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Top Gear US: Season 1 (2010)

Adam Ferrara , Tanner Foust  |  NR |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Adam Ferrara, Tanner Foust, Rutledge Wood
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 19, 2011
  • Run Time: 450 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004QOB8RK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,613 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Top Gear US: Season 1" on IMDb

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Join comedian Adam Ferrera, champion rally and drift racer Tanner Foust and racing analyst Rutledge Wood as they unleash Top Gear and explore the history of America, one lap at a time! Filled with wit and humor, Top Gear brings even more ambitious stunts, extreme challenges, humor and mischief in a series chock-full of high adrenaline action entertainment, car reviews and eccentric adventures. Top Gear challenges include travelling a moonshine run along a classic Prohibition route in the Deep South, teaching a blind man to drift a Nissan 370Z, racing a HALO jumper in a Ford Velociraptor across the Arizona desert, discovering America’s toughest truck on an epic journey through the Alaskan wilderness, and evading a Cobra helicopter gunship in a Dodge Viper… through the middle of town. The Stig also appears, setting definitive Power Laps for performance cars featured on the show, and there’s a host of celebrities taking the wheel in “Big Star in a Small Car” including astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Lost actor Dominic Monahan, Modern Family’s Ty Burrel, musician Kid Rock, Avatar star Michelle Rodriguez and skateboard legend and game designer Tony Hawk.

A very popular, very English auto show crosses the pond with the debut of Top Gear US, featuring 10 first-season episodes (plus bonus material) on three discs--and while the Brit-ness is definitely gone, in virtually every other respect this feast for car freaks has made the trip intact. Three hosts (the new Yanks are Adam Ferrara, Tanner Foust, and Rutledge Wood) road test high-performance, high price tag "supercars" (Lamborghini Gallardo, Morgan Aero SuperSports, Aston Martin V12 Vantage) and trucks; merrily punish old beaters purchased for $1,000 (Cadillac Coupe DeVille, Buick Roadmaster); take part in bizarre challenges, like those matching a Dodge Viper against a helicopter and a Ford VelociRaptor truck against a HALO parachute jumper; host visiting celebs (Tony Hawk, Michelle Rodriguez, Kid Rock, astronaut Buzz Aldrin) who drive a lap in a cheap Suzuki sedan; and exchange occasionally witty banter in front of a studio audience. The vehicles may differ, but the show's format is identical to its British counterpart's. And why not--it works. That includes the music, too; it's hard not to like a show that features Black Sabbath, the Doors, and Mussorgsky along with the Allman Brothers' "Jessica" as its theme song.

Of course, there are a few differences. Instead of tooling around, say, the Italian Alps, our heroes do their driving in rural North Carolina, coastal Florida, the western desert, and other American locales (as always, both the locations and the cars are beautifully photographed). And in the absence of the English hosts, especially the droll Jeremy Clarkson, the tone is markedly American; less Jeremy means more Jackass, you might say, although Ferrara, assuming the Clarkson role, gets off some good one-liners, like comparing driving the Lamborghini to "being aroused at gunpoint." Bonus features include a podcast and a series of "poolside chats" in which the hosts discuss airline travel and other pointless trivia. --Sam Graham

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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the UK version. Still good. May 17, 2011
Top Gear UK is one of my favorite shows on TV. I was very excitied when the US version launched on the History Channel. Just like the Austrailian version, its not as good as the UK version. You really just can't replace James, Jeremy and Richard. They are some of funniest people on TV. However Adam, Tanner and Rutledge are still solid hosts. Tanner of course being a professional Rally Car driver and stunt car driver could have been The American Stig and has experience on auto shows as he appeared in a few shows on The Speed Channel. Rutledge is very funny as he is on Speed Channel's NASCAR coverage. Adam completes the trio and just like his co-hosts is funny. But the US version's biggest flaws are the lack of originality and the lack of humour as seen in the UK version. As for the lack of originality the 5th episode of this series resembles quite obviously the British Leyland Challenge. And of course this US version has to worry about offending certain people and is perhaps more "politically correct" than the UK version. Obviously the humour suffers as a result of that. Still I have found it to be one of my favorite TV series as it focuses on American cars and is for Americans. I'll still watch the UK version but I have found a 2nd favorite TV series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It gets better. October 18, 2012
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At first, I hated the US top gear. However, it gets much better as you get later in season one, and especially in seasons two and three. I think they just needed to figure out their own identity. Now, going back and watching the first season again, it is not as bad as I remember it being the first time through. If you like the UK version, give the US version a try.
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23 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the first season of UK Top Gear. July 20, 2011
For the majority of hardcore Top Gear fans this show was doomed from the day it was announced. It could never be as good as their beloved UK Top Gear. I too was fearful but instead of watching it ready to nit pick it to death because I was offended by the very idea of it, I awaited it with hopeful enthusiasm. I was rewarded with a pleasant surprise. This show gets a 5 out of 5 in my book because it tremendously exceeded my expectations. Go back to the first season of the UK Top Gear (current format) and you will find a dreadfully tedious show. It took at least four more seasons for that show to develop into what it has become today as the presenters developed their personalities and interaction. The American version is already outpacing the UK version. From the first episode until the final challenge in Alaska you get to watch a significant improvement as the presenters find their footing and develop their on screen chemistry. This is a show that couldn't be perfect in its first season. It was a show that stood little chance of being bearable. Instead it came out as a pleasant and enjoyable show which in a vacuum, outside comparison to its British inspiration, would be highly praised.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A perfectly decent show May 16, 2012
It is unfair to compare this show to its UK version. The UK version is a mature product with a really big budget. Watch its first couple series and you will be underwhelmed. In comparison to the first two series of Top Gear UK, this is outstanding.

The cast is pretty entertaining, the show's formula works pretty well, and if they had a bigger budget, their guest stars would be better. It's nice seeing the beater used car challenges done with cars I've heard of, seen, and in some cases, owned myslef back in the day. This is a welcome improvement over the UK version. It's also nice seeing cars road tested that I could actually buy in the US.

If you like cars and like to see people have fun with cars, this is a fun show. It's not high art, you will likely not roll on the floor laughing out loud the whole time, but it's plenty amusing.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Start July 26, 2011
Please don't pay attention to the other user's review. Its obviously bias, and the user itself does not know what they are talking about. This show is good, not great but neither was the UK top gear in its first season. They built a chemistry and over time it became what it is today. It is an adjustment to a degree but give it a chance and you will see much of the same Top Gear you love. I have seen every series, special, and even Top Gear of The Pops special. Loved every minute of this. When I watched the first episode I was still a bit skeptical but thats not to say I didn't enjoy it. After about episode 3 I really got into it. Also the Alaskan episode is amazing. If your in to the UK think Bolivia special mixed with the Botswana one.

Bottom line give it a shot. The second season just started and after already watching the new season of the UK one it was again an adjustment, but one I believe could fade over time.

Oh and in case you are wondering the second season opened to 2 mil people so thats pretty good for a show of its kind in the US.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong presenters and poor script July 28, 2014
Don't do it!!! This show sucks so bad. The presenters are horrible. No chemistry and no sense of humor. Each episode is a rehash of a Top Gear UK challenge. It is transparently scripted and poorly acted. The presenters are just so bad. They should have hired comedians and not car guys. The UK guys are idiots and the show is better for it! Why do they need a Stig when they have Tanner Foust? The script should be ad libbed upon, not followed to the point where they are reading the punctuation marks! Garbage!!!
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