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.