What Is the Premise of the Discovery Channel Show "Street Outlaws"?


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"Street Outlaws" is a reality show about a group of illegal street racers based out of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma who compete against each other and other racers around the country to see who is the best. Justin "Big Chief" Shearer is one of the main characters on the show, and he oversees a list that ranks the top racers in the area while racing as well to prove himself number one.

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Like most reality shows, what happens on-camera on "Street Outlaws" is largely manipulated by producers, editors and cast members. While billed as "illegal," local police do assist the show in closing down roads and making sure the racing sequences are carried out safely, although the city issuing permits to the show has created some controversy. Accidents also still can and do happen. Big Chief wrecked his car during a race for the show in November of 2015, suffering bruised lungs and a broken collarbone in the process.

The show debuted in June of 2013 for Discovery. Other featured characters include Chuck, Daddy Dave, Freakin Rican, John Andrade Jr. and Tina Pierce, as well as Dominator, Flip and Farmtruck. Each season typically consists of eight episodes, with each episode running 42 minutes. Some special episodes, such as the Season 5 premiere, run an hour and 26 minutes.

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