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The Amazing Race on CBS is one of the most successful reality shows on television, and there are plenty of reasons why. The combination of personalities put under stress while they race around the world coupled with the chance for viewers to experience another culture through the competitors is hard to resist.

When The Amazing Race first came on the air in September 2001, it was a breath of fresh air in television programming. The first few episodes were eye-popping visually and that high standard has been maintained throughout the series run.

The sheer variety of locations visited helps to make the race amazing. Add in the personal interplay, and there's a winning formula. Admittedly, some of the cast members chosen are a bit irritating, but that's part of the draw of the Amazing Race.

How cast members interact with the locals is sometimes a case study in cultural differences. Contestants range from the archetype of the "ugly American" to people who are able to seemingly melt into each culture for the short time they are there.

Those are the ones who are fun to root for, the contestants who are in it for the experience along with the money. Everyone would love to win $1 million dollars, but the players who are able to be competitive while learning more about the world around them are the biggest winners.

From the viewer's standpoint, the show allows us to vicariously experience the places and obstacles teams see. Every episode delves into a different part of the particular destination. The producers stay away from making each show just about who is faster at racing. Teams must use their minds almost as much as their physical ability.

The unknown always awaits. A team can be sailing along out in front and get set back to the end just by getting in the wrong taxi. They could choose the wrong task and see their fortune disappear while they try to wrangle a camel or the like.

The Amazing Race has been a television success story because the show works to stay fresh. They win by choosing unique destinations and obstacles, trying different cast combinations, and staying true to the format. Hopefully, The Amazing Race will be around for many more seasons.

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Sunday 8:00 PM et/pt on CBS
27 Seasons, 313 Episodes - Currently Airing
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The Amazing Race Full Episode Guide

  • The remaining teams head to Dallas, where they make their way 500 feet down the Reunion Tower.

  • The final four teams race in Peru determined to secure a position in the Top 3.

  • The remaining teams head to Peru and use their fitness trackers to find their next clue. Also, Blair and Hayley’s communication issues reach a boiling point.

  • Temperatures begin to rise as the final five teams race to Amsterdam and take a dip in a floating hot tub in search of their next clue.

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'The Amazing Race' Cast Announced; Includes Olympians, 'Survivor' Winners, NFL Player (Video)

It's the 10th anniversary of "The Amazing Race" and the show's producers are pulling out all the stops, assembling a team of accomplished athletes, adventurers, reality contestants and regular race fanatics for the show's opening episode on September 25th. According to a CBS press release: "This season, the multi-Emmy Award-winning series sends 11 new Teams on a Race around the globe, making first time visits to exotic locations such as Indonesia, Malawi, Belgium and Denmark.

Doctors Nat Strand and Kat Chang bag $1million, record history in 'The Amazing Race' Season 17 Finale

Pal doctors Nat Strand and Kat Chang made history in The Amazing Race as the first team of women who bagged the $ 1 million grand prize during the season 17 finale of CBS reality show. Strand and Chang were the first contestants who reached their final destination and cross the finish line on Sunday at the terrace of the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills, LA. The two-woman doctors competed with second place winner Brook Roberts and Claire Champlin from San Diego California and Reno, Nevada respectively and both are home shopping network hosts and third place winner Jill Haney and Thomas Wolfard from Marina Del Rey, California.

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