Almost 50 Shows with Sentient Cars

by alden-ash | created - 27 Oct 2014 | updated - 4 months ago | Public

With the American love of the automobile, it is no wonder that so many shows have been done with thinking cars - whether it is due to magic, or technology.

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1. My Mother the Car (1965–1966)

TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy, Fantasy

The story of the relationship between a man and his mother, the latter having been reincarnated as a 1928 Porter automobile.

Stars: Jerry Van Dyke, Maggie Pierce, Ann Sothern, Cindy Eilbacher

Votes: 611

2. Christine (1983)

R | 110 min | Horror, Thriller

57 Metascore

A nerdish boy buys a strange car with an evil mind of its own and his nature starts to change to reflect it.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Keith Gordon, John Stockwell, Alexandra Paul, Robert Prosky

Votes: 73,985 | Gross: $21.20M

3. The Love Bug (1968)

G | 108 min | Comedy, Family, Sport

48 Metascore

A race car driver becomes a champion with a Volkswagen Beetle with a mind of its own.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Dean Jones, Michele Lee, David Tomlinson, Buddy Hackett

Votes: 14,698 | Gross: $5.09M

4. Knight Rider (1982–1986)

TV-PG | 46 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A lone crimefighter battles the forces of evil with the help of a virtually indestructible and artificially intelligent supercar.

Stars: David Hasselhoff, Edward Mulhare, Richard Basehart, Patricia McPherson

Votes: 30,746

5. Wheelie and the Chopper Bunch (1974–1975)

TV-Y | 6 min | Animation

this animated comedy follows the misadventures of a car named wheelie.

Stars: Don Messick, Judy Strangis, Lennie Weinrib, Frank Welker

Votes: 117

6. Knight Rider (2008–2009)

TV-14 | 60 min | Adventure, Mystery, Thriller

A former Army Ranger, an FBI agent and a young woman search for the culprits who want the crime-fighting car KITT.

Stars: Justin Bruening, Deanna Russo, Paul Campbell, Smith Cho

Votes: 9,027

7. Herbie Fully Loaded (2005)

G | 101 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

47 Metascore

Maggie Peyton, the new owner of Herbie, Number 53, the free-wheelin' Volkswagen bug with a mind of its own, puts the car through its paces on the road to becoming a NASCAR competitor.

Director: Angela Robinson | Stars: Lindsay Lohan, Michael Keaton, Cheryl Hines, Breckin Meyer

Votes: 45,610 | Gross: $66.02M

8. Herbie, the Love Bug (1982)

60 min | Comedy, Family

Jim Douglas and his partner Bo ran a small driving school with a very "human" Volkswagen Beetle named Herbie, who could think for "himself" and frequently got Jim into some sticky comic ... See full summary »

Stars: Dean Jones, Patricia Harty, Richard Paul, Claudia Wells

Votes: 489

9. Herbie Rides Again (1974)

G | 88 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

49 Metascore

The living Volkswagen Beetle helps an old lady protect her home from a corrupt developer.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Helen Hayes, Ken Berry, Stefanie Powers, John McIntire

Votes: 7,506 | Gross: $38.23M

10. Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (1977)

G | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

38 Metascore

Herbie, the Volkswagen Beetle with a mind of its own, is racing in the Monte Carlo Rally. Unbeknownst to Herbie's driver, thieves have hidden a cache of stolen diamonds in Herbie's gas tank, and are now trying to get them back.

Director: Vincent McEveety | Stars: Dean Jones, Don Knotts, Julie Sommars, Jacques Marin

Votes: 6,955

11. Herbie Goes Bananas (1980)

G | 100 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

55 Metascore

The adorable little VW helps its owners break up a counterfeiting ring in Mexico.

Director: Vincent McEveety | Stars: Charles Martin Smith, Stephen W. Burns, Cloris Leachman, John Vernon

Votes: 5,290 | Gross: $18.00M

12. The Wonderful World of Disney (1995–2005)
Episode: The Love Bug (1997)

TV-G | 88 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Herbie, the magical Volkswagen Beetle, is passed on to a new owner. Together, they must battle a dastardly racer and his devil-car "Horace", an evil Herbie.

Director: Peyton Reed | Stars: Bruce Campbell, John Hannah, Alexandra Wentworth, Kevin J. O'Connor

Votes: 1,313

13. The Transformers (1984–1987)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Two opposing factions of transforming alien robots engage in a battle that has the fate of Earth in the balance.

Stars: Frank Welker, Peter Cullen, Corey Burton, Christopher Collins

Votes: 20,554

14. Transformers (2007)

PG-13 | 144 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

61 Metascore

An ancient struggle between two Cybertronian races, the heroic Autobots and the evil Decepticons, comes to Earth, with a clue to the ultimate power held by a teenager.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson

Votes: 601,756 | Gross: $319.25M

15. The Transformers: The Movie (1986)

PG | 84 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The Autobots must stop a colossal planet consuming robot who goes after the Autobot Matrix of Leadership. At the same time, they must defend themselves against an all-out attack from the Decepticons.

Director: Nelson Shin | Stars: Orson Welles, Robert Stack, Leonard Nimoy, Norman Alden

Votes: 37,789 | Gross: $5.85M

16. Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011)

PG-13 | 154 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

42 Metascore

The Autobots learn of a Cybertronian spacecraft hidden on the moon, and race against the Decepticons to reach it and to learn its secrets.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Tyrese Gibson, Josh Duhamel

Votes: 387,920 | Gross: $352.39M

17. Transformers: Animated (2007–2009)

TV-Y7 | 20 min | Animation, Action, Family

Transformers crash land on present day Earth and inadvertently cause a technological revolution. They wake up 50 years later in a world where robots are used in everyday life. StarScream arrives looking for their AllSpark.

Stars: David Kaye, Jeff Bennett, Bumper Robinson, Bill Fagerbakke

Votes: 1,953

18. Transformers Prime (2010–2013)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

In this new set of adventures the Autobots live on Earth and maintain their secret identity. They are joined by 3 teens as they battle the Decepticons.

Stars: Peter Cullen, Sumalee Montano, Jeffrey Combs, Frank Welker

Votes: 5,655

19. Transformers: Robots in Disguise (2000– )

TV-Y7 | 22 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Optimus Prime and the Autobots defend Earth against Megatron and combined forces of the evil Predacons and Decepticons.

Stars: Neil Kaplan, Daniel Riordan, Jason Spisak, Peter Spellos

Votes: 489

20. Speed Buggy (1973–1983)

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Family

Animated 'Saturday-morning' television cartoon about a race car.

Stars: Mel Blanc, Arlene Golonka, Alan Oppenheimer, Michael Bell

Votes: 467

21. Wonderbug (1976–1978)

15 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

The adventures of a living clunker of a dune buggy that is able to become a superhero car.

Stars: David Levy, Carol Anne Seflinger, Jack Baker, Frank Welker

Votes: 155

22. Cars (2006)

G | 117 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

73 Metascore

A hot-shot race-car named Lightning McQueen gets waylaid in Radiator Springs, where he finds the true meaning of friendship and family.

Directors: John Lasseter, Joe Ranft | Stars: Owen Wilson, Bonnie Hunt, Paul Newman, Larry the Cable Guy

Votes: 376,193 | Gross: $244.08M

23. Cars 2 (2011)

G | 106 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

57 Metascore

Star race car Lightning McQueen and his pal Mater head overseas to compete in the World Grand Prix race. But the road to the championship becomes rocky as Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage.

Directors: John Lasseter, Bradford Lewis | Stars: Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer

Votes: 165,174 | Gross: $191.45M

24. Planes (2013)

PG | 91 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

39 Metascore

A cropdusting plane with a fear of heights lives his dream of competing in a famous around-the-world aerial race.

Director: Klay Hall | Stars: Carlos Alazraqui, Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett

Votes: 42,863 | Gross: $90.29M

25. Mater's Tall Tales (2008–2014)

Not Rated | 36 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

Cruise into the crazy adventures of Tow Mater as you watch him be a fire truck, daredevil, import drifter, and even an astronaut.

Stars: Larry the Cable Guy, Keith Ferguson, Elissa Knight, Lindsey Collins

Votes: 2,796

26. Pole Position (1984–1985)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Short, Action

A teen stunt car team secretly fights crime with the help of their artificially intelligent cars.

Stars: Lisa Lindgren, Kaleena Kiff, David Coburn, Jack Angel

Votes: 268

27. Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

PG | 104 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

83 Metascore

A toon-hating detective is a cartoon rabbit's only hope to prove his innocence when he is accused of murder.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Bob Hoskins, Christopher Lloyd, Joanna Cassidy, Charles Fleischer

Votes: 184,617 | Gross: $156.45M

28. Turbo Teen (1984– )

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Sci-Fi

The adventures of a boy who can physically transform into a living car.

Stars: T.K. Carter, Pat Fraley, Pamela Hayden, Michael Mish

Votes: 205

29. Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014)

PG-13 | 165 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

32 Metascore

When humanity allies with a bounty hunter in pursuit of Optimus Prime, the Autobots turn to a mechanic and his family for help.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor, Stanley Tucci

Votes: 300,302 | Gross: $245.44M

30. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)

PG-13 | 149 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

35 Metascore

Sam Witwicky leaves the Autobots behind for a normal life. But when his mind is filled with cryptic symbols, the Decepticons target him and he is dragged back into the Transformers' war.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson

Votes: 387,511 | Gross: $402.11M

31. Beast Wars: Transformers (1996–1999)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Sci-Fi

The Transformers' war continues in an older time, through a new generation. On pliocenic Earth, the heroic Maximals and the evil Predacons battle for survival against each other and against a violent planet.

Stars: Scott McNeil, Garry Chalk, Ian James Corlett, Richard Newman

Votes: 7,447

32. Transformers: Cybertron (2005)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The Autobots embark on a quest to locate mystical artifacts to save their homeworld of Cybertron from being sucked into a black hole. But the Decepticons want to get their hands on those artifacts too.

Stars: Garry Chalk, Sarah Edmondson, Sam Vincent, Richard Newman

Votes: 805

33. Transformers: Armada (2002–2003)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Action, Animation, Adventure

The Autobots and the Decepticons are going at it again, but this time the two factions are fighting over little transformers called the Mini-Cons. These Transformers gives their masters a ... See full summary »

Stars: Garry Chalk, David Kaye, Michael Dobson, Matt Hill

Votes: 1,307

34. Challenge of the GoBots (1984–1985)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Gobots are loosely based on the Tonka toy line. There are two warring factions: the Gaurdians, lead by the charismatic Leader-1, and the Renegades, lead by Cy-Kill, who is bent on dominating Gobotron and then the Earth and the galaxy.

Stars: Lou Richards, Bernard Erhard, Marilyn Lightstone, Frank Welker

Votes: 838

35. GoBots: Battle of the Rock Lords (1986)

G | 75 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

The Go-Bots fight to rescue the Rock People.

Directors: Don Lusk, Ray Patterson, Alan Zaslove | Stars: Margot Kidder, Roddy McDowall, Telly Savalas, Michael Bell

Votes: 466 | Gross: $1.34M

36. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

G | 144 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

64 Metascore

A down-on-his-luck inventor turns a broken-down Grand Prix car into a fancy vehicle for his children, and then they go off on a magical fantasy adventure to save their grandfather in a far-off land.

Director: Ken Hughes | Stars: Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes, Lionel Jeffries, Benny Hill

Votes: 42,026 | Gross: $7.50M

37. Transformers: The Headmasters (1987–1988)

30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

With the aid of the Headmasters the mighty Cybertrons (Autobots) continue to wage war against their evil counterparts the Destrons (Decepticons). But with Convoy (Optimus Prime) now gone ... See full summary »

Stars: Hiroko Emori, Masashi Ebara, Banjô Ginga, Masato Hirano

Votes: 651

38. Transformers: Chôjin Master Force (1988– )

30 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

A new threat to Earth arises when powerful giant Decepticon Pretenders shaped like Earth's beasts escape their ancient prison at the bottom of the ocean. Autobot Pretenders who can turn into human and live among them fight back.

Stars: Isamu Tanonaka, Hideyuki Hori, Shinji Ogawa, Kan Tokumaru

Votes: 192

39. Transformers: Victory (1989)

30 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

Transformers: Victory begins in the year 2025 when the Cybertron Leader Star Saber defeats the leader of the Destrons, Deszaras and traps his space headquarters in intergalactic dust. The ... See full summary »

Stars: Hideyuki Tanaka, Tomomichi Nishimura, Miyoko Aoba, Takeshi Aono

Votes: 254

40. Transformers: Zone (1990 Video)

TV-Y7-FV | 23 min | Animation, Short, Action

Its a Transformer battle royale when a evil demon named Vullinjir recreates six Destron gestalts (Giant robots composed of smaller ones) and pits them against the Cybertron Micromasters ... See full summary »

Director: Hiromichi Matano | Stars: Yûsaku Yara, Kaneto Shiozawa, Eiko Yamada, Naoko Watanabe

Votes: 123

41. Transformers Generation 2 (1992–1994)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Abridged version of the 1984 show with added CGI intros. Cybernet Space Cube is a Cybetronian learning tool that presents stories from the original show as history lessons.

Votes: 53

42. Beast Wars II: Super Life-Form Transformers (1998– )

30 min | Action, Family, Adventure

A new generation of Maximals and Predacons appear on Earth to continue the Beast Wars.

Stars: Hozumi Gôda, Tetsuo Komura, Hitoshi Bifu, Hiroaki Harakawa

Votes: 120

43. Super Life-Form Transformers: Beast Wars Neo (1999)

30 min | Animation, Action, Fantasy

Big Convoy leads rookie Autobot Maximals against Magmatron and his Decepticon Predacons who are after energy source called Angolmois. However, when ancient evil transformer Unicron and his Blendtrons appear, everything changes.

Stars: Hozumi Gôda, Jun'ichi Inoue, Jun Uemoto, Junko Takeuchi

Votes: 75

44. Transformers: Rescue Bots (2011–2016)

TV-Y7 | 20 min | Animation, Short, Action

The Rescue Bots are Transformers that work with a family of heroes to rescue humans from disasters. These non-violent Transformer stories were aimed at pre-school viewers.

Stars: Lacey Chabert, Elan Garfias, Maurice LaMarche, Jason Marsden

Votes: 770

45. Transformers: Energon (2004)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Years after "Transformers: Armada", the Autobots continue to battle the Decepticons, but this time they must also prevent the resurrection of Unicron.

Stars: Garry Chalk, David Kaye, Matt Hill, Brad Swaile

Votes: 703

46. Heat Vision and Jack (1999 TV Movie)

30 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy