The Grand Tour: Season 1 (2016 - 2017)

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The Top Gear trio reunite to embark upon The Grand Tour and get a great deal of mileage out of their rakish chemistry and gear head exploits that they've honed like a fine-tuned engine.

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Air date: Nov 18, 2016

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May rev up for the series premiere of this car show mixing vehicles, travel and global adventure. Included: a fire-spitting metal scorpion; a squadron of jets; hybrid hypercars; and a stunning BMW.

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Air date: Nov 25, 2016

The trio pitch their tent in Johannesburg, South Africa. They then set out to become special-forces soldiers and test the Aston Martin Vulcan. Also, a coerced James tries "spinning."

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Air date: Dec 2, 2016

Whitby, England, is the traveling tent's destination. Here, the trio highlight a modern spin on the traditional Italian grand tour featuring an Aston Martin DB11 and a Rolls Royce Dawn. Appearing: Simon Pegg.

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Air date: Dec 8, 2016

Whitby, England, serves as the backdrop for a test between the Porsche 911 GT3 RS and the BMW M4 GTS. In addition, the hosts try to construct cars from sustainable materials. Comedian Jimmy Carr is the guest.

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Air date: Dec 15, 2016

The tour arrives in Rotterdam, where the trio rev up for a lightweight sports-car test in the stunning landscapes of Morocco. Also: a traditional board game using cars. The band Golden Earring make an appearance.

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Air date: Dec 22, 2016

The tour lands in Finland. Deep within the Arctic Circle, a Ford Mustang V8 is compared and contrasted with the Ford Focus RS, and James May recalls a bitter 1960s battle for supremacy between Ferrari and Ford. Also: top Christmas gifts for car fans.

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Air date: Dec 29, 2016

Part 1 of 2. The hosts are challenged to embark on an epic journey across the scenic desert of Namibia in three beach buggies.

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Air date: Dec 31, 2016

Conclusion. The trio battle across Namibia in their beach buggies, but they hit various obstacles, including rough roads, camping, rhino conservation and a bizarre river crossing.

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Air date: Jan 6, 2017

The tour's tent pitches up in Stuttgart, Germany. Included: The Honda NSX is tested; a newfangled SUV is invented; Richard creates a machine to protect him from a future apocalypse; and the hosts try to generate electricity via everyday activities.

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Air date: Jan 13, 2017

The tour arrives in Nashville, where the three hosts rev up to save the world's coral reefs by using car-body shells. Also, the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio is tested, and AC/DC singer Brian Johnson tries his hand at Celebrity Brain Crash.

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Tv Season Info

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are back with The Grand Tour. A show about adventure, excitement and friendship... as long as you accept that the people you call friends are also the ones you find extremely annoying. Sometimes it's even a show about cars. Follow them on their global adventure. -- (C) AMAZON

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Critic Reviews for The Grand Tour Season 1

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

It doesn't feel like an exciting new start. It feels stale. Forced. Baggy. Tired. And this is because, as well as transplanting the presenting team across from Top Gear, it has also carried across the baggage that made latter-day Top Gear fall flat.

Dec 9, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Some parts of the show are flat but mostly it works...

Dec 7, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

When it comes to the cars, The Grand Tour delivers gearhead porn in spades... Clarkson, Hammond, and May's love for machinery... is still present, pure, and appealing, even with the shift in networks and formats.

Nov 22, 2016 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The trio's chemistry remains as brilliant as ever, the toys just cost a lot more.

Nov 20, 2016 | Full Review…

Behold the Cecil B DeMille/Auto Trader crossover you hadn't realized you needed in your life.

Nov 17, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Clarkson, Hammond, and May *made* Top Gear, and The Grand Tour ... is basically the same show, which is to say it's essentially those three.

Jul 3, 2020 | Full Review…

The Grand Tour is the Mrs Brown's Boys of shows about cars, something silly and old-fashioned that really shouldn't have found such an enormous modern audience, but somehow really has.

Feb 13, 2019 | Full Review…

Between the gear head banter and intoxicating visuals, The Grand Tour makes for a sweet escape from the real world we all live in.

Aug 23, 2018 | Full Review…

Fans frankly weren't sure if they'd ever get a chance to see their favorites back on-air. With The Grand Tour, they very much are-now uncensored... and we can't wait to follow them from California to Johannesburg to Portugal and beyond.

Jan 19, 2017 | Full Review…

It's hardly a complete reinvention of the successful Top Gear formula but, with the new incarnation of the latter being received like an elevator fart, it never had to be.

Nov 28, 2016 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Fans can rest assured Top Gear hasn't gone anywhere, it's just hiding out at Amazon under a different name.

Nov 18, 2016 | Full Review…

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