QOTD: Car in a Best Supporting Role?

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy
qotd car in a best supporting role

One of the many joys in finding a good program on television is discovering that a vehicle of some sort plays an integral role in the story. Sometimes, if we’re lucky, the car — or truck, or SUV — is such a perfect fit that it’s as much of a character as the human actors themselves.

What’s the best one, though? As you’d expect, we’ve an opinion or two on that.

The ’67 Impala in the long-running Supernatural TV series is a great fit for the two protagonists, pairing pretty well with the attitude and personalities of the Winchester brothers. The car’s story was woven into the entire series, with references to it popping up at nearly every opportunity. It’s a constant, both for the characters and the viewer.

Plenty of others exists, of course. The Firebird in Knight Rider prompted every young gearhead in America to want a small track of flashing red lights on the nose of the family ride. Then there’s the Charger in The Dukes of Hazzard and the Hemi ‘Cuda in Nash Bridges. One could even argue the Bronco in Longmire belongs on this list.

How about it? What small-screen set of wheels do you think was as much part of the cast as its human counterparts? We’ll save big-screen movie cars for another day.

[Image: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles]

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  • Sobro Sobro on Jun 04, 2019

    Robert T Ironside's 1940 Ford 1 1/2 ton former paddy wagon with wheelchair lift. (According to the internet it was a replica).

  • Jeff S Jeff S on Jun 04, 2019

    The Volvo in the Saint what a cool car. Harry O's MG and Diagnosis Murder's cool old Jaguar.

  • Jeff S Jeff S on Jun 04, 2019

    Also, how about the blue 66 Impala sedan in Baretta. That car fits in perfectly with Detective Baretta, "Keep Your Eye on the Sparrow" and Fred the cockatoo. A friend of mine had a similar blue Chevy sedan and a few people thought he was an undercover cop.

  • Pwrwrench Pwrwrench on Jun 05, 2019

    The MonkeeMobile! "Here we come" "Walkin' down the street..." And IIRC they had the VoxMobile on the show also. And the car from Dog and Cat that was similar to the Coyote from Hardcastle.