Top Gear

Austin Leverton, A&E Writer

No matter what the time or what the mood, there is one show that never ceases to entertain. Episodes in this great show can feature anything from making a train out of RV trailers, playing a game of darts with hatchbacks, or even attempting to build a space shuttle out of a little 3-wheeled compact car infamously known as the Reliant Robin. For over ten years now, the three presenters on Top Gear (Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond) have been testing cars, interviewing celebrities, and performing wild stunts.  Sure it may have an episode here and there that isn’t mindblowingly spectacular, but this show never really has a “bad” episode.  Each show follows a similar format, but like many great recipes, some are best left untampered with. No episode is without great humor, solid car reviews, and speed tests done by the one and only Stig.  And who is the Stig you may ask? Well some say he’s wanted by the CIA and that he sleeps upside down like a bat.  All we know is that he’s called the Stig.  He has only one purpose in life and that is to drive various cars around the Top Gear Test Track as fast as humanly (or inhumanly) possible.

Like any other show, Top Gear is best when watched in sequence. However, despite a few running gags that might not be understood by new viewers, this show can still be enjoyed without watching every single previous episode.  Put simply, this show is great for those who have an interest in cars and almost just as good for those don’t.  Top Gear has both a UK version and a US version, but the UK version is superior in almost every single way.  The only down side to watching the original UK series is that some of the cars and celebrities have never been known in the United States, but this show can also be a great way to get a glimpse of life in Great Britain without watching a dumb travel documentary.  This show is definitely worth checking out. The crazy stunts, car related tomfoolery, and crude humor are endlessly entertaining, and there are nineteen seasons available on Netflix.