In today’s world of 24-hour programming and endless streaming options, you have no excuse for watching bad TV shows. That goes for car shows, too. There are so many quality car TV shows out there now, and from Top Gear to Ice Road Truckers, you’ll always find something for everyone. But then there are the not-so-good car shows. You know, the ones where you watch them remodel a vehicle and think “Are they really expecting that car not to break down in a day?” As compiled by HotCars, here are the five worst car shows that you should avoid at all costs.
5. Pimp My Ride
Pimp My Ride was a hit show on MTV that aired from 2003-2007. The host of the show, rapper Xzibit, would collect contestants’ cars and drive them to a shop, where a crew would remodel them in five days. They added everything to these cars – a cotton candy machine, a chocolate fountain, a full-sized pool table, a hot tub, and practically every car got a new speaker system and at least one TV. While it was fun to watch as an entertainment program, it was later revealed that many of the features they added broke safety regulations and more than one car broke down shortly afterward. It would usually take them about six months to remodel the cars, not a week, and contestants had to rent cars in the meantime on their own dime.
4. Graveyard Carz
You have to be willing to tackle a lot of different types of cars if you want to have a successful car remodeling show, and Graveyard Carz misses that. With the slogan “It’s Mopar or No Car,” the show’s host Mark Worman and his crew of experts keep their views too narrow by only remodeling Chrysler muscle cars from the late 1960s to early 1970s. Too much of the same thing gets pretty boring, so we advise you just to steer clear of this one.
3. Counting Cars
Counting Cars is a spinoff of the show Pawn Stars, featuring the show’s car expert Danny Kroker. With a crew by his side, Kroker tackles automobile and motorcycle restorations in Las Vegas. Where the show misses, however, is in its focus. A great deal of the show’s time is spent on Kroker and his staff, not on the actual vehicle restorations. While drama may have a place in any type of show, we’d just like car shows to actually focus on the cars, for once. Is that too much to ask?
2. American Chopper
Another show that focused more on drama than substance, American Chopper centered on a family feud. A father and son pitted against each other competed to outdo one another in separate motorcycle shops. While entertaining in its concept, this show ended up being way too much about drama and not enough about the bikes they were building. The hot-headed main characters couldn’t go an episode without fighting and we can’t help but think Thanksgiving must get pretty ugly in their family.
1. Desert Car Kings
A show that only lasted one season, Desert Car Kings is yet another show that didn’t focus enough on the cars. Following along with the McClure family, owners of Arizona’s Desert Valley Auto Parts, the show was meant to feature restorations of some of the 10,000 vintage cars on the family’s 100-acre car lot. Instead, it focused heavily on the family themselves and less on the automobiles. The repairs that were made sometimes seemed a little superficial and lacked excitement, so it’s no wonder why they only lasted one season.