CLICK AND CLACK'S AS THE WRENCH TURNS
AETN (Broadcast Ch. 2, Comcast Ch. 3)
7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 6
If you're a regular listener to National Public Radio, their voices will be familiar: Tom and Ray Maggliozzi, otherwise known as Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers. With their encyclopedic knowledge of cars, booming laughter and tearing-sheet-metal Boston accents, the brothers have become a fixture on public radio over the years, lending a little blue-collar humor to NPR's white-linen world. Now (partially thanks to a scene-stealing cameo they made in Pixar's “Cars”) they're branching out into the world of animation. In their new primetime cartoon show for PBS, “As the Wrench Turns,” the brothers basically play themselves — mechanics-turned-radio-hosts who own a shop populated by an assortment of screwballs. The results are funnier than you might expect. This week, the show is a double feature, with “Pocketful of Motor Oil” and “Outsourcing.” First up, the boys try to help the niece of an employee who has come to believe he's an Ivy League professor. In the second reel, they decide to outsource their radio show to India. It's greasy, good-natured fun.
— David Koon