Top Gear fans in the UK are about to get more than they bargained for. The BBC has announced that Top Gear USA is headed across the pond. Season one of the Americanized version of the world's favorite car show is set to debut on BBC Three on October 14.

Why? Um, that's a really good question. Near as we can tell, the BBC wants to fill the airwaves with something other than reruns, though we have to wonder if fans of the original Top Gear won't find some of the premises, challenges and writing on Top Gear USA more than a little familiar.

We don't count ourselves among those who find Top Gear USA an affront to nature, but sending our show back to the land of Clarkson, Hammond and May feels a bit like importing Taco Bell to Mexico. You're gonna get some strange looks. Hit the jump for a video.



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      FHP11
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm in the UK and I gotta say it will be pretty interesting to see the US one. At the end of the day, more programming about cars beats alot of the other rubbish on TV so bring it on. As long as it isnt replacing the original (Which it isnt), then Im more than fine with it!
        Mike D
        • 3 Years Ago
        @FHP11
        Try not to judge too harshly on season 1 aside from the last episode. Season 2 got much better.
          tkosoccer03
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Mike D
          ya like Mike said.. season 1 blew dic... kinda like season 1 of the original. there wasn't really any chemistry between the hosts, and it just didn't have that week to week consistency. there were one or two episodes that are worth watching. season two was a big step up.. each episode had the same kind of feel, you knew what to expect.. a lot like the UK version..
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      "importing Taco Bell to Mexico" OK, that made me laugh.
      jbm0866
      • 3 Years Ago
      We all know that TG:USA is not the same quality as the UK version, (although season 2 kicked it up a notch) but as anyone who has Netflix streaming knows...the first 2-3 seasons of the current format TG in the UK sucked as well...maybe even worse.
      Greg
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wonder if the British will embrace Top Gear USA the same way that us Americans love Top Gear UK. I know that the UK Top Gear is the gold standard for all Top Gears, but the USA one is decent at least. I'm sure that Top Gear USA will get better with each new season just like the UK one has done in the past.
      Mike D
      • 3 Years Ago
      Maybe if they just keep most of the first season on BBC 3 then switch it over to a station people actually watch for the last episode of season 1 and all of season 2.
      Shinkaze
      • 3 Years Ago
      "we have to wonder if fans of the original Top Gear won't find some of the premises, challenges and writing on Top Gear USA more than a little familiar." Anyone that's watched two seasons of the show will find every episode of Top Gear, British or otherwise a little familiar. It's a good formula but it's still a formulaic show. The brits will love it. Any excuse to slam on the yanks will make their bloody day great. Cheers!
      PobUK87
      • 3 Years Ago
      Got to love our American brothers from across the pond!! hehe....Im sure it'll get better when the presenters chemistry improves, like everybody been saying. To be honest its another car show so im happy! just feels abit strange watching the us version being so used to ours lol..haha
      Awjvail
      • 3 Years Ago
      At least it is going on BBC three... not two or one. Is there a BBC four?
        Matt
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Awjvail
        "ESPN8, The Ocho.. if it's almost a sport, we've got it!" - Dodgeball "BBC4.. Usually better than watching things you're already seen!"
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's on BBC3, they have a surfeit of airtime and own the property. It seems reasonable to me. Yeah, people will find it to be derivative. But I don't think they're looking to make the show a big hit there, just fill some air.
      moderate fringe
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd be surprise if they didn't export it. Dallas, Dukes of Hazzard, Knight Rider, Friends and Seinfeld are probably still on over there.
      Ducman69
      • 3 Years Ago
      99.99% of television shows worth a crap are American. British people have two television shows of their own. Top Gear and Dr Who. Kinda mean to even try to take that away from them.
        Snark McGee
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ducman69
        having lived in england for a bit, I think british shows on average are much better than American shows. A lot of the good ones are not brought over here to the states.
        sirjaysmith
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ducman69
        I would suggest you watch BBC more often. Most British shows are witty and uncensored (from good humor that may "offend" some hipster soccer mom). Meanwhile our pathetic networks are busy glamoring up the likes of Jersey Shore. We have more British shows adapted or shown on American networks than vice versa, that alone speaks volumes. American networks could really learn a thing or two. (for the record, I really enjoy Top Gear USA)
          Rotation
          • 3 Years Ago
          @sirjaysmith
          The lack of vice-versa is just because the UK imports US shows instead of remaking them. Take a look at this list of shows that air in the UK on five (yes, not a BBC channel). there are far more American shows airing there than UK shows airing here. You say Jersey Shore is the nadir of TV? The UK has their own version, Geordie Shore. The BBC makes some good shows, I wish I could watch them here. But they also run a lot of stuff that isn't so hot. You want to watch a show about a guy who just rides a train and gets off in each city and has some local do a stupid human trick they do? They got that, it's regular fare there on the BBC.
        AndyMidd
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Ducman69
        Have a look at www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer and start again...
      Teleny411
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is our revenge for the Brits burning the White House. Now they will know the meaning of suffering as the watch this horrible show!
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