While most automotive shows on TV revolve around cars, few of them actually took place inside the car almost the entire time. It’s a new take on the classic—sometimes monotonous—auto shows in which most of them time it’s spent on a closed set with controlled environments. Borrrring. The freedom, speed, and secluded nature of the automobile deserves to be exposed, and these shows define that very stance. Come take a ride.
This Jerry Seinfeld-lead comedic car caravan takes place in some of the most rare, sexy, famous, and thrilling cars in existence with Seinfeld at the helm and a distinguished guest in the passenger seat. Discussing everything from politics, first cars, history, geography, and obviously coffee, CICGC is a new take on the standard interview format with levity revolving around the automobile.
It’s light, funny, and has some fantastic guests (Jim Carrey, President Obama, Larry David, and Steve Harvey among others) who seem to open up when Seinfeld starts asking questions. Best of all, it’s free on Crackle.com as long as you sign up, and it’s available on most at-home app services such as Apple TV. If you’ve been stalling on watching Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, get your butt in gear.
Though Cash Cab is technically not on TV any longer—and the idea was actually hijacked from Cash Cab UK—you can still catch Cash Cab on TV; buy it on iTunes; and cough cough stream it from certain places online. The host, Ben Bailey, took the concept of suburban city travel and made it actually fun. Driving a Toyota Sienna minivan taxicab in New York City decked out with lights, music, theatrics, and trivia; Bailey seduced the passengers and television audience with cash money as the prize.
A quirky game show by traditional standards, Cash Cab made you want to actually get picked up by a stranger in the city for the chance of being on The Cab. The trivia consisted of a three strikes and you’re out rule, with bonus challenges along the way. If you’ve never seen Cash Cab, it’s a frenetic, nail-biting game that just so happens to take place inside a taxi.
Comedian and The Late Late Show host, James Corden, takes his show on the literal road with Carpool Karaoke, inviting some of the most popular celebrities and personalities on Earth: Adele, Justin Bieber, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Michelle Obama, and more. Focusing on the music first, the karaoke sessions have a great mix of dialog, comedy, and a few surprises. Basically, if you’ve ever had a drunken night out belting out some tunes, this is it multiplied by 1,000.
If you’ve ever wanted a lighthearted, easy-to-digest show that isn’t going to hurt your brain, Carpool Karaoke takes minimal brainpower and should put you in a good mood. If anything, it’s practice for those long city nights spent at the karaoke club.
Considered a spinoff from Carpool Karaoke (see above), Caraoke Showdown is a hybrid between the aforementioned show and Cash Cab that will be featured on Spike TV. Hello, dreams do happen! In all seriousness, this karaoke game show, which will be hosted by the hilarious Craig Robinson, will pit contestants up against musical games: singing favorite songs, finishing lyrics, etc.
The filming is actually happening this summer, so be on the look out for Robinson driving (what we’re guessing) will be a cab, Uber, Lfyt in New York City and Los Angeles. Who knows, maybe you’ll be lucky enough to catch a ride to stardom.
Currently the full-time Editorial Director and Content Manager for RxSpeed.com, & contributing writer for Scout.com. He also loves photography, videography, his Shiba Inu Mia and driving sports cars.