When Netflix’s lavish royal drama The Crown returns to streaming TV today it will face off against another extravagantly priced British series, Amazon’s The Grand Tour, which is back for its second season on Dec. 8, as well. Both shows premiered last November to massive audiences and helped their respective services gain a global footing. Now they’re going head-to-head, something their rival networks have avoided with big shows until now.
The Grand Tour was Amazon’s first truly global series. The 2016 debut of the hotly anticipated motoring show, starring former BBC Top Gear presenters Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May, served as a launch pad to push Prime Video from a handful countries out to most of the world. The service rolled out across 200 countries and territories, beginning with the premiere of The Grand Tour.