In the UK Clarkson is generally regarded as a bit of a knob, Captain Slow is very knowledgeable but seldom is afforded any serious airtime, while Hamster just tries to get cheap laughs at every opportunity.
It remains however, compulsive viewing for petrolheads as every once in a while there is a really good challenge / epic journey / serious road test.
You've just got to suffer the (very obviously scripted) humour to reap the benefits (eg when they released Stig's identity).
The Stig Revealed: Behind the Scenes - Top Gear - YouTube
I've never seen the US version and to be honest I probably wouldn't have the will given some of your comments posted here.