The best car TV shows to binge-watch

Thank streaming for the hours of television we can now watch at the touch of a button.

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by Ryan Gilmore |

TV isn't what it used to be. No longer do we have to fight over the remote, buy clunky TV recorders or use less-than-reputable means to see our favourite television shows. The world of streaming has unlocked countless hours of television, all ready to be watched back to back until you fall asleep on the sofa.

And with so much content to choose from it can be hard to shuffle away the competitive pottery shows and endless Australian reality shows to find good car content. So CAR loaded us up with too much popcorn and we found the best car shows to stream and how to watch them.

The best car shows to stream

The Grand Tour

The best car show for entertainment value
The Grand Tour
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Some will deride the formula as tired but The Grand Tour still has a lot to offer and is an enjoyable car-themed show. The first season isn't the strongest but the later offerings are enjoyable to watch. They're also entertaining enough to encapsulate people with no interest in cars whatsoever. The latest episode features massive land yachts in Scotland.

Petrolhead Planet

Best car show for driving enthusiasts
Petrolhead Planet
Amazon

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A small offering of only three episodes, Petrolhead Planet still showcases some great cars including the BMW M3 CSL and McLaren P1. Former contributor Jethro Bovingdon is in his element here with plenty of focus on the cars and some stunning shots thrown in for good measure.

Clarkson's Farm

Genuinely heart-warming TV
Clarkson's Farm
Amazon

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A show about Jeremy Clarkson running a farm may sound like it'll be filled with fire, tyre smoke and crashes but it's actually a very enjoyable and gripping show. It may not be overtly car related but it's a great watch and is actually rather informative. The fact it's filled with tractors and other cool-looking farm machinery does help keep the interest of a car nerd too.

Wheeler Dealers

best car show for wannabe mechanics
Wheeler Dealers
Amazon

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Wheelin' and dealin' Mike Brewer knows the used car market works and makes sure to turn a profit each episode in this enthralling show. It's great watching shabby classics given a new lease of life and sold on to loving owners. And there is something for everyone, from classic British sports cars and air-cooled VWs right through to modern classics like the Mini Cooper S.

Car SOS

Most heart-warming car show
Car SOS

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Another show about restoring old neglected cars but with a rather big twist. The premise of helping an ill person fix their car never grows old and the raw emotional appeal never wavers. Former Practical Classics writer Fuzz Townshend is the stand-out star of the show.

Top Gear - Motors, Mischief & Mayhem

Best car show for easy watching
Top Gear - Motors, Mischief & Mayhem
Amazon

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The best car show for sticking on in the background, the new Top Gear took a few years and changes before it got the formula right but is now rather enjoyable. Expect a lot of crashes, blokey banter and great cinematography. Plus Chris Evans is gone.

Roadkill

Best car show for weird car builds
Roadkill
Amazon

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Taking the very worst scrapyard cars and turning them into spectacular creations, Roadkill is well worth watching. Highlights include a 'Draguar' - a Jaguar XJ12 with a massive Chevy V8 under the bonnet and 'Stubby Bob' - a knackered Ford pickup trunk designed to do insane wheelies.

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