcycle. They created modern entrepreneurism.”

Based on a true story, HARLEY AND THE DAVIDSONS charts the birth of this iconic bike during a time of great social and technological change beginning at the turn of the 20th century. Walter, Arthur and Bill risked their entire fortune and livelihood to launch the budding enterprise. Each of these men faced very different challenges, but it was the motorcycle that united their dreams and ambitions. For Walter Davidson, the venture was a chance to escape from the confines of society – to ignore the rules and build a bike that could go anywhere and ride hard. For Arthur Davidson, it was an opportunity to finally make good on his name. And for Bill Harley, the bike gave him hope to break free from his overbearing parents and apply his talent as an engineer.

Built in a shed out of Milwaukee, these motorcycles were able to survive nearly every condition imaginable. And Walter certainly put the bikes to the test. His ferocious ambition propelled him to become a top motorcycle racer while competing in the deadly competitions sweeping the nation. Walter’s daredevil exploits put Harley-Davidson on the map – and while risky – pushed the company to eventually overtake their archrival competitor, Indian, which had a stronghold on the market.

But the founders also faced an underlying moral question – just how much would they risk to become successful? Racing could often have deadly consequences, especially with the rise of the hazardous motordrome competitions sweeping the country.

Fuelled by ingenuity, innovation and design, the founders of Harley-Davidson faced off against their much bigger rivals. If things couldn’t get any more difficult, the Great Depression hit and the motorcycle industry was decimated. But Harley-Davidson continued to defy the odds with their forward-thinking business ideas.

HARLEY AND THE DAVIDSONS looks at how the founders continued to grow its loyal following like no other competitor– whether it was securing the American Army contract and teaching riders how to make repairs on the field to embracing boisterous motorcycle clubs across the nation. They would eventually channel all their resources with their biggest risk yet – creating the world’s first superbike, a state-of-the-art racing machine for the masses.

Walter, Arthur and Bill cemented Harley-Davidson’s reputation as a builder of bikes that goes anywhere, could ride hard and ignored all the rules.  It’s a legacy that has endured over 100 years – and at the heart of the brand and its loyal riders.

The series is led by an all-star cast including Michiel Huisman (“Game of Thrones”) as Walter Davidson, Robert Aramayo (“Game of Thrones”) as William (Bill) Harley and Bug Hall (“The Little Rascals”) playing the role of  Arthur Davidson. Other cast members include Stephen Rider (“Daredevil”), Jessica Camacho (“Sleepy Hollow”), Daniel Coonan (“EastEnders”), Annie Read (“Awkward”), Wilson Bethel  (“Hart of Dixie”), Dougray Scott (in “Mission: Impossible 2”), Gabe Luna (“Matador”), Alex Shaffer (“Win Win”) and newcomers Essa O’Shea and Sean Scully.

HARLEY AND THE DAVIDSONS is penned by Evan Wright, Seth Fisher and Nick Schenk. Dimitri Doganis is the Executive Producer on behalf of Raw Television and John Goldwyn is the Executive Producer on behalf of Discovery. Ciáran Donnelly serves as Executive Producer and Director with Stephen Kay as Director.

About Discovery Channel 
Discovery Channel is dedicated to creating the highest quality non-fiction content that informs and entertains its consumers about the world in all its wonder, diversity and amazement. The network, which is distributed to 100.8 million U.S. homes, can be seen in 224 countries and territories, offering a signature mix of compelling, high-end production values and vivid cinematography across genres including, science and technology, exploration, adventure, history and in-depth, behind-the-scenes glimpses at the people, places and organizations that shape and share our world. For more information, please visit www.discovery.com

About Discovery Communications
Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) is the world’s #1 pay-TV programmer reaching nearly 3 billion cumulative subscribers in more than 220 countries and territories. For 30 years Discovery has been dedicated to satisfying curiosity and entertaining viewers with high-quality content through its global television brands, led by Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery and Science, as well as U.S. joint venture network OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. Discovery controls Eurosport, the leading pan-regional sports entertainment destination across Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa. Discovery also is a leading provider of educational products and services to schools, including an award-winning series of K-12 digital textbooks, through Discovery Education, and a digital leader with a diversified online portfolio, including Discovery Digital Networks. For more information, please visit www.discoverycommunications.com


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