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Re: When did The Amazing Race decline, if at all?
« Reply #25 on: June 13, 2020, 05:30:13 PM »
I can't believe the amount of differing thoughts here, but I guess that's the luxury of opinions. Lol.  Someone said further up that 18 - 24 was the decline, for me these seasons had probably the best casts up until that point, it was just the boot orders that ended up being rubbish.

Honestly, Season 27 is where I started losing interest. I hated that entire season, and though 28 picked up again for me, since 29 I haven't felt as connected to the show as I once did. I LOVED the show before 29, now I just watch it because I'm a fan.

I thought season 27 had the most "Normal" cast of the recent seasons. Everyone was fine, but I can understand why some didn't like it. Season 28 was not that good and I thought I was going to hate 29, but I'll admit that it is good

For some reason I had a total mind blank and got 28 and 29 mixed up. I really enjoyed 29, and wasn't a fan of 28.

So I guess for me TAR has only had one good season since 27, and that was 29. It's a huge shame, especially as the older Seasons I could rewatch over and over but I cant see myself ever wanting to rewatch 27, 28, 30 or 31. Just hoping 32 really does "bring it back to basics" as Phil said.
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Re: When did The Amazing Race decline, if at all?
« Reply #26 on: June 13, 2020, 06:04:16 PM »
I can't believe the amount of differing thoughts here, but I guess that's the luxury of opinions. Lol.  Someone said further up that 18 - 24 was the decline, for me these seasons had probably the best casts up until that point, it was just the boot orders that ended up being rubbish.

Honestly, Season 27 is where I started losing interest. I hated that entire season, and though 28 picked up again for me, since 29 I haven't felt as connected to the show as I once did. I LOVED the show before 29, now I just watch it because I'm a fan.

I thought season 27 had the most "Normal" cast of the recent seasons. Everyone was fine, but I can understand why some didn't like it. Season 28 was not that good and I thought I was going to hate 29, but I'll admit that it is good

For some reason I had a total mind blank and got 28 and 29 mixed up. I really enjoyed 29, and wasn't a fan of 28.

So I guess for me TAR has only had one good season since 27, and that was 29. It's a huge shame, especially as the older Seasons I could rewatch over and over but I cant see myself ever wanting to rewatch 27, 28, 30 or 31. Just hoping 32 really does "bring it back to basics" as Phil said.

Season 31 is really strong imo. The most likeable cast of recent seasons(except for R&/A&JJ)


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Re: When did The Amazing Race decline, if at all?
« Reply #27 on: August 30, 2020, 05:50:13 PM »
14 will always be the definitive point for me.

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Re: When did The Amazing Race decline, if at all?
« Reply #28 on: September 11, 2020, 01:06:29 AM »
100%....they're some great seasons after this (S17 & 29) but most have been frankly terrible or mediocre at best. The show began to take itself too seriously in S14 and saw itself more as a game than a show.

14 will always be the definitive point for me.

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Re: When did The Amazing Race decline, if at all?
« Reply #29 on: December 27, 2020, 10:37:24 PM »
There have been a few rough spots, but I would not say it has declined and stayed that way...

TAR 13 is one of the worst seasons in my opinion. The cast is mostly weak and the locations were underwhelming besides New Zealand and some of the other early countries (maybe Bolivia?)

TAR 16 is an awful season with another bad cast, and the worst team in my opinion being Carol & Brandy. The tasks and locations were also weak in my opinion, and not even Jet & Cord could redeem this trainwreck.

TAR 19 was a huge let down when it aired and I still say it was the start of a few below average seasons (20, 23 and 24).
The task design was a shambles, both Thailand legs sucked as well as Belgium and I was not keen on the winners. It was a mess from start to finish.

TAR 24 was terrible - we all know it so why bother explaining.

TAR 27 was a huge borefest. I just couldn't get into this season and gave up after Zambia.

Lastly, TAR 28 also felt like it was not planned out well. The back half of the season was very uninteresting and then you have legs like the Columbia>Switzerland-France which made no sense. It was not a well thought out season but at least we saw Columbia, Armenia and Georgia for the first time.

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Re: When did The Amazing Race decline, if at all?
« Reply #30 on: December 28, 2020, 06:00:27 AM »
* TAR15 & TAR16 is the dark ages of TAR, very dry, bland, lack of spiciness, terrible booting orders and very uninspired for me, but luckily TAR17 salvage everything and revitalized the TAR into greatness...

* TAR24, TAR8 and TAR26, worst in terms of gimmick seasons, TAR24 from castings, booting orders, task design and destinations very terrible for me while TAR8 and TAR6 very promising concepts but epic FAIL in terms implementations or executions...

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Re: When did The Amazing Race decline, if at all?
« Reply #31 on: December 28, 2020, 06:13:57 AM »
I feel like the editing has declined since TAR 25 or so.

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Re: When did The Amazing Race decline, if at all?
« Reply #32 on: December 28, 2020, 12:14:32 PM »
I feel like the editing has declined since TAR 25 or so.

Me too. I think the Golden Years of TAR were between seasons 12-21.
There was drama pretty much every leg. Flight searching, epic song entrances when a team won a leg.

Those seasons got me emotional.
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Re: When did The Amazing Race decline, if at all?
« Reply #33 on: December 28, 2020, 01:17:55 PM »
TAR25 is season since when it all started go downhill...

It indroduced us:
- bad editing (not showing departures, not showing Phil announing placements, annoying zooming during confessionals...)
- hashtags
- random twist that will not work out (Save, F4 racing finale leg, later Head to Head, Team Switch, Extreme Roadblock, Mega leg)
- cringey Phil trying to be funny
- RTV couple in the cast being new norm (Keith & Whitney, later Cody & Jessica, TAR31 cast, Will & James, certain TAR33 team)
- public line open for public (it kill all fun for us who are enjoying following spoilers)
- low ratings and constant changes in schedule

Then TAR26 came and era of gimmick seasons with almost fully recruited casts could start.

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Re: When did The Amazing Race decline, if at all?
« Reply #34 on: December 29, 2020, 04:07:59 AM »
TAR25 is season since when it all started go downhill...

It indroduced us:
- bad editing (not showing departures, not showing Phil announing placements, annoying zooming during confessionals...)
- hashtags
- random twist that will not work out (Save, F4 racing finale leg, later Head to Head, Team Switch, Extreme Roadblock, Mega leg)
- cringey Phil trying to be funny
- RTV couple in the cast being new norm (Keith & Whitney, later Cody & Jessica, TAR31 cast, Will & James, certain TAR33 team)
- public line open for public (it kill all fun for us who are enjoying following spoilers)
- low ratings and constant changes in schedule

Then TAR26 came and era of gimmick seasons with almost fully recruited casts could start.

It started with S.25 with the reasons above.
It was just a shame, because I loved S.25's cast.


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Re: When did The Amazing Race decline, if at all?
« Reply #35 on: May 31, 2021, 12:16:49 AM »
Nah, the golden age years of TAR were S1-13 (except 6 & 8 ).

I feel like the editing has declined since TAR 25 or so.

Me too. I think the Golden Years of TAR were between seasons 12-21.
There was drama pretty much every leg. Flight searching, epic song entrances when a team won a leg.

Those seasons got me emotional.
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Re: When did The Amazing Race decline, if at all?
« Reply #36 on: May 31, 2021, 12:42:24 AM »
TAR 32 became the first season completely edited out of airport drama from the starting line.

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Re: When did The Amazing Race decline, if at all?
« Reply #37 on: May 31, 2021, 01:56:16 AM »
In terms of rating: season 24
In terms of quality: season 30

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Re: When did The Amazing Race decline, if at all?
« Reply #38 on: May 31, 2021, 09:43:14 AM »
One aspect also that we don't talk enough that changed the race a lot is new technology.
Watching old season, nobody had phones with internet where you could just google something or a place to find. Racers were so much more disconnected of the real world that they had to rely on a bit of luck and lots of skills. Now anyone can go to the airport and print some info, or stop in the street and ask if anyone as a smart phone.

I think Casting is also very important, and a bit lacking in some of the new seasons... I still think there was a shift in the 20's where the only casted 1 or 2 normal team, and the rest were mactors/wannabe celebrity/etc. That's not really what people want to see. we want real people, a team that could be my neighbours or somebody I know

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Re: When did The Amazing Race decline, if at all?
« Reply #39 on: June 02, 2021, 09:00:59 PM »
I feel like the editing has declined since TAR 25 or so.

Me too. I think the Golden Years of TAR were between seasons 12-21.
There was drama pretty much every leg. Flight searching, epic song entrances when a team won a leg.

Those seasons got me emotional.

I think The Amazing Race hit its peak during the early teen years and it lasted until the early 20s. With the exceptions of Seasons 20 and 13 (not as bad as I remember it being, but still not great), this was the best run of seasons the show has seen. The intro was fantastic and the tense music during tasks and traveling really made for a great watch. Seasons 1-11 were much more hit or miss

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Re: When did The Amazing Race decline, if at all?
« Reply #40 on: June 15, 2021, 05:51:41 PM »
Here is what I think personally.

The first seven seasons were the show's best years.

TAR 8 was an abomination.

Seasons 9-18 were mostly above average, if not disappointing in some areas (13 and 16 being real duds).

19 to 25 have been a combination of average or above average, so again another hit to the series (though leg design really started to go downhill from this point).

I personally enjoy TAR26 but it was really from this point on where things start to go downhill due to casting. 27 and 28 are both pretty underwhelming, again due to casting and leg structure.

29 and 30 are two gems amongst the poor quality - I really like both of these seasons.

31 could have been better and 32 was awful.

Bottom line, its not really about the show being terrible from a certain point on - but a significant drop in quality overall over time.
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Re: When did The Amazing Race decline, if at all?
« Reply #41 on: July 12, 2021, 01:49:14 PM »
The downhill of the show began in TAR14 when it became a RTV show instead of just staying as an "unscripted drama" that focused on the characters.