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Old 09-02-11, 07:24 AM   #1
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What's Wrong With Top Gear America

Ok, I think it's generally accepted that Top Gear America sucks but why is that. Of course there are those who argue that adapting British shows to America never works out well, and for the most part they're right but the notable exceptions are very notable. So as a big Top Gear fan I think this is what's wrong with Top Gear America.

1. Adam Ferrara -yes he's an actor and he may love cars but he comes off as being slightly less well informed about them than my 67 year old mother. He's energetic but brings nothing in the way of knowledge to the show.

2. Rutledge Wood -I can say this for Wood at least he knows something about cars which puts him ahead of Ferrara, sadly his insights lack depth, his analysis is generally weak, and his presentation is pretty awful.

3. Tanner Foust - yes I get it, he's the "driver" whooptiedo. I have no idea why he's on the show, yes he has car knowledge but like Wood he seems unable to express himself in a manner that anyone would pay attention to.

4. Lack of chemistry. For better or for worse the three hosts seem like they're indifferent to each other.

5. Trying to hard. Perhaps to make up for their lack of chemistry the hosts of Top Gear America find themselves mindlessly aping Jeremy, James, and Richard's actions.

6. Laugh track. You have a live audience, the fact that you need a laugh track should tell you something.

7. Editing and production values. UK Top Gear is a beautiful thing to behold. Even before it became a mega-hit you could tell that the hosts, editors and cameramen worked with care. Top Gear America doesn't have that problem, it's decidedly down market. Watching UK Top Gear and Top Gear America back to back is like hoping out of your E-type Jag to take a spin in an AMC Gremlin.

Please feel free to add anything I've missed.
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Old 09-02-11, 07:58 AM   #2
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It is a sad day when I'd rather watch Ice Road Truckers than Top Gear.

8.) Top Gear UK now sucks too. 6 episodes a year does not a show make.

9.) Both shows are now no more than talking heads jerking around in junkers.

And yes, TG USA got the wrong Adam. They should have gotten Carolla and not Ferrara.
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The british accents and self depricating humor is what makes TGUK worth watching.
I haven't seen TGUS yet, and probably wont.
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I like the episode where they try to kill that Toyota. And it lives.
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It is a sad day when I'd rather watch Ice Road Truckers than Top Gear.

8.) Top Gear UK now sucks too. 6 episodes a year does not a show make.

9.) Both shows are now no more than talking heads jerking around in junkers.

And yes, TG USA got the wrong Adam. They should have gotten Carolla and not Ferrara.
While Top Gear UK is in decline it's still head and shoulders above the Americans. As for Carolla, have you seen the Car Show? It's better than Top Gear America but still has a ways to go.
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Oh let me add this:

10: The Writing. I don't know who they have writing Top Gear America but I would be looking for a room full of monkeys.
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10: The Writing. I don't know who they have writing Top Gear America but I would be looking for a room full of monkeys.
You actually think the room would be full?
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I've seen better writing from monkeys. It can't be monkeys. Maybe cats?
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I loved the Toughest truck challenge in Alaska episode.
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Same thing that's wrong with Top Gear UK. The humor is incredibly forced. The people involved are abrasive. Seriously, it's not the least bit funny. No matter how cool some of the car things are they do, I can't stand the show because of the lame ass jokes and crappy people involved.
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It's a dumb idea. There was never a need for an American version. Why don't we fire up a Canadian version and a Australian version? we don't cause it's ****ing stupid, it's all English!
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It's a dumb idea. There was never a need for an American version. Why don't we fire up a Canadian version and a Australian version? we don't cause it's ****ing stupid, it's all English!
There is an Australina version. It sucks too.
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There is an Australina version. It sucks too.
GRGGGHHH! Seriously, that's one of my pet peeves.
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Watch 5th Gear.
The hostess is almost as hot as Sabine Schmitz, the fat guy is funnier than Rutledge, and the stiff, skinny, nerd is much more affable than Foust--and he knows his cars better than Foust too.
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There is a Top Gear America!!??. Thank God I cancelled cable TV last year.
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I thought all TV in America was written by a small cage full of monkeys.
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Watch 5th Gear.
The hostess is almost as hot as Sabine Schmitz, the fat guy is funnier than Rutledge, and the stiff, skinny, nerd is much more affable than Foust--and he knows his cars better than Foust too.
5th Gear is a snore.
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There are a lot of local spinoffs of top gear. I've seen a Russian and Chinese version too. They're both not that great and the Chinese one looks to have a budget of about $100. Interestingly, if you've ever seen the first season of new top gear UK, it too felt like something was missing. That was james.
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I like to watch the UK version and the US version, but I don't like Adam Ferrara. He's obnoxious and acts like he's better than the other 2 guys.
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Whats wrong with Top Gear America?

Everything.
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I watched about 10 minutes of TGUSA. It was awful. Reminded me of the Coupling debacle. Some things just don't translate to American English.
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The TG US has hosts no one wants to listen to, they have nothing to SAY about anything, and aren't even amusing. They're like a bunch of amatuers who want to trash cars - I'd rather watch a demolition derby!
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I've seen better writing from monkeys. It can't be monkeys. Maybe cats?
That's a bit of an insult to cats. I tried to watch an episode of Top Gear America, and I just couldn't get through it. I kept waiting for the hosts to do a frat-boy chest bump or something. I love Top Gear UK though. In fact, I don't own a television but I make a point to watch TGUK online. Actually, that and anything I come across featuring James May are the only television shows I ever watch. James May is my favorite!
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That's a bit of an insult to cats. I tried to watch an episode of Top Gear America, and I just couldn't get through it. I kept waiting for the hosts to do a frat-boy chest bump or something. I love Top Gear UK though. In fact, I don't own a television but I make a point to watch TGUK online. Actually, that and anything I come across featuring James May are the only television shows I ever watch. James May is my favorite!
Hamster's other shows are not nearly as good as May's.
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all the gags have already been done. Both versions are just recycling tired "challenges". Many shows should end WAY before they do. Like an athlete retiring before he's a bench warmer on a crappy team.
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