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Full Throttle Saloon

Full Throttle Saloon

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  • Premiered: 
    November 10, 2009
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  • Network: truTV
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Workplace
  • Tags: bar

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    Season 1

Plot Synopsis

Michael Ballard's Full Throttle Saloon is the world's largest biker bar. Every year nearly 700,000 bikers descend on Sturgis, South Dakota for the annual Sturgis Rally, and many of these people end their days in the Full Throttle Saloon. This series follows Ballard as he manages 300 employees, including 100 voluptuous bartenders, and his regular patrons as he tries to make as much money as possible during the rally. Since the Full Throttle Saloon is only open during the Sturgis Rally, Ballard has to make all of his money for the year in 10 short days, during which cameras capture the crazy biker carnival with a rare peek behind the scenes of a one-of-a-kind business. FULL THROTTLE SALOON returned for its fourth season on Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 9pm ET/PT, featuring the 72nd annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. On Monday, December 2, 2013 at 10pm ET/PT, truTV aired the Season 5 premiere of FULL THROTTLE SALOON, which featured the 73rd annual (2013) Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. In the season opener, Michael was torn between setting up his new distillery business and getting the Throttle ready for Rally. FULL THROTTLE SALOON returned for its sixth season on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 10pm ET/PT on a new network: Destination America. The new episodes were filmed over the course of two seasons at the Sturgis rally, in 2014 and 2015. Viewers were left hanging in 2013, when Michael and Angie were expecting their first child. Now, they juggle the challenges of running the "World's Largest Biker Bar" as parents. The premiere comes after the "World's Largest Biker Bar" tragically burned down in September 2015 due to an electrical fire, and at the end of the four-episode run, the team reveals whether the bar will be rebuilt.
On Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 10pm ET/PT, Destination America premiered the Season 6 finale of FULL THROTTLE SALOON, immediately following a five-hour marathon (5-10pm) of encore episodes. In the season ender, "Full Throttle Fire: Rise from the Ashes," after the fire that burnt the Full Throttle Saloon to the ground in September 2015, Michael, Angie, and Jesse gather for a round-table discussion about what the Full Throttle has meant to them and their extended family over the years.

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by A. Smith & Co.


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