A short lived show about an illegal, underground, cross-country, ''[[TheCannonballRun Cannonball Run]]''-style street race, written by TimMinear and starring NathanFillion. Everyone had a reason to be in it, with many of those reasons involving blackmail. It was supposed to mix character study and action, but it didn't last long enough to succeed at the character study, at least not to the level advertised.

No matter where FOX put this show, how many ads they ran for it, or who was in it, the show couldn't get ''any'' viewers. Four episodes aired in two timeslots on two weeks before it was canned, at which point the usual people blamed FOX for everything.

This show's failure is a major reason that Sunday nights on Creator/{{FOX}} are reserved for animation, and perhaps ''vice versa.''

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!!This show provides examples of:

* AllBikersAreHellsAngels: Subverted; the {{badass}}-looking people riding the black Harley are revealed to be an old couple once they take their helmets off.
* CoolCar: Subverted at first, as most of the characters are entering the race with their own cars, which include a Ford Taurus, an old landscaping truck, and even a ''minivan''. (Only the Salazars' Impala lowrider and the Lairds' Trans Am count.) Then, in episode three, Alex gets that black Dodge Challenger.
** The Pontiac Solstice that Leigh steals also counts. [[spoiler:Too bad she [[DrivingStick can't drive stick]]...]]
* CutShort
* DickDastardlyStopsToCheat: As a reward for being the first team to reach the checkpoint in Rome, Georgia, Alex and Corinna are given a chance to skip the next checkpoint in exchange for completing a task. That task turns out to be [[spoiler:[[BankRobbery robbing a bank]]]]. It doesn't end well.
* EpicRace
* EurekaMoment: Leigh realizes that the clue to the next checkpoint, "Surrender, America", is a reference to Appomattox Court House in Virginia, where [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar Lee surrendered to Grant]], after seeing that the highway is named for a Confederate war hero.
* GuideDangIt: Many of the clues to checkpoints require knowledge of fairly obscure trivia to figure out, which you wouldn't expect to be in the hands of ordinary people running in an underground, cross-country road race.
** "Kennedy killed in '73," accompanied by a countdown. The destination? Cape Canaveral, known as Cape Kennedy until 1973, the name change "killing" the Kennedy name. The countdown was for a shuttle launch.
** "Surrender, America." The destination? Appomattox Court House, Virginia, where Robert E. Lee surrendered to UsefulNotes/UlyssesSGrant.
** A pair of hot candies with wrappers that say "Atomic Fireball". The destination? The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in UsefulNotes/{{Cleveland}}, with the clue referring to the song "Great Balls of Fire". Made especially frustrating by the fact that [[ILoveNuclearPower Three Mile Island]] would've been a much more obvious destination, given the clue.
* IHaveYourWife: How Alex is forced into the race.
* LikeYouWereDying: John Trimble.
* LongLostSibling: The Salazars.
* LoopholeAbuse: As punishment for being the last person to cross the first checkpoint in Jupiter, Florida, Wendy is given a gun and told that Ivy, one of her competitors, could not arrive at the next checkpoint in her vehicle. Wendy is too sweet-natured to kill Ivy, so [[TakeAThirdOption her solution]] is to [[spoiler:convince Ivy to abandon her teammates Susan and Leigh, and partner with her instead. Ain't no rule saying that she had to kill her!]]
* [[TheMountainsOfIllinois The Mountains Of Florida]]
* NotNamedInOpeningCredits: Dylan Baker for five of the six episodes, despite appearing in all of them. (He finally got moved up to the opening for the finale.) Oddly, Rochelle Aytes, Riley Smith, and Mircea Monroe do appear in the opening credits despite not appearing in all of the episodes.
* PimpedOutCar: The Salazars' 1964 Impala lowrider, which Winston brags used to be owned by the former leader of the [[GangBangers Latin Kings.]]
* RealSongThemeTune: "Can't Stop the World" by Gavin Rossdale.
* ScreamingBirth: Wendy is in the middle of one when she's introduced.
* SameCharacterButDifferent: Detective Early, who is pursuing Alex (Nathan Fillion) is played by the same actor that portrayed Jubal Early in "Firefly" who chased after Nathan back when he was Malcolm Reynolds.
* ShoutOut: Alex's Challenger is a reference to the classic road movie ''VanishingPoint''.
* ViewersAreGoldfish: ''TheSoup'' put together a montage of how many times characters used the phrase "secret illegal underground road race" to describe what they were doing when asked. It lasted a minute and a half.
* TheWarOnTerror: Rob Laird is a veteran of the Iraq War. [[spoiler:They want him back.]]
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: [[http://tvseriesfinale.com/tv-show/drive-what-wouldve-happened-on-the-cancelled-series/ Here]] is a rough sketch of how the show would have progressed had [[SugarWiki/NeedsMoreLove anyone bothered to watch it]]. Some highlights:
** Some of the contestants have "sponsors" who got them into the race. Some sponsors have benevolent motives, while others have revenge or other nefarious ideas on their minds. One racer, John Trimble, sponsored himself, looking to have one last thrill before he dies. Other contestants, such as the team of Leigh, Susan and Ivy, were put in as background racers to shake things up, similar to non-player "bots" in a video game.
** John Trimble [[LikeYouWereDying wasn't actually dying]] -- in fact, it was his meds that were making him sick. After he finds out that he's going to live, he would've been [[DiabolusExMachina killed by a bus]], simply because, according to Minear, [[ForTheEvulz it would've been funny]].
** There were various ideas going around as to the identity of the truck driver who [[spoiler:killed Susan]]. The most likely idea would've had it be a former contestant who had been crippled in the race and was now seeking revenge. Other ideas would have been for it to be a faceless serial killer (a la ''{{Film/Duel}}''), or have the driver be played by ElizaDushku.
** Had there been a second season, it would've focused on a new race and new characters, with first season characters taking on new roles in the race.

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