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Posted by3 months ago

What're your thoughts on The Amazing Race Australia and Canada?

Hi! So I've just started watching TAR AU (following this up with Canada) and I just wanted to ask what everyone thinks of these series, and how it compares to the US version? And if you guys have any other series of TAR you think is worth checking out

No spoilers please, I'm currently on episode 3 of the first season of TAR AU.

Thanks!

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First two seasons of TAR AU are great. Israel was a great find and it's a shame the US has not been there. I found the more recent season of TAR AU a bit more boring and hated that they kept adding more teams mid race. Did not finish that season.

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Op · 3 mo. ago

Wait what? Is that was Season 5 had 24 legs?

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Ok, TARAUS basically ends after three seasons and is replaced by TRAUS from now on. Between 3 and 4 the show gets cancelled, and then gets rebooted 5 years later on an entirely new network with a completely different production crew. Totally different franchises if you ask me.

The original TARAUS which you are currently on is probably my favourite edition of the show overall (as of yet...), with TARAUS2 being the king undisputed of RTV and arguably television as a whole. After TARAUS3 the reboot becomes literally the worst thing I have ever seen.

TARCAN is fairly good, doesn't change networks but also starts to rot a bit the further you go in the timeline...I'll save the explanations for some other time maybe when you start it. For other recs, might as well finish the English-language international major quartet with TAR Asia and TAR China Rush.

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How does one watch all these versions if one lives in the USA?

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Do you watch big brother? Because I was thinking a smaller equivalent to what happened with TARAUS is like what happened with big brother when Grodner took over. Although the show didn’t drop off as much TARAUS, the show clearly lost its luster when Grodner took over during Season 8.

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I have not watched the Australian version, but I like the Canadian version well enough. The teams are always very interesting, but the biggest flaw is that most of the traveling is done within Canada. Some seasons travel internationally, but it’s like 2-3 legs if that and then right back to Canada. I’ve heard the show receives money from small Canadian towns who want to be featured on the show.

Still, I’ve found TARCAN to be pretty enjoyable all the same. Been a while since I’ve seen it but I remember enjoying seasons 2, 4, 6, and 7 the best.

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Can't really talk about AU too much, since I've only seen Season 4 and parts of Seasons 3 and 5, but I'll say that it's pretty good. CAN I have seen its entirety. Warning though, season 8 is going to start airing July 5. It's solid. It's mostly shot in Canada and a bit more advertiser heavy.

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TAR Canada is worth your time, most of the time they film in Canada but those locations are really stunning and beautiful, not to mention historical. TAR US may have a bigger budget but in terms of casting more interesting teams and having a mix and match of roadblocks and detours, I'd give TAR Canada an edge.

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Never tried TARAUS, but I love TARCAN! Often times, I actually prefer it over American. The challenges feel more difficult and more skill and/or knowledge based than just “Do it fastest” like some American challenges. The teams are always generally more entertaining and not as formulaic as the American version, and plus, I love Jon Montgomery just a bit more than Phil.

They do stick to Canada mostly, but the places they go are stunningly beautiful, and it's interesting to see some teams play on their home turf, especially when it comes to self-drive navigation.

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I haven’t watched aus as much as Canada but i love both

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· 3 mo. ago · edited 3 mo. ago

[This is just my opinion...]

The Canadian Edition is quite boring because the majority of the time, they race around Canada. But it can still be interesting because the American Edition went there for like half a leg. Lots of self driving and unique museum-type locations that the American version never typically visits. I loved Season 7 because Dave & Irina were incredibly entertaining villains that we have not really seen in awhile.

The revival Australian Edition is horrible. I have only seen seasons 4 & 5 and for starters, I cannot stand the host, Beau. I am not sure if this is an Australian thing but I despise it when he hugs them at the Pit Stop. Like, sir I am exhausted, sweaty, and probably want to verbally abuse my teammate and you are standing here more excited than I am. Moving away from Beau, Season 5 was just a disappointing season. 14 teams + 2 "surprise" teams + 1 re-enter team was just too much. Along with 24 legs and 2 teams missing the first half of the race was quite annoying. In Season 4, they placed a rather unfair twist on the penultimate leg which ended the race for the best team. Season 5 also had somewhat of an alliance which made the back half of the season boring.

Overall, I personally am not fond of the Australian Edition. The Canadian Edition has had some good and entertaining racers and I can watch the host without cringing so that is a plus.

[I am picky and critical; I am aware, lol]

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TAR Canada teams are far more interesting than their American counterparts. Just because they film in Canada doesn't mean the show is boring. And also Jon is more gutsy than Phil in terms of trying the roadblocks and detours themselves. TAR US gets more boring year by year because the teams aren't that engaging to watch, the drama ain't worth watching and the roadblocks and detours aren't that diverse as well.

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'I cannot stand the host, Beau'.

I'm Australian too and I'm with you on Beau. Have tried watching series with him but give up after 1-2 episodes.

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AU 1 & 2 as well as CAN 1 (underrated), 2, 4, and kind of 7, are all great, if not better than some/most American seasons! Enjoy!

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and kind of 7

For sure, this season has some of the craziest TAR legs and moments. The Clammageddon episode is easily one of the wildest episodes I've seen from TARCAN, TARAUS and TARUS.

Also featuring one of the strongest villain teams with a really unorthodox strategy revolving around time penalties.

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Need to get rid of Beau Ryan from TARAUS

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