I’d say that this is a fairly good assessment of the show. An hour of brain-deadness once a week.
“Modern life for adults is, after all, bloody hard. The workplace is not freer, but more regimented by management systems and nonsense enforced by going on ‘courses’. Email hasn’t decreased the workload but in fact piled it on. The demand to be accountable and produce results hangs heavy over every worker, and by the weekend they need a release valve. That’s where we come in – an hour a week where three badly dressed middle-aged men bicker, fall over and catch fire. An hour a week where absolutely nothing is achieved, but the path to nine-year-old escapism is briefly lit up.”
Top Gear ‘aimed at middle-aged men with a mental age of nine’ | Media Monkey | Media | theguardian.com.