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Fifth Gear Vs. Top Gear  
User currently offlineBlueElephant From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 1813 posts, RR: 6
Posted (6 years 1 week 2 hours ago) and read 2921 times:

I know some people who prefer one over the other..but Watch both..

I watch both, but I can get over it if I miss one Fifth Gear episode...But I have to watch Top Gear...Something so different yet so fun with the May, Clarkson and Hammond, over Tiff and Vikki (although, she's really easy on the eyes  Smile)

Any thoughts?...Which are your favourite clips from either show

One of my favourites...British Leyland...

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User currently offlineAjd1992 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (6 years 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 2906 times:

My favourite clips are pretty much all 110+ episodes. I love Top Gear, and I get withdrawals when it isn't on Big grin

Fifth Gear is really crap, i don't find it interesting purely because It's not funny or anywhere near as interesting.


User currently offlineKent350787 From Australia, joined May 2008, 965 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 2895 times:



Quoting Ajd1992 (Reply 1):
Fifth Gear is really crap, i don't find it interesting purely because It's not funny or anywhere near as interesting.

How can you dis VBH in that way!!!!

We don't get fifth gear here in Oz (well, maybe on cable), but Top Gear is a must watch, even for my wife and many women of my aquaintance. But it's more a fun program about cars than a car program.

Could always be improved by the addition of VBH though.....

Kent


User currently offlineScrubbsYWG From Canada, joined Mar 2007, 1495 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 2893 times:

top gear is definitely the better of the two, but fifth gear is still pretty fun to watch when it is on. However, i dont go out of my way to get the episodes for fifth gear, while i have a ritual on sunday evenings when i download the latest top gear episodes.

User currently offlineDavehammer From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2007, 472 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2828 times:

Top Gear all the way. The interaction between those three is brilliant and makes the show brilliantly enjoyable.

User currently offlinePetertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3369 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (6 years 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2790 times:

Top gear is a lot more fun. Besides, Tiff's voice ruins fifth gear completely. When he leaves genuinely I think the program will be a lot better! Or maybe give him a "Stig" role where he can drive as long as he shuts up.


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User currently offlineMetroliner From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2007, 1067 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (6 years 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 2773 times:

The camera work on Top Gear is also so much more pro, don't you think? They do all sorts of kooky things to keep people interested - after all, a show that's just about cars would not appeal to everyone visually, but one that's got plenty of eye candy...  Smile

Fifth Gear is a mere knock-off. Always has been, always will be.

Quoting Petertenthije (Reply 5):
Tiff's voice ruins fifth gear completely.

 yes 

You do just want to get up and slap him.



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User currently offlineLapper From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 1565 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (6 years 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2749 times:

Always makes me laugh during the challenges when Hammond and Clarkson always crash into May's car when pulling up.

User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8453 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (6 years 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2746 times:
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Tiff is a pain, I will watch 5th Gear if there is nothing else on. Having said that, at least 5th Gear has the occasional bike feature which I have never seen on Top Gear. Unfortunately we just seem to get old re-runs of Top Gear here but still worth watching.


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User currently offlineBlueElephant From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 1813 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (6 years 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2718 times:



Quoting Kent350787 (Reply 2):
We don't get fifth gear here in Oz (well, maybe on cable), but Top Gear is a must watch, even for my wife and many women of my aquaintance. But it's more a fun program about cars than a car program.

Top Gear's coming to Australia, I'm kinda interested to see it. Do the people down under think it'll be better than the British one?

I think they're making a Top Gear US too...and I gotta say...I think I will favour the British one, I hope they don't take it off BBC if Top Gear US starts.


User currently offlineFlyboysp From Australia, joined Apr 2007, 739 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (6 years 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 2710 times:



Quoting BlueElephant (Reply 9):
Quoting Kent350787 (Reply 2):
We don't get fifth gear here in Oz (well, maybe on cable), but Top Gear is a must watch, even for my wife and many women of my aquaintance. But it's more a fun program about cars than a car program.

Top Gear's coming to Australia, I'm kinda interested to see it. Do the people down under think it'll be better than the British one?

I think they're making a Top Gear US too...and I gotta say...I think I will favour the British one, I hope they don't take it off BBC if Top Gear US starts.

I dont think that the Australian version will match up to the British. I want it to succeed, but i just dont see it happening It's the British sense of humour which gives it it's edge.

The hosts for Australian Top Gear are Warren Brown, Charlie Cox and Steve Pizzati. I only know of one of them, but that could be me a result of my age (or lack thereof).



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User currently offlineDaleaholic From UK - England, joined Oct 2005, 3208 posts, RR: 13
Reply 11, posted (6 years 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 2682 times:

Top Gear all the way. The programme has cars, comedy, guests and news... what more could you want? Oh yeah, Clarkson, Hammond and May!!! Big grin

Fifth Gear is extremely boring...  bored 



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User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13116 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (6 years 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2673 times:

I live in the USA. I did see a few episodes of Fifth Gear a few years ago (on the Speed Channel). To me it is the more serious show. For serveral months now, we have gotten recent and past episodes of Top Gear on BBC America channel here. Top Gear is more about a bunch of silly blokes who like to trash long dead British cars and are a bit over the top, condensending and even offensive in some of their segments. I found their trip in America done last year to be particulry offensive as to their beheavior. SInce Top Gear is on Monday Nights here in the USA, and it is American Football season with a Monday Night game, guess I won't be seeing any episodes until January.

User currently offlineLeezyjet From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 4042 posts, RR: 53
Reply 13, posted (6 years 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2656 times:

Prefer Top Gear, but will happily watch 5th Gear.

Top Gear is good for the comedy and watching them thrash the expensive cars around, however I think 5th Gear do a better job of reviewing the cars, and have more regular cars on it that viewers are more likely to be able to afford.

I also like the crash tests that 5th Gear do too, although the last one I saw with a convertable flipping over was a bit unrealistic, shooting it about 6 feet into the air up a ramp and watching it crash down and squash the occupants - not exactly the more common slower roll over scenario starting on the ground rather than in the air. Even a hard top car would have crushed during that test !!.

VBH is quite nice until she opens her gob - she has a "funny" mouth when she talks, and that screeching she does when she gets excited - Arghh !!! SHUT UP !!.

 Smile



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User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13213 posts, RR: 77
Reply 14, posted (6 years 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2652 times:

LTBEWR, You have to consider that Top Gear takes the piss out of everyone, certainly the UK and the presenters even more so.

I'm not interested in cars, so no to 5th Gear and yes to Top Gear, which is funnier than most so called comedies.


User currently offlineBlueElephant From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 1813 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (6 years 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2640 times:



Quoting GDB (Reply 14):
LTBEWR, You have to consider that Top Gear takes the piss out of everyone, certainly the UK and the presenters even more so.



Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 12):
I found their trip in America done last year to be particulry offensive as to their beheavior.

Gotta agree with GDB...They really do just hate on everyone...every car company, every company and every type of person...especially the UK Government.

So I wouldn't call it offensive, just another type of person they're mocking.


User currently offlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7420 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (6 years 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2622 times:



Quoting BlueElephant (Reply 9):
Top Gear's coming to Australia, I'm kinda interested to see it. Do the people down under think it'll be better than the British one?

I think they're making a Top Gear US too...and I gotta say...I think I will favour the British one, I hope they don't take it off BBC if Top Gear US starts.

There is no way the knockoffs will match the original, Top Gear is Clarkson, without Clarkson you wouldn't have a show.

Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 12):
Top Gear is more about a bunch of silly blokes who like to trash long dead British cars and are a bit over the top, condensending and even offensive in some of their segments. I found their trip in America done last year to be particulry offensive as to their beheavior.

You probabaly don't understand British humour, not a lot of Americans do, witness the sad US version of The Office, compared to the utterly brilliant UK original.


User currently offlineBongodog1964 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2006, 3596 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (6 years 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2596 times:



Quoting Andz (Reply 8):
Unfortunately we just seem to get old re-runs of Top Gear here but still worth watching.

Here in the Uk we have one channel by the name of Dave which seems to show little else


User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11655 posts, RR: 60
Reply 18, posted (6 years 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2593 times:



Quoting Bongodog1964 (Reply 17):
Here in the Uk we have one channel by the name of Dave which seems to show little else

You've got a 25% chance basically; it'll either be TG, HIGNFY, QI or MTW - all of which are great!

That said, Top Gear is starting to lose it for me, so much of the show is 'put on' and it's increasingly obvious; they are turning more towards gaining cheap laughs by doing stupid things than creating a good entertainment show about fast cars with a touch of comedy. Perhaps I'm just getting  old , but puts a damper on the show I think.


Dan  Smile



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User currently offlineZkpilot From New Zealand, joined Mar 2006, 4834 posts, RR: 9
Reply 19, posted (6 years 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2574 times:



Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 12):
I found their trip in America done last year to be particulry offensive as to their beheavior.

Judging by your spelling I can see why....  Yeah sure

Remember they take the piss out of everyone. But you have got to admit that American Cars are not in the same league as many other cars... hence why Americans have been flocking to Japanese and European cars over the last 20 years in particular and why the Big 4 are going bust or really struggling.



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User currently offlineFrancoflier From France, joined Oct 2001, 3766 posts, RR: 11
Reply 20, posted (6 years 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2562 times:

Top Gear is definitely the most entertaining.

5th Gear might be slightly more serious in it's approach to car reviewing, but honestly, if you're looking for a car review because you're about to buy one, you're better off looking for it in a specialized magazine. TV shows are for entertainment.

The proof of that is that recently 5th Gear has taken a turn towards Top Gear. It is trying hard to do the same, they even have copied a lot of ideas from Top Gear.
And I don't like Vikki Butler, she's a cheeky b!@t*#.

Quoting PlymSpotter (Reply 18):
so much of the show is 'put on' and it's increasingly obvious

I think that's true. The show's always been heavily scripted, but they've gone a bit overboard in a try to surpass themselves. It just shows too much now.

When is the next season starting?

Quoting BlueElephant (Reply 15):
So I wouldn't call it offensive, just another type of person they're mocking.

True, everybody gets it, they're also very much into self derision.

The one thing I can't stand (and 5th Gear does the same) is how they present every British car they get their hands on as the beginning and end of all things on wheels... Even though they're not technically any better than the others they try and, technically, there aren't any British cars anymore, apart from a few relatively unknown niche manufacturers...



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User currently offlineKHI747 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 1615 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (6 years 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2536 times:

Comparing Top Gear to Fifth Gear is like comparing the inflight service onboard Singapore Airlines F class to a domestic flight on Aeroflot! There is no match frankly...

Just as an aviation enthusiast wouldnt miss out on flying any airline or airplane,as a car person i would gladly watch Fifth Gear as well but watching Top Gear is an event.Even people like my father and wife,who otherwise arent really bothered about cars thoroughly enjoy T.G

Its something you look forward to,something that makes you fall out of your couch laughing while informing you only about the cars we care about,all at the same time mesmerising us with cinematography and camera work which is second to none.

Clarkson,Hamster(Hammond) and May compliment each other phenomenally well and its a dream team.The 5th gear team is quite corny actually and it doesnt offer much entertainment if you arent a car freak.


User currently offlineThePRGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (6 years 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2531 times:

The one good thing about fifth gear is Tim Shaw - what a hilarious guy

User currently offlineHowSwedeitis From Sweden, joined Jul 2007, 586 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (6 years 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 2518 times:
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*Sigh* What's next? "Overdrive" ? sarcastic  Oh, and I actually prefer Top Gear.  Wink

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User currently offlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7420 posts, RR: 5
Reply 24, posted (6 years 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2508 times:



Quoting Zkpilot (Reply 19):
why the Big 4 are going bust

I know about GM, Ford and Chrysler, who is the mysterious number 4 your are referring to?


25 Egmcman : I prefer TG . TG appeals to wider audience because it does not take it self seriously and the personalities of the presenters. Clarkson says it like i
26 Fbgdavidson : Err, Fifth Gear has been around longer than Top Gear in the current, studio based format. Fifth Gear is the magazine style show Top Gear was before i
27 Stretch 8 : I love Top Gear, seen every Monday evening here in the colonies on BBC America. One complaint: Clarkson comes across as a bit too anti-American, May a
28 Cadet57 : Nice job being condescending... Having watched the UK and American versions of the office, I DO like the BBC version more. But to americans the Ameri
29 Boeing74741R : Top Gear all the way for me. Long live Clarkson, Hammond and May! Fifth Gear is a load of rubbish. It's based on the old format of Top Gear and you ca
30 GDB : When Clarkson's not being anti British - or parts and aspects of Britain he does not like, which is a lot of it. Now the French................... Mo
31 Egmcman : The BBC encouraged him to be honest say if he beleived a car was bad to say that. Toyota didn't let them test their cars a for several years because
32 TristarAtLCA : Top Gear all the way for me. I am not bothered if I miss FG, but I must watch TG. The only time I have ever used an air phone was to remind the other
33 Andz : It is currently 5:24am Sunday morning and I am watching the second of three in a row Top Gear on BBC, I had to get out of bed and come and watch in th
34 Zkpilot : That should say the Big 3... Also I didn't cast my vote.... Top Gear for me. I wouldn't turn her down signed 99% of A.net.
35 Sudden : TG for me all the way. Fifth Gear is just embarrasing. And it got even worse when Jason Plato joined as he deserves better then hanging around with wa
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