A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Teamwork is the only way to win this race. Partners who work well together and act courageously, especially under duress, will succeed, while those that take out their frustrations on each other will quickly fall behind.
Positive Role Models
Some pairs model excellent partnership, while others are extremely critical of each other, bickering and putting each other down.
Violence & Scariness
Some petty behavior. Some challenges involve intense mental, physical struggles; safety gear used.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Innuendo, flirting sometimes used during competition. Some racy modeling photos, references to wanting sex.
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"Hell," "crap"; rare bleeped curses.
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Products & Purchases
Prizes often sponsored by companies such as Travelocity.com. Logos from, for example, Nike, North Face, Under Armour visible. Social media stars' sites sometimes shown.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some drug and alcohol references.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Amazing Race is a fast-paced reality competition that features positive and negative consequences of competition. There's some mild language ("crap," "hell," "damn"; very occasional bleeped vocabulary), some petty behavior between (and among) teams, and references to drinking and drugs. Competitors sometimes flirt to get ahead; there's occasional racy modeling photos and references to wanting sex. Show sponsors such as Travelocity.com and competitors' social media sites are sometimes featured, and labels for travel gear such as Under Armour, Nike, and North Face are sometimes visible. The contestants don't have phones, but viewers are invited to keep up with them on Twitter and other social media platforms.
Is It Any Good?
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.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.