Parents' Guide to

The Amazing Race

By Pam Gelman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Stressful global race features tense moments, teamwork.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 16+

Not a Fan For This Season

I have watched The Amazing race since the first season and have really enjoyed them except maybe 3-4 seasons. This is one season I didn’t enjoy. I felt like it was so generic and uninteresting. Same old same old, just mundane. Sorry guys but the characters were uninteresting and the roadblocks all blah.
age 8+

See a little bit of the world as a family

So, we're probably never going to be able to travel around the world with our kids. It's just not feasible with school and work and cost and such. Watching the amazing race as a family sort of serves as a way to show our kids that the world is bigger than the suburbia they live in, and while we live in a pretty diverse suburbia, there is more diversity out there. The 9 year old girl has watched this show since she was about 5 and loved it, our 5 year old son is bored by it usually. Swear words are bleeped out, there is no real nudity or sexuality to deal with, and aside from poor choices that some teams make during competition there isn't much that is difficult to explain to the kids about human interactions. They're faced with mean and/or self-serving people at school, and BFFs don't always get along in 3rd grade too, so we have a good platform for discussing how to get beyond the issues when people are annoyed with each other or do something to another team to get ahead in the race (e.g. U-turns or not helping out with information). It's just a great lesson in how big and beautiful the world and its people are, without having to be super-wealthy to afford the plane fare.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (32 ):

The fun, fast-paced series allows viewers to see the world through the eyes of the race and learn more about cultures and local customs in places that aren't always well-known vacation destinations. But, like most reality competitions, The Amazing Race has a fair share of petty behavior, thanks to the stresses of the many unusual and sometimes-difficult circumstances the contestants find themselves in. Adding to the tension are the occasional ethical questions raised about the teams helping (or not helping) one another.

The way the individual pairs, who are from all walks of life, support each other throughout the race ranges from heartwarming to frustrating, especially when they begin to take out their stress on each other. Meanwhile, some cast members aren't always respectful of the international communities or their traditional customs. However, these moments are usually quick and usually overshadowed by the excitement of the journey. Overall, it's an entertaining show that offers an amazing look at the world around us and adventures that most people only dream about.

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