Automotive TV Shows

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The marriage between TV and cars isn't necessarily an obvious one, but it seems that the only thing that auto enthusiasts like more than driving cars is watching shows about cars on TV. Automotive programming pops up on just about every broadcast and cable networks, and entire networks have been devoted to bringing vehicular entertainment to the small screen.

In the beginning, automotive programming was often very straightforward. Programs like "MotorWeek" on PBS featured road tests of new car models and basic maintenance information, and the BBC's "Top Gear" offered much the same kind of content on the other side of Atlantic. Both series are still on the air, although "Top Gear" underwent a redesign and relaunch after the turn of the century.

The rise of reality programming on cable TV was fortuitous for automotive programming. The combination of cars, motorcycles and reality-style drama resulted in popular series such as "American Chopper," which followed the exploits of custom motorcycle builders, and series featuring the building, customization and restoration of vehicles proliferated.

In addition to the documentary and reality genres, the televised presentation of motorsports has been one of the most popular genres of automotive programming for decades. Broadcasts of NASCAR stock car racing events are some of the most widely viewed sports broadcasts on television, and other racing series such as Formula 1 have smaller but equally dedicated audiences.

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Street Outlaws
Street Outlaws
NASCAR Now
NASCAR Now
Top Gear
Top Gear
Jay Leno's Garage
Jay Leno's Garage
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
Counting Cars
Counting Cars
NASCAR Nationwide Series
NASCAR Nationwide Series
The Devils Ride
The Devils Ride
Graveyard Carz
Graveyard Carz
Wheeler Dealers
Wheeler Dealers
PowerBlock
PowerBlock
Barrett-Jackson: The Auctions
Barrett-Jackson: The Auctions
How It's Made: Dream Cars
How It's Made: Dream Cars
PowerNation: Engine Power
PowerNation: Engine Power
The Car Chasers
The Car Chasers
Bitchin' Rides
Bitchin' Rides
NASCAR Sprint Cup Qualifying (ABC)
NASCAR Sprint Cup Qualifying (ABC)
101 Cars You Must Drive
101 Cars You Must Drive
Fat N' Furious Rolling Thunder
Fat N' Furious Rolling Thunder
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Racing
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Racing
The Car Show
The Car Show
Fifth Gear
Fifth Gear
Texas Car Wars
Texas Car Wars
AmeriCarna
AmeriCarna
NASCAR Race Hub
NASCAR Race Hub
Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series
Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
Wrecked
Wrecked
Mecum Auto Auctions
Mecum Auto Auctions
Vegas Rat Rods
Vegas Rat Rods
Car Warriors
Car Warriors
PowerNation: Truck Tech
PowerNation: Truck Tech
Detroit Auto Show
Detroit Auto Show
Top Gear, The Specials
Top Gear, The Specials
Tuner Battle Royale
Tuner Battle Royale
The Curator's Vault
The Curator's Vault
BMSE Drift Bible
BMSE Drift Bible
Livin' the Low Life
Livin' the Low Life
Warlocks Rising
Warlocks Rising
Top Gear Top 40
Top Gear Top 40
Misfit Garage
Misfit Garage
Overhaulin' Top 10
Overhaulin' Top 10
Flippin' RVs
Flippin' RVs
My Classic Car
My Classic Car
Extreme Auto Hunters
Extreme Auto Hunters
NASCAR Nationwide Series Qualifying
NASCAR Nationwide Series Qualifying
Howe & Howe Tech
Howe & Howe Tech
NASCAR America
NASCAR America
Car Fix
Car Fix
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
Trucks!
Trucks!
All Girls Garage
All Girls Garage
Turn & Burn
Turn & Burn
Lucas Oil Off Road Racing
Lucas Oil Off Road Racing
Let It Ride
Let It Ride
Ferrari Challenge
Ferrari Challenge
ALMS Undercover
ALMS Undercover
American Hot Rod
American Hot Rod
F1 36
F1 36
What's In the Barn?
What's In the Barn?
R U Faster Than a Redneck?
R U Faster Than a Redneck?
PowerNation: Detroit Muscle
PowerNation: Detroit Muscle
Lucas Oil Modified Series
Lucas Oil Modified Series
Car Science
Car Science
350Z Shock
350Z Shock
Madhouse
Madhouse
Highway To Sell
Highway To Sell
Nissan GT-R Loaded
Nissan GT-R Loaded
Naked Speed
Naked Speed
Trick My What?
Trick My What?
Motor City Masters
Motor City Masters
ARCA RE/MAX Series Racing
ARCA RE/MAX Series Racing
Best of American Hot Rod
Best of American Hot Rod
Fast N' Loud Demolition Theater
Fast N' Loud Demolition Theater
Combat Cars
Combat Cars
Screen Machines
Screen Machines
Sturgis Raw
Sturgis Raw
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee: Single Shot
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee: Single Shot
Car Matchmaker
Car Matchmaker
PowerNation: Extreme Off Road
PowerNation: Extreme Off Road
Top Gear: Top 41
Top Gear: Top 41
Barrett-Jackson Automobile Auction
Barrett-Jackson Automobile Auction
Orange County Choppers
Orange County Choppers
Indiana Sprint Cars
Indiana Sprint Cars
Geneva Supercross
Geneva Supercross
RV Nation
RV Nation
Grass Roots Racing TV
Grass Roots Racing TV
Corvette Nation
Corvette Nation
American Car Prospector
American Car Prospector
The Smoking Tire
The Smoking Tire
Top Gear: Top Fails
Top Gear: Top Fails
History Made Now: Wheels of Fortune
History Made Now: Wheels of Fortune
Mecum Motorcycle
Mecum Motorcycle
The Amazing World of Automobiles
The Amazing World of Automobiles
Wide Open Road
Wide Open Road
Mecum: The Dealmakers
Mecum: The Dealmakers
Classic Cars
Classic Cars
Mega RV Countdown
Mega RV Countdown
Peak Stock Car Dream Challenge 2
Peak Stock Car Dream Challenge 2
Drifting With the All Stars
Drifting With the All Stars