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
Barrett-Jackson: The Auctions
Barrett-Jackson: The Auctions
Top Gear
Top Gear
Jay Leno's Garage
Jay Leno's Garage
Detroit Auto Show
Detroit Auto Show
Barrett-Jackson Automobile Auction
Barrett-Jackson Automobile Auction
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
The Devils Ride
The Devils Ride
Wrecked
Wrecked
Mecum Auto Auctions
Mecum Auto Auctions
Graveyard Carz
Graveyard Carz
Wheeler Dealers
Wheeler Dealers
NASCAR Now
NASCAR Now
The Car Chasers
The Car Chasers
Counting Cars
Counting Cars
PowerBlock
PowerBlock
Bitchin' Rides
Bitchin' Rides
101 Cars You Must Drive
101 Cars You Must Drive
Fifth Gear
Fifth Gear
Superbike Family
Superbike Family
PowerNation: Engine Power
PowerNation: Engine Power
Top Gear, The Specials
Top Gear, The Specials
Overhaulin' Top 10
Overhaulin' Top 10
How It's Made: Dream Cars
How It's Made: Dream Cars
Trucks!
Trucks!
Tuner Battle Royale
Tuner Battle Royale
Livin' the Low Life
Livin' the Low Life
Vegas Rat Rods
Vegas Rat Rods
Fast N' Loud Demolition Theater
Fast N' Loud Demolition Theater
BMSE Drift Bible
BMSE Drift Bible
Orange County Choppers
Orange County Choppers
Pass Time
Pass Time
Highway To Sell
Highway To Sell
Warlocks Rising
Warlocks Rising
Car Warriors
Car Warriors
Fast N' Loud: Revved Up
Fast N' Loud: Revved Up
PowerNation: Truck Tech
PowerNation: Truck Tech
Dallas Car Sharks
Dallas Car Sharks
Corvette Nation
Corvette Nation
All Girls Garage
All Girls Garage
Hard Parts: South Bronx
Hard Parts: South Bronx
Sturgis Raw
Sturgis Raw
Misfit Garage
Misfit Garage
Top Gear At the Movies
Top Gear At the Movies
Magnificent Motorcars
Magnificent Motorcars
NASCAR Nationwide Series
NASCAR Nationwide Series
What's In the Barn?
What's In the Barn?
History Made Now: Wheels of Fortune
History Made Now: Wheels of Fortune
Classic Cars
Classic Cars
Ferrari Challenge
Ferrari Challenge
Turn & Burn
Turn & Burn
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
American Hot Rod
American Hot Rod
AmeriCarna
AmeriCarna
ALMS Undercover
ALMS Undercover
God, Guns & Automobiles
God, Guns & Automobiles
R U Faster Than a Redneck?
R U Faster Than a Redneck?
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
Richard Hammond's Top Gear Uncovered
Richard Hammond's Top Gear Uncovered
F1 36
F1 36
Top Gear Apocalypse
Top Gear Apocalypse
PowerNation: Detroit Muscle
PowerNation: Detroit Muscle
Lucas Oil Modified Series
Lucas Oil Modified Series
Fat N' Furious Rolling Thunder
Fat N' Furious Rolling Thunder
Garage Squad
Garage Squad
Car Science
Car Science
ARCA RE/MAX Series Racing
ARCA RE/MAX Series Racing
Idris Elba King of Speed
Idris Elba King of Speed
350Z Shock
350Z Shock
Nissan GT-R Loaded
Nissan GT-R Loaded
NASCAR Nationwide Series Qualifying
NASCAR Nationwide Series Qualifying
Motor City Masters
Motor City Masters
Extreme RVs
Extreme RVs
Trick My What?
Trick My What?
Madhouse
Madhouse
Top Gear: Top Fails
Top Gear: Top Fails
Flippin' RVs
Flippin' RVs
NASCAR Sprint Cup Qualifying (ABC)
NASCAR Sprint Cup Qualifying (ABC)
The Curator's Vault
The Curator's Vault
Car Fix
Car Fix
TUDOR United SportsCar Championship
TUDOR United SportsCar Championship
Top Gear: Top 41
Top Gear: Top 41
Velocity Presents
Velocity Presents
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee: Single Shot
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee: Single Shot
Car Matchmaker
Car Matchmaker
Combat Cars
Combat Cars
Screen Machines
Screen Machines
Indiana Sprint Cars
Indiana Sprint Cars
The Brake Room with Heather Rae Young
The Brake Room with Heather Rae Young
Grass Roots Racing TV
Grass Roots Racing TV
American Car Prospector
American Car Prospector
Mecum: The Dealmakers
Mecum: The Dealmakers
PowerNation: Extreme Off Road
PowerNation: Extreme Off Road
Extreme Auto Hunters
Extreme Auto Hunters
Mega RV Countdown
Mega RV Countdown
Best in the Desert Racing
Best in the Desert Racing
Lords of the Car Hoards
Lords of the Car Hoards
Geneva Supercross
Geneva Supercross
Legendary Motorcar
Legendary Motorcar
NASCAR America
NASCAR America