Need a little automotive excitement in your life but don’t want to leave the couch? Check out the best car tv shows to rev up your weekend binge-watching.
If you’re stuck in your garage or find yourself on the couch, you can still get the adrenaline rush of getting behind the wheel on your big screen. We’re bringing you some of the most talked about car shows out there today to immerse you in car culture from racing to restoration.
Jay Leno has been known for his large and in charge car collection for years. Leno has some of the most unique cars in his garage which has rightfully made him an immediate choice for a TV show. Leno is the host of his show, Jay Leno’s Garage, where he talks about all things cars alongside some celebrity features, races with said celebrities, and the cool facts and history behind it all. In one of his latest episodes, Leno interviewed Matt Damon for his new movie Ford v. Ferrari to recreate a Road and Track magazine cover and learn more about the history behind the movie, too. Leno does it all, doesn’t he?
When you talk about car tv shows, you can’t leave out Top Gear. Top Gear has been around since 1977, but its famous reboot came in 2002. Andrew Wilman and Jeremy Clarkson went to BBC in 2001 to reboot Top Gear in a new format that involved car reviews, test driving by veteran test drivers, and celebrity guests. After BBC gave the thumbs up for the new format, the show took off full speed ahead. Things went rather smoothly until 2015 when Clarkson’s contract was terminated while his co-hosts, Richard Hammond and James May, resigned alongside Wilman, too. Though the original hosts left, the show continued as BBC found new presenters to take on their roles. Top Gear continues to be a source of car entertainment, fun, and education as the concept of the show remains the same!
After leaving Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May, and Andy Wilman, came together to create The Grand Tour, a new automotive show, much like Top Gear, with the help of Amazon Prime. The first two seasons featured closed track reviews, challenges, races, and celebrity features like David Hasselhoff and Paris Hilton. The third season switched formats to special automotive films that feature the adventure, history, and more related to automobiles. These films included challenges between the hosts, like building a car in the middle of Mongolia out of basic parts and little rations. Though the hosts aren’t under Top Gear anymore, The Grand Tour features the usual antics, hijinks, and comedy you can expect out of these hosts and makes for one entertaining episode after another.
Another reality TV car show is Fastest Car. Before you get to the white line, the show goes behind the scenes of each racer to learn the ins and outs of the driver before they get out to the track. You’ll meet drivers from different backgrounds and attitudes, giving you a look into what car enthusiasts look and sound like outside of their cars. From expensive supercars like Lamborghinis to “sleepers” like the Honda Civic, this show puts the high-end versus the low-end to see how they fair down the track. Which car will be the fastest? You’ll have to watch to find out.
Mark, the host of Car Masters: Rust to Riches, takes junk cars and turns them into hunk cars. Each episode begins with Mark buying a car between $500-$1,000. The end goal is to restore the junk into a treasure that’s worth at least six-figures. No problem, right? See how Mark and his team go from rags to riches as they piece together project cars in the garage.
Another restoration show that will grow on you is hosted by Mike Hall. Mike has collected too many rusty cars to count and is running out of time to restore them all. With the help of Mike’s son and his friend, they are attempting to turn his 2 million dollars of rusted vehicles into cars worth driving. See what makes Rust Valley one of the coolest places for car culture, while watching Mike and his team bring old cars new life.
Have you ever wanted to know what it’s like to be a Formula 1 driver? This series showcases the lives of Formula 1 racers. Their dreams, their fears, their families, and everything in between give these races more meaning as a handful of Formula 1 drivers make their way towards the World Championship. What does it really take to be a Formula 1 driver? Watch the show and find out!
Paul Hollywood is more than just a racecar driver, he’s a chef, too. In this show, Paul takes a trip around the European continent to learn more about cars, their owners, and their manufacturers. In the first episode, Paul is roaming through Italy for six days in a handful of cars to fit the culture, roads, and people. To witness the entire trip, you’ll have to grab a map and follow along with Paul as he makes his way through some of the most car-loving countries.
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is exactly what it sounds like. Jerry Seinfeld and his endless car collection stroll around town picking up comedians to take them to coffee. There are shenanigans and hijinks along the way, as well as a whole lotta laughs. Comedians like Jim Carrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Jimmy Fallon, and Stephen Colbert are featured in Season 1. Season 2 celebs include David Letterman, Barack Obama, and Kevin Hart. The list goes on and on as the show started in 2012 and we’re now in 2019! Check out the seasons on Netflix to have some laughs and learn a few cool car facts, too.
Netflix’s Hyperdrive is a competitive racing show that features amateur drivers from all around the world. The drivers come with their own vehicles to demonstrate their capabilities through obstacle course style races. Much like any competitive show, you learn the backstories of the drivers before they take the wheel and race. As you make your way through the season, Hyperdrive racers get closer to the Hyperdrive Finals to win the cup. With cool cars and interesting racers, you’ll stick around to learn more about amateur racing and what it means all over the world.
Now that you’ve got everything you need for a weekend in, you can sit back, relax, and drive the remote wherever you want it to take you. Have you seen any of these shows? What did you think? Leave us a comment below!