Don't take my word for it. My friend, UCLAW colleague, fellow UK Top Gear fan, and co-author Bill Klein, who is older and much wiser than I, tells me that:
It has always been annoying to see how they messed up the wonderful British show with their feeble, forced humor, misguided metaphor, and stilted lead characters, but I stuck with it to see some interesting cars while skipping most of the rest. This week, however, was the last straw. Despite having a live audience they used what was obviously a laugh track--than which there is nothing that I find more abhorrent. I've had all I can take . . .
Update: I stand corrected. A friend points out that there are lots of decent cars made in the USA:
- The Accord made in Ohio
- The Camry made in Kentucky and Indiana
- The Odyssey built in Alabama
- The Tundra made in San Antonio
- The X series of BMWs built in South Carolina (except for the X6, which is not only goofy looking but also a crappy performer according to Top Gear)