Originally Posted by slowbiscuit
Agreed, Fifth Gear is a snore compared to its big brother.
I remember first watching TG when it aired on Speed quite a few years back. It then went off the air in the US, and was replaced by 5th Gear. I hated it. Bland, and way to serious.
But when mentioning how lame I thought 5th Gear was in discussion on some Porsche-centric forums that I follow, I was surprised that many of the participants from the UK had the opposite opinion; they hated TG, and even more so, hated Clarkson. Clarkson has a bigger presence in the UK than from TG alone, and I think that gives the folks in a UK a bigger slice of his outsized personality, which does not appear to go down very well.
In any event, I don't watch 5th Gear, or TG USA. For me, its the real deal or nothing, even if Clarkson and May do take the occasional swipe at the US. :-)