The Amazing Race: Season 1 (2001)

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Critic Consensus: The Amazing Race elevates reality television conventions with its globetrotting scale, making for a suspenseful competition and fascinating travelogue.

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Critic Reviews for The Amazing Race Season 1

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The show's global scope, scenery and overall sense of adventure make it a veritable Doctor Zhivago of the genre compared with most of the swill lately in play.

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Classier than Fear Factor, clearer than The Mole and swifter than Survivor, CBS' The Amazing Race jolts the reality format with tantalizing thrills.

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This has the makings of the best reality show since "Survivor" -- it's a fun, exciting concept with spectacular locations. As is the case with this type of show, casting is everything -- and the contestants here look great.

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This is "reality TV" on an epic scale, and the show offers a non-stop barrage of exciting chases, twisted road-blocks, outrageous challenges, and lots of real heart and emotion.

Mar 26, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Host Phil Keoghan took a refreshingly minimalist approach. In this first season, he barely appeared on camera at all.

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The [series] premiere will keep you amused while the players hustle from New York City's Central Park to Kennedy Airport for a trip to Johannesburg.

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Unfortunately, watching harried Americans run in and out of airports is not fascinating television.

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It might seem tiresome to watch people perform the same stunts over and over, but their distinctive personalities and reactions make the challenges new each time.

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The visuals are crisp, and the ground and aerial photography help give the proper scope of what the gamers are up against.

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Please God, forgive me. I love this show. I never thought I'd love a reality show... But this one actually is so good I am already addicted.

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