Advantages Funny, Aesome Cars, an easy format
Disadvantages if you have no sense of humour you wont like it
Give some middle aged men, some expensive toys and tell them to make a TV show, and what you get is either combination of Pimp My Ride and Extreme Makeovers, or Top Gear. A show that could well be described as the top magazine TV show on TV right now (though saying that, there's not really much competition) mixing cars with 40 something year old men and allowing them to do as they please.So before we get onto the cars, lets first get on to the presenters, the real stars of the show, they include the pompous Jeremy Clarkson. Like him or not, it's hard to listen, watch, or read his work, with out having an opinion on the controversial leader of the pack, whether it's newspaper column, his books, or of course Top Gear, he's either going to make you agree with him, or make you wish he'd shut up.
So onto the magazine format of the show the show often starts with Clarkson driving a fast car and giving it a review whilst he plays with it. Usually a rather expensive car that us mere mortals cannot possibly ever buy, but rather admire from a far as rich people let us glimpse them occasionally. After the review The Stig then tries them around the track and the times recorded along side the other cars from the previous shows to show which is the fastest.After that there's often a “News Section”, often with the three guys ripping into the politicians and the green activists as they are often against fast driving (simple really). A laugh at some silly car designs often follows with the occasional “serious” note such as a little look at the future of the industry. This is often seen as a way to have a cheap shot at French cars which are regularly the target of the shows humour.
After the news the show goes into a challenge, where (usually) the three presenters are given X amount of £ to buy a car which will fit into specific criteria and compete over a series of events. These usually end up testing things like top speed in a drag race or testing a boot capacity. Or at least that's the idea they usually end up smashing each others cars up in an amusing and slapstick way.
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