Plain and simple, The Amazing Race is just great fun. As teams whoosh around the world, we live vicariously through their adventures and see—if only for a few minutes—exotic places we'd never imagine visiting ourselves. Even when the contestants' mishaps recall our worst travel nightmares, we enjoy the relief of knowing that this time we're not the ones getting lost and bickering in a strange city. In the end, though, it's the heartwarming bonds between the teams (most of 'em, anyway) that make TAR so special. That and host Phil Keoghan's singular arched eyebrow.