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. Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May hosted the show for more than a decade before giving way to a new crew in 2016, including actor Matt LeBlanc and automotive journalists Chris Harris and Rory Reid.
After retiring from his perch atop the late-night TV ratings in 2014, comedian Jay Leno has more time to partake in one of his passions: collecting cars. That is the focus of "Jay Leno's Garage," which showcases the "Tonight Show" veteran's journey throughout America as he searches for unique rides and the stories behind them. Leno explores different aspects of automobiles, including the history of iconic brands, testing supercars, checking out the latest innovations, and even offering consumer advice. He also talks with fellow gearheads, including celebrities, to learn about their collections. Leno says cars, to him, are "kinetic artwork" -- rather than being stagnant, it is art that is "rolling down the highway."
Based on a U.K. series by the same name, the observational documentary series "First Dates" tracks a variety of couples during their initial meeting, all happening over one night at the same restaurant. The production employs a number of techniques to probe whether the couples are clicking and if the evening will lead to more dates and a possible relationship. Home viewers participate in the social experiment, judging the couples' interactions and whether they possess the undefinable chemistry that makes them a good fit for each other.
"Secret Lives of the Super Rich" perhaps can be summed up as: " `Cribs,' featuring people who probably have never used the word to describe their homes." The series opens the gates to some of the world's most-luxurious mansions to give viewers VIP access to a world that is usually open only to the wealthiest of the wealthy. Featured abodes include the largest home in America, a $150 million megamansion and exclusive properties in the nation's richest town.
Professional dancers pair with celebrities to train and compete in ballroom dancing, receiving guidance from of a panel of experts along the way.
On "Top Gear," hosts Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May often risk life and limb to perform feats for the show's viewers. Many of those endeavors are successful but not all are. With "Ambitious but Rubbish," Hammond presents clips from the main show that highlight some of their boldest stunt attempts -- a number of which didn't go as planned. Featured stunts include attempts to drive up an Icelandic volcano, cross the English Channel in homemade, amphibious vehicles and construct a V8-powered rocking chair.