A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Grand Tour, a spin-off of the British series Top Gear, features cars of all makes and models from various parts of the world. There's some occasional strong language and strong sexual references, plus a handful of sexist comments. Safety gear is used when driving cars at high speeds on specific courses; viewers of any age should not try what they see here.
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What's the story?
THE GRAND TOUR is a British reality show that celebrates cars and car culture. The off-shoot of the popular Top Gear series stars Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, James May as they travel to South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Scotland, and the United States to look at, drive, and compare fast, expensive cars of various makes and models. They also discuss cars in a traveling tent in front of an audience full of male and female car-enthusiasts, or gearheads, from all walks of life.
Is it any good?
Like its parent show, The Grand Tour celebrates cars and car culture within a largely masculine culture. The hosts discuss cars, look at cars, and compare cars, but often do so by using mildly sexist references, and on occasion, some strong innuendo, to make their points.
The concept is the same as Top Gear, but this installment stands apart thanks to the use of ultra high-definition filming, which makes it seem more like a film than a TV show. The foreign locations also add some dimension. If cars aren't your "thing," you won't find much here. However, gearhead enthusiasts will thoroughly enjoy it.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about cars and car culture. A lot of women like cars, so why is car culture so male-focused? Is this based on a stereotype? Does The Grand Tour reinforce this generalization, or challenge it?
Is car racing a sport like basketball or baseball? What draws people to it?
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