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Top Gear on History Channel is horrible

Discussion in 'TV Show Talk' started by toobs, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. Feb 6, 2013 #1 of 11

    toobs Legend

    Oct 10, 2012
    I was watching Top Gear (US) and it's really awful. At the half way mark, I deleted it and turn it off. I know that it doesn't compares with Top Gear BBC, but the US version is just hurting to watch. The hosts on that show are pitiful and painful to watch. They used to test cars when the show first started, but now, it's just three frat boys doing stupid stuff that is not entertaining. Almost tempted to kill it off on the DVR, but I will try one more week.
  2. Feb 6, 2013 #2 of 11

    EdJ Legend

    Jan 9, 2007
    I guess it depends on your sense of humor. Some of it is pretty dumb to me, but other parts 'tickle my funny bone'. I watch the BBC Top Gear and some of the stunts they do are pretty dumb also as well as funny....
  3. Feb 6, 2013 #3 of 11

    Drucifer Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2009
    NY Hudson...
    I like it.
  4. Feb 6, 2013 #4 of 11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    Not much different from Top Gear BBC, they don't exactly review cars, at least that a reasonably normal person would buy. Believe me, replacing the car dealer guy with James May was a good thing.

    Actually, I think Top Gear US has improved.
  5. Feb 6, 2013 #5 of 11

    photostudent Godfather

    Nov 8, 2007
    I really, really wanted to like this show but the quality has gone downhill. It is just "take three junkers off roading" week after week. Cheap to produce I guess. There are still some good gearhead shows on and a great car culture in this country but many series have wandered into reality TV lala land.
  6. Feb 7, 2013 #6 of 11

    toobs Legend

    Oct 10, 2012
    Have you notice that they use the same stunts from Top Gear on BBC? It just feels like they are just doing a carbon copy from the original.

    They are two different shows.
  7. Feb 7, 2013 #7 of 11

    synpse Cool Member

    Sep 15, 2012
    AhHA! I'm just catching on to this "Top Gear USA" idea. I've seen some of the shows with the dumb young guys, and it seems like Myth Busters with Cars, rather than a proper STIG-approved Top Gear.

    I like the BBC version much better than the American attempt at it. They're missing the cheeky humor.

    Did anyone catch that episode the other day, where Jeremy is interviewing this guy.. He starts out the introduction like the Stig's intro... "This guy has run 7 marathons in 7 days, on 7 continents!" etc. Turns out it was all TRUE!! The guy did some North/South Pole trips, and lost some fingers n toes to frostbite. Amazing! It's like the Dos XX's "most interesting man" in real life!

    EDIT: His name.. Ranulph Fiennes The BEST segement of Top Gear interviews


    Thrown out of the british SAS for blowing up a movie set
    Circumnavigated the globe a few times
    Climbed Everest to get rid of his vertigo
    When he realized that Everest was just walking slowly uphill he figured that the north face of the Eiger was a better match
    Did 7 marathons in 7 days a few weeks after triple bypass surgery
    Cut off the frostbitten tips of his own fingers in the garden shed
    Considered for the role of James Bond
  8. Sep 4, 2013 #8 of 11

    TheRatPatrol Hall Of Fame

    Oct 1, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    Anyone watching the new season?
  9. Sep 4, 2013 #9 of 11

    RunnerFL Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2006
    Not me. Not as long as Tanner Faust is still on the show.
  10. toobs

    toobs Legend

    Oct 10, 2012
    It's still on?
  11. Galaxie6411

    Galaxie6411 Icon

    Aug 26, 2007
    Gave up last year, too bad I want it to be good but the same thing over and over just got old. 3 old cars and you pretty much know what each guy will bring, they then do the same "stunts" and destroy the cars each time. BBC version would do that once or twice a series, these guys seem to do it every time and may throw in a 5 minute review of a car no one can possibly afford.

    I still think one of the best all time BBC episodes was when they took the supercars to France, one was a Ford GT. Can't remember if it was Jeremy's personal one or not but that show was great. Watching them try and get in and out of all the tight spots in France was great as well as the roads they found.

    Right now Velocity is doing a good job of car shows to watch, a new batch starts next Friday night..

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