Ever since ‘Top Gear’ was originally launched in 2002, it has attracted a wide fan base across the world. Although it is a British series, it is broadcast around Europe, North America, and Southeast Asia. The series has also spawned international versions of the series in countries including the United States, China, South Korea, Australia, and France. Each of these has been successful in its own country and attracted millions of viewers. With such a long run of success around the world, there are plenty of reasons why this show could last at least another 20 seasons, and here are some of them.
A Wide Appeal
This series is predominantly about cars, so it appeals to petrol heads. However, the many different elements to this magazine-style show mean that there is something to appeal to everyone. The hosts visit different locations, share comical banter, talk about history and political matters that have affected the motor industry, and cover many other topics. This means that even people who have little interest in cars enjoy Top Gear.
The Hosts of the Series
One of the main reasons people tune in to watch the series is that people love the hosts of Top Gear. These have changed repeatedly throughout the history of the series. Each of the hosts has a different personality that complements their co-hosts. Viewers will each have their own favorites that they enjoy watching the most. When a new host is introduced, viewers like to compare the new host to their predecessors.
Interesting Content and Format
The format of the show is something that adds to its appeal and keeps people tuning in week after week. It is divided into segments that cover different topics, so the show retains the interest of viewers from start to finish. Some of the segments are included in every episode, while others are featured only once in a series. Examples of segments that viewers can enjoy include car reviews, feature segments on location, star in a reasonably priced car, competitions between the hosts, celebrity interviews, and motor-related experiments.
The Celebrity Guests
Celebrity guests are a highlight of the series for many viewers. When a celebrity comes on the show, they are interviewed about many subjects, including cars, their career, funny stories, and their personal lives. They also compete on the racetrack to beat the lap times of other celebrities. Former celebrities have included everyone from professional racing drivers to politicians, and from musicians to actors. Fans love waiting to see who will appear on the series next and how they will perform on the track as the star in a reasonably priced car,
While some elements of the series are filmed on the racetrack or on location, there are also segments of the show that are filmed in the studio in front of an audience. The hosts often include the audience in parts of their show, such as asking their opinions about cars that are being reviewed. Having members of the public contribute in this way keeps the show real and relatable.
The Mystery of ‘The Stig’
An element of mystery is something that can entice people to watch a series, and in Top Gear’s case, the element of mystery comes in the form of ‘The Stig’. If you have never seen Top Gear yourself, this is the character on the show who tests out cars on the racetrack. He wears a white fireproof suit and helmet permanently, so viewers never see his face. His true identity is a closely guarded secret that has never been revealed. It is unknown whether The Stig has been played by the same person since the start of the series or if several people have taken on this mysterious role.
Plenty More to Cover
Although Top Gear has covered a vast range of new and classic cars over the years, there are still plenty more cars for them to review and compare in the future. Similarly, there are many locations not yet visited and there are multiple celebrities who would love to appear on the show. Therefore, there is still the potential for new and interesting content to come in the future that will continue to appeal to a wide audience.
The Antics on Location
Some of the funniest parts of the series are the features when the hosts are on location competing against each other in various nonsensical challenges. These have included adapting old cars or building their own strange vehicles to cover long distances or difficult terrain in the least time. There are usually mini-challenges along the way. It is hilarious watching the hosts trying to outdo each other and running into difficult situations. Things like fires, explosions, crashes, run-ins with the law, and the nonsensical vehicles falling apart are all part of the fun, says BBC America.
The Road Trips
In addition to the regular episodes, there are also special that consist of road trips to various locations across the globe. These are like extended versions of the challenges but in exotic locales. They are as much about the cultural difficulties the hosts face, as they are about the cars. Viewers have seen them tackle difficult terrain, extremes of temperature, language barriers, problems with their ambassadorial skills, getting lost in the wilderness or desert, and facing mechanical challenges along the way.
Overall, there is plenty of potential left for ‘Top Gear’ to run for at least another 20 seasons. Viewers love the banter between the hosts, the interesting content, the elements of fun, the format, and many other aspects of this series. As long as the producers can think of new and interesting ideas for the series to captivate the audience, then there is no reason why this show will get canceled any time soon. Therefore, fans of Top Gear should have plenty to look forward to in the future.