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'Top Gear' Crew Pelted By Rocks, Chased Out Of Argentina Over License Plate

October 6th, 2014 9:21am EDT
'Top Gear' Crew Pelted By Rocks, Chased Out Of Argentina Over Li
The hosts of British TV show "Top Gear" were forced leave a film shoot in Argentina on Friday after an angry mob threatened them and pelted their cars with rocks. Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May felt their "lives were at stake" during the incident.

The protestors were upset by the license plate on one of the cars, H982 FKL, which they believed was a reference to the Falklands conflict of 1982. Host Jeremy Clarkson claims producers had been alerted to the mistake before they reached the Tierra del Fuego archipelago and had them removed.

Clarkson told the Sunday Times newspap...

5 Best Television Shows To Waste A Half Hour Watching

August 22nd, 2014 12:09pm EDT
5 Best Television Shows To Waste A Half Hour Watching
In honor of FXX's marathon of all 552 episodes of The Simpsons, which began yesterday and runs through September 1, we've put together a list of our favorite shows to waste a half-hour watching. They're those programs that you can tune to when you've only got a little time and always enjoy yourself. From Springfield to the United Kingdom, here are our six picks for half-hour escapes.

The Simpsons

Whether you're still a devoted fan or don't watch as much as you used to, chances are you've still got dozens of fond memories from The Simpsons. There's Homer falling down Springfield Gorge, Ma...

'Top Gear' (UK) Recap: Buses Are Not Cars, James May

August 13th, 2013 9:33am EDT
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Sadly, it's that time again - the time when we must say goodbye to Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May for another series. Tonight, Jeremy points at some fields, Richard minces round a corner, and James describes his ideal night in, which sounds horrendous.

The guys open the show with Richard's review of the second-generation Range Rover Sport. First, he gets back behind the wheel of the first-generation version, which he says is only bought by footballers and people married to them. Having gotten that out of the way, he picks up the keys to its successor, which he immediately t...

'Top Gear' (UK) Recap: Jeremy And James's Caravan Holiday Disaster

August 6th, 2013 9:21am EDT
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You know what always makes Top Gear better? Caravans!

But first: 1963 saw the birth of two things Jeremy doesn't care about: the Porsche 911 and James May. Since he still doesn't care about either of those things, he sent James off to go drive a 911. Unsurprisingly, James has a vastly different opinion than Jeremy. "How can you not like a 911?" he asks aloud. For the purists in the viewing audience, he then introduces us to a company in California that does custom-built recreations of classic 911s, and takes one of those for a spin. This also seems to please Captain Slow. After the film, J...

'Top Gear' (UK) Recap: Toyota Corolla vs. America's Cup Sailing Boat

July 9th, 2013 9:30am EDT
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There have been 20 series of Top Gear. That's like 10 times the number of seasons most TV shows get. And after all that time, Jeremy, James and Richard are still going strong.

Tonight, Jeremy claims "we've slowed down a little and grown up a lot," eliciting a collective groan from the studio audience. Of course, he's kidding. After the usual series-opening montage, he leads into a film where Richard is reviewing a series of hot hatchbacks: the Peugeot 308 GTI, the Renaultsport Clio 300, and the Ford Fiesta ST. After Richard takes the trio around the Top Gear test track, he turns them over ...

Ron Howard In No 'Rush' During 'Top Gear' Driving Challenge

July 8th, 2013 7:37pm EDT
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Ron Howard's new film Rush is all about pushing one's limits on the race track, but he wasn't able to put that into practice on Top Gear.

Howard plugged his new film on the show and tried his luck in the show's ongoing "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car" competition, but ended up near the bottom of the standings.

Howard's sluggish time of one minute, 49.9 seconds in the Vauxhall Astra Techline placed him second-to-last, only above Genesis rocker Mike Rutherford.

The director blamed his time having to drive with a left-handed stickshift. He told host Jeremy Clarkson, "First of all, I will...

'Top Gear' (UK) Recap: 'Series 19, Episode 7'

March 18th, 2013 10:20pm EDT
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When last we left Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May, they were venturing through Africa in cheap estate cars looking for the source of the Nile River. Here, then, is the second part of Top Gear's Africa Special. It's just as much off-kilter as the first part.

As dawn breaks, James is yelling at Jeremy for cutting out a portion of his Volvo's hood to replace the panel James removed from the door of Jeremy's BMW. Turnabout is fair play. Not content to stop there, Jeremy explains to camera that he's solved the BMW's issue with hill starts by attaching a log to the rear of his ve...

'Top Gear' (UK) Recap: 'Series 19, Episode 6'

March 11th, 2013 10:22pm EDT
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Welcome to the first part of the Top Gear Christmas Special. Or, since it's airing in March, the Africa Special. Tonight, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May pick up three cheap estate cars for another adventure in a foreign country they'll try not to upset. Jeremy has a BMW 528i that isn't as great as it seemed on the Internet, Richard is behind the wheel of a Subaru Impreza WRX, and James surprises no one when he arrives in a Volvo 850R. This trio of secondhand vehicles must endure only one challenge: the search for the source of the River Nile.

The show gets off to an awkward...

'Top Gear' (USA) Recap: 'Adam's Show'

March 5th, 2013 10:07pm EST
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After "Beating Tanner" and "Rut's Show," we now finally have "Adam's Show," which lets Top Gear master of destruction Adam Ferrara take the wheel of the program (thanks to "a few compromising photos I found," he quips).

Adam starts off his show by introducing the audience to the 1966 Ford GT40 - and not just any GT40, but the specific GT40 which may be "one of the most important cars in American automotive history" due to its piece of racing history and happens to be worth more than eight million dollars. He's excited to drive it, but he's only allowed to go a whopping six feet. So what's ...

'Top Gear' (UK) Recap: 'Series 19, Episode 5'

March 4th, 2013 10:24pm EST
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Tonight, on Top Gear: Jeremy Clarkson holds up a jar, James May points at a hill and Richard Hammond eats a sandwich. Cracking stuff, this. But watch out for the big, loud, bewildering (in other words, very Jeremy) twist at the end.

The show opens with "a big and important issue," at least according to Jeremy. He tells us that the roads are full of old people, but that cars aren't really friendly for the elderly, and Richard chimes in that they decided to go out, buy a car, and modify it for that purpose. We're off to the Top Gear Technology Center, where the twosome have a Fiat and sit in...

'Top Gear' Recap: 'Series 19, Episode 4'

February 25th, 2013 10:22pm EST
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Tonight on Top Gear, James May draws on a board (that says "Kill Clarkson" on it), Richard Hammond waves at a man, and Jeremy Clarkson runs away from a table.

Jeremy opens the show with his uber-skeptical review of the new Vauxhall Astra VXR, which he actually likes, much to his surprise. He thinks Vauxhall spent more time on the front end of this car than they did on the whole of the Vectra, and thinks the ride is comfortable as long as you don't push the "sport" button. To compare, he then moves to some other options: the Ford Focus XT, which is cheaper, but not as nice to drive and has ...

'Suits' and 4 Other Unexpected Shows That Have Us Yelling At The TV

February 21st, 2013 9:30am EST
Tonight is the season finale of USA's Suits, which is the best show on television. There are so many reasons to love it, like compelling characters played to near-perfection by an ensemble cast, led by Gabriel Macht and Patrick J. Adams. Then there are the plots. Courtroom drama has always been interesting to watch; that's how we sustained twenty seasons of NBC's Law & Order, after all. But Suits doesn't need to have court in session to be crackling. Whether a scene takes place in the halls of Pearson Hardman or on the streets of New York, it's good. So good, in fact, that we've caught ours...

'Top Gear' (UK) Recap: 'Series 19, Episode 2'

February 11th, 2013 10:20pm EST
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Tonight, on Top Gear: Jeremy Clarkson points at a thing, Richard Hammond walks through a shop, and James May has some bananas. And they're all making another ill-advised trip to the United States, courtesy of "secret American" Richard.

They meet in Nevada, where they compare supercars. Jeremy brings the Lexus LFA, with James driving the Aston Martin Vanquish (which Jeremy promptly drools over), and Richard the SRT Viper. There's the usual banter over whose is better before Jeremy suggests they shut up and go for a drive. Unfortunately, they end up on a road where the speed limit is 35 MPH....

'Top Gear' (UK) Recap: 'Series 19, Episode 1'

February 4th, 2013 10:20pm EST
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Now it's time for the world's most-watched factual TV show. That's right, it's Top Gear, which has graced us with new episodes on Mondays just two weeks after its US counterpart returned on Tuesdays. It's double the mayhem with two shows on two nights. You're welcome, America.

Tonight, Jeremy Clarkson introduces the premiere with the usual montage previewing the rest of the series, which you can see at the end of this article if you missed it, and which includes the also usual explosions, infighting and high-speed manuevers. He's then joined by co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May, ...

'Homeland's' Damian Lewis Sets Slowest Ever 'Top Gear' Lap

January 28th, 2013 8:31am EST
Damian Lewis
Homeland star Damian Lewis has set an unwelcome new record by putting in the slowest lap-time in the history of motoring show Top Gear after taking part following a blizzard.

The actor agreed to appear on the hit BBC TV program to take part in its Star in a Reasonably Priced Car segment, in which celebrities drive around a racetrack.

Lewis filmed his appearance earlier this month just hours after severe snow storms battered the U.K. and his lap was littered with tricky moments as his car slipped and spun on the icy surface.

He eventually skidded across the finish line sideways after s...

Ride With Me: Top Ten Guilty Pleasure Road Trip Songs

January 27th, 2013 3:00pm EST
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Top Gear is returning to History Channel on Tuesday, January 29 with an episode where the hosts attempt to drive the cars they owned in college through Mexico to find out which one is the ultimate college car. Road trips are an essential part of youth culture, and one of the most important facets of these journeys is the music selection. So, here are ten sing along songs from the 90's and early 2000's that are sure to get everyone in the car screaming along:

10. "Ride Wit Me" Nelly

The perfect way to begin any road trip, really. "Hey, must be the money" is bound to facilitate shouts fro...

'Richard Hammond's Crash Course' Recap: 'Rocket Scientist/Bike Messenger' (Season Finale)

December 11th, 2012 12:24am EST
Richard Hammond has only two more jobs to tackle in season two of Richard Hammond's Crash Course: rocket scientist in the Mojave Desert and bike messenger in San Francisco. Both subjects he hasn't fared well with in Top Gear challenges, so this ought to be a classic.

His first task is to join the folks at Stellar Exploration in building and launching a rocket. His mentor for his assignment is chief engineer Michael Bertino, who explains the basics of a rocket to Richard before they dig into the specifics of the actual one they're putting together. Richard's first duty is a big one: ...

Mission Accomplished: Richard Hammond Reflects on 'Crash Course' Season 2

December 10th, 2012 9:30am EST
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Richard Hammond can finally relax. Tonight ends the second season of his popular BBC America series Richard Hammond's Crash Course, in which he's been everything from a barber in Harlem to a bullfighter in Texas. As he caught his breath after a season of new challenges, Richard spoke with Digital Airwaves to discuss how it all came together and the one thing he'd love to try.

"There was a lot more to do with the program," he said of the decision to return for a second season of Crash Course. "Season one we talked very much using my exposure as someone who drives a lot of different vehicl...

5 Occupations Richard Hammond Should Try in 'Crash Course' Season 3

December 3rd, 2012 10:30am EST
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Richard Hammond has broadened his horizons in this season of Richard Hammond's Crash Course. He's been a test pilot, a barber, and a Hollywood stuntman. While Crash Course hasn't yet been greenlit for a third season, here's a short list of occupations Richard should attempt if the BBC America show comes back.

Actor. Richard's a successful television personality and we've seen him conquer his fear of stand-up comedy in season two. There's no doubt that he's good in front of a camera. Yet it would be an interesting change of pace if he were working off a different kind of script, one that ...

'Richard Hammond's Crash Course' Recap: 'Cattle Rancher' (2.06)

November 26th, 2012 10:58pm EST
Richard Hammond's Crash Course
After narrowly avoiding bulls in an earlier episode this season, Richard Hammond is back amongst cattle in this week's episode of Richard Hammond's Crash Course, trying his hand at working on a ranch. Hopefully, this attempt turns out better, although the content warning before the titles isn't encouraging.

Richard's headed to Texas, which should be a natural fit for the guy who drove a pickup truck and wore a cowboy hat through Top Gear's ill-fated Southern road trip. Helping him this week is TJ Haynie, who starts by reminding him that 9 AM is late on the ranch. A chagrined Richard goe...

'Richard Hammond's Crash Course' Recap: 'Harlem Barber/Test Pilot' (2.05)

November 21st, 2012 3:45pm EST
Richard Hammond takes on two more occupations in this week's episode of Richard Hammond's Crash Course: he's a barber in Harlem and a helicopter test pilot in California.

His first gig is at Levels Barbershop, where he meets owner Kamal Nuru and some of Kamal's clientele. The audience learns quickly that being a barber is a lot more than just cutting hair: it's about design and style, as well. "My first impression of Richard was a good one because I saw he had personality," Kamal tells the camera, while Richard wonders if he needs a haircut.

Kamal's first step is to teach Richard...

'Richard Hammond's Crash Course' Recap: 'IndyCar Pit Crew' (2.04)

November 13th, 2012 4:44pm EST
For one of the hosts of the world's most popular car show, which has required him to do car maintenance and do several segments on motorsports, being part of an IndyCar pit crew should be easy, right? Not exactly.

In this episode of Crash Course, Richard Hammond is in California joining Didier Francesia's Dragon Racing pit crew. Richard explains that the average IndyCar pit stop takes eight seconds or less, and that to make the team he'll have to try every position on the roster.

The first thing he has to do is learn to fuel the car, which should be easy, but he has a hard tim...

'Richard Hammond's Crash Course' Recap: 'American Bullfighter/Paddle Boarder' (2.03)

November 5th, 2012 11:00pm EST
Richard Hammond's Crash Course
Richard Hammond tackles two more occupations in this week's episode of Crash Course: in Texas, he takes on the rodeo and in Hawaii, he tries to master the open water. "Who signed me up for this?" he wonders aloud, and it's a valid question, as the theme of this installment seems to be 'things that put Richard Hammond in very real danger.'

The intrepid host arrives in Texas and meets up with Clint Hopping, who is one of only three hundred professional bullfighters (or, as they're more commonly known, rodeo clowns) in the country. It's Clint's job to teach Richard not how to ride t...

'Richard Hammond's Crash Course' Recap: 'Comedian/Taxi Driver' (2.02)

October 29th, 2012 10:00pm EDT
Richard Hammond's Crash Course
The second episode of Richard Hammond's Crash Course packs two occupations into one hour - stand-up comedian and New York City taxi driver. Either of these jobs would be challenging enough for their own episode, but when you put them together and add in the fact that Richard is facing one of his biggest fears, this is one of the better 'crash courses' that he's embarked upon.

The show neatly ties the two jobs together with the premise that most stand-up comedians work other jobs in order to support themselves, so Richard will have to earn his keep driving a city taxi while also p...

'Richard Hammond's Crash Course' Recap: 'Stuntman' (Season 2 Premiere)

October 22nd, 2012 10:00pm EDT
Richard Hammond's Crash Course
One of the underrated pleasures of last season was Richard Hammond's Crash Course, which let uber-host Richard Hammond come over to America and explore some of the country's most difficult occupations. Richard is back for another go-around, this time with some of our more different jobs, starting with trying four days in the life of a Hollywood stuntman.

Palm trees and Graumann's Chinese Theater flash by us before we find Richard driving to the L.A. River in order to meet the trio of professionals who will serve as the experts for this episode: Rick Avery (whose credits include A...

Out of the Driver's Seat: Richard Hammond Talks 'Crash Course' Season 2

October 22nd, 2012 1:15pm EDT
Richard Hammond's Crash Course
As one of the three hosts of the world's biggest motoring show, ​Top Gear​, Richard Hammond has done a lot of cool things behind the wheel. He's been struck by lighting, submerged in water, traveled to the North Pole, and somehow managed to set a car wash on fire. Yet in the second season of his BBC America series, ​Richard Hammond's Crash Course​, he's stepping out from the world of vehicles - and purposely putting himself outside of his comfort zone.

"This season we really threw the whole brief wide open by getting me out of the cab of vehicles and saying, well, let’s take on larg...

'Richard Hammond's Crash Course' Returns for Season 2

October 15th, 2012 1:10pm EDT
Richard Hammond's Crash Course
Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond is back in the United States to try out a new handful of career choices in the second season of Richard Hammond's Crash Course, which starts next week on BBC America.

Last time around, he endeavored to learn about a handful of blue-collar jobs: driving an Abrams tank with the Army, operating a Striker with the fire department, logging, working at a landfill, salvage and demolition. Some of the jobs on Richard's list this season are stand-up comedian, barber, snake wrangler, taxi driver and, in the first episode, stuntman. The focus of the show see...

BBC Worldwide Unveils New 'Top Gear' USA-Inspired Challenge for 'Top Gear: Stunt School Revolution'

September 19th, 2012 1:55pm EDT
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After recently launching an online game based on their hit Dancing With The Stars, BBC Worldwide yesterday announced that they're improving their popular iPhone/iPad/iPod game Top Gear Stunt School Revolution by adding a new level based on last night's "Tractor Challenge" episode of the American Top Gear.

Fans will be able to select their own tractor and try to deliver various cargo without dropping or destroying it (which, it should be noted, the hosts themselves weren't always able to do in Tuesday's episode).

Here are details from BBC Worldwide:

“The Tractor Challenge” sends hosts...

'Top Gear's' Rutledge Wood on Season 3, US Versus UK and Adam Levine

August 28th, 2012 10:30am EDT
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Top Gear host Rutledge Wood is one of the nicest people on the planet. The Georgia native always has a smile on his face and an incredibly warm personality. How is he so positive? Maybe it's because he has not one, but two dream jobs: first as a NASCAR analyst for SPEED Channel, and then as one-third of the hosting trio for History's American incarnation of the world's most popular motoring show.

I recently re-connected with Rutledge to get the scoop on season three of Top Gear, the comparisons between the US and UK versions, and Adam Levine's contentious celebrity lap from season two.


'Top Gear' Lost Season Recap: Jeremy Tries To Get Bored

July 2nd, 2012 10:02pm EDT
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Tonight, on Top Gear: a member of Parliament in the Reasonably Priced Car, a nice relaxing smoke in a new Aston Martin, and a mad Jaguar, gone bad. And that takes us all the way back to June 1, 2003.

This episode of TG is devoted entirely to Jaguar, which was never cooler than when Edward Woodward drove an XJ6 in The Equalizer. Unfortunately, we don't have Mr. Woodward; we have Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. It's James (no surprise) who gives us a brush-up on the history of Jaguar, including "the world's most plastered racing driver" Duncan Hamilton at the 24 Hours of Le M...