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About the new OKC-based reality show “Street Outlaws”

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I’m not sure how we missed this, but a new reality show that was filmed and set in Oklahoma City debuted on Discovery last week. It’s called “Street Outlaws” and documents OKC’s world-famous underground street racing circuit. Yeah, that’s now apparently a thing.

Here’s a description of the show from the Discovery Channel website:

Street Outlaws is a driver’s seat view into the world of American illegal street racing. The first season takes place in Oklahoma City, which boasts having the “fastest street cars in the country.”

From a 1969 Chevy Nova, to an incognito, race-ready farm truck—and everything in between—these street demons take their racing very seriously. They are constantly smack talking, betting on races, pulling pranks and other crazy redneck antics with their fellow racers. Ultimately, street racing comes first and they’ll endanger their lives, spend their money and risk going to jail—anything to be number one.

And our status as a “big league city” continues to grow. Not only do we have an NBA team and a really tall and shiny skyscraper, but Discovery is profiling our city’s elite street racing scene that nobody knew existed. The Real Housewives of Oklahoma City starring Sue Ann Hamm can’t be too far behind, can it?

Last week I watched the first episode of “Street Outlaws” on Discovery.com. I doubt anyone would be surprised by this, but the show is mind-numbingly awful. It makes Saving Grace look like The Wire. It’s kind of like an Amish Mafia for grown men and teenage boys who cruise 39th Street and still listen to The Katt, only without the hysterical Amish sub-text that inspired you to text a friend “OMG have you seen Amish Mafia?!”

Anyway, I decided to share some observations about the show. Before we get to those, I have a couple of disclaimers:

1. I’m not a big fan of the scripted reality TV show genre. Generally, the only time I watch these types of shows is when I’m at my parents house and trying to find something on TV that my dad will find interesting. I’ve never watched a full season of Jersey Shore or the Kardashians or Deadliest Swamp Logger Pawn Chopper Dynasty. I just can’t get into them. Hell, I even thought the one with the midget dude and his family was boring. I could watch a midget juggle, ride a unicycle or eat a bowl of cereal for hours on end, but you put one on a scripted reality show and I lose all interest.

2. I know nothing about cars…or racing…or plumbing…or guns…or lumber…or anything else that requires knowledge of machinery or the ability to perform manual labor. I’ve also never watched one “Fast And The Furious” movie and hate camping. I don’t think I’m in this show’s target demographic.

With that out-of-the-way, here we go:

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• The show is scripted, staged and not very real…

I’m sure the people featured in the show are real and everything, but after watching a couple of minutes it’s pretty obvious the entire thing is staged and scripted. It’s more “based on real life” than actual reality. Not only do the real life “characters” read their lines with about the same grace and flow as Rit Mathis or Paulette from 1.800.2SellHomes, but…

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A: They’re badass street racers…that wear racing helmets.

These white guys with names like Dominator, Murder Nova and Monza are hard-core extreme cop dodging drag racing honey badgers, yet whenever they race they wear lady helmets. That’s about as extreme as going down a slide at White Water.

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B: They race on “Undisclosed Public Roads” that look a lot like airport runways

Isn’t street racing supposed to take place on actual streets? From what I’ve gathered, the “Undisclosed Public Road” that’s home to most of the races is at the El Reno airport. That explains why the show smells like onion burgers.

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• The List.

This is the running gimmick. It was probably created by the producers to give the show an actual plot to follow. Here’s how it works.

Allegedly, someone has a list of the 10 fastest street cars in Oklahoma City… and possibly the world. The only way to make the list is to challenge and defeat the person in 10th place (conveniently, the racers who hold this spot are the colorful Farmtruck and AZN). Once you make the list, you can only advance by “calling out” the person directly in front of you. If you win the race, you pass them. If you don’t, you stay in your spot.

The List not only determines who races who, but it also provides added “drama.” From watching the first episode, I guess we’re supposed to find a favorite character and cheer for them as they race and jockey for position. It looks like they’ve cast “Gotee Bo” (pictured above) as the underdog young gun. As the season progresses, I bet he moves up the list. The season finale, if the show’s not cancelled before then, will probably feature Gotee Bo vs. Murder Nova for the top spot. Yes, Gotee Bo vs Murder Nova. That sounds like a rap battle between members of Zero’s posse.

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The awful staged reality show stunt / prank.

Just like other scripted reality shows, this one featured the staged and clichéd reality prank. In this one, some of the racers buy an old cop car for $2,500, put lights and stuff on it, etc. They then pose as “security guards” and roll up on another racer as he’s “practicing.” If you love the Big Bang Theory and meth, you’ll think it’s pretty funny. The best part is when they’re buying the old cop car for $2,500 and one of the characters says “You can’t put a price on fun…” Yeah, that’s true…especially when a reality show producer is paying for it.

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• Fake cops

Another running theme on the show is that all the street racers have some sort of criminal record and that they all have to avoid the cops. The intro before the credits even shows a clip of what appears to be “cops” busting one of the races. Unfortunately, the clip is from the staged prank above. From what I understand, producers worked with local police departments while scouting locations.

This point goes back to the show being staged. If these guys really were underground street racers, would they really want to film a reality show that documents all their illegal activities? Don’t you think the real cops would take some interest in all that?

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• Boring Female Characters

The most memorable girl from the first episode was Tina from the Quick Lube Shop. She drives a Camaro and plays the role of Tomboy. Other strong, dynamic female leads include The Worried Wife Who Doesn’t Want Her Husband To Race and The Supportive Wife Who Wants Her Husband To Pursue His Immature Racing Dreams While The Family Lives In A Trailer.

Having one-dimensional stereotypical female characters isn’t surprising. Street Outlaws is targeted towards teenage boys from Mustang. You really shouldn’t expect the producers to cast any strong female leads. What is alarming, though, is the lack of one-dimensional party girls. If you’re going to bore us with all this, at least give us a trashy hot mom with implants from the Southside. You know what I’m talking about; those MILFs that have tramp stamps, like HOGs and still have a crush on Kid Rock.

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• Lack of OKC scenery

Even though OKC serves as the backdrop of the show, the city and its sights and sounds are rarely mentioned. Based on how terrible the show is, that’s probably a good thing.

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• The Races

You think this would be a highlight, but the races are boring. Since you don’t connect or identify with any of the characters, it’s difficult to care about who wins or loses a race. Also, did I mention the street races take place at airports?

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Character Awards:

I didn’t really touch on many characters above. Here are some awards:

Favorite Character(s):

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Farm Truck and AZN

These wild guys race a 1970 Chevy Long Bed Truck and may be professional actors. Because of that, they are the most interesting and believable characters on the show.

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Least Favorite Character:

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Chuck the Loser

This guy just goes by the name “Chuck,” but they should rename him “Chuck the Loser.” The dude lives in trailer with a wife, 12 kids and probably a couple of ferrets. He spends all of his money fixing up an old Mustang that loses every race. When he’s not doing that, he’s complains about his life, argues with other people, or calls Bob Barry Jr.’s show on the Sports Animal.

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Most Boring Character:

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Big Chief

This guy is the central character / protagonist. He’s not on The List, but knows all the racers, organizes the call outs, and acts as the de facto narrator. He also plays the role of Natalie Wood and is the starter of the races. His selection as the protagonist/starter is curious, because:

1. He’s very boring. As the central character, you would think he’d be more polished and interesting. His voiceovers sound rehearsed and he’s about as comfortable on camera as an Oklahoman reporter.

2. He’s the race starter? As I mentioned earlier, this show does a great job sticking with female stereotypes. Couldn’t they could have gathered up some Twin Peaks girls to wave flags and start the races? They could have paid them off with cold beer, MMA tickets and penises.

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Most Annoying Character:

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The stereotypical young kid who wants to make “the list” but looks like Michael Cera on meth.

Seriously, he may be Michael Cera. Look at him.

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Tragic Character:

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Flip

This guy drove a black El Camino and was number six on the list. He apparently died just a few weeks ago after filming and editing was complete. They paid a brief tribute to him at the end of the episode. RIP.

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Comments

  1. Zero aka Oklahoma’s Scariest White Rapper needs to get his own reality show? I’d watch the hell out of that.

  2. At least two of the episode’s race scenes were filmed at the Pauls Valley airport. I’m not sure about El Reno but I’m pretty they also used the airport at CE Paige and a couple of other small town airports not too far from OKC up and down I-35 and I-40.

    My only other question is “why?” who would watch this show? With the fake motorcycle gang show, the fake noodlin show, the fake save the car lot show, the fake moonshining show………..is there really an audience for more than the pilot episode? If so I want to produce the fake behind the scenes with the govenor/her pink haired daughter/grenade toting ex hubby of nekkid wife has been rock star……..any investors?

    • 1. Where is your first question?
      2. Does “My only other question” = “why?”
      3. Do we need to find answers to the other questions asked?

  3. The character Flip, killed himself in an alcohol fueled state bc his wife threatened to leave him

  4. Michael Cera? I don’t think so! That is CLEARLY Sam Levine from Not Another Teen Movie. Duh.

  5. Where do I find the OKC action? I have a charmed out 1983 GMC Caballero that is the fear of the Le Flore Co. police and street racers.

  6. Pilgrim Studios (formerly known as Toss Shit Up On the Wall to See What Sticks Productions) has churned out another gem! Here’s a list their amazing contributions to our culture thus far:
    Heidi Fleiss: Prostitutes to Parrots
    Extreme Loggers
    Swamp Loggers
    Extreme Swamp Loggers
    OIA with Larry the Cable Guy
    Ghost Hunters
    Ghost Hunters International
    My Fair Wedding
    Rocco Gets Real
    The Real Exorcist
    Bounty Girls

    And much, much more: http://pilgrimstudios.com/shows/

    • Thanks. I just emailed them my resume and one of my teeth that just rotted out of my skull.

  7. You committed one of my biggest pet peeves and as an oversensitive person on the internet I feel the need to point it out. Camaro not Camero. Also yeah,this whole show is fake. the real OKC racers are 16 year old kids in Honda Civics who meet up on 39th street every saturday night. kinda wish they would show some of that instead. Oklahoma doesnt need any more rednecks in trucks representing us.

  8. Watched this tonight out of curiousity. Correct me if I’m wrong but isn’t “Big Chief” the former “President” of the “Laffing Devils” ???

  9. Yes and chuck is a joke. His “repair” shop had my cousins car over six months for a simple repair. Went to his shop to see if we could simply get it released and the DRAMA began! Born and raised in Oklahoma and never in my life had somebody called me the “N” word so many times! He is a joke and I need to find the video of the whole incident and post it so everyone knows what kind of guy he really is.

  10. Farm truck is real, that is not a fake. Actually, all the cars are real racers, I have personally watched them at the track.

    Of course the racing is fake, if they shot an actual street race, then they would all be in jail, street racing is illegal, and a TV show showing actual street racing would be an open and shut case.

  11. Only thing you are dead wrong about is the list. It’s very real and was around for years before this show was thought of. It has always worked exactly as portrayed. Chief is the administrator of MidwestStreetCars.com which is basically where this whole thing came together. He was on top of the list for a long time before his car broke (and for a long time after his car broke). Now he just enjoys being the boss.

  12. I don’t know which is worse, the stupid tv show or the people posting on here to defend this POS show.

    I had the unfortunate task of seeing the show. My expectations going in were:
    1) I bet these guys have nicer and bigger garages/shops than they live in
    2) They probably live and work in the crappiest areas
    3) There would probably be one or two women on it, all of whom would not gripe about the lack of money to feed their kids or house the family
    4) totally staged and scripted
    5) there would be a douchebag leader who acted like he was king of the world….

    the show lived up to my expectations and makes all of Oklahoma look stupid.

  13. The first show race took place in el Reno on the 40 business loop. Out front of the prison. I just happened to be driving through the night they filmed it.

  14. Im just curious, how many of you that are commenting are a part of the car community in Oklahoma City or even know anything more about cars then how to start it?

    Yes the races are filmed in secure, legal locations, for obvious reasons. But I can assure you, the races are real. They aren’t “setup” or actors. These are real people who have been racing cars in Oklahoma for a very long time. The list you refer to has been going for many years now and is pretty prestigious in the Southwest US. Yeah, sure, alot of the drama and bs is staged but I can assure you the racing, top 10 list, cars, drivers, and everything else is real. Sorry, real racing just isnt quite as glamorous as FnF.

  15. I used to work at the prison in El Reno. About a week ahead of time, the Warden told us the Discovery Channel was going to come out to the prison and film a show about drag racing on Route 66 in front of the prison and would be using our parking lot for the actors on the show and the tv crew. Turns out, it was this show. It was absolutely staged! They told us a week ahead of time. They were very polite and thanked us for letting them us our space and everything. Go figure. Discovery Channel needs to stick to documentaries.

  16. Just saw the first two episodes and I was thinking the same thing since when do public road provide generator powered lights and for them be “new” sports every race there sure is a lot of rubber laid down already

  17. 39th has always been the place to race. I was in the middle of it in the late 70′s. Back then, a 55 Chevy was the king. All kinds of cars were there, and none of them were trailered! Run what you brung, and if it couldn’t take idling in traffic, too bad.
    This show is a joke. Can’t stand the trashy characters.

  18. Rather see Holly Hunter aka “Amazing Grace” reruns…She was one hot redneck gal….filmed in OKC, also!

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