History YMMV / TopGear

24th Jul '17 2:19:55 AM AgProv
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** Jeremy Clarkson being let go from the series in 2015 after punching a producer over food immediately hammered the fanbase into three sides: those who thought that Clarkson was justifiably dismissed for an act of severe misconduct, those who felt that he was in the wrong but that firing him was an over-reaction, and those who thought that the whole thing was a smokescreen and an excuse for the notoriously left-wing BBC to persecute Clarkson for his political views. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement That is all that needs to be said.]]

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** Jeremy Clarkson being let go from the series in 2015 after punching a producer over food immediately hammered the fanbase into three sides: those who thought that Clarkson was justifiably dismissed for an act of severe misconduct, those who felt that he was in the wrong but that firing him was an over-reaction, and those who thought that the whole thing was a smokescreen and an excuse for the notoriously allegedly left-wing BBC to persecute Clarkson for his political views. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement That is all that needs to be said.]]
8th Mar '17 5:28:11 PM bombadil211
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* AuthorsSavingThrow: After the mixed reaction of Series 23, Series 24 undid most of the poorly received changes that had been made. The show, once again, focuses on three guys having fun in cars and brought back the classic Top Gear Test Track for celebrity speed laps.
26th Feb '17 11:16:27 PM Doryna
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** Top Gear Dog ended up being most unsuitable for the job, especially as she prone to being car sick, especially over May. According to former script editor Richard Porter, the idea of adding a dog to the show in the first place was May's.
7th Dec '16 10:48:52 AM bowserbros
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* ReplacementScrappy: Chris Evans has not been well-received, being the target of a never-ending barrage of criticism from the moment rumors about his potential selection started to come up. On the other hand, Matt Le Blanc was very well received with critics and viewers noting that he simply slipped into the presenting role as if he'd been doing it his entire life. Evans didn't last long with the show, announcing his departure in July 2016.

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* ReplacementScrappy: Chris Evans has not been well-received, being the target of a never-ending barrage of criticism from the moment rumors about his potential selection started to come up.up; come the actual show, and not a single episode would go by without droves of people criticizing his presentation style, in particular his extremely enthusiastic behavior. On the other hand, Matt Le Blanc was very well received with critics and viewers noting that he simply slipped into the presenting role as if he'd been doing it his entire life. Evans didn't last long with the show, announcing his departure in July 2016.
2nd Dec '16 8:18:11 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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--> '''Clarkson:''' Well, if he is dead, and you fancy a job on TopGear, why don't you write to us at "I'm better than Richard Hammond ''was''"

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--> '''Clarkson:''' Well, if he is dead, and you fancy a job on TopGear, Series/TopGear, why don't you write to us at "I'm better than Richard Hammond ''was''"
6th Nov '16 5:47:04 AM CumbersomeTercel
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* ReplacementScrappy: Chris Evans has not been well-received, being the target of a never-ending barrage of criticism from the moment rumors about his potential selection started to come up. On the other hand, Matt Le Blanc was very well received with critics and viewers noting that he simply slipped into the presenting role as if he'd been doing it his entire life. Evans didn't last long with the show, announcing his departure in July 2016.



* ReplacementScrappy: Chris Evans has not been well-received, being the target of a never-ending barrage of criticism from the moment rumors about his potential selection started to come up. On the other hand, Matt Le Blanc was very well received with critics and viewers noting that he simply slipped into the presenting role as if he'd been doing it his entire life. Evans didn't last long with the show, announcing his departure in July 2016.



* TearJerker: Surprisingly more than a few times, usually when the one of the trio (or all of them) lament on the passing of some automotive great.
** During series 7, instead of doing the news, they aired a tribute to recently deceased rally driver Richard Burns. Particularly memorable and touching since he was a good friend of Jeremy and would often go over to Jezza's house to play video games with his son.
** Series 15, Episode 5 -- if the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oLSYSJO5Ik tribute to Senna]] doesn't move you to tears, you may have no soul.
** The finale of Series 15, episode 6, is bound to bring a tear to the eye of anyone who's a fan of old British sports cars.
*** The earlier Series 13, episode 7 finale commands a similar effect.
** Series 17, episode 6 features a rally team made up of war amputees attempting to earn a place in the famous Dakar Rally. It's quite incredible to hear about (and see!) the difficulties they go through and how they overcome them in their quest to get into the race. There's also a much sadder Tear Jerker in the segment, as one of the team members starts telling a story about one of his fellow soldiers who was killed in the accident that cost him his limbs, and he starts crying. Out of respect, the camera cuts away.
** Series 19 features a tribute to the late, great Carroll Shelby.
** In Series 21 the boys visit a war memorial in Burma to those who died in WW2 where James and Richard sit silently as Jeremy reads from 'Bridge Over The River Kwai'.
** In the Patagonia Special (or Episode 0 of the 22nd Series / 2014's Christmas Special), Jeremy explains the story of why he chose a Porsche 928. [[spoiler: Because it enabled him to meet his dying father one last time. He said on-screen that he was sure he wouldn't have been able to say goodbye to his father if he hadn't tested the 928 that week in 1994.]]
** When Clarkson expiring contract with the BBC was not renewed by them in response to his fight with a producer, the news hit Hammond and May pretty hard. In proof that the three of them are FireForgedFriends, all have given statements about how the three of them are a package. Exemplified the most, when on the day of the announcement, reporters swarmed James May's home, and began pestering him with questions about the future the show, who he would like to replace Jeremy, when it was clear he just wanted to be left alone to absorb the news of the matter. May gave this response:
---> '''James May:''' As much as I think he's a knob, I quite like working with Jeremy.
** The final episode of the Clarkson, Hammond, and May run. Sad for both Hammond and May's sincere thank you and goodbyes, but also for the fact that Clarkson could not be there to add his as well.
22nd Aug '16 6:39:22 AM MrChips2301
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** In the Winter Olympics special Hammond concludes (after a survival challenge pitting him against a car) that "if you want to drive to the North Pole, buy a Hammond". The next year, Clarkson and May would drive to the North Pole ''without'' Hammond. Hammond raced them on a dog sled and never actually made it all the way.
28th Jul '16 5:43:04 PM MrChips2301
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** After reeking havoc to a Norwegian town in the Snowbine Harvester challenge, Jeremy comments that "as [they] weren't actually being stoned by an angry mob [they] went to bed". Three years later, Top Gear legitimately were stoned by an angry mob in Patagonia and had to flee to the border.
4th Jul '16 9:37:53 AM Geoduck
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* ReplacementScrappy: Chris Evans has not been well-received, being the target of a never-ending barrage of criticism from the moment rumors about his potential selection started to come up. On the other hand, Matt Le Blanc was very well received with critics and viewers noting that he simply slipped into the presenting role as if he'd been doing it his entire life.

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* ReplacementScrappy: Chris Evans has not been well-received, being the target of a never-ending barrage of criticism from the moment rumors about his potential selection started to come up. On the other hand, Matt Le Blanc was very well received with critics and viewers noting that he simply slipped into the presenting role as if he'd been doing it his entire life. Evans didn't last long with the show, announcing his departure in July 2016.
1st Jul '16 11:04:22 PM maxwellsilver
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** In the Patagonia Special (or Episode 0 of the 22nd Series / 2014's Christmas Special), Jeremy explains the story of why he chose a Porsche 928. [[spoiler: Because it enabled him to meet his dying father one last time. He said on-screen that he was sure he wouldn't have been able to say good-bye to his father if he hadn't tested the 928 that week in 1994.]]

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** In the Patagonia Special (or Episode 0 of the 22nd Series / 2014's Christmas Special), Jeremy explains the story of why he chose a Porsche 928. [[spoiler: Because it enabled him to meet his dying father one last time. He said on-screen that he was sure he wouldn't have been able to say good-bye goodbye to his father if he hadn't tested the 928 that week in 1994.]]



* TheWoobie: Typically averted: RuleOfFunny and StiffUpperLip generally turn a suffering character into a ButtMonkey rather than a Woobie.
** Played straight with Richard Hammond's gigantic, near-fatal accident in the Vampire.

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* TheWoobie: Typically averted: RuleOfFunny and StiffUpperLip generally turn a suffering character into a ButtMonkey rather than a Woobie.
** Played straight with
Richard Hammond's Hammond after his gigantic, near-fatal accident in the Vampire.
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