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The Best Car TV Shows 

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Updated April 6, 2020 138.8k votes 17k voters 1.4M views 66 items

List Rules No 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Car TV Shows
Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson, James May

Premiered: 2002

Genres (Tv): Entertainment, Special Interest, Television comedy, Talk show, Automotive, + more

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 ...more

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Fast N' Loud is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Car TV Shows
Christie Brimberry, Richard Rawlings, Aaron Kaufmann

Premiered: 2012

Genres (Tv): Reality television

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, ...more
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Overhaulin' is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Car TV Shows
Courtney Hansen, Adrienne Janic, Chris Jacobs

Premiered: 2004

Genres (Tv): Automotive, Reality television

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
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WheelerDealers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Car TV Shows
Mike Brewer, Edd China
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Counting Cars is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Car TV Shows

Premiered: 2012

Genres (Tv): Reality television

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, ...more
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Chasing Classic Cars is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Car TV Shows
Wayne Carini, David Gooding, McKeel Hagerty

Premiered: 2008

Genres (Tv): Documentary, Reality television

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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Gearz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Car TV Shows
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Premiered: 2007

Genres (Tv): Special Interest

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Street Outlaws is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Car TV Shows
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Premiered: 2013

Genres (Tv): Reality television

Street Outlaws (Discovery Channel, 2013) is an American reality television series. The documentary-reality series takes an inside look into the world of American street racing.
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Premiered: 2008

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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American Hot Rod is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Car TV Shows
Mike Curtis, Boyd Coddington, Mike Rowe

Premiered: 2004

Genres (Tv): Drama, Automotive, Documentary, Reality television

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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Bitchin' Rides is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Car TV Shows
Bitchin' Rides Dave Kindig

Premiered: 2014

Genres (Tv): Reality-TV

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Jay Leno's Garage is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Car TV Shows
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Hot Rod TV is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Car TV Shows
Lee Reherman, Clark Gillie, Skratch

Premiered: 2007

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Fifth Gear is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Car TV Shows
Tiff Needell, Vicki Butler-Henderson, Jason Plato

Premiered: 2002

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 ...more
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Horsepower TV is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Car TV Shows
Horsepower TV

Premiered: 2006

Genres (Tv): Special Interest

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 ...more
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The Grand Tour is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Car TV Shows
Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May

Premiered: 2016

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 ...more

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Top Gear US is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Car TV Shows
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My Classic Car is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Car TV Shows
Dennis Gage

Premiered: 1997

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 ...more
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Car S.O.S is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Car TV Shows
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Graveyard Carz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Car TV Shows
Graveyard Carz Mark Worman, Royal Yoakum, Mike Hill

Premiered: 2012

Genres (Tv): Reality television

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 ...more
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MuscleCar TV is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Car TV Shows
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Jeremy Clarkson's Motorw... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Car TV Shows
Jeremy Clarkson, Giovanni Agnelli, Fabio Di Segni

Premiered: 1995

Genres (Tv): News, Automotive, Comedy, Documentary

Jeremy Clarkson's Motorworld was a BBC television series about the car and motoring cultures of various countries. The show was presented by Jeremy Clarkson and consisted of two series of six ...more
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Misfit Garage is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Car TV Shows
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Premiered: 2014

Genres (Tv): Reality-TV

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Desert Car Kings is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Car TV Shows
Desert Car Kings J.K. Simmons, Barry Jaggers, Jason McClure

Premiered: 2011

Genres (Tv): Reality television

Desert Car Kings is a show on Discovery Channel. Desert Valley Car Kings was a reality television show that debuted on the Discovery Channel on January 26, 2011. It is based on the McClure ...more