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      08-05-2011, 02:44 AM   #1
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top gear america season deux

it's growing on me ever so slightly. anyone else?

their SIARPC still sucks (pawn stars...really?), but i've enjoyed the rest of the newest shows.
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its a hit or miss for me. i liked their alaska challenge. not as epic as TG UK's antarctic challenge but cant expect for more at this point.
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it's growing on me ever so slightly. anyone else?

their SIARPC still sucks (pawn stars...really?), but i've enjoyed the rest of the newest shows.
100% agreed, the chemistry between the hosts has certainly been improving, and I've actually enjoyed this season so far, whereas I more or less watched the last one just because it was a car show on tv.

I implore anyone who's gonna bring up TGUK comparisons to watch the first season of that variant...it was just as bad, if not worse than TGUSA's first season. Obviously, TGUK > TGUSA in their current forms, but TGUK has been on a decline the past couple years IMO.

I also like that while the traditional TG formula is in place, and given a few challenges have been recycled, for the most part it is not a carbon copy rip off of the UK show. I think the whole "some say he knows nothing about ducks and eats his cereal with blood" type crap is pretty lame, and the perpetual insecurity of the British show hasn't really pervaded the USA hosts, I'm talking the constant lame shots at the US and other countries, the obvious nationalism is car preference, etc...

I'm just glad TGUSA got picked up for another season because it definitely has potential. People at my office who've never even heard of TGUK are watching it and seem to enjoy it, and not just car guys either...

As far as the guests go, yea, they suck, but at least I know who most of them are...not always the case with the UK version I expect History to self promote a lot of its own shows, as the carry over affect can work in both directions, and I'm not sure how many "big name" people the show will attract for the foreseeable future...I forgot Kid Rock and Tony Hawk even existed before they came on Season 1.
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It's been growing on me since day one. I try to think of it as just another car show rather than just another Top Gear spinoff. I think if it was called something other than Top Gear most of the complaints would disappear. I know it's not as fun and epic as TG UK, but I enjoy watching it.
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100% agreed, the chemistry between the hosts has certainly been improving, and I've actually enjoyed this season so far, whereas I more or less watched the last one just because it was a car show on tv.

I implore anyone who's gonna bring up TGUK comparisons to watch the first season of that variant...it was just as bad, if not worse than TGUSA's first season. Obviously, TGUK > TGUSA in their current forms, but TGUK has been on a decline the past couple years IMO.

I also like that while the traditional TG formula is in place, and given a few challenges have been recycled, for the most part it is not a carbon copy rip off of the UK show. I think the whole "some say he knows nothing about ducks and eats his cereal with blood" type crap is pretty lame, and the perpetual insecurity of the British show hasn't really pervaded the USA hosts, I'm talking the constant lame shots at the US and other countries, the obvious nationalism is car preference, etc...

I'm just glad TGUSA got picked up for another season because it definitely has potential. People at my office who've never even heard of TGUK are watching it and seem to enjoy it, and not just car guys either...

As far as the guests go, yea, they suck, but at least I know who most of them are...not always the case with the UK version I expect History to self promote a lot of its own shows, as the carry over affect can work in both directions, and I'm not sure how many "big name" people the show will attract for the foreseeable future...I forgot Kid Rock and Tony Hawk even existed before they came on Season 1.
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When the hell does the REAL Top Gear start to air here?

I was all excited the other night when I checked my DVR after being out of town for a while. I was totally bummed when I saw it was the American version that was recorded. PHUCK!
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When the hell does the REAL Top Gear start to air here?

I was all excited the other night when I checked my DVR after being out of town for a while. I was totally bummed when I saw it was the American version that was recorded. PHUCK!
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I find it unwatchable.
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I too thought the Alaska episode was great however most episodes do lack chemistry between the hosts... Why? Because they barely know each other at this point! To compare them to a show that's been on the air for 15ish years is completely unfair. I like it for what it is which is the awkward beginning to a potentially great show.
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I cringed every time they said fourfiftyeight Italia.

You think they'd get it right being American eg. Olds 4-4-2.
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They need new hosts and stick to car reviews until they have orginal ideas not copies of the uk
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I've never seen the American version I've heard it sucks but I like top gear uk some of the stuff they do is hilarious though some of it seems planned/scripted I still like it.
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Season 1 of TGUK is still more watchable than TGUS IMO. The US hosts just don't seem like they enjoy what they're doing.
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Season 1 of TGUK is still more watchable than TGUS IMO. The US hosts just don't seem like they enjoy what they're doing.
Dont know about that one. TGUK Season 1 wasnt challenged based like it is now. It was completely different with a different host on the show. It took TGUK a while to get to where it is now.

Im not saying TGUS is good, but it could be with time and maybe some host changes. Dont forget that unlike the US version, TGUK is paid by the taxpayers allowing them to do much more outrageous things and say controversial things on the show. Remember the mexicans comment? No way in hell would TGUS be able to say something like that. Its those things that TGUK has over TGUS that makes it better.

Once TGUS is able to bring those cards to the table it will be a better show.
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TGUSA doesnt have enough good cars on the past couple episodes have been about trucks or first cars with barely any cars making their way in the show
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100% behind this.

TGUK (modern format) started by doing just this. Obviously the reviews were well written, thoughtful, and entertaining, and the show really took off from them. The hosts have always been confident and obviously play a big part in writing for the show so you can tell their opinions and ideas are authentic. Neither can be said of the hosts of TGUS.

I was personally shocked at S02E01 of TGUS. Completely irrelevant piece of TV. Sitting around a campfire drinking for 6 mins? Showing a 2 min. recap after each commercial? It was hideous, imo the worst I've seen from TGUS and not how I would have started the season.

brooklyn guy talking about robbing rich people's houses as they drove out to the hamptons had me laughing though...
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