I just found out last week that CBS is airing another edition of The Amazing Race starting this Thursday night. I never watched the first edition of the show because I thought it was just another lame reality TV show. NBC had a really horrible one called Lost that came out around the same time so I thought they were carbon copies of each other.
I was really wrong.
I think the format of the show is really interesting, although as the season progresses each episode sort of ends up as a copy of earlier ones since each has the same format. Toward the end it gets really competitive and usually the team members really get on each other's nerves. That typically makes for some good watchin'.
If you haven't seen the show I recommend trying it out. The format is 12 2-man teams are given directions to fly, drive, run, bike, etc. to different locations around the world. They usually have 2 or 3 different tasks to do in each episode like selling snails in a market or bungee jumping off of some cliff. The last team to get to the final checkpoint in an episode gets eliminated. The winning team at the very end gets $1M.
They always end up going to some really cool locations and seeing interesting stuff that I think wouldn't ever end up on any show except for the National Geographic channel.