30 Days of TV – Day 16

Day 16 – Your guilty pleasure show

No, no, see, there’s actually a reason for this.

See, growing up in Michigan with relatives on both sides working for the Big Three, I was indoctrinated into the auto culture from an early age. Mom’s dad was an experimental engineer for Chrysler (back before they merged with Daimler for a brief stint), and he used to foist off various work freebies on me. I think I have ten years’ worth of Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep poster calendars in the basement, the ones with a single big car photo and three calendar months. Plus all the various MOPAR memorabilia, stacks of prototype photos and car-plus-glamor-girl shots and whatnot. Plus, the years where I didn’t spend a few months camping in the Upper Peninsula… yep, vacationing in the Detroit Suburbs of all places, which is inundated with classic car shows from about June until a few weeks after the Woodward Dream Cruise.

So, Top Gear. A show so popular with the British that the History Channel found the need to adapt it for the American public. (Apparently BBC America showing it eight times a day wasn’t enough.) The format is roughly the same, though I kinda lean towards the British version for the hijinks they pull, while at the same time, the American version actually includes cars I’ve seen firsthand. The show follows a simple formula. Well, two, actually. Either it’s a montage of car-related reviews and comparison tests with snarky commentary, or it’s a lengthy special where the cast does a chain of related wacky events, or a single, long wacky event. Like racing boats and cars and trains, or whatever else someone can come up with. Or having subcompacts compete in a game of ice hockey.

It’s really hard to not like a show that, in their own words, is “on the cutting edge of cocking about.” In cars.

Spoiler/Preview/Recap:
Day 01 – A show that should have never been canceled – Jericho
Day 02 – A show that you wish more people were watching – Fringe
Day 03 – Your favorite new show (aired this TV-season) – Game of Thrones
Day 04 – Your favorite show ever – Battlestar Galactica (2004)
Day 05 – A show you hate – various micro-rants
Day 06 – Favorite episode of your favorite t.v show – The Oath/Blood on the Scales
Day 07 – Least favorite episode of your favorite t.v show – Black Market
Day 08 – A show everyone should watch – Better Off Ted
Day 09 – Best scene/episode ever – Out of Gas
Day 10 – A show you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving – NCIS
Day 11 – A show that disappointed you – Heroes
Day 12 – A TV show you’ve watched more than 4 times – Robotech
Day 13 – Favorite childhood show – Talespin
Day 14 – Favorite male character – The Doctor
Day 15 – Favorite female character – Laura Roslin
Day 16 – Your guilty pleasure show – Top Gear
Day 17 – Favorite mini series
Day 18 – Favorite title sequence
Day 19 – Best t.v show cast
Day 20 – Favorite kiss
Day 21 – Favorite relationship
Day 22 – Best pilot episode
Day 23 – Most annoying character
Day 24 – Best quote
Day 25 – A show you plan on watching (old or new)
Day 26 – OMG WTF? Season finale
Day 27 – Favorite series finale
Day 28 – First t.v show obsession
Day 29 – Current t.v show obsession
Day 30 – Saddest character death


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