History YMMV / TheAmazingRace

12th Jun '18 5:22:09 AM Polisi25
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* UnexpectedCharacter: Season 31, none of the viewers and especially the fans expected Colin & Christie from Season 5 would be participating.


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** Season 31. Obviously the contestants being all imported from reality shows wouldn't fare well with people wanting to see normal people competing.
*** Specifically, for the Amazing Race group the complaints include bringing back Leo & Jamal (23, 24) & Rachel Reilly (20, 24) for a third time and Art & JJ (20) for being unlikable villains. While the biggest questionable casting comes from the Survivor team of Bret & Chris (33) as they are not the most memorable contestant even in their season.
9th Jun '18 9:22:42 AM costanton11
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** [[{{In-Universe}} In an interview]], Claire (Season 17) said that no matter what she does for the rest of her life, she expects to always be remembered as the woman who got hit in the face with a watermelon.

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** [[{{In-Universe}} InUniverse. In an interview]], interview, Claire (Season 17) said that no matter what she does for the rest of her life, she expects to always be remembered as the woman who got hit in the face with a watermelon.
9th May '18 9:20:22 PM TotalDramaRox97
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** Season 15 was regarded as possibly the worst season ever produced, however years later 2 of the teams put on stellar showings in Season 18 and the starting line task and Switchback are still used to this day which helped salvage it's reputation to an extent.


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* SophomoreSlump: Every season of the Asian version has been held in high regard except Season 2.
2nd May '18 8:40:32 PM TotalDramaRox97
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** Seasons 1, 3, and 5 of the Canadian version were criticized for the lack of a villains. However in the American version, seasons that use villains notably 1, 2 [[note]] Despite it's overall positive reception [[/note]], and 24 are bogged down by the use of a villain, while seasons without a stand out villain notably 14 and 25 are considered among the all time greats.
6th Apr '18 11:15:04 PM AmourMitts
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** Season 4 had a cast full of unlikable teams (Jon & Al being the exception, possibly Tian as well) who resorted to bickering and ugliness whenever anything didn't go their way. There was far too much fighting over what was "fair" and who had what place in line, with teams playing cutthroat one second, then complaining about other teams doing the same the next. Then Jon & Al had get eliminated in 4th, leaving the fans no one to root for in the finale.
** Season 6, as almost all the likable teams were eliminated early on and, by the latter half of the race, Kris & Jon were the only likable team left with the rest of the teams being whiny, annoying, and constantly bickering. Pretty much every single ongoing storyline involved racers bickering with each other, and there were a lot of bad feelings all around. And then Kris & Jon lost the million to the most hated team of the lot. Another point against the season was the overuse of equalizers, which sucked a lot of excitement from the legs knowing only the last portion mattered, and spent most of the first 9 legs in Europe .The season also had the bad luck to be sandwiched between two seasons that are widely considered among the series' best.

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** Season 4 had a cast full of unlikable teams (Jon & Al being the exception, possibly Tian as well) who resorted to bickering and ugliness whenever anything didn't go their way. There was far too much fighting over what was "fair" and who had what place in line, with teams playing cutthroat one second, then complaining about other teams doing the same the next. Then Jon & Al had get got eliminated in 4th, leaving the fans no one to root for in the finale.
** Season 6, as almost all the likable teams were eliminated early on and, by the latter half of the race, Kris & Jon were the only likable team left with the rest of the teams being whiny, annoying, and constantly bickering. Pretty much every single ongoing storyline involved racers bickering with each other, and there were a lot of bad feelings all around. And then Kris & Jon lost the million to the most hated team of the lot. season. Another point against the season was the overuse of equalizers, which sucked a lot of excitement from the legs knowing only the last portion mattered, and spent most of the first 9 legs in Europe .Europe. The season also had the bad luck to be sandwiched between two seasons that are widely considered among the series' best.



** All-Stars 2014, so much that the general reaction to the cast list was overwhelming disbelief. The complaints included Margie & Luke (14), Flight Time & Big Easy (15), and Jet & Cord (16) for being brought back for a third time, bringing in Malory (17, 18) to race with Mark (20) after Bopper got injured [[note]]for (1) being another manufactured team after the disaster that was Eric & Danielle on All-Stars, (2) them not knowing each other that well and making no sense as a team, and (3) being made up of the weaker members of two teams[[/note]], Brendon & Rachel (20) for being a ''Series/BigBrother'' import that was hugely polarizing amongst viewers, Caroline & Jennifer and Meghan & Joey (22) for perceived weakness, Leo & Jamal (23) for being the more hated and less entertaining villain from their season(next to Tim & Marie). John & Jessica and Dave & Connor (22) would have had more justification on another second chance season, due to how they were eliminated, but did not go over well on an All-Star cast. Though the racers raced with varying degrees of success, Leo & Jamal are the only team that fully redeemed the casting of many fans, and to a lesser extent, Brendon & Rachel.

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** All-Stars 2014, so much that the general reaction to the cast list was overwhelming disbelief. The complaints included Margie & Luke (14), Flight Time & Big Easy (15), and Jet & Cord (16) for being brought back for a third time, bringing in Malory (17, 18) to race with Mark (20) after Bopper got injured suffered from pancreatitis [[note]]for (1) being another manufactured team after the disaster that was Eric & Danielle on All-Stars, (2) them not knowing each other that well and making no sense as a team, and (3) being made up of the weaker members of two teams[[/note]], Brendon & Rachel (20) for being a ''Series/BigBrother'' import that was hugely polarizing amongst viewers, Caroline & Jennifer and Meghan & Joey (22) for perceived weakness, Leo & Jamal (23) for being the more hated and less entertaining villain from their season(next to Tim & Marie). John & Jessica and Dave & Connor (22) would have had more justification on another second chance season, due to how they were eliminated, but did not go over well on an All-Star cast. Though the racers raced with varying degrees of success, Leo & Jamal are the only team that fully redeemed the casting of many fans, and to a lesser extent, Brendon & Rachel.



** Mark & Bopper (20 & 24). During the race it was revealed Bopper's daughter was sick and they needed the money for treatment. Throughout the race Bopper hurt his knee making him unable to do the Bollywood Roadblock, forcing Mark to do it. Mark spent hours trying and failing to the point of dehydration. They were eliminated the next leg despite using the Fast Forward. In the All Stars preview, Phil had revealed between seasons they had lost their jobs. On Season 24, Bopper was forced to leave the race because of pancreatitis. Mark was paired up a partner (Mallory, 17 and 18) who is basically a stranger, which they were eliminated on the second leg.

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** Mark & Bopper (20 & 24). During the race it was revealed Bopper's daughter was sick and they needed the money for treatment. Throughout the race Bopper hurt his knee making him unable to do the Bollywood Roadblock, forcing Mark to do it. Mark spent hours trying and failing to the point of dehydration. They were eliminated the next leg despite using the Fast Forward. In the All Stars preview, Phil had revealed between seasons they had lost their jobs. On Season 24, Bopper was forced to leave before the race started because of pancreatitis. Mark was paired up a partner (Mallory, 17 and 18) who is basically a stranger, which stranger; they were eliminated on the second leg.
5th Apr '18 6:40:55 AM kundoo
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** The "mugging" penalty for teams saved by non-elimination legs was widely loathed because it forced the awkward situation of well-off Americans begging for money (and later, other possessions) in impoverished nations just to survive in a reality TV competition (taken to extreme levels in U.S. Season 6 when the team that had to beg was on an island in Senegal known for its slave trade). On top of that, it barely penalized teams time-wise since, most of the time, begging easily made up for the resources lost and they could do it even during Pit Stop breaks in its debut. At least it was a step in the right direction, since it was still better than the saved teams getting off scot-free.

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** The "mugging" penalty for teams saved by non-elimination legs was widely loathed because it forced the awkward situation of well-off Americans people begging for money (and later, other possessions) in impoverished nations just to survive in a reality TV competition (taken to extreme levels in U.S. Season 6 when the team that had to beg was on an island in Senegal known for its slave trade). On top of that, it barely penalized teams time-wise since, most of the time, begging easily made up for the resources lost and they could do it even during Pit Stop breaks in its debut. At least it was a step in the right direction, since it was still better than the saved teams getting off scot-free.
5th Apr '18 6:37:17 AM kundoo
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** The "mugging" penalty for teams saved by non-elimination legs was widely loathed because it forced the awkward situation of well-off Americans or people begging for money (and later, other possessions) in impoverished nations just to survive in a reality TV competition (taken to extreme levels in U.S. Season 6 when the team that had to beg was on an island in Senegal known for its slave trade). On top of that, it barely penalized teams time-wise since, most of the time, begging easily made up for the resources lost and they could do it even during Pit Stop breaks in its debut. At least it was a step in the right direction, since it was still better than the saved teams getting off scot-free.

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** The "mugging" penalty for teams saved by non-elimination legs was widely loathed because it forced the awkward situation of well-off Americans or people begging for money (and later, other possessions) in impoverished nations just to survive in a reality TV competition (taken to extreme levels in U.S. Season 6 when the team that had to beg was on an island in Senegal known for its slave trade). On top of that, it barely penalized teams time-wise since, most of the time, begging easily made up for the resources lost and they could do it even during Pit Stop breaks in its debut. At least it was a step in the right direction, since it was still better than the saved teams getting off scot-free.
10th Mar '18 2:14:11 AM TroperNo9001
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* EliminationHoudini: There's usually one per season, so many it has it's own page.

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* EliminationHoudini: There's usually one per season, so many it has it's its own page.
22nd Feb '18 8:03:06 AM TotalDramaRox97
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** The finale had two brutal memory tasks:
*** In the penultimate leg, one racer would be handcuffed to a suitcase, and to find the combination, they would have to look for three signs that would correspond to legs they appeared in on the race and use the leg numbers to figure out the combo to unlock the suitcase. The signs were well-hidden and there were some signs that meant nothing but could be mistaken for another leg (like a boat for Leg 4 despite 4 not being a number). Also, one of the signs wasn't even marked yellow and red so there was no way to tell it was one of the signs. To top it all off, everyone had a different combination so answer sharing wouldn't help.
*** The final leg, racers had to search through a freaking ''aircraft carrier'' for twelve pieces of a model plane as big as the racers themselves with 2 pictures on each part of something from a leg. The pictures were not easy either, for example one was a helmet they wore during one task. They would then have to put 6 of the pieces on to build the model plane so that each leg had only one picture on the plane. The task took well over 2 hours and the winner took 10 attempts to get it right.
21st Feb '18 10:00:42 PM TotalDramaRox97
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** Season 28-30 has been considered this due to the overly gimmicky premises and unpopular winners
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