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The Best Car TV Shows 

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Updated June 14, 2019 137.3k votes 16.6k voters 1.3M views 64 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

Actors: Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson, James May

Premiered: 2002

Number of Seasons: 19

Number of Episodes: 154

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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Overhaulin' is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Car TV Shows
Velocity, TLC

Actors: Courtney Hansen, Adrienne Janic, Chris Jacobs, Chip Foose

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 5

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
Fast N' Loud is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Car TV Shows
Discovery Channel

Actors: 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
WheelerDealers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Car TV Shows

Actors: Mike Brewer, Edd China

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motorz added Motorz Rev'n, Youtoo America, Wild TV Canada

Actors: Chris Duke

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 74

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
Counting Cars is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Car TV Shows

Premiered: 2012

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 23

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
Gearz is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Car TV Shows
kathryn-dixon-david added

Premiered: 2007

Genres (Tv): Special Interest

Chasing Classic Cars is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Car TV Shows
Discovery Channel

Actors: 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
Xtreme 4x4 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Car TV Shows
Xtreme 4x4 Spike

Actors: Ian Johnson, Jessi Combs

Premiered: 2005

Genres (Tv): Sports, Sports film, Automotive, Documentary, Reality television

Xtreme 4x4 is a half hour series airing on Spike TV that began in January 2005 as part of Spike's weekend Powerblock line up. The show uses a how-to format, where the hosts build or modify ...more
MuscleCar TV is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Car TV Shows
Jeremy Clarkson's Motorw... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Car TV Shows
British Broadcasting Corporation

Actors: Jeremy Clarkson, Giovanni Agnelli, Fabio Di Segni

Premiered: 1995

Number of Episodes: 13

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
Fifth Gear is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Car TV Shows
Discovery Channel, Channel 5

Actors: Tiff Needell, Vicki Butler-Henderson, Jason Plato

Premiered: 2002

Number of Seasons: 17

Number of Episodes: 160

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
Top Gear US is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Car TV Shows
stewart.c.randall added Top Gear US
Misfit Garage is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Car TV Shows
LisajohnSroczek added Misfit Garage

Actors: Jordan Butler

Premiered: 2014

Genres (Tv): Reality-TV

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
Monster Garage is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Car TV Shows
Discovery Channel

Actors: Jesse James, Jesse James, Thom Beers

Premiered: 2002

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 80

Genres (Tv): Automotive, Reality television

Monster Garage was a television show for the Discovery Channel hosted by Jesse James. Each episode was an hour in length and was conceived and produced by Thom Beers. The show aired the series ...more
MotorWeek is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Car TV Shows
Public Broadcasting Service

Actors: Yolanda Vazquez

Premiered: 1981

Number of Seasons: 31

Genres (Tv): Automobile, News, Automotive

MotorWeek is an American automotive television series. The program premiered on October 15, 1981 and is hosted by respected automotive journalist John H. Davis, who is also the series’ creator ...more
Street Outlaws is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Car TV Shows
RichardShumack added Discovery Channel

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.
American Hot Rod is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Car TV Shows
TLC, Discovery Channel

Actors: Mike Curtis, Boyd Coddington, Mike Rowe

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 5

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

American Hot Rod is a reality television series that originally aired between 2004 and 2008 on The Learning Channel and Discovery Channel. The unique series documented the crew at Boyd ...more
Pimp My Ride is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Car TV Shows
Pimp My Ride MTV, Speed

Actors: Xzibit, Buck

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 73

Genres (Tv): Automotive, Reality television

Pimp My Ride is a TV show produced by MTV and hosted by rapper Xzibit. Each episode consists of taking one car in poor condition and restoring it, as well as customizing it. The original ...more
My Classic Car is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Car TV Shows
Spike, Speed

Actors: 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
Two Guys Garage is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Car TV Shows

Actors: Kevin Byrd, Bryan Fuller, Sam Memmolo

Premiered: 2001

Genres (Tv): Automobile

Two Guys Garage is an American reality television series on automobile repair and customizing, hosted by Kevin Byrd and Willie B. The series is based in Tampa, Florida. Two Guys Garage covers ...more
Car Crazy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Car TV Shows

Genres (Tv): Automotive

Car Crazy is a Velocity Channel television series about automotive enthusiasts, hosted by Barry Meguiar, President and CEO of the Meguiar's car care product empire. Each episode features various ...more
Trick My Truck is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Car TV Shows
Country Music Television

Actors: Ryan Ryno Templeton

Premiered: 2006

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 55

Genres (Tv): Automotive, Reality television

Trick My Truck is an American reality television program that premiered on February 3, 2006 on Country Music Television. Created by Varuna Entertainment, the series features a group of vehicle ...more
Hot Rod TV is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Car TV Shows

Actors: Lee Reherman, Clark Gillie, Skratch

Premiered: 2007