Automotive TV Shows

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.

Top Gear
Top Gear
Street Outlaws
Street Outlaws
The Grand Tour
The Grand Tour
Wheeler Dealers
Wheeler Dealers
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
Street Outlaws: Memphis
Street Outlaws: Memphis
Opel
Opel
Minecraft: Story Mode
Minecraft: Story Mode
Counting Cars
Counting Cars
Bitchin' Rides
Bitchin' Rides
Texas Metal
Texas Metal
Top Gear, The Specials
Top Gear, The Specials
The Devils Ride
The Devils Ride
FantomWorks
FantomWorks
Garage Squad
Garage Squad
Graveyard Carz
Graveyard Carz
Fastest Car
Fastest Car
Junkyard Empire
Junkyard Empire
Misfit Garage
Misfit Garage
Going RV
Going RV
Vegas Rat Rods
Vegas Rat Rods
Restoration Garage
Restoration Garage
Car Fix
Car Fix
Cuban Chrome
Cuban Chrome
Leepu & Pitbull
Leepu & Pitbull
Car Matchmaker
Car Matchmaker
Auto/Biography
Auto/Biography
The Cars That Made America
The Cars That Made America
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
All Girls Garage
All Girls Garage
Orange County Choppers
Orange County Choppers
How It's Made: Dream Cars
How It's Made: Dream Cars
Big Time RV
Big Time RV
Extreme RVs
Extreme RVs
Rusted Development
Rusted Development
Buying RVs
Buying RVs
PowerNation: Detroit Muscle
PowerNation: Detroit Muscle
Flipping Ships
Flipping Ships
NASCAR Racing
NASCAR Racing
Warlocks Rising
Warlocks Rising
Dallas Car Sharks
Dallas Car Sharks
Wrecked (2008)
Wrecked (2008)
Fast N' Loud Demolition Theater
Fast N' Loud Demolition Theater
AmeriCarna
AmeriCarna
NASCAR Now
NASCAR Now
NASCAR Race Hub
NASCAR Race Hub
Kings of Crash
Kings of Crash
Flippin' RVs
Flippin' RVs
Motor Trend Video
Motor Trend Video
Mecum Auto Auctions
Mecum Auto Auctions
Fat N' Furious Rolling Thunder
Fat N' Furious Rolling Thunder
PowerNation: Engine Power
PowerNation: Engine Power
The Car Show
The Car Show
Fifth Gear
Fifth Gear
King of Cars
King of Cars
Formula One Racing
Formula One Racing
My Classic Car
My Classic Car
Mighty Cruise Ships
Mighty Cruise Ships
What's In the Barn?
What's In the Barn?
Misfit Garage: Fired Up
Misfit Garage: Fired Up
Carfellas
Carfellas
Pass Time
Pass Time
Barrett-Jackson: The Auctions
Barrett-Jackson: The Auctions
Le Mans: Racing is Everything
Le Mans: Racing is Everything
American Muscle Car
American Muscle Car
Supercars
Supercars
Driving Wild
Driving Wild
Performance TV
Performance TV
Trick My What?
Trick My What?
International Isle of Man TT Race
International Isle of Man TT Race
Hard Parts: South Bronx
Hard Parts: South Bronx
Car Warriors
Car Warriors
Top Gear Apocalypse
Top Gear Apocalypse
The Ride That Got Away
The Ride That Got Away
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee: Single Shot
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee: Single Shot
Motorcycles
Motorcycles
Life Size
Life Size
PowerBlock
PowerBlock
God, Guns & Automobiles
God, Guns & Automobiles
American Hot Rod
American Hot Rod
Legendary Motorcar
Legendary Motorcar
Classic Cars
Classic Cars
Top Gear: Top 41
Top Gear: Top 41
PowerNation: Truck Tech
PowerNation: Truck Tech
Let It Ride
Let It Ride
Jay Leno's Garage (2013)
Jay Leno's Garage (2013)
Grass Roots Racing TV
Grass Roots Racing TV
Grand Prix Driver
Grand Prix Driver
High Tech Rednecks
High Tech Rednecks
Mecum: The Dealmakers
Mecum: The Dealmakers
NHRA in 30
NHRA in 30
Review: Car Reviews - SavageGeese
Review: Car Reviews - SavageGeese
Screen Machines
Screen Machines
#bikerlive
#bikerlive
Barrett-Jackson Automobile Auction
Barrett-Jackson Automobile Auction
Mega RV Countdown
Mega RV Countdown
Best of American Hot Rod
Best of American Hot Rod
Driven
Driven
Volvo Ocean Race
Volvo Ocean Race
Be A Grand Prix Driver
Be A Grand Prix Driver