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Thanks to streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube and more, there’s no shortage of car-related programming to stream on your smart TV. But weekends are precious and we’d hate for you to waste it watching something that fails to live up to the flashy artwork that got your attention in the first place.
Here are five binge-worthy car shows that are guaranteed to entertain, educate or enlighten, depending on what you’re in the mood for!
If you like supercars: Fastest Car (Netflix)
The formula is simple. In each episode, three grassroots hot rodders pit their “sleeper cars” in a quarter-mile drag race against a supercar. The winner of each round goes on to the season finale drag race.
The show’s tagline, “Money can’t always buy you speed” is the theme that runs through the entire series. It gives a clue that the exotic cars; a Ford GT, some Lamborghinis, a Dodge Viper, a couple of Ferraris and a disproportionate distribution of McLarens don’t always win. But here’s a spoiler, they don’t always lose either.
The unpredictability of each race keeps you glued until the end of each episode while the background story of each racer lends a touching human element.
Formula 1: Drive to Survive (Netflix)
If you find the F1 season too long to watch regularly, this series produced in collaboration between Netflix and Formula One is a nice alternative. For starters, the episodes are beautifully filmed in 4K HDR. Then there’re exclusive behind the scenes interviews with the drivers and key personnel.
Formula 1: Drive to Survive provides a fascinating insight into the challenges teams and drivers face.
Top Gear (BBC Player)
The perennial car show Top Gear returns for its 29th season. The new generation of presenters; Paddy McGuiness, Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris have come into their own and have their own chemistry that puts the focus back to the cars rather than the hosts.
Expect outlandish stunts and the latest jaw-dropping supercars. Those of a certain vintage can also look forward to an episode where they discover which car from the 1980s and 90s has the ability to break the 200mph (320km/h) barrier.
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (Netflix)
Comedian Jerry Seinfeld is a well known car nut. So when he introduces a different car that represents his guest in each episode, he pick his guests up in the car, takes them out for coffee and a conversation ensues.
As the majority of guests are comedians themselves, the interviews are always funny. The cars however, are the real stars of the show.
Car Masters (Netflix)
Fans of car restoration and the stories that go with the cars will enjoy Car Masters: Rust to Riches. Now into its third season, the crew from Gotham Garage challenge themselves to restore and flip one car to the next, with each sale setting them up for a more valuable ride.
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