• Dec 28th 2009 at 11:00AM
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As fellow car fanatics, it's often hard for us Statesiders to get a clear picture as to how big of a phenomenon Top Gear really is over in the UK. After all, we hardly have a proper frame of reference – the only car shows that really draw significant audience shares in America are the 500s (your choice of Daytona or Indianapolis), and everything else is comparatively minor – from failed series attempts like NBC's Night Rider redux to the Speed network and stalwarts like MotorWeek.So... just how big are Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond in Blighty? The Great Britains have just been named heads of the biggest show of the decade.

According to the Daily Mail, a new survey conducted by YouGov (commissioned for a Channel4 tv special), The Greatest TV Show of the Noughties, the forty-something boys and their fabulous toys topped all comers from all genres. The BBC program beat out such programs as the UK's homegrown version of The Apprentice, Doctor Who, The Office, The Simpsons, and Britain's Got Talent.

[Source: Daily Mail | Image: Shaun Curry/AFP/Getty]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, that episode was absolutely one of the best. Great work as always. Top Gear is one of my favorite shows as well.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Top Gear is indeed a phenomenal show, and they deserve this award, but let's be clear here, TG is NOT a "car show". They don't so much "review" cars, as they entertain their audience with great stories or skits, which just happens to have cars in them.

      You might think that TG being so incredibly popular in the UK and the entire world, we might get similarly well-made, non-advertiser-biased, non-commercial-overloaded programming here, but alas that's never going to happen. Here we have corrupt companies like Comcast buying up huge chunks of the television industry and no one gives a crap, while in the UK they have a state-sponsored (thus tax-payer paid-for) channel with minimal commercial interruption churn out fantastic programming year after year after year.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hazdas, have you ever watched something from the BBC OTHER than Top Gear? Trust me, you don't want American TV going that route. I enjoyed the UK version of The Office, but let's stack that up against major US network shows...

        30 Rock
        The Office (US)
        Family Guy
        How I Met Your Mother
        Grey's Anatomy
        Law & Order in whatever current form it takes
        CSI ditto L&O

        And these are just major network shows that are currently being aired - to say nothing of our cable networks that blow even most of that stuff out of the water, or past series' that have left the airwaves just within the last couple of years.

        Now I'm not saying that all of these programs appeal specifically to me, but when you take the quality of writing, acting and production values into account, you have to admit that network television in the US has reached a point where week after week, these series are puting out episodes that would have easily competed with full on feature-length films a decade ago.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Top Gear can be called a comedy show that focuses on cars. I love the British humor especially Clarkson's witticism.
      • 5 Years Ago
      TopGear is a great show. Did you guys by any chance see the Heinz commercial that was run in Britain for a while?

      • 5 Years Ago
      Top Gear is hands down my favorite show. It is absolutely fantastic and I doubt there will be another show like it any time soon. Jezza, Hammster, and Capt. Slow are perfect together, throw some gorgeous cars and some caravans on fire in there and it's impossible to resist. I love it:)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Exemplary people from the UK are great Britons, not Great Britains.
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