Some context to this review is necessary.
Imagine that you’re the kind of person who has never really entirely given up on a teenage boy’s fascination with the automobile. The kind who can listen to Rush’s “Red Barchetta” and think to himself, “Man, that’s my idea of social protest”. Imagine that you have been given free license to run your own TV show with two of your goofball buddies. Imagine further that you have access to what seems like nearly unlimited funds, provided you use them to (a) drive ridiculously designed cars really fast; (b) invite british celebrities to take a normal car for a spin around your test track and poke general (and gentle) fun at them; and (c) do one magnificently foolish project a week that would resemble a “Jackass” project except for the fact that it includes little or no toilet humor and must be executed on an epic scale. When I say epic scale… well, if you’re a fan of MythBusters (which I also enjoy), think of what their average show is like, and compare that to the time they blew up the cement truck. If you consider the average MB show a 1, and blowing up the cement truck a 4, Top Gear’s average episode clocks in at a 9, and that’s on a logarithmic scale.
You can view clips of many of the shows on YouTube, but the cadence of the show and the progression from the ridiculous to the sublime is part of the fun; I recommend watching each episode in it’s entirety. And it’s now on BBCA! No writer’s strike!
They also have someone on the producer crew who has an absolutely perfect flair for picking the right song clips for audio track enhancement.