Best Top Gear Specials

The top ten best specials from the Top Gear UK crew.

The Top Ten

1 Africa

The best special of the all, the gags are great, the scenery is great, the challenge is interesting. Everything about this is great. No wonder May finds this to be his favourite adventure!

For me the journey in this is the best they’ve done. The end is great and is the classic trio. It is incredible just the pategonia and Bolivia are out of this world

This was like the best special yet. I mean playing Toto Africa on that same continent describes the land a lot and the way some of the shots are shown with the 3 cars moving near the cameraman feels like a 70s exploration movie.

There's just something in this special that no other special can mimic, whether it be the fact that the guys were easily at their funniest in this special no question in my mind or possibly the fact that it had just the right amount of car breakdowns and catastrophes to not make it seem to repetitive but this in my opinion is not only the best special but the best Top Gear episode and one of the best pieces of T.V. this country has every created.

2 Bolivia

The opening is probably one of the best in the series, however it does sort of dwindle after they get off death road.

The one I’ve watched most for sure. For me everything is perfect in this apart from the middle of it. The start is great and the ending is ledgendary but the middle does get a bit repetitive but without a doubt top 3

Death Road made my heart skip a few beats especially when Clarkson had to go around that guy by the waterfall and when James had to use torches to see where he was going. The funniest parts were Jeremy sinking, Hammonds fear of insects and when his Donkey died

They actually acted as a team and were quite suprised themselves because of it. The high altitude mountains brought the team spirit up... not to mention James' "Please don't leave me" to Hammond while on the Death Road

3 Vietnam

Between this and the Africa special it's hard but the Vietnam special has plenty of humour and is unique in its bike aspect and the history as well scenery is brilliant. We also have one of the best ending so there's that.

This was just the best Top Gear special ever... the soundtrack, scene, and tear jerking comedy makes this a must see!

Hilarious,clarkson pissed of, motorcycles ,bad weather and stunning views what more do you want. The reason this is 5th is purely because they weren’t enough breakdowns. But still great

Watching Jeremy suffer for a whole hour while riding a terrible scooter was one of the funniest moments not only for the viewers but also the other two who love bikes

4 Botswana

In second to last for me is this special. Memorable for Oliver but I feel this special lacks actual motivation, like what was the point of this special again? Even the ending is one of the worst endings with them literally just them arriving at a checkpoint, no grand ending, no grand adventure it's kinda dull. That said it is highly entertaining and is a million times better than the dreadful Polar special

Botswana gave Hammond his favorite special car of them all, Oliver

This is in my opinion the best episode as I think it, s so funny the way that richard hammond forms such an attachment to his little friend oliver all the while the others were laughing at him.

The best Top Gear Special by a country mile!

5 Middle East

An interesting and funny interpretation of the nativity however the last few moments does sort of drag and lowers the quality for me just a bit.

One of the classics and definitely the easiest one to watch. Again it is a great journey but I think some of the humour was a bit forced but still incredible definitely one to watch

The episode we were introduced to the new Stig in one of the funniest ways I can imagine

One of the most interesting specials.The final bit with the presents especially.


The one that started it all, may not be perfect but it is entertaining throughout a great start for the roadtrip specials!

Very good but falls into the good category. The alabama part was class but wasn’t enough of a full on journey to be considered.

The best part was when Jeremy removed the cow from his Camaro

How can anything beat the bit where they're chased out of the petrol station?

7 Polar

Probably the WORST special and one of the weakest episodes over all. It has around twenty minutes before the adventure begins with them training, the we are treated to the most boring and lifeless adventure, it feels more like a nature documentary rather than Top Gear, no wonder they stopped their "polar challenges" after this because, well the ratings weren't that great for this special and it's barely even repeated it's that bad!

This one is highly rated but for me there’s not enough excitement to gain out of this one. For me the start is funny but gets boring for most of it.

Another episode where Top Gear pushing motoring onto another new level when Clarkson and May were the first to drive to the Pole

Could easily be the BEST top gear special, it just has the top gear trio at their best, if you are going to watch any special, watch the polar special!

8 Burma

The use of trucks and the idea of building the bridge over the river kwai is an interesting concept. The special's longer length also benefits it and gives us more enjoyment from the trip.

Just for me too long for what we got. I would rather see a 2 hour Middle East than this but none are bad so yes

Amazing countryside and wonderful to see the delight of the scenery and where they went, on the guys

This is the best Top Gear special I have watched,. Both 2 is really funny

9 India

I understand people hating this, it is a major step back from other specials but it does have the train race and the party that goes wrong but yeah, definitely at the bottom half.

My favorite part was when Hammond riped apart his front end of his Mini with the winch

A lot of people say this isn't good. I literally don't get that!

Too forgettable and no real infamous moments. Still decent.

10 Winter Olympics

I feel bad for rating it last but it’s just not a special in my opinion

The Contenders

11 Patagonia

Great length, infamous controversy but an interesting roadtrip with plenty going for it. My big complaint is that Hammond is a real pain in the arse in this special and I'm sure it was main staged by the BBC but his behaviour comes across as painfully annoying and bit of a dick in this.

The finest piece of TV you will see in my opinion. Of course the ending is the most memorable but for me them camping next to the lake with the shining trophy eating beaver for me is the finest filming ever out of the uk. This is the 3 at their best

Probably the best, we know the tense finale but the scenery all round was stunning

One of the best top gear ever. it was ashram about the misunderstanding but apart from that very good.

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