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.

The Grand Tour
The Grand Tour
Top Gear
Top Gear
Street Outlaws
Street Outlaws
Wheeler Dealers
Wheeler Dealers
Fast N' Loud
Fast N' Loud
Top Gear, The Specials
Top Gear, The Specials
Texas Metal
Texas Metal
Street Outlaws: Memphis
Street Outlaws: Memphis
Bitchin' Rides
Bitchin' Rides
Graveyard Carz
Graveyard Carz
Counting Cars
Counting Cars
Garage Squad
Garage Squad
Junkyard Empire
Junkyard Empire
The Devils Ride
The Devils Ride
FantomWorks
FantomWorks
Misfit Garage
Misfit Garage
All Girls Garage
All Girls Garage
Fastest Car
Fastest Car
Going RV
Going RV
Auto/Biography
Auto/Biography
Car Fix
Car Fix
Vegas Rat Rods
Vegas Rat Rods
Restoration Garage
Restoration Garage
Hand Built Hot Rods
Hand Built Hot Rods
Wrecked (2008)
Wrecked (2008)
Leepu & Pitbull
Leepu & Pitbull
Mighty Cruise Ships
Mighty Cruise Ships
Orange County Choppers
Orange County Choppers
Rusted Development
Rusted Development
Fifth Gear
Fifth Gear
Car Matchmaker
Car Matchmaker
Warlocks Rising
Warlocks Rising
Fat N' Furious Rolling Thunder
Fat N' Furious Rolling Thunder
How It's Made: Dream Cars
How It's Made: Dream Cars
Sturgis Raw
Sturgis Raw
Fast N' Loud Demolition Theater
Fast N' Loud Demolition Theater
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up
Naked Speed
Naked Speed
AmeriCarna
AmeriCarna
Roadkill Extras
Roadkill Extras
Mecum Auto Auctions
Mecum Auto Auctions
NASCAR Racing
NASCAR Racing
Pass Time
Pass Time
The Cars That Made America
The Cars That Made America
Flippin' RVs
Flippin' RVs
Philly Throttle
Philly Throttle
Extreme RVs
Extreme RVs
Kings of Crash
Kings of Crash
Barrett-Jackson: The Auctions
Barrett-Jackson: The Auctions
Hard Parts: South Bronx
Hard Parts: South Bronx
The Car Show
The Car Show
Race Night at Bowman Gray
Race Night at Bowman Gray
My Classic Car
My Classic Car
American Hot Rod
American Hot Rod
R U Faster Than a Redneck?
R U Faster Than a Redneck?
Misfit Garage: Fired Up
Misfit Garage: Fired Up
Carfellas
Carfellas
Dallas Car Sharks
Dallas Car Sharks
Le Mans: Racing is Everything
Le Mans: Racing is Everything
Cuban Chrome
Cuban Chrome
Top Gear Apocalypse
Top Gear Apocalypse
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee: Single Shot
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee: Single Shot
NASCAR Race Hub
NASCAR Race Hub
What's In the Barn?
What's In the Barn?
PowerBlock
PowerBlock
God, Guns & Automobiles
God, Guns & Automobiles
Trucks!
Trucks!
Top Gear: Top 41
Top Gear: Top 41
Top Gear At the Movies
Top Gear At the Movies
Jesse James: Outlaw Garage
Jesse James: Outlaw Garage
Motor Trend Video
Motor Trend Video
Buying RVs
Buying RVs
FLDetours
FLDetours
Mecum: The Dealmakers
Mecum: The Dealmakers
Corvette Nation
Corvette Nation
Barrett-Jackson Automobile Auction
Barrett-Jackson Automobile Auction
Formula One Racing
Formula One Racing
Idris Elba King of Speed
Idris Elba King of Speed
Formula Drift
Formula Drift
RacerTV
RacerTV
Big Time RV
Big Time RV
Flipping Ships
Flipping Ships
Classic Cars
Classic Cars
Texas Car Wars
Texas Car Wars
King of Cars
King of Cars
Inside Michael Waltrip Racing
Inside Michael Waltrip Racing
Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race
Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race
Peak Stock Car Dream Challenge 2
Peak Stock Car Dream Challenge 2
Unique Autosports: Miami
Unique Autosports: Miami
Wide Open Road
Wide Open Road
Extreme Auto Hunters
Extreme Auto Hunters
Mecum Motorcycle
Mecum Motorcycle
Fifty Years of Bond Cars: A Top Gear Special With Richard Hammond
Fifty Years of Bond Cars: A Top Gear Special With Richard Hammond
Behind the Smoke - Dai Yoshihara Formula Drift 2011/2012 Season
Behind the Smoke - Dai Yoshihara Formula Drift 2011/2012 Season
The Brake Room with Heather Rae Young
The Brake Room with Heather Rae Young
PowerNation: Engine Power
PowerNation: Engine Power
Civic Type R Returns
Civic Type R Returns
Trick My What?
Trick My What?
Top Gear Sampler
Top Gear Sampler
Heavy Metal Monsters
Heavy Metal Monsters