I had heard about Top Gear for a long time but never had seen any episodes. As I’m not at all a gearhead and know the bare minimum I need to know about cars in order to move them efficiently from point A to point B, I didn’t think the show would have much appeal for me. But then BBC sent us seasons (or series; it’s British, after all) 14 and 15 of the show to review for Fandomania, and I started realizing that the cars are just vehicles (pun only slightly intended) for the craziness the show’s hosts get up to in each episode.

I noticed tonight that Top Gear has been added to Netflix Instant Streaming, so I decided to check it out. I’d heard about an episode in which the three guys made a perilous road trip from Florida to Louisiana with a death defying stop in rural Alabama, so I searched that episode out. It’s Series 9, Episode 2, for anybody else who wants to check it out. It was the first time I’d watched a full episode of Top Gear in a non-mandatory capacity (watching something to review it is incredibly different than watching it to watch it), and aside from a sequence involving a hunt for road kill and another involving a cow, I thought it was pretty hilarious stuff. I’m not sure how prevalent the jabs at America are in the rest of the episodes, but I can imagine not all Colonials finding everything as humorous as I did. Here’s the Alabama segment for your cringing enjoyment:

 

 

Anybody have suggestions of other Top Gear episodes I should check out? I doubt I’ll watch through entire seasons anytime soon, but if you can point me to specific seasons / series and episodes, I’d most definitely add them to the to-watch list.

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