Top Gear: Season 23 (2016)

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Season 23
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Episodes

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Air date: May 30, 2016
2
Air date: Jun 6, 2016
3
Air date: Jun 13, 2016
4
Air date: Jun 20, 2016
5
Air date: Jun 27, 2016
6
Air date: Jul 4, 2016

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Series 23 sees Chris Evans and Matt Le Blanc take over the reigns of presenting but will still include regular features such as The Stig and the star in the reasonably priced car - this time with a new off-road course to complete.

Critic Reviews for Top Gear Season 23

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

It might not have been pretty, or funny, or interesting, or particularly well-watched, but at least the show now has something to work with.

Mar 22, 2019 | Full Review…

Top Gear needs to move on significantly - something it has failed to do this season.

Mar 22, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Top Gear: Season 23

  • Feb 20, 2018
    Not a fan of the American jokes Matt LeBlanc makes they are not to British sense of humor and the black dude is just lame.
  • Jul 13, 2016
    Without the legacy of Clarkson, Hammond and May this might just be a fairly watchable albeit try-hard television series. It's impossible to view it however, without looking through the lens of what has gone before. Top Gear right up until the end of S.22 literally set a new global standard in television production brilliance. Just when you thought it couldn't get any more incredible, it managed to top itself in skilled execution of seemingly impossible ideas, stunning visual quality and politically incorrect humour. Behind the scenes it was obviously an enormous operation with a budget to match, but all the money in the world couldn’t buy the chemistry between its former hosts which grew stronger with every series. Together they turned Top Gear into a new genre of television. Yes, it had departed from its roots as purely a motoring show and moved into the realm of comedy, but that gave it mass appeal and the royalties that flowed to the BBC with a global brand of that stature. Cars became the excuse for the show, rather than the show itself. Indeed Top Gear morphed into what all great shows are about - the relationships between people, rather than objects, even pretty red ones with prancing horses on the side. So what happens when the presenters who literally *are* the show are forced to leave? The brand is fatally wounded. All the stunts and techniques that were developed specifically for the vastly different, flawed but downright loveable personalities look awkward and just wrong in S.23. The hosts are but actors attempting to play the parts of Jeremy, James and Richard and come off looking as good as a beaten up old 1970s Datsun. Perhaps it's not surprising the best of the new bunch just happens to be an actor, Matt le Blanc, while Chris Evans' reputation has been seriously tarnished. The hosting role was always going to be a poison chalice. Perhaps his monster-truck sized ego really allowed him to think he could sustain the success of the brand, but it was obvious to the audience that was not the case, and by the look of it even to Evans himself during taping of Episode 1 of the new season. Overall a very, very bad move by television executives who always think their decisions are more important than the magic of talent - both in front of and behind the lens - who make a show great, despite them. To coin a Clarkson phrase ... Hideous.
  • Jun 25, 2016
    After watching the first four episodes, Matt LeBlanc is clearly the only reason to continue to tune in. Chris Evans is absolutely horrible and meshes well with no one on the cast. Who would ever have thought that Top Gear America is now a better show. It continues to improve and the rapport among the cast is infinitely better than the "new" original. And drop the star in a car - who cares. If you must continue with this segment, change it a random audience member in a car!
  • Jun 25, 2016
    Stop trying to brainwash the audience to forget about the closing phrase, "and on that bombshell.." Get rid of Chris Evans!! He is HORRIBLE for the show and a TERRIBLE host! He looks completely unnatural, lacks any charisma and looks out of place in his role, like a kid trying so hard to get accepted into the "in crowd." It's blatantly obvious that he's either reading from the prompter, cue card or memorized his script. Everything about him is blah and artificial. He's yelled so much in the first episode, I've resided to muting the show during all of his segments. He's done nothing but given me a headache and migraine. He's that annoying neighbour's kid that yells all day craving attention that you yell "Shut up!" because you're fed up with that little s**t Regarding the positives, Matt Leblanc!! Who would've thought an American host on a British show would be doing so well! He's got great charisma, is funny, has great feel, flow and rhythm for the show. Honestly, he's one of the few bright spots on the show. The Stig is great as usual. Sabine is starting to look more comfortable and less stiff/rigid after every episode. I'm neutral about Chris Harris as I'm just watching Episode 3 now. Again, get rid of Chris Evans. He's wrong for the show. I get why BBC had to replace the original cast, but seriously, move Matt Leblanc to the lead role, get rid of Chris Evans, and find Matt another running mate. Did I mention to get rid of Chris Evans?
  • Jun 21, 2016
    Not going well so far. I actually like Matt Leblanc, and Rory Reid is just fine. Was looking forward to Sabine Schmitz but she may be wearing out her welcome. Not a fan of Chris Evans. And in general the changes aren't good. A longer celebrity segment with more clips from their project? Yuck. In general there are too many people on the show, many of them aren't even real in studio talent. And the car review segments have lost all of their personality. Nope.
  • Jun 11, 2016
    excilent... awesome. love matt leblanc
  • Jun 08, 2016
    Terrible start to the new hosts. Chris Evans is loud and obnoxious, shouting constantly, much like Clarkson used to, but Evans is grating where Clarkson was humorous. Matt Leblanc is pretty good though.
  • Jun 05, 2016
    It's absolutely dreadful
  • Jun 03, 2016
    Just Very bad. Everything is forced
  • Jun 01, 2016
    I watch this just knowing it would be bad. I did not mind some of what Matt tried to do. Though Chris was trying to hard it seems. Do they not edit this and see what they are doing wrong. I am sorry for this new episode. I will try the next few to see what will happen. I hope this is not what the future of a great show will be.

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