History Series / TheAmazingRace

12th Aug '16 4:49:36 AM Morgenthaler
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Emmy-winning RealityShow created by Elise Doganieri and Bertram van Munster and aired on Creator/{{CBS}} since 2001. Hosted by Phil Keoghan, the show could vaguely be considered the RealityShow version of ''AroundTheWorldInEightyDays''.

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Emmy-winning RealityShow created by Elise Doganieri and Bertram van Munster and aired on Creator/{{CBS}} since 2001. Hosted by Phil Keoghan, the show could vaguely be considered the RealityShow version of ''AroundTheWorldInEightyDays''.
''Literature/AroundTheWorldInEightyDays''.



** Season 16 is the race's biggest example: The prize for winning the first leg was a trip to {{Vancouver}}, including a skeleton ride at the Whistler Sliding Center. A fairly obvious tie-in with the 2010 Vancouver Winter UsefulNotes/OlympicGames... only one of the Olympic athletes died going down that track on the day of the opening ceremony, mere days before the episode aired. Also, that and the next leg went through Chile - aired a week before it was hit with an 8.8 earthquake. Then, after the fourth leg, one contestant (Louie) was put under investigation under suspicion of being involved in a police run cocaine ring in Rhode Island. The next leg was packed with comments from Louie & Michael talking about how their jobs as cops prepared them for the race. Then, leg 10 features He Pingping, the shortest man in the world, only to have him die between the episode filming and airing.

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** Season 16 is the race's biggest example: The prize for winning the first leg was a trip to {{Vancouver}}, UsefulNotes/{{Vancouver}}, including a skeleton ride at the Whistler Sliding Center. A fairly obvious tie-in with the 2010 Vancouver Winter UsefulNotes/OlympicGames... only one of the Olympic athletes died going down that track on the day of the opening ceremony, mere days before the episode aired. Also, that and the next leg went through Chile - aired a week before it was hit with an 8.8 earthquake. Then, after the fourth leg, one contestant (Louie) was put under investigation under suspicion of being involved in a police run cocaine ring in Rhode Island. The next leg was packed with comments from Louie & Michael talking about how their jobs as cops prepared them for the race. Then, leg 10 features He Pingping, the shortest man in the world, only to have him die between the episode filming and airing.
3rd Aug '16 10:15:38 PM DJcody
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** Its second season is notable for having a team who ''completely'' [[{{WeUsedtobeFriends}} ended their friendship]] right after being eliminated from the race, and one of them not showing up at the Finish Line in the finale for that reason.
23rd Jul '16 1:20:47 PM nombretomado
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* SurpriseDifficulty: [[{{In-Universe}} Even racers who have been fans of the series for years]] have finished the first leg in shock of how difficult the Race actually is. Even racers who've won other [[Series/{{Survivor}} Reality]] [[BigBrother Shows]] have commented on it.

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* SurpriseDifficulty: [[{{In-Universe}} Even racers who have been fans of the series for years]] have finished the first leg in shock of how difficult the Race actually is. Even racers who've won other [[Series/{{Survivor}} Reality]] [[BigBrother [[Series/BigBrother Shows]] have commented on it.



* FleetingDemographic: Bertram justified only teams being selected from Seasons 12-17 for Unfinished Business by claiming that people might not remember contestants from earlier ones. Though this hasn't stopped ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' or ''BigBrother'' from recycling contestants repeatedly, unlike those shows, people do not automatically become celebrities for running or even winning the Race.

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* FleetingDemographic: Bertram justified only teams being selected from Seasons 12-17 for Unfinished Business by claiming that people might not remember contestants from earlier ones. Though this hasn't stopped ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' or ''BigBrother'' ''Series/BigBrother'' from recycling contestants repeatedly, unlike those shows, people do not automatically become celebrities for running or even winning the Race.
11th Jul '16 4:43:05 PM RisefromYourGrave
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* CurbStompBattle: The show itself, as a Meta example. It has dominated the Emmy's Reality-Competition Program category since it's inception in 2003, winning the first seven awards, and ten overall, quintupling the number of awards won by every other reality show combined. Even if the show never won another award, it would take until 2022 for all the other reality shows combined to catch up to the show's ten Emmys.

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* CurbStompBattle: The show itself, as a Meta example. It has dominated the Emmy's Reality-Competition Program category since it's its inception in 2003, winning the first seven awards, and ten overall, quintupling the number of awards won by every other reality show combined. Even if the show never won another award, it would take until 2022 for all the other reality shows combined to catch up to the show's ten Emmys.
20th May '16 10:51:33 AM Jdawg1015
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** The final legs often have a [[FinalExamBoss Final Exam Challenge]] that will require the racers to remember all of the countries they visited, sometimes placing them in the right order. In Season 17, Nat and Kat had took detailed notes and when confronted with this, whipped out their notebook which allowed them to breeze through it. [[ObviousRulesPatch At the time]], this was actually not against the rules as there wasn't anything saying they could ''not'' reference their notes.

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** The final legs often have a [[FinalExamBoss Final Exam Challenge]] that will require the racers to remember all of the countries they visited, sometimes placing them in the right order. In Season 17, Nat and Kat had took detailed notes and when confronted with this, whipped out their notebook which allowed them to breeze through it. [[ObviousRulesPatch [[ObviousRulePatch At the time]], this was actually not against the rules as there wasn't anything saying they could ''not'' reference their notes.
13th May '16 8:56:14 PM johntauren
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* FinalExamFinale: The finale of moat seasons includes a puzzle as the final task, usually asking the teams to identify things from the race and put them in order. These items can include flags, locations, Pit Stop greeters, or the order of elimination from the previous legs. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtD0RUIXn6o&feature=related Here's an example from US Season 9]], involving flags. It's become so notorious that teams take notes on what happens to them during the race in case they end up having to face one, and several times (US Seasons 9, 12, 13, 14, 21, and 25, Asia Season 2, Australia v New Zealand for example) it has caused a lead change that ultimately decided the outcome of the race.

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* FinalExamFinale: The finale of moat most seasons includes a puzzle as the final task, usually asking the teams to identify things from the race and put them in order. These items can include flags, locations, Pit Stop greeters, or the order of elimination from the previous legs. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtD0RUIXn6o&feature=related Here's an example from US Season 9]], involving flags. It's become so notorious that teams take notes on what happens to them during the race in case they end up having to face one, and several times (US Seasons 9, 12, 13, 14, 21, and 25, Asia Season 2, Canada Season 1, Australia v New Zealand for example) it has caused a lead change that ultimately decided the outcome of the race.
20th Apr '16 7:58:55 PM Nicoaln
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** The final legs often have a [[FinalExamBoss Final Exam Challenge]] that will require the racers to remember all of the countries they visited, sometimes placing them in the right order. In Season 17, Nat and Kat had took detailed notes and when confronted with this, whipped out their notebook which allowed them to breeze through it. [[ObviousRulesPatch At the time]], this was actually not against the rules as there wasn't anything saying they could ''not'' reference their notes.
19th Apr '16 2:27:38 PM DragonRanger
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* EngineeredHashtag: They've become common on the show, usually for the standard elements like [[AC:[=#Roadblock=]]] and [[AC:[=#Detour=]]]. Season 26 even debuted premade team name hashtags.



* LongRunnerTechMarchesOn:
** Cell phone and smartphone proliferation has had a huge effect on the race metagame and the way the course is set up. Racers are barred from carrying phones themselves, but it's become increasingly easier to borrow a local's phone to call a cab or Google information about their clue or something. This has led to things that caused teams problems in early seasons, such as locating the location of a picture they were given, much easier. Also, as GPS devices become standard issue in cabs across the world, the "bad cabbie" problem is getting slowly phased out, country by country.
** Social media has also had a minor effect, in that the captions have been modified to feature hashtag labels for the audience to use on Twitter, including specialized ones for tasks and other notable events on the race. Season 26 even debuted premade team name hashtags.

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* LongRunnerTechMarchesOn:
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LongRunnerTechMarchesOn: Cell phone and smartphone proliferation has had a huge effect on the race metagame and the way the course is set up. Racers are barred from carrying phones themselves, but it's become increasingly easier to borrow a local's phone to call a cab or Google information about their clue or something. This has led to things that caused teams problems in early seasons, such as locating the location of a picture they were given, much easier. Also, as GPS devices become standard issue in cabs across the world, the "bad cabbie" problem is getting slowly phased out, country by country.
** Social media has also had a minor effect, in that the captions have been modified to feature hashtag labels for the audience to use on Twitter, including specialized ones for tasks and other notable events on the race. Season 26 even debuted premade team name hashtags.
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26th Mar '16 9:58:27 AM nombretomado
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-->'''Yolanda''': An after school favorite. What is that? A game of football? {{Cricket}}?

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-->'''Yolanda''': An after school favorite. What is that? A game of football? {{Cricket}}?UsefulNotes/{{Cricket}}?
12th Feb '16 2:50:14 PM ObsidianFire
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** After the teams on Season 17 were GenreSavvy enough to take detailed notes throughout the race in anticipation of the FinalExamFinale, Season 19's Final Exam Finale instructions specifically forbade the use of notes. (There was no Final Exam Finale in Season 18.) This did have a precedent in Season 12 which disallowed the use of a pen and paper to solve its final task.

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** After the teams on Season 17 were GenreSavvy smart enough to take detailed notes throughout the race in anticipation of the FinalExamFinale, Season 19's Final Exam Finale instructions specifically forbade the use of notes. (There was no Final Exam Finale in Season 18.) This did have a precedent in Season 12 which disallowed the use of a pen and paper to solve its final task.



* GenreSavvy: The teams on the finale spent their final plane ride reviewing the previous legs to prepare for the FinalExamBoss puzzle that had been used in the previous two seasons. From that point on, taking notes on every leg became a common strategy.



* GenreSavvy: On leg 5, when given a clue to disassemble a spirit house and take it with them, five of the eight teams took notes on the positioning of the pieces of the house in case they have to put it back together later, and the other three had team members who at least suggested it (unfortunately, in one of those cases, the team just decided to take mental notes, and in the other two the team member making the suggestion was rebuffed, and all three doing the Road Block had to go back and look at another spirit house).



* BaitAndSwitch: In the first leg, the teams are told to drive to a small airport, where they find a Roadblock clue. Most teams, being GenreSavvy, automatically suspect that it's a sky diving challenge, only to find that, once they open the clue, they're only half right. The Roadblock involved following a map to the landing zone for their partner after ''they'' sky dived.

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* BaitAndSwitch: In the first leg, the teams are told to drive to a small airport, where they find a Roadblock clue. Most teams, being GenreSavvy, teams automatically suspect that it's a sky diving challenge, only to find that, once they open the clue, they're only half right. The Roadblock involved following a map to the landing zone for their partner after ''they'' sky dived.
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