Monster Garage

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  • TV-PG
  • 2002
  • 5 Seasons
  • 5.9  (702)

Monster Garage is an American reality TV show that aired on the Discovery Channel from 2002 to 2006 and was revived in 2021. The show was created by Thom Beers and hosted by Jesse James, a renowned motorcycle customizer and fabricator. The show follows James and his team of expert mechanics, fabricators, and welders as they take ordinary, everyday vehicles and turn them into extraordinary, high-performance machines with unconventional features.

The show prides itself on its innovativeness and creativity. Each episode of Monster Garage features a newly assigned project, and the team is given only seven days to complete it. During the week-long build, the team must overcome several challenges, in the form of budgetary constraints, time constraints, and limited resources. Despite the difficulties, the team always manages to rise to the occasion and produce a stunning final product.

Monster Garage is known for its complex builds that push the limits of what is possible with automotive engineering. From custom hot-rods to monster trucks, the show has tackled every kind of vehicle and transformed them into something completely unique. One of the show’s most impressive builds was when the team transformed a school bus into a snowplow. They expertly cut the top off the bus and fitted it with a giant snowplow on the front, turning it into an unstoppable machine that could tackle the most treacherous snowstorms.

The hosts of Monster Garage, Jesse James, Hector Orlandi, and George Barris, are all experts in the field of custom vehicle fabrication. James, the founder of West Coast Choppers, is a legend in the world of custom motorcycles. He has been building bikes since the 1990s and is known for his unique style that blends classic design with modern performance enhancements. Hector Orlandi is an accomplished automotive designer with over 20 years of experience. He is responsible for designing the Batmobile, which was featured in the 1989 Batman movie. George Barris, who passed away in 2015, was a legendary car customizer who worked on some of the most iconic vehicles in Hollywood history, including the Batmobile from the 1960s Batman TV show.

The show is not just about the building process; it also features the designers, mechanics, and fabricators who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make these creations a reality. In each episode, we get to learn about the team’s unique skills, how they approach each project, and the challenges they face along the way. Viewers get a chance to see the designers’ sketches come to life as the team transforms an empty shell into an awe-inspiring machine.

In conclusion, Monster Garage is a high-octane, adrenaline-fueled show that celebrates ingenuity and innovation. It’s an inspiring showcase of what can be accomplished when a team of dedicated experts puts their minds together to create something truly incredible. The show’s unique blend of automotive engineering, groundbreaking designs, and thrilling builds make for excellent television that will appeal to car enthusiasts, mechanics, and anyone who appreciates ingenuity and creativity.

Monster Garage is a series that is currently running and has 5 seasons (88 episodes). The series first aired on June 23, 2002.

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Folsom Prison Build
20. Folsom Prison Build
May 16, 2005
The team go on location inside Folsom State Prison.
Battery Powered Dragster
18. Battery Powered Dragster
April 10, 2006
Watts up? Jesse James and a motley crew of electric vehicle experts set their sights on a battery-powered car. But in the Monster Garage, nothing's ordinary.
Monster on Ice
17. Monster on Ice
April 13, 2006
Jesse ventures out onto thin ice! The goal: to make a ferociously fast racing vehicle capable of taking on the experts at the International Ice Racing Association championships in Saint Paul Minnesota.
Georgia High School Dragster
15. Georgia High School Dragster
March 27, 2006
Robert Groves High School Career Academy gets a visit from Jesse James. He's brought the frame and body of a junior dragster, and these mechanics-in-training have a week to transform a few boxes of parts into a dialed-in, super-sleek racing machine.
Mini-People Mini-Truck
14. Mini-People Mini-Truck
October 17, 2005
Five other little people join Body Drop and Jesse on this build - to customize and slam a mini-truck.
Texas High School Rat Rod
13. Texas High School Rat Rod
June 5, 2006
A crew of students at the Texas School for the Deaf gets a surprise visit from Jesse James, and the chance to build a rat rod during a week of after-school shop class.
Baja Trophy Truck, Pt. 2
12. Baja Trophy Truck, Pt. 2
June 5, 2006
Part two of this episode covers the race itself. During 24 straight hours of driving, day and night, through Baja California's haunting and desolate terrain, Jesse and his Monster only have one goal: finishing alive.
Baja Trophy Truck, Pt.1
11. Baja Trophy Truck, Pt.1
December 12, 2005
Jesse James has long dreamed of racing the Baja 1000. In part one of this two part episode, Jesse has a team of ten top off-road builders to help him make a Trophy Truck capable of running the most legendary of all desert races.
Ultimate Old School Wagon pt. 2
10. Ultimate Old School Wagon pt. 2
June 12, 2006
For this episode we're going to start with your Mom's old station wagon before the existence of mini-vans and SUVs, and turn this hulk of American steel in full-on, no-holds barred Monster magnificence. Watch as an over-the-top All Star team of fabricators, welders, engine guys, and automotive wizards make this the penultimate build ever.
Ultimate Old School Wagon pt. 1
9. Ultimate Old School Wagon pt. 1
June 12, 2006
For this episode we're going to start with your Mom's old station wagon before the existence of mini-vans and SUVs, and turn this hulk of American steel in full-on, no-holds barred Monster magnificence. Watch as an over-the-top All Star team of fabricators, welders, engine guys, and automotive wizards make this the penultimate build ever.
The Noodler
8. The Noodler
March 20, 2006
Mamma mia! Jesse James and a crew of Italian-American builders cook up the world's fastest (and only) pasta making European import. Turning a 1981 308 GTSi into a kitchen on wheels proves a tougher task than any of these wise guys ever imagined.
'51 Cool Caddy Daddy
7. '51 Cool Caddy Daddy
April 17, 2006
Jesse James and six legendary customizers tackle an abandoned 1951 Cadillac. ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons arrives for the design. The plan is to chop, drop, section and install an entirely new front end and drive train...way too ambitious for most teams but this one is way experienced.
Dirt Track Racer
6. Dirt Track Racer
November 14, 2005
Jesse and team of women try to convert a 1974 Chevy Camaro into a Street Stock dirt track racer.
Backyard Monsters pt. 2
5. Backyard Monsters pt. 2
November 7, 2005
In this episode, we leave Monster Garage to travel around North America in search of Backyard Monsters.
Backyard Monsters pt. 1
4. Backyard Monsters pt. 1
November 14, 2005
That's right folks, Backyard Monsters is back! In this episode, The Big Schwag introduces the stories that take us across North America to find out what kinds of crazy monsters are lurking in backyards everywhere.
Mini Truck
3. Mini Truck
October 17, 2005
In this episode, Jesse and his team convert an old armored truck into a mobile dunk tank.
Full Steam Ahead
2. Full Steam Ahead
October 24, 2005
In this episode, Jesse finally gets to tackle his steam dream. A team of steam and boat experts join Jesse in his quest to harness the awesome power of steam by converting an 18' 1964 Chris Craft wooden boat into a turn-of-the-century [that's turn-of-the-LAST-century, kids!] steam launch. Jesse won't be setting any speed records with this contraption, but he might blow the Garage to bits!
1. SourKraut
October 10, 2005
This week in the Garage, Jesse and a team of legendary Volkswagen racers and customizers set their sights on turning a rare 1951 split window ragtop,which had been left to rot in a swamp, into a nine-second quarter mile dragster.
Where to Watch Monster Garage
Monster Garage is available for streaming on the Discovery Channel website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Monster Garage on demand at Amazon and Discovery.
  • Premiere Date
    June 23, 2002
  • IMDB Rating
    5.9  (702)