There are some on-screen cars that were seemingly perfect in their roles. Gone in 60 Seconds’ Mustang GT500; Miami Vice’s and Magnum P.I.’s Ferraris; the Dukes of Hazzard’s Charger; Get Smart’s Sunbeam Tiger; That 70’s Show’s Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser, etc.
However, some weren’t so perfect, which is the topic of tonight’s question. Which one didn’t seem to fit with the show and/or character, and what should have been its substitute? Yes, we’re all aware of corporate sponsorships, which go back decades (the subtle prominence of Ford, Mercury, and Lincoln vehicles in The Andy Griffith Show, for instance, and the ever-changing lineup of Galaxie sedans for Andy and Barney to use as police vehicles despite Mayberry’s modest size), and keep certain shows going and help alleviate production costs, sometimes to the detriment of the show.
Why a cop - in Miami no less - needed a Hummer, or rather, a Tahoe with added pretentiousness is anyone’s guess
My vote, other than the Hummer mentioned above, comes from another crime investigation show, Bones, wherein Toyota apparently gives a lot of money as there are blatant advertising spots given in a more than a few episodes. To that end, the lead characters typically drive Toyotas, including the character Dr. Temperance Brennan - a wealthy forensic anthropologist author (the namesake of the show) - driving a Prius hatchback, and Seeley Booth - the FBI agent she works with - commonly driving a government-issue Sequoia Limited (at least, as it has chrome mirror caps, and it’s roughly a $60K vehicle before added equipment for law enforcement) in the Show’s middle years, but in the last couple seasons (my wife is a fan) he’s been driving a 2000-2006-era Suburban, which are now two generations behind and likely phased out or transferred to lower-cost tasks.
How about it, Oppo? What vehicles seem out-of-place on their TV shows?