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Total Drama Presents: The Ridonculous Race (also known as Total Drama: Ridonculous Race, or simply The Ridonculous Race) is a Candian animated series and a spin-off of Total Drama, as well as the second series created as part of the overall franchise. The series is created by Fresh TV and and airs on Cartoon Network in North America. It premiered first in the United States on September 7, 2015 and began airing in Canada on January 4, 2016. It features a return to form with 26 episodes in its debut season rather than the 13 that had been used for later Total Drama seasons.
Like Total Drama the series is an animated parody of reality television, in this case The Amazing Race. It primarily features new contestants competing in teams of two, while some of the past characters from the main series (aside from a fair few that would be competing with said new cast) also make appearances. These teams must race to different locations around the world and strive to arrive first at the "chill zone" in each locale, before stepping foot on the "carpet of completion" at the end of each leg of the race to win prizes and to avoid coming in last, which carries the possibility of elimination or a significant disadvantage in the following leg. The teams are gradually whittled down this way until the final where the last pair goes head-to-head in the final leg of the race with whoever crosses the finish line first winning C$1,000,000.
Ridonculous Race has been well received by critics and audiences with many fans seeing it as a return to grace after several lackluster seasons of its parent series (that said, a vocal minority would say otherwise. Time will tell whether Fresh TV will continue the show or leave it at one season.