Archival photo of the original Real World cast—Becky Blasband, Andre Comeau, Heather B. Gardner, Julie Gentry, Norman Korpi, Eric Nies, and Kevin Powell of the Paramount+ series The Real World Homecoming: New York.

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By Nate Millado

This is the true story of 10 reality series picked to live on a streaming service ...

The recently relaunched Paramount+ (formerly CBS All Access) is home to more than 5,000 episodes of the biggest reality hits, including The Real World. ViacomCBS invented the genre when the the iconic social experiment premiered on MTV in 1992, and has continued to reinvent the "real" with game-changers like Survivor, The Amazing Race, The Challenge, and RuPaul's Drag Race.

Ready to dive into a reality rabbit hole? Start with these classic episodes on Paramount+!

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By Nate Millado

Just how amazing is The Amazing Race logging a million miles in its 32nd season, which premiered Wednesday, Oct. 14? "It's like going to the moon and back twice," host Phil Keoghan told TV Line in a recent interview. (That's quite a lot of frequent flier miles, Phil!)

And while we won't be getting our passports stamped anytime soon, it's thrilling to travel the world again—albeit vicariously. TAR 32 is essentially a back-to-basics season; there are no returning teams and no built-in gimmicks from the get-go. Just the good old-fashioned globe-trotting we've come to know and love for 32 seasons. Here's what you may have missed—and a look at the remaining 10 duos still in the running for the million-dollar prize.

Watch The Amazing Race Wednesdays at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.

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"A Detour is a choice between two tasks, each with its own pros and cons," says The Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan. A look back at some of the best—and brilliantly titled—challenges that tripped up teams over 31 seasons.

Watch all-new episodes of The Amazing Race on Wednesdays at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.

A contestant on The Amazing Race traverses a zipline high above the city of Punta del Este, Uruguay.

Christie competes in "The Zips or Chips" challenge for The Amazing Race.

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From a penthouse of the Conrad Hotel, traverse a zip line hand over hand 210 feet above the ground, then take a second zip line 18 stories down to the hotel pool to receive the next clue. Or play roulette in the hotel casino with 20 chips and receive your clue if you win a game.


Ride a dog sled 11 miles or snowmobile 30 miles to your next clue.

Contestants don traditional military uniforms and learn a traditional Russian military march.

The Amazing Race contestants Ken and Tina don traditional military uniforms and learn a traditional Russian military march.

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Dress in a Russian military uniform and learn a Russian parade march, then fall in line and perform a full lap with a drill team. Or put on a chef's hat and apron before serving each of the 75 soldiers a bowl of borscht.


Count an insane amount of Swiss currency inside of a jar right next to the safe. Or search the streets of Zürich to find the combination to the safe that contained the next clue.

The Amazing Race teams drinking a shot of vodka from a glass balanced on a ceremonial sabre

The Amazing Race teams participate in a traditional Cossack ritual, drinking a shot of vodka from a glass balanced on a ceremonial sabre at the Anichkov Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia.

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Dress up in goalie gear and block five slap shots by pro hockey players. Or balance a shot glass of vodka on the blade of a saber and tilt the sword to your mouth to drink the vodka without dropping the glass.


Hand-wash a bunch of laundry to reveal the next clue printed on a piece of clothing, or search through hundreds of saris to find one with the clue printed on it.

Contestants struggle with a plow and Carabao in a deeply muddy field while farmers look on in the Philippines.

Teams must lead the Carabao through a muddy field in Victoria, Philippines, to find their next clue in The Amazing Race.

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Use an ox-drawn plow to till the soil until your plow gets caught on a buried rope attached to a hidden clue. Or herd 1,000 ducks from one pen to another 50 yards away.


Search the tables at the crowded bar for five coasters bearing your team's name and picture, then exchange two full steins of beer to the patron in exchange for each coaster. Or use a hand-operated sausage-maker to create one rope of five 7-inch bratwursts.

Contestants on The Amazing Race attempt to perform a native dance on stilts.

Nate and Jen must impress the local judges in Burkina Faso with their dance moves.

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Use traditional methods to pan for one ounce of gold. Or learn a traditional local dance, and perform it with Winiama masked dancers for a crowd. If three local celebrity judges deem your dance to lack creativity—or just plain suck—you would incur a 10-minute penalty.


Teach schoolchildren who did not speak English to memorize 10 words of English. Or learn from locals 10 words in the Mossi language.

A contestant on The Amazing race pours 7 cocktails of different colors into 7 different cocktail glasses stacked into a pyramid.

In the "Smarter, Not Harder" challenge, father/son team Connor (left) and David (right) must mix seven cocktails and pour them simultaneously into a pyramid of glasses.

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Learn to scratch on a DJ table and then perform in front of a DJ and crowd. Or stack seven cocktail glasses into a two-tier pyramid and pour different colored cocktails into each glass simultaneously so none of them mixed.


Use a catapult to hurl a watermelon 150 feet onto a wooden target to retrieve the clue hidden within. Or push a cannon uphill to the castle courtyard, then carry 55 4-pound cannonballs and stack them into a pyramid next to the cannon.

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The Amazing Race contestants Rachel and Brendon must decorate an elephant for a local festival then clean up after her in order to receive the next clue.

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Decorate an Asian elephant with ornate accoutrements, then transport 15 wheelbarrow loads of elephant manure to a nearby truck. Or collect 10 empty boxes, fill them with sifted ginger, stencil a label on each box, and deliver the boxes to a shipping depot to receive your next clue from the manager.


Transport a young Japanese woman, via traditional Japanese palanquin, to a tea ceremony pavilion. Or assemble bikes and ride them through the streets of Tokyo to deliver packages.

Originally published in Watch Magazine, July-August 2020.

Watch all-new episodes of The Amazing Race on Wednesdays at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.

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By Nate Millado

You've likely been watching a ton of television under quarantine. But if you've just finished binging your favorite shows, we've got some related recommendations (thanks, CBS All Access!). So whether you're into action, romance, reality, or adventure, the streaming service is sure to have your next great obsession.

If You Liked Beauty And The Beast…

Eka Darville as Beau Natalie Alyn Lind as Ashley

Eka Darville and Natalie Alyn Lind in Tell Me A Story.

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You'll love Tell Me A Story.

Once upon a time, there lived a beauty and a beast in an enchanted land. Only in CBS' 1987 fantasy-romance, the "beauty" was assistant district attorney Catherine (Linda Hamilton), the noble "man-beast" was feline-faced Vincent (Ron Perlman, rocking an '80s hair-metal mane), and the "enchanted land" was Manhattan.

Just like Beauty and the Beast, Tell Me A Story reimagines beloved fairy tales as dark and twisted psychological thrillers. The 10-episode second season of this serialized drama spins the stories of Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella into a tale like no other. Set in modern-day New York City, the first season reimagines The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel.

So if you've blown through all three seasons of Beauty and the Beast, check out this modern-day retelling.

Stream all episodes of Tell Me A Story on CBS All Access. Season 1 also airs now on The CW.

If You Liked The Amazing Race…

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Michael James Shaw, Sofia Pernas, and Matt Barr in Blood & Treasure.

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You'll love Blood & Treasure.

If you're a fan of the Phil Keoghan–hosted reality competition, then you know the gist: Teams of two race around the world for a shot at a million dollars.

While you wait for Season 32 of The Amazing Race to kick off this fall, why not give another globe-trotting adventure a gander? Like TAR, Blood & Treasure boasts exotic locales and nail-biting suspense, centered on the dynamic duo of a brilliant antiquities expert (Matt Barr) and a cunning art thief (Sofia Pernas).

Blood & Treasure streams on CBS All Access.

If You Liked The Good Wife…

Audra McDonald as Liz Reddick and Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart in The Good Fight

Audra McDonald and Christine Baranski in The Good Fight.

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You'll love The Good Fight.

In a way, The Good Wife was about starting over: Alicia Florrick (Emmy winner Julianna Marguiles) returned to law after a very public sex-and-corruption scandal involving her politician husband.

And so is its spinoff, The Good Fight. After an enormous financial scam wipes out her savings, Diane Lockhart (the inimitable Christine Baranski) is forced to move to a new firm, where she joins forces with former employee Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo). The two legal dramas share the same DNA: Both were created by husband-and-wife team Robert and Michelle King, and feature pitch-perfect writing, directing, acting—and fashion!

The Good Fight streams exclusively on CBS All Access.

If You Liked Elementary…

Lucy Liu as Simone

Lucy Liu as Simone in Why Women Kill.

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You'll love Why Women Kill.

Technically, these two shows couldn't be any more different: Elementary reinvented the classic Sir Arthur Conan Doyle detective stories as a New York City–set procedural drama, while Why Women Kill is a time-hopping (and bed-hopping) soap. But both tap into the wide-ranging talent of Lucy Liu—as the gender-swapped no-nonsense Watson in the former, and as '80s socialite Simone in the latter.

Why Women Kill streams exclusively on CBS All Access.

If You Liked Survivor: Winners At War…

The 16 returning houseguests of Big Brother All Stars

The 16 returning houseguests of Big Brother: All-Stars.

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You'll love Big Brother: All-Stars.

Like Survivor, Big Brother is also celebrating its 20th anniversary—and what better way to mark the milestone than with another all-stars edition!

Survivor: Winners At War united the most memorable, heroic, and celebrated champs from the past two decades. The gameplay on an all-star season is just next-level. So if you're into epic comps, shocking blindsides, and a masterclass in strategy, you won't want to miss the champs, the runners-up, and the best to never win the game battling for glory in the BB house.

This week, watch all-new episodes of Big Brother: All-Stars on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access. Plus, drop in on the Houseguests 24/7 with the BB Live Feeds—exclusively available on CBS All Access.


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