I guess fans of The Amazing Race may feel a little spoiled right now. Just two months after the conclusion of a successful fifth season this summer, the latest installment of the geographically spiked reality series debuted on Viacom's
For those who aren't familiar with the Emmy-winning show, 11 pairs compete against one another as they race around the world chasing clues and engaging in country-specific challenges. While the episodes are edited like most reality television shows -- playing up any dramatic confrontations, altercations, and romantic deviations -- it is ultimately a quality show where you are able to take in a little bit of worldly culture along with the guilty pleasure of entertainment.
If imitation is the sincerest form of backstabbing flattery, then the show's appeal should be obvious to anyone watching Fox's
The Amazing Race's refreshing success over the summer prompted CBS to bump up the sixth season. However, the fall season will test its mettle as it is no longer competing with reruns. Then again, with the show's zeal for adrenaline-pumping competition, it probably wouldn't have it any other way.
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Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz has never been on a reality television show. Then again, he lives one. He is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team and he does not own shares in any of the companies mentioned in this story.