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There were a ton of car TV shows in the 2000s, but why were they so bad?

If you were an avid TV watcher and car enthusiast back in the early 2000s, you'd know exactly what we're on about. Those damn TV car shows were so bad, they actually made you cringe at times! But why was this?

Well, first of all, what car shows were super popular back then? The most well-known for sure was MTV's Pimp My Ride, who became notorious for their camera trick tactics. They made it seem as if the cars were functional and only took a few days to complete, but this was just to make the show seem appealing, and it was!

Then, you also had Monster Garage who would take a car and convert it into one that had a specific function, like something as crazy as having a wood chipper take up half of a Chrysler PT Cruiser.

All this is nothing like what is available today in car-based TV entertainment. The reason is that, back in the day, you had either very serious car shows that would review cars, like the original Top Gear (Before Clarkson, May and Hammond), or you had shows like those mentioned earlier, as the production companies were only interested in TV that would make the most money. They didn't believe a 'serious' car modification show, like Fast 'N Loud, would work.

Take a look at the video below by YouTube channel, Donut Media, on Why Were Car TV Shows In The 2000s So Kooky? | Wheelhouse.

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