The Best Car TV Shows to Stream: Netflix & Hulu

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If you’re as much a gearhead, car-lover, and automotive enthusiast as we are, you know there’s nothing better than toiling under a hood. Sometimes, however, you just want to transform into a couch potato—and what’s wrong with that? Thanks to streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, you can live your life on the sofa and feed your inner car-junkie. Here are the best car TV shows and automotive programs to stream on Netflix and Hulu right now.

Top Car Shows on Netflix

West Coast Customs

There’s perhaps no better documentary-reality car show to stream on Netflix than the iconic West Coast Customs series. In it, famous celebrities, companies, musicians, and gamers hire Ryan Friedlinghaus and his talented WCC crew to transform their vehicles into works of art. From classic Cadillacs to RVs to even used family minivans like the Toyota Sienna, every type of vehicle goes under the torque wrench.

Although somewhat dated, it’s still a quality automotive show that would get the Xzibit stamp of approval.

Summary: West Coast Customs, a mecca for well-heeled car lovers, stars as their team creates some of the most luxurious, outrageous vehicles on the planet.

Seasons available: 6

Rating: TV-G

Essential episodes: S2 – Ep. 5 • S5 – Ep. 11

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

Jerry Seinfeld’s comedy series isn’t a gearhead-fest, but there’s no denying its massive public appeal. Having started as a cheaply made web series talk show in 2012, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee finally got the Netflix green light in 2018. The sprinkling of critical acclaim carried over.

Topping our list of favorite cool cars from the show are the luscious 1963 Corvette Stingray (Barack Obama’s episode), the rambunctious Lamborghini Huracán (fittingly highlighted in Matthew Broderick’s episode), and the classic ’77 Toyota FJ40 L.C. (Ellen DeGeneres’s episode).

You’re probably not seeing many of those older, vintage-type vehicles at our Kansas City used car dealership—but if you contact us, we can probably help you find something similar.

Summary: Jerry Seinfeld’s roving talk show combines coffee, laughs and vintage cars into quirky, caffeine-fueled adventures with the sharpest minds in comedy.

Seasons available: 6 “collections”

Rating: TV-14

Essential episodes: Michael Richards (S1 “First Cup” – Ep. 17) • Julia Louis-Dreyfus (S7 “Light & Sweet” – Ep. 6) • Barack Obama (S7 “Light & Sweet” – Ep. 1)

Fastest Car

What happens when souped-up cars match up with the Lamborghinis and Porsches of the world? That’s what the Netflix-produced show Fastest Car seeks to answer. Each episode is the same basic premise: track four vehicles, one of which is a supercar, from their garage to the episode-ending, quarter-mile sprint on a closed track (sometimes an airport runway).

Really cool cars, very interesting people, and unexpected outcomes make this one of the best car shows to binge on Netflix.

Summary: The drivers of exotic supercars put their street cred on the line against deceptively fast sleeper cars built and modified by true gearheads.

Seasons available: 2

Rating: TV-MA

Essential episodes: S1 – Ep. 7 • S1 – Ep. 1

Rust Valley Restorers

The Canadian-filmed Netflix show just aired in 2019, and it’s already a hit in our books. The key to Rust Valley Restorer’s soon-to-be successful run is in its star, 60-something-year-old Mike Hall, whose huge collection of classic cars tops out at over 400. Hall restores the clunkers into super-hot non-clunkers, and it’s as amusing as it sounds.

At its core, Rust Valley Restorers is a reality show gone right, a DIY auto body dreamboat, a bona fide celebration of the value of hard work. Hop on it.

Summary: Old-school auto collector Mike Hall, his pal Avery Shoaf and son Connor Hall go the extra mile to restore retro cars – and hopefully turn a profit.

Seasons available: 1

Rating: TV-14

Essential episodes: S1 – Ep. 1

Formula 1: Drive to Survive

Spanning 10 episodes—the first season aired in mid-2019—Formula 1: Drive to Survive takes viewers behind the scenes of the fastest sport on Earth. What goes into a normal F1 racer’s day? How do racing teams prepare for races? Are fierce competitors friends or foes off the track? These are the questions we wanted answered—and, boy, did the Netflix show deliver.

Formula 1: Drive to Survive, packed with drama and storylines, is a soap opera on speed—literally. Buckle in.

Summary: Drivers, managers and team owners live life in the fast lane – both on and off the track – during one cutthroat season of Formula 1 racing.

Seasons available: 1

Rating: TV-MA

Essential episodes: S1 – Ep. 8

Car Masters: Rags to Riches

The premise of Car Masters: Rags to Riches is quite formulaic—but that works in the show’s favor. The unique crew from Gotham Garage overhaul the most eclectic automobiles you’ll see on the road, creating final products that net them six figures. Some of the cooler vehicles showcased on the show include a 1964 Thunderbird—a car they managed to buy for just $1000, no less—a super-rare ’39 Zephyr, and a vintage Lincoln future.  

Want to see how to turn a smart car into a monster truck? Then watch Car Masters: Rags to Riches.

Summary: The colorful crew at Gotham Garage overhauls an eclectic collection of cars and trucks, trading up to a showstopper they can sell for big bucks.

Seasons available: 1

Rating: TV-PG

Essential episodes: S1 – Ep. 1

Hyperdrive

Produced by Charlize Theron, Hyperdrive is the shot of visual adrenaline all gearheads crave. Racers climb into some of the craziest, fastest, and downright ridiculous vehicles known to man; then they speed through an obstacle course created by Satan, all with the hope of finishing before competitors (or at all). The final 10 minutes of each episode are a pure 4K thrill, and you don’t need to make your brain jump hoops to enjoy it.

American Ninja Warrior with cars—that’s essentially what Netflix’s Hyperdrive is. And we’re all in.

Summary: Elite street racers from around the world test their limits in supercharged custom cars on the biggest, baddest automotive obstacle course ever built.

Seasons available: 1

Rating: TV-PG

Essential episodes: S1 – Ep. 1

Towies

For whatever reason, I became immersed in 2016’s show Towies. Perhaps it was the Australian accents. Maybe it was the creative solutions the towing and rescue teams came up with. Or it could even have been the chaotic style of filming. (My bet’s on the accents.) Either way, let’s just say there’s no shame in binge-watching the entire 10-episode series in one afternoon.

Is it the best car show on Netflix? No. But don’t let that deter you from watching Towies; it’s definitely an entertaining and mindless show to turn on when you’re folding laundry.

Summary: Australia’s toughest tow truck operators work to keep Queensland’s streets clear of overturned semis and other automotive disasters.

Seasons available: 1

Rating: TV-MA

Essential episodes: S1 – Ep. 4

Paul Hollywood’s Big Continental Road Trip

Fans of the amazing (really!) The Great British Baking Show will recognize the lead in this 2017 hidden gem. When not rolling out dough, master baker Paul Hollywood tours the mean streets of Europe in some of the world’s craziest cars. Is it odd seeing a chef describe gorgeous vehicles in such vivid, all-knowing detail? You bet. That surprise of knowledge may be what makes this car show so much fun, though.

Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Paganis—oh, my! Tune into this BBC original series, streaming right now on a Netflix tube near you.

Summary: Gear up for a fast-paced journey as celebrity chef and avid auto enthusiast Paul Hollywood takes in the cars and culture of France, Italy and Germany.

Seasons available: 1

Rating: TV-14

Essential episodes: All of them

Dangerous Roads

Dangerous Roads, or World’s Most Dangerous Roads if you’re across the pond, is an older car show that got a Netflix re-release in 2019. Gorgeous both in cinematography and concept, this show is equal parts funny and informative. Guests take life-changing journeys throughout exotic landscapes that threaten to leave them stranded. (Don’t worry: they all leave with their appendages intact.)

British Baking Show alum Sue Perkins makes a few guest appearances. Ready, set, watch.

Summary: Using various 4×4 vehicles, celebrities steer their way across some of the most infamous roads and trickiest terrains on earth.

Seasons available: 2

Rating: TV-MA

Essential episodes: S1 – Ep. 1 • S2 – Ep. 2

Best Car Shows on Hulu

Top Gear USA

Running from 2010 to 2016, Top Gear USA was one of History Channel’s most popular shows. Although it never hit the top of the charts like its British cousin, the show, aimed at pleasing American gearheads large and small, was full of wit, humor, and, of course, lots of awesome cars doing lots of awesome things.

Catch up on all 72 glorious streamable episodes on Hulu.

Summary: Featuring super-cars, extreme stunts and challenges, car reviews and celebrity interviews, the U.S. version of the wildly popular BBC series Top Gear promises high-adrenaline action entertainment as it tracks the colorful history of the automobile.

Seasons available: 6

Rating: TV-14

Essential episodes: S3 – Ep. 4 • S4 – Ep. 6 • S2 – Ep. 12

Street Outlaws

Taking place in none other than Oklahoma City—you know: the street-racing capital of the world—Street Outlaws features racers and their decked-out cars as they go for glory. The National Hot Rod Association doesn’t approve of the show, but it’s the rabid fanbase that has pushed Discovery Channel to keep producing it.

Street races are filmed on private, closed tracks. But the allure is still there.

Summary: Oklahoma City is home to one of the largest undercover street racing rings in America. From a 1969 Chevy Nova to a race-ready farm truck, the vehicles come in all shapes and sizes and have one thing in common – the need for speed. The drivers will risk everything and do anything to make the top 10 “list” of the fastest cars. If you’re not on the list, you don’t matter.

Seasons available: 5

Rating: TV-14

Essential episodes: S4 – Ep. 11 • S6 – Ep. 7

Diesel Brothers

Tricked-out cars are fun, but Diesel Brothers proves that tricked-out trucks are even better. The show’s Utah-based autobody team puts every ounce of sweat into their builds, doing all the metal and mechanical work in-shop. And they have a blast doing it all.

In addition to the show, there’s also a Diesel Brothers game out there. If you’re a fan of tv series, you might want to check it out.

Summary: The characters behind DieselSellerZ do not run your cookie cutter truck business. While they buy, sell, build and destroy all things diesel, their exploits don’t end there.

Seasons available: 4

Rating: TV-14

Essential episodes: S1 – Ep. 1 • S1 – Ep. 4

Fast N’ Loud

Buckle in for a rip-roaring blast of excitement. Fast N’ Loud, Discovery Channel’s long-running reality car show, features Richard Rawlings and his team of Dallas body restorers. As with every similar show, the cast searches for, purchases, and restores rundown vehicles for a profit. Shenanigans ensue.

Fast N’ Loud can be streamed on Hulu right now (episode availability may change).

Summary: Fast N’ Loud searches America’s virtual graveyard for classic cars. From ’57 Chevys to ’73 Trans Ams, these cars are screaming to be brought back to life. To most they’re just rust buckets, but to Richard Rawlings and Aaron Kaufmann, they’re a goldmine.

Seasons available: 2

Rating: TV-14

Essential episodes: S10 – Ep. 1 & 2 • S11 – Ep. 9


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