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Top Gear

Top Gear

BBC One 2002

This fast-paced and stunt-filled motor show tests whether cars, both mundane and extraordinary, live up to their manufacturers' claims. The long-running show travels to locations around the world, performing extreme stunts and challenges to see what the featured cars are capable of doing. Celebrity guests appear on some episodes to help test the vehicles. Things don't always go as planned, though, with broken bones and mechanical mishaps sometimes part of the experiments.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Top Gear

Top Gear - S27E6

#1 - Road Trip au Népal

10.00

Season 27 - Episode 6

Nos animateurs partent pour un road trip périlleux au Népal. Ce voyage commence à Katmandou, la capitale du Népal, pour finir à la cité interdite de Lo Mantang dans un mystérieux royaume situé dans les hauteurs du plateau tibétain au bout de l'Himalaya.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Top Gear from 1 votes.

Top Gear - S12E8

#2 - Vietnam Special

8.67

Season 12 - Episode 8

Arriving in Vietnam, James, Richard and James have to travel the entire length of the country in just eight days. But first they have to buy some suitable transport for the trip, and despite having several million Dong in their pockets, this proves to be rather more difficult than they expected, especially in one of the most expensive car markets in the world.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Top Gear from 398 votes.

Top Gear - S18E7

#3 - Episode 7

8.61

Season 18 - Episode 7

The team sees if you can go motor racing for less than it costs to play golf. Richard takes the new BMW M5 on the Top Gear test track. Rock legend Slash and Lotus F1 driver Kimi Raikkonen are let loose in the reasonably priced cars.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Top Gear from 362 votes.

Top Gear - S19E7

#4 - Africa Special: Part 2

8.60

Season 19 - Episode 7

In the second part of the Top Gear special, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May continue their epic African odyssey. Having survived insane traffic, lethal mudslides and some distinctly dubious map reading, the trio and their ailing estate cars reach the climax of their quest to find the definitive source of the Nile.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Top Gear from 567 votes.

Top Gear - S20E4

#5 - Episode 4

8.54

Season 20 - Episode 4

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May bring relief to flood-stricken areas of Britain by building a car that can turn into a hovercraft. After a bumpy start, the presenters demonstrate the brilliance of their creation with an eventful journey down the River Avon. Also in this show, Jeremy is on the track in the insane Mercedes SLS Black and the 739 horsepower SLS Electric, while Hollywood star Hugh Jackman is the star in the Reasonably Priced Car.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Top Gear from 737 votes.

Top Gear - S14E6

#6 - Bolivia Special

8.52

Season 14 - Episode 6

Jeremy, Richard and James are dropped deep in the Bolivian rainforest armed only with three shabby 4x4s which they bought untested over the internet from local small ads for a maximum of 3500 pounds each. They attempt to drive them from the heart of Bolivia to the coast of Chile, encountering local drug lords, the debilitating effects of high altitude and the terrifying sheer drops of the infamous Death Road along the way.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Top Gear from 457 votes.

Top Gear - S7E7

#7 - Winter Olympics Special

8.51

Season 7 - Episode 7

The lads are in Lillehammer for their version of the Winter Olympics. So expect amongst other things: car ice-hockey - with Suzuki Swifts - Jeremy trying to drive the new Jaguar XK around the rink faster than a speed skater and Stig riding a snowmobile down the ski-jump. James and Jeremy compete against each other in a biathlon using an Audi Q7 and a Volvo XC90, with the loser having to eat yellow snow. There's also a spectacular attempt to send a rocket-powered Mini down the ski-jump.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Top Gear from 160 votes.

Top Gear - S21E7

#8 - Burma Special - Part 2

8.51

Season 21 - Episode 7

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May continue their journey in three ancient and barely functioning trucks, heading toward their final challenge - building a bridge over River Kwai in Thailand. Having climbed mountains and endured a Burmese trucker stop, they must now venture into the Shan state, an area rife with civil war and normally closed to Western TV crews.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Top Gear from 958 votes.

Top Gear - S10E4

#9 - Botswana Special

8.50

Season 10 - Episode 4

The boys travel to Africa with a mission: they must each buy a car – but not a 4x4 – for no more than £1,500. They must then drive the cars they buy across fairly unforgiving terrain in Botswana. Also, Stig’s African cousin makes an appearance.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Top Gear from 352 votes.

Top Gear - S19E6

#10 - Africa Special: Part 1

8.50

Season 19 - Episode 6

The lads are in Africa to find the definitive source of the Nile by traveling further and faster than any exploration team in history using only grit, ingenuity, and three ageing estate cars.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Top Gear from 637 votes.

Top Gear - S21E6
#11 - Burma Special - Part 1
8.47
Season 21 - Episode 6

In the first of the all-new two-part special, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May are on a mission to build a bridge over the River Kwai in Thailand. However, in order to do so, they must first drive across a country that has been largely closed to Westerners for over 40 years: Burma. The trio must make this trip in three trucks that have been bought for a limited budget. Unsurprisingly, they are not quite as the presenters might have hoped or expected…What follows is an epic journey of beautiful scenery, regular adversity, ongoing malfunction, and the constant bickering between the three hosts.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Top Gear from 1013 votes.

Top Gear - S18E1
#12 - Episode 1
8.45
Season 18 - Episode 1

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May head to Italy for a supercar shootout featuring the Lamborghini Aventador, the McLaren MP4-12C and the Noble M600. Their trip starts at the incredible Nardo test track, a facility so massive it is visible from space, before heading north for a nerve wracking drive around the centre of Rome. The journey concludes at the legendary Imola circuit, a track challenging enough to have embarrassed many an F1 driver, with a timed challenge against the incredible skills of the Stig. Back in the studio, the presenters look forward to some car highlights of 2012 and another top celebrity guest takes the wheel of the Reasonably Priced Car.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Top Gear from 416 votes.

Top Gear - S17E2
#13 - Episode 2
8.43
Season 17 - Episode 2

The team travel to Italy to test high-performance hatchbacks. Jeremy Clarkson is in the Citroen DS3 Racing, Richard Hammond is in the Fiat 500C Abarth and James May is in the Renaultsport Clio 200 Cup as they navigate their way round baffling Italian towns and take part in a scavenger hunt.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Top Gear from 269 votes.

Top Gear - S17E3
#14 - Episode 3
8.43
Season 17 - Episode 3

Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond find second-hand bargains for the price of Britain's cheapest brand new car, the Nissan Pixo. James May is in Nevada to test the toughness of the Range Rover Evoque and chauffeuring a megastar through Las Vegas. Also, the McLaren MP4-12C is compared with its rival, the Ferrari 458.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Top Gear from 300 votes.

Top Gear - S15E5
#15 - Episode 5
8.42
Season 15 - Episode 5

Richard takes the Volkswagen Touareg 4x4 to Sweden for a race against some snowmobilers. James travels to Germany where he attempts to break his personal speed record in a brand-new version of the Bugatti Veyron. Jeremy Clarkson looks at the reasons why Ayrton Senna is considered the best driver of his generation.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Top Gear from 226 votes.

Top Gear - S20E5
#16 - Episode 5
8.42
Season 20 - Episode 5

Jeremy Clarkson and James May investigate an increasingly popular type of tall hatchback often referred to as a 'crossover'. After deducing that these cars are designed entirely to appeal to caravanners, the pair pick examples from Mazda and Volkswagen then use them to spend a couple of days living like the kind of person who would buy one. Meanwhile, Richard Hammond is in Italy driving a pair of Lamborghinis, the sensational Aventador Roadster and a 2 million pound, 570 horsepower riot of carbon fibre and space age styling called the Sesto Elemento. Plus, James May is at the test track to drive a modern recreation of the classic Porsche 911 and Aerosmith legend Steven Tyler is the rock star in the Reasonably Priced Car.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Top Gear from 725 votes.

Top Gear - S18E4
#17 - Episode 4
8.41
Season 18 - Episode 4

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May embark on an ambitious project to build mobility scooters that can tackle the wilds of the British countryside. Meanwhile, the Ferrari FF and Bentley Continental V8 are put through their paces at a unique test track on the edge of the Arctic Circle, whilst James is in Florida where he tests the Fisker Karma and meets up with AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson. Hollywood star Michael Fassbender is the star in the reasonably priced car.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Top Gear from 338 votes.

Top Gear - S20E3
#18 - Episode 3
8.39
Season 20 - Episode 3

The three motoring enthusiasts head to Spain on a mission to help its struggling economy - but the convertible supercars they take are very expensive and anything but discreet. With Jeremy Clarkson in a McLaren MP4-12C, Richard Hammond driving a Ferrari 458 and James May behind the wheel of an Audi R8 V10, the trio encounter mountain passes, empty towns and an abandoned airport before creating their own street circuit in a deserted Madrid development. Plus, Sherlock and Star Trek Into Darkness star Benedict Cumberbatch sets a lap time in the Reasonably Priced Car.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Top Gear from 795 votes.

Top Gear - S9E3
#19 - USA Special
8.39
Season 9 - Episode 3

In this American special, Jeremy, James and Richard are on a fly-drive holiday with a difference. Instead of hiring a car, each has to buy a car for no more than $1000. Starting in Miami, they travel through Mississippi and Alabama and end their journey in New Orleans.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Top Gear from 280 votes.

Top Gear - S15E6
#20 - Episode 6
8.38
Season 15 - Episode 6

The team purchase old British roadsters from Jensen-Healey, Lotus, and TVR and they then take a wistful journey through the remnants of this country's sports-car industry, beginning in Norfolk and ending in Blackpool. Jeremy test drives the new Ferrari 458 Italia. Jeff Goldblum is the star in the new Reasonably Priced Car this week.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Top Gear from 204 votes.

Last updated: apr 11, 2021

Comments

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Would it be possible to distinguish between Top Gear AS WAS vs the new imposter. I don't want to not have Top Gear on my watchlist but I also don't want to be reminded of "new" episodes.

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"BBC TV and radio presenter Chris Evans is stepping down from Top Gear, he announces on Twitter" - HAH. Thank the car gods.

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The noises I make while watching this show are just not human... great start into series 19 today! Fun from start to end and I curse the day when this season will be over waaaay to soon again. :/

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Mixing improbable car review, quality shooting and Clarckson's dubious humour. RIP TopGear Thanks God, Top Gear Two (I mean The Grand Tour) is on Amazon Prime. :D

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Amazing how they can keep this series going with all the humour, laughed my ass off at the latest episode of season 21.

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The Beeb have almost found the combination with the three current presenters, however, I can't help feeling that Rory Reid should be replaced by someone who isn't quite such a moron. The other 2 are great fun though.

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Infinitely watchable. There's always an episode you missed and if there's not, every single episode is rewatchable and it will still be hilarious. The cinematography is also outstanding. This is all speaking of the Clarkson-era Top Gear, ofcourse.

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jennifer clarkson is the best =))

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This new show is actually better than the last few with Clarkson and Co. They actually try to shake up the formula and bring really thoughtful reviews on cars. Review of Fiat 124 comes to mind immediately. Compare that to the "review" of kia Stinger on Grand tour...

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amazing TV show that i 've ever seen

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