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You’re sitting down to find a show as a family. As always, you’re ready for the war to begin.

The golf tournament? Dad would be happy. Your sister’s vote goes to Project Runway, but no one else’s does. Game of Thrones? Your brother’s in.

A documentary? Boring. A sitcom? Not in the mood. Stand-up? It’s not funny. What are you supposed to watch that everybody likes?

So you’re flipping through the channels every five seconds and then you see it. A girl in a garage working on a freshly painted Chevy C10. What’s this?

You’re Watching The Ride That Got Away, executive produced and hosted by Courtey Hansen.

Don’t be fooled when you the see the cars on this show into thinking it’s all just about cars. This is not a car show.

Yes, the show has cars in it. Yes, you’ve got a garage and people building cars into amazing masterpieces. But the similarities between the Ride That Got Away and other shows stop there. You’ve found a 1962 Ferrari amongst some regular sedans that you see every day.

The concept for The Ride That Got Away is simple. Viewers submit their stories about a beloved car that their family had to let go. When they fell on hard times, had insurmountable medical bills, or just extremely unfortunate luck, the car was one of the things they sold to keep them afloat.

But they never forgot that car that they loved so much. So Hansen asked people to share their stories about that car with her.

She picks the stories. She finds the old cars. She restores them to their former glory. And she surprises a deserving person that never quite forgot their old, once in a lifetime car.

When you see the impact that giving someone their old car makes, you’ll know. This isn’t a show about vehicles. It’s a show about the stories that the vehicles tell.

There’s something for everyone. Sons will watch the show, and picture getting behind the wheel of their own car. Men will watch, and be reminded of how they’ve always wanted to teach their sons about how cars work. Driving lessons might even start that week.

Women won’t want to miss the people’s stories of family, loss, heartbreak, and triumph. Grandparents can look on and remember all the good times they had in their old cars. It’s storytime later.

And daughters will look at Courtney Hansen, hosting a show about cars, and feel inspired. Here’s a beautiful woman, going toe to toe with the guys in the garage. They’ll think, can I do that?

Yes, they can. Because amidst a sea of automotive shows hosted by men, with men in the garage working on the cars, and men driving the cars, Hansen’s show is finally paving the way for young women who want to get into “non-traditional” roles. Maybe it’s about time those roles start becoming traditional.

With that remote in your hand, you know you’re perched on the brink of something. So you set it down, and watch.

At its height, American Idol was pulling in over 883 million dollars a season, with 40 million viewers. That’s a show that appealed mostly to a younger demographic – 82 percent of viewers aged 24 or younger.

Why American Idol, you ask? That’s a show with smashing success that targeted a tiny demographic, and still reached great heights. How much better can a show that hits every demographic perform? The Ride That Got Away is set to go from zero to sixty in no time flat.

If American Idol had so much pull, imagine the position that a show with something for everyone is poised to take.

“Love the show, Courtney! The passion and enthusiasm is real. I was bawling at the end of the Mustang episode. Beautiful!” said one of many fans on Instagram.

You’ve been warned – no matter who you are, you might not be able to avoid shedding a tear or two.

Gather round. Grab your mom. Grab your dad. Grab grandma and grandpa. Are you ready to ride?

Hollywood reporter

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