Richard Hammond's Crash Course

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Top Gear star Richard Hammond travels across the US for his ultimate motor challenge, seeking out and driving the country's toughest and most extraordinary vehicles. No two are the same, so before getting behind the wheel, joystick or control panel of these outlandish vehicles Hammond is taught how to handle them by the people who operate them on a daily basis.
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Richard Hammond
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English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. Abrams Tank
    April 16, 2012
    42min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    At Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas, Richard Hammond tests his skills to see if he has what it takes to be a member of a top tank crew, as he learns to drive the US Army's MIA2 Abrams Tank. Richard's challenge is not only to drive the 68.7 ton machine, but to master all four positions within the tank: Driver, Commander, Gunner and Loader. All after he completes the Army's rigorous training program!
  2. 2. Tree Harvester
    April 23, 2012
    42min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    In the midst of an Oregon forest, Richard Hammond's skills are put to the test when he is challenged to become a lumberjack and master three massive machines that cut and process wood. However, before Richard can touch the machines he has to prove he has what it takes to become a lumberjack by climbing 50 feet up a tree and learning how to replant the trees to create a sustainable forest.
  3. 3. Landfill
    May 1, 2012
    42min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Richard Hammond gets down and dirty at the Denver Regional Landfill where he learns how to operate three trash machines - the Compactor, Scraper and Bulldozer. Richard not only has to master all three, he is challenged to maintain the machines as well, which means cleaning them at the end of a hard day's work.
  4. 4. Striker
    May 7, 2012
    43min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Richard Hammond takes on the Striker, the world's most powerful fire engine, under the supervision of the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport firefighters. The Striker has eight wheels which are all driven and features two water cannons that can fire up to 1200 gallons a minute. Richard also attempts to master the physical challenges that determine if he has what it takes to be a firefighter.
  5. 5. Demolition
    May 14, 2012
    41min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Richard Hammond is bringing down the house in Orlando, Florida, home to one of the busiest demolition companies in the nation, and he's using their massive Track Hoe and Wrecking Ball to do it. On average, it takes a person six months to master a Track Hoe, but Richard only has a few hours to learn. Richard tries to prove to the company his worth by demolishing a house with surgical precision.
  6. 6. Salvage Yard
    May 21, 2012
    42min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Richard Hammond has his hands full as he heads down to Louisiana to salvage scrap metal. He must conquer the Crane, the Claw and the Electro-Magnet, all of which are essential tools used to break down oil rigs and select the reusable material. Carrying anywhere between 4,000 pounds to 150 tons at one time, these are some heavy-lifting machines!

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Producers
Rob FoxElli HakamiJane Tranter
Season year
2012
Network
BBC America
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RickWAReviewed in the United States on November 26, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Little Brit That Could...
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...operate heavy machinery if given a chance.

As a fan of Top Gear I was familiar with Richard. His love for things American is no secret. He chose a Mustang Mach I for the Patagonia Special and a Chevy van for the Ambulance Challenge. So it was amusing to come across this series where he explores various jobs using heavy equipment around America.

Surprisingly, the guy seems to have a knack for picking up on things rather quickly. He only has three days to learn something that takes people months, if not years to master. And he does so convincingly. His boyish charm, enthusiasm and humor are evident in everything he does, and that makes him an incredibly likable TV host.

As someone who lives in the Pacific Northwest, my favorite episode was the one in Oregon where he attempts to be a Lumber Jack... of the heavy machinery type. The "game" he comes up with to hurl trees at a minivan is epic.

And on that note, be advised - many minivans were destroyed in the filming of this series.
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Lisa PruittReviewed in the United States on January 6, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
A lot of light hearted fun from Richard Hammond
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A lot of light hearted fun from Richard Hammond. He takes cameras into places that most of never get to see. We get to meet some pretty amazing people who do some interesting jobs that take more skill than I ever realized. The best part was seeing bits of this country for the first time through a Brits eyes.
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Paul KingReviewed in the United States on January 23, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
More interesting and funny stuff from one of my favorite British folks.
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This guy is just a sensible and realistic form of humor and good information all at the same time. I am thoroughly enjoying watching this show and I'm glad he's mixing it up. You can just tell that he's genuine and always really happy to just be doing this sort of thing. I know his two friends from The Grand Tour also have their own batch of fun shows but I had to go with RH first and I'm glad I did.
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Robert B. SweeneyReviewed in the United States on September 26, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Funny and educational.
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Richard Hammond proves that he doesn't need a Lamborghini (or Jeremy Clarkson) to make an entertaining TV show. Each episode of Season 1 has Richard learning to operate a big, scary machine of some sort in only 3 days (the Crash Course of the title). SPOILER ALERT: he manages to do quite well with most of them. Whether he's harvesting trees, tearing down a house or blowing up a minivan with an M1 Abrams tank, the Hamster provides plenty of chuckles along with an education on heavy machinery.
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C. KirkReviewed in the United States on January 26, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Kaboom, how awesome is that?
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This is a very interesting show. Stuff you wish you could do. Richard is pretty funny and they guys who work with him on these stunts are great entertainment. My favorite was the Tank show and how the Army guys managed to keep a straight face says a great deal about the self control of our servicemen. Awesome guys!
Chris DavisReviewed in the United States on January 14, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
minivans aren't cool, but they are usefull
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If the Hampster could just get over his Fear and Loathing of the Dodge Caravan! LOL Ok, minivans aren't cool, but they are usefull. Enough of that. Watching Richard learn to operate the big machines instead of twisting the key to dream cars is a good way to spend a few hours learning about the rest of the world.
praackReviewed in the United States on October 14, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
i like this guy
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i like this guy, course i liked the whole crew, but he is doing right in this series- if he fails he admits it , if he does it - he does not belabor the point- as these machines can sometimes be driven but never mastered in 3 days
Jeremy BowdenReviewed in the United States on October 14, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Decent Show!
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Decent show showing a neat variety of work vehicles, and the amazing people who control them. Richard is as always... like a little boy having uncontrollable excitement/terror over the vehicles he will be driving. What is impressive is the abilities of the workers who operate them on a daily basis. They do things with almost surgical precision.
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