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The Best Car TV Shows

Updated May 24, 2021 101.8k votes 18.0k voters 1.5m views64 items

List RulesNo planes or trains on this list. It's all about the automobiles.

The very best car shows on television, ranked from best to worst by hot rod fanatics like you. This list of the greatest car TV shows is a compilation of all the best car repair shows, the top factual car shows, the best sitcoms featuring cars, and the greatest DIY car shows. Automotive TV series have been a television staple for years, so there are plenty of great car TV shows to choose from when selecting what you consider to be the best car TV show. This list of the top car TV programs is made up of long-running car series like (British favorite) "Top Gear" and "Wrecked" – "Life In The Crash Lane" as well as car related sitcoms like "Car 54, Where Are You?" and "Home Improvement." 

What are the top TV shows about cars? What are the most informative car shows? What are the most entertaining car shows? Since this list is ranked best to worst by other car TV show enthusiasts like you, it should be a good staring point to answer those questions. If you don't see your favorite car TV show on the list, make sure to add it to this list of the greatest automotive series.

If all this car talk has you in the mood to look at more cars, skip the Netflix binge session, and first check out the worst cars ever (which have probably been featured in some kind of "Top Gear" demolition derby at some point) and the worst race car crashes of all time to see what they likely looked like after.
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    Top Gear

    Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson

    PremieredOctober 20, 2002

    Genres (Tv)Auto, Entertainment, Documentary

    Top Gear is a British television series about motor vehicles, primarily cars, and is the most widely watched factual television programme in the world. It began in 1977 as a conventional motoring...  more

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    Fast N' Loud

    Christie Brimberry, Richard Rawlings

    PremieredJune 6, 2012

    Genres (Tv)Reality, Auto

    Fast N' Loud is a reality styled Discovery Channel TV show featuring Richard Rawlings, 45, and Aaron Kaufman, 33, from the Dallas, Texas-based Gas Monkey Garage as they search for run-down cars, and...  more

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    WheelerDealers

    Mike Brewer, Edd China

    PremieredSeptember 13, 2007

    Genres (Tv)Reality, Auto, How-to

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    Overhaulin'

    Courtney Hansen, Adrienne Janic

    PremieredMarch 21, 2004

    Genres (Tv)Reality, How-to, Auto

    Overhaulin' is an American automotive reality TV show that ran for five seasons between 2004 and 2008 on TLC. After a four-year hiatus, Season 6 premiered on October 2, 2012 on Velocity and Discovery....  more

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    Counting Cars

    Danny Koker, Scott Jones

    PremieredAugust 13, 2012

    Genres (Tv)Reality, Auto

    Counting Cars is an American reality television series, shown on History, and produced by Leftfield Pictures. The series, which is the third spinoff of Pawn Stars, is filmed in Las Vegas, Nevada,...  more

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    Bitchin' Rides

    Dave Kindig

    Premiered2014

    Genres (Tv)Reality-TV

    Bitchin' Rides (MotorTrend, 2014) is a reality television series. Dave Kindig and his crew in his Salt Lake City shop builds and restores classic vehicles from a '33 Ford Tudor to a '69 Camaro....  more

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    Chasing Classic Cars

    Wayne Carini, David Gooding

    PremieredJune 3, 2008

    Genres (Tv)Reality, Auto

    Chasing Classic Cars is a US television documentary series starring Wayne Carini who finds and chases classic cars from all eras, focusing on finding and getting cars running, with the option of...  more
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    Motorz

    Chris Duke

    Premiered2008

    Motorz is an Automotive Improvement® TV series hosted by Chris Duke. Learn how to install accessories and maintain your vehicle in a typical garage setting using common tools.

    Motorz is an American television series seen nationwide on Youtoo TV, The Family Channel, Untamed Sports TV, Biz Television, Tuff TV, Roku, and globally on YouTube and iTunes. The automotive...  more
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    The Grand Tour

    Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Motoring

    The Grand Tour is a British motoring television series for Amazon Video presented by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May and produced by Andy Wilman. The four agreed to produce the series...  more

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    Jay Leno's Garage

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    American Hot Rod

    Mike Curtis, Boyd Coddington

    PremieredJanuary 23, 2004

    Genres (Tv)Reality, Auto, How-to

    American Hot Rod (Discovery Channel, 2004) is a reality television series. The unique series documented the crew at Boyd Coddington's car shop and their personal struggles to build hot rods and...  more

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    Roadkill

    by Motortred, sponsored by Dodge
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    Hot Rod TV

    Lee Reherman, Clark Gillie

    Premiered2007

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    Car S.O.S

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    Fifth Gear

    Tiff Needell, Vicki Butler-Henderson

    Premiered2002

    Genres (Tv)Sports, Special Interest, Sports film, Automotive, Documentary

    Fifth Gear is a British motoring television magazine series. Originally shown on Channel 5 from 2002 to 2011, Discovery from 2012 to 2014 and History since 2015, the show is currently presented by...  more
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    Misfit Garage

    Jordan Butler

    Premiered2014

    Genres (Tv)Reality-TV

    Misfit Garage (Discovery, 2014) is a reality series spun off from Fast N' Loud. The show features two of the mechanics fired from the show's Dallas, Texas-based Gas Monkey Garage and their attempts...  more
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    Top Gear US

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    My Classic Car

    Dennis Gage

    Premiered1997

    Genres (Tv)Special Interest

    My Classic Car is a television show about classic automobiles, hosted by Dennis Gage. It was originally broadcast on TNN, and Speed Channel. MAVtv currently airs the show and Velocity will also air...  more
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    Horsepower TV

    Cable's highest rated and longest running auto how-to show, HorsePower TV targets street machine owners, hot rodders and racers who modify and tune for performance. The show backs up it's projects...
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    Garage Rehab

    Richard Rawlings, Russell J. Holmes

    PremieredAugust 30, 2017

    Genres (Tv)Reality, Auto

    Garage Rehab (Discovery, 2017) is an American reality series. Famed for his Gas Monkey empire and the hit show Fast n Loud, Richard Rawlings returns as he and his team take mechanic shops in need of...  more
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    Graveyard Carz

    Mark Worman, Royal Yoakum

    PremieredMay 11, 2012

    Genres (Tv)Reality, Auto, How-to

    Graveyard Carz is a reality television series that currently airs on Velocity. The show documents the select crew at Mark Worman's collision shop Welby's Car Care and their restoration, research and...  more
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    Big Easy Motors

    Charles Handler

    PremieredJuly 5, 2016

    Genres (Tv)Reality, Auto

    Big Easy Motors (History, 2016) is an American reality television series. Charles Handler and his team of car experts search all over Louisiana for classic cars to restore and sell....  more
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    Street Outlaws Memphis