Follow TV Tropes

Following

History Magazine / MotorWeek

Go To



* AluminumChristmasTrees: ''[=MotorWeek=]'' bills itself as "Television's (Original) Automotive Magazine", though this isn't exactly accurate since it is pretty much an Americanized version of ''Series/TopGearUK'', which started airing four years prior. In fairness, ''[=MotorWeek=]'' added the word "original" to the slogan in response to ''Motor Trend'' and ''Car And Driver'' launching short-lived copycat programs in the late 1990s; but, from a purely American perspective, the slogan does make sense.

to:

* AluminumChristmasTrees: ''[=MotorWeek=]'' bills itself as "Television's (Original) Automotive Magazine", though this isn't exactly accurate since it is pretty much an Americanized version of ''Series/TopGearUK'', which started airing four years prior. In fairness, ''[=MotorWeek=]'' added the word "original" to the slogan in response to ''Motor Trend'' and ''Car And Driver'' launching short-lived copycat programs in the late 1990s; but, from a purely American perspective, the slogan does make sense.sense as the country's longest running program of its kind.


** "Hello, and welcome to [=MotorWeek=]! We're glad to have you with us!" (Recent shows, however, have John Davis introducing it with "Hi, I'm John Davis, and this is [=MotorWeek=]!")

to:

** "Hello, and welcome to [=MotorWeek=]! We're glad to have you with us!" (Recent shows, since the early/mid-2010s, however, have John Davis introducing it with "Hi, I'm John Davis, and this is [=MotorWeek=]!")


* AluminumChristmasTrees: ''[=MotorWeek=]'' bills itself as "Television's (Original) Automotive Magazine", though this isn't exactly accurate since it is pretty much an Americanized version of ''Series/TopGearUK'', which started airing four years prior. In fairness, ''[=MotorWeek=]'' added the word "original" to the slogan in response to ''Motor Trend'' and ''Car And Driver'' launching short-lived copycat programs in the late 1990s.

to:

* AluminumChristmasTrees: ''[=MotorWeek=]'' bills itself as "Television's (Original) Automotive Magazine", though this isn't exactly accurate since it is pretty much an Americanized version of ''Series/TopGearUK'', which started airing four years prior. In fairness, ''[=MotorWeek=]'' added the word "original" to the slogan in response to ''Motor Trend'' and ''Car And Driver'' launching short-lived copycat programs in the late 1990s.1990s; but, from a purely American perspective, the slogan does make sense.


** Similarly, the ''Goss' Garage'' segments used to be more in-depth and for a while revolved around Goss giving advice to viewers who would write in with their car problems in a manner similar to ''CarTalk'', while today they revolve around general car care advice and how not to get scammed by a shop. In fairness, when ''Goss' Garage'' premiered it was common for laymen to work on their own cars, a practice that has faded over time as cars came to require less maintenance and have generally become too advanced for most people to service themselves. Now that a scan tool is required to diagnose most problems, Goss would wind up answering most letters with "Take it to a professional."

to:

** Similarly, the ''Goss' Garage'' segments used to be more in-depth and for a while revolved around Goss giving advice to viewers who would write in with their car problems in a manner similar to ''CarTalk'', ''Radio/CarTalk'', while today they revolve around general car care advice and how not to get scammed by a shop. In fairness, when ''Goss' Garage'' premiered it was common for laymen to work on their own cars, a practice that has faded over time as cars came to require less maintenance and have generally become too advanced for most people to service themselves. Now that a scan tool is required to diagnose most problems, Goss would wind up answering most letters with "Take it to a professional."


''Motor Week'' (stylized as a single word: '''''[=MotorWeek=]''''') is a long-lived American TV automotive magazine series produced by Maryland Public Television and featured on various Creator/{{PBS}} affiliates nationally since 1981. Billing itself as [[AluminumChristmasTrees "Televisions original automotive magazine"]], it is basically formatted as [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a car magazine for television]]. Accordingly, the show features automotive news segments, mini-reviews (the "Car Keys" segments are a brief introduction to the features of a recently introduced model that might receive a more in-depth review in the future; the "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Long-Term Updates]]" are updates on how well a car has held up ''after'' the review and many miles of use), a [=DIY=] repair segment called "Goss' Garage" (hosted by Pat Goss) and most recently a news segment on how automotive technology is catching up with municipal and federal "green" initiatives. It can be considered a TransAtlanticEquivalent to ''Series/TopGearUK'', at least in its original pre-reboot form when it had a more serious and educational tone. Recently, their reviews and conclusions have been criticized for being "soft" and non-objective in their criticism.

to:

''Motor Week'' (stylized as a single word: '''''[=MotorWeek=]''''') is a long-lived American TV automotive magazine series produced by Maryland Public Television and featured on various Creator/{{PBS}} affiliates nationally since 1981. Billing itself as [[AluminumChristmasTrees "Televisions original automotive magazine"]], "Television's Original Automotive Magazine"]], it is basically formatted as [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a car magazine for television]]. Accordingly, the show features automotive news segments, mini-reviews (the "Car Keys" segments are a brief introduction to the features of a recently introduced model that might receive a more in-depth review in the future; the "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Long-Term Updates]]" are updates on how well a car has held up ''after'' the review and many miles of use), a [=DIY=] repair segment called "Goss' Garage" (hosted by Pat Goss) and most recently a news segment on how automotive technology is catching up with municipal and federal "green" initiatives. It can be considered a TransAtlanticEquivalent to ''Series/TopGearUK'', at least in its original pre-reboot form when it had a more serious and educational tone. Recently, their reviews and conclusions have been criticized for being "soft" and non-objective in their criticism.


** "Come drive with us! Next!"

to:

** "Come "(So) Come drive with us! Next!"



* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: During the show's first seven seasons in the 1980s, the show had more of a typical "newscast" look with an indoor studio and newsdesk-style presenting. Starting in 1987, the show is now presented outdoors with John Davis walking among various cars (used to be the ones actually reviewed in the show, now seemingly random leaning towards high-end, high-performance luxury models).

to:

* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: During the show's first seven six seasons in the 1980s, the show had more of a typical "newscast" look with an indoor studio and newsdesk-style presenting. Starting By the start of season 7 in 1987, the show is now presented outdoors with John Davis walking among various cars (used to be the ones actually reviewed in the show, now seemingly random leaning towards high-end, high-performance luxury models).



* FollowTheLeader: In the late 1990s ''Car and Driver'' and ''Motor Trend'' magazines launched short-lived tv shows that were copies of ''[=MotorWeek=]''; hence the addition of the word "Original" in their slogan "Television's Automotive Magazine" as aformentioned in the Aluminum Christmas Trees entry above.

to:

* FollowTheLeader: In the late 1990s ''Car and Driver'' and ''Motor Trend'' magazines launched short-lived tv TV shows that were copies of ''[=MotorWeek=]''; hence the addition of the word "Original" in their slogan "Television's Automotive Magazine" as aformentioned in the Aluminum Christmas Trees entry above.


** "Hello, and welcome to [=MotorWeek=]! We're glad to have you with us!"

to:

** "Hello, and welcome to [=MotorWeek=]! We're glad to have you with us!"us!" (Recent shows, however, have John Davis introducing it with "Hi, I'm John Davis, and this is [=MotorWeek=]!")


Added DiffLines:

* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The show is a weekly review of motor vehicles.


* AluminumChristmasTrees: ''[=MotorWeek=]'' bills itself as "Television's Original Automotive Magazine", though this isn't exactly accurate since it is pretty much an Americanized version of ''Series/TopGearUK'', which started airing four years prior. In fairness, ''[=MotorWeek=]'' adopted that slogan in response to ''Motor Trend'' and ''Car And Driver'' launching short-lived copycat programs in the late 1990s.

to:

* AluminumChristmasTrees: ''[=MotorWeek=]'' bills itself as "Television's Original (Original) Automotive Magazine", though this isn't exactly accurate since it is pretty much an Americanized version of ''Series/TopGearUK'', which started airing four years prior. In fairness, ''[=MotorWeek=]'' adopted that added the word "original" to the slogan in response to ''Motor Trend'' and ''Car And Driver'' launching short-lived copycat programs in the late 1990s. 1990s.



* FollowTheLeader: In the late 1990s ''Car and Driver'' and ''Motor Trend'' magazines launched short-lived tv shows that were copies of ''[=MotorWeek=]''; hence the use of the slogan "Television's Original Automotive Magazine" as aformentioned in the Aluminum Christmas Trees entry above.

to:

* FollowTheLeader: In the late 1990s ''Car and Driver'' and ''Motor Trend'' magazines launched short-lived tv shows that were copies of ''[=MotorWeek=]''; hence the use addition of the word "Original" in their slogan "Television's Original Automotive Magazine" as aformentioned in the Aluminum Christmas Trees entry above.


* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: During the show's first few seasons in the late 1980s the show had more of a typical "newscast" look with an indoor studio and newsdesk-style presenting. Starting in the early 1990s the show is now presented outdoors with John Davis walking among various cars (used to be the ones actually reviewed in the show, now seemingly random leaning towards high-end, high-performance luxury models).

to:

* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: During the show's first few seven seasons in the late 1980s 1980s, the show had more of a typical "newscast" look with an indoor studio and newsdesk-style presenting. Starting in the early 1990s 1987, the show is now presented outdoors with John Davis walking among various cars (used to be the ones actually reviewed in the show, now seemingly random leaning towards high-end, high-performance luxury models).



* FollowTheLeader: In the late 1990s ''Car and Driver'' and ''Motor Trend'' magazines launched short-lived tv shows that were copies of ''[=MotorWeek=]''.

to:

* FollowTheLeader: In the late 1990s ''Car and Driver'' and ''Motor Trend'' magazines launched short-lived tv shows that were copies of ''[=MotorWeek=]''.''[=MotorWeek=]''; hence the use of the slogan "Television's Original Automotive Magazine" as aformentioned in the Aluminum Christmas Trees entry above.


* AnnualTitle: For a while in the late '80s/early '90s. Since the new fall TV season coincided with the car industry's new model year, ''[=MotorWeek=] '89'' first aired in 1988 and covered 1989-model cars (for example).

to:

* AnnualTitle: For a while in the late '80s/early '90s. From season 7 (1987-88) to season 12 (1992-93). Since the new fall TV season coincided with the North American car industry's new model year, ''[=MotorWeek=] '89'' first aired in 1988 and covered 1989-model cars (for example).

Added DiffLines:

* Flanderization:
** The car reviews were more thorough in earlier episodes, with even a specific list of "hits" and "misses". In recent years, ''[=MotorWeek=]'' has been criticized for being too non-objective in their car reviews.
** Similarly, the ''Goss' Garage'' segments used to be more in-depth and for a while revolved around Goss giving advice to viewers who would write in with their car problems in a manner similar to ''CarTalk'', while today they revolve around general car care advice and how not to get scammed by a shop. In fairness, when ''Goss' Garage'' premiered it was common for laymen to work on their own cars, a practice that has faded over time as cars came to require less maintenance and have generally become too advanced for most people to service themselves. Now that a scan tool is required to diagnose most problems, Goss would wind up answering most letters with "Take it to a professional."


''Motor Week'' (stylized as a single word: '''''[=MotorWeek=]''''') is a long-lived American TV automotive magazine series produced by Maryland Public Television and featured on various Creator/{{PBS}} affiliates nationally. Compared to the more internationally famous ''Series/TopGearUK'' series (or at least its' post-2000 reboot), ''[=MotorWeek=]'' is much more "matter-of-factual", with segments reviewing a car in the same manner most magazines review consumer products. Meaning that zany stunts and antics are ''very'' rare or outright nonexistent - aside from the straight-line and slalom performance tests the most that might happen is a burnout or donut to emphasize a narrated point. Their reviews and conclusions also tend to be somewhat "soft" with almost universal praise for every car they test, or somewhat vague at its most critical - the cynical might say as a result of their comparative precarious position being a PBS show primarily reliant on corporate "donations" and hence being extra-sensitive to not offend. Or as automotive website ''The Truth About Cars'' puts it, "every car's a winner."

Additionally, the show features automotive news segments, mini-reviews (the "Car Keys" segments are a brief introduction to the features of a recently introduced model that might receive a more in-depth review in the future; the "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Long-Term Updates]]" are updates on how well a car has held up ''after'' the review and many miles of use), a [=DIY=] repair segment called "Goss' Garage" (hosted by Pat Goss) and most recently a news segment on how automotive technology is catching up with municipal and federal "green" initiatives.

to:

''Motor Week'' (stylized as a single word: '''''[=MotorWeek=]''''') is a long-lived American TV automotive magazine series produced by Maryland Public Television and featured on various Creator/{{PBS}} affiliates nationally. Compared to the more internationally famous ''Series/TopGearUK'' series (or at least its' post-2000 reboot), ''[=MotorWeek=]'' is much more "matter-of-factual", with segments reviewing a car in the same manner most magazines review consumer products. Meaning that zany stunts and antics are ''very'' rare or outright nonexistent - aside from the straight-line and slalom performance tests the most that might happen is a burnout or donut to emphasize a narrated point. Their reviews and conclusions also tend to be somewhat "soft" with almost universal praise for every car they test, or somewhat vague at its most critical - the cynical might say nationally since 1981. Billing itself as a result of their comparative precarious position being a PBS show primarily reliant on corporate "donations" and hence being extra-sensitive to not offend. Or as [[AluminumChristmasTrees "Televisions original automotive website ''The Truth About Cars'' puts it, "every car's magazine"]], it is basically formatted as [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a winner."

Additionally,
car magazine for television]]. Accordingly, the show features automotive news segments, mini-reviews (the "Car Keys" segments are a brief introduction to the features of a recently introduced model that might receive a more in-depth review in the future; the "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Long-Term Updates]]" are updates on how well a car has held up ''after'' the review and many miles of use), a [=DIY=] repair segment called "Goss' Garage" (hosted by Pat Goss) and most recently a news segment on how automotive technology is catching up with municipal and federal "green" initiatives.
initiatives. It can be considered a TransAtlanticEquivalent to ''Series/TopGearUK'', at least in its original pre-reboot form when it had a more serious and educational tone. Recently, their reviews and conclusions have been criticized for being "soft" and non-objective in their criticism.



!!Tropes include:

to:

!!Tropes include: !!Come Trope With Us:
* AluminumChristmasTrees: ''[=MotorWeek=]'' bills itself as "Television's Original Automotive Magazine", though this isn't exactly accurate since it is pretty much an Americanized version of ''Series/TopGearUK'', which started airing four years prior. In fairness, ''[=MotorWeek=]'' adopted that slogan in response to ''Motor Trend'' and ''Car And Driver'' launching short-lived copycat programs in the late 1990s.


Added DiffLines:

* CatchPhrase:
** "Hello, and welcome to [=MotorWeek=]! We're glad to have you with us!"
** "Come drive with us! Next!"


Added DiffLines:

* FollowTheLeader: In the late 1990s ''Car and Driver'' and ''Motor Trend'' magazines launched short-lived tv shows that were copies of ''[=MotorWeek=]''.


Added DiffLines:

* TransAtlanticEquivalent: To ''Series/TopGearUK''. ''[=MotorWeek=]'' is arguably an American copy of the original ''[=TopGear=]''. In recent years enthusiasts tended to compare ''[=MotorWeek=]'' unfavorably to ''[=TopGear=]'', though this is less than fair given that ''[=TopGear=]'' was rebooted in 2002 as a personality-driven edutainment program while ''[=MotorWeek=]'' has been continuously in production with the same staff and presenters and both programs generally have different objectives.


* AnnualTitle: For a while in the late '80s/early '90s.

to:

* AnnualTitle: For a while in the late '80s/early '90s. Since the new fall TV season coincided with the car industry's new model year, ''[=MotorWeek=] '89'' first aired in 1988 and covered 1989-model cars (for example).


Additionally, the show features automotive news segments, mini-reviews (the "Car Keys" segments are a brief introduction to the features of a recently introduced model that might receive a more in-depth review in the future; the "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Long-Term Updates]]" are updates on how well a car has held up ''after'' the review and many miles of use), a [=DIY=] repair segment called "Goss' Garage" (hosted by [[CaptainObvious Pat Goss]]) and most recently a news segment on how automotive technology is catching up with municipal and federal "green" initiatives.

to:

Additionally, the show features automotive news segments, mini-reviews (the "Car Keys" segments are a brief introduction to the features of a recently introduced model that might receive a more in-depth review in the future; the "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Long-Term Updates]]" are updates on how well a car has held up ''after'' the review and many miles of use), a [=DIY=] repair segment called "Goss' Garage" (hosted by [[CaptainObvious Pat Goss]]) Goss) and most recently a news segment on how automotive technology is catching up with municipal and federal "green" initiatives.

Showing 15 edit(s) of 41

Top

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:

/

Media sources:

/

Report