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Where Can You Watch Top Gear Online?

With over 25 seasons under its belt, Top Gear is one of the most iconic auto enthusiast shows on television. Although it’s gone through numerous transitions, had multiple sets of hosts, and gotten a few spinoffs, Top Gear as a franchise remains popular—it has a worldwide audience of about 350 million people. If you’re one of them, here’s how you can watch the show online.

MotorTrend’s Top Gear collection

At the end of August, MotorTrend began streaming all 170 episodes of Top Gear. But it doesn’t just have the classics; on the app you’ll find three seasons of Top Gear: Extra Gear, the companion show that features all kinds of behind the scenes special content. Additionally, you’ll have access to the Top Gear UK India Special, and MotorTrend’s exclusive Best of Top Gear compilations. You’ll be able to watch the show with original hosts Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson, and James May, as well as the newer episodes with hosts Chris Harris, Matt LeBlanc, and Rory Reid.

MotorTrend has also uploaded Crash Course and Cars of the People, the shows of hosts Hammond and May, respectively. In fact, you’ll get up to 4,000 hours of auto shows — MotorTrend streams a variety of popular programs, including Wheeler Dealers, Dirt Every Day, Roadkill, Fast N’ Loud, and Overhaulin’. At $4.99 per month, the MotorTrend app is cheaper than many other streaming services. It airs a new episode of Top Gear UK every Tuesday night.

Partnered with Amazon

If you have Amazon Prime, you can also watch Top Gear there; MotorTrend has partnered with Amazon so that you can have all your shows in one place. Although you still have to pay for the MotorTrend subscription, you can get a seven day free trial on Amazon before you subscribe.

Unfortunately, Netflix users are out of luck — MotorTrend has the exclusive Top Gear rights, so the show will not be appearing on Netflix. However, the MotorTrend app can be used through other streaming services, including Apple TV and Google Chromecast. And if you’re already on Amazon and want more Top Gear content, you might hop over to The Grand Tour — the Amazon show created by the original trio of Top Gear hosts. This show made £7 million (approximately $8.8 million) in profits in 2017. 

Top Gear USA

Another exciting update for Top Gear fans is that MotorTrend has partnered with the BBC to reboot Top Gear USA. The American version of Top Gear has had a difficult past. It was first bought by NBC in 2008; however, after casting new hosts and filming a few episodes, the network hesitated in airing the show, worried that there wasn’t a market for it in the United States. 

Luckily, the BBC was able to pull the show from NBC and begin searching for a new home for it, which it eventually found on the History Channel in 2010. Here, the new Top Gear USA hosts — Adam Ferrara, Rutledge Wood, and Tanner Foust — began recreating the iconic show for a new audience. While the show struggled at first, it eventually found its footing; it even offered Top Gear UK fans an alternative option while Clarkson was being fired from the original show. 

However, Top Gear USA was canceled in 2016 and hadn’t found a new home — until now. In addition to its acquisition of every single Top Gear UK episode, MotorTrend will begin working with the BBC to bring back the American version of this show. The new version will have all new hosts, which MotorTrend is in the process of casting. For updates, you can follow MotorTrend’s social media — and in the meantime, you can start binging your way through the rest of MotorTrend’s Top Gear content.