Over much of this summer, we have sung the praises of a show in “Whodunnit?” on ABC, a murder-mystery that reminds us of both “The Mole,” and some of those cheesy mystery events that you attend while on vacation. But at the same time, should you really take on a “Mole” substitute when you can watch the real thing?
The original American version of the show featuring Anderson Cooper is still in our mind one of the best reality competitions in history, as it combined traditional challenges with trust, strategy, and willpower to create what was basically a months-long brainteaser that created an intense level of stress for the players. Even though this show is now canceled despite multiple attempts to bring it back, it is still airing on Australian TV, and if you have an opportunity to check it out, you should for a number of reasons.
1. Production value – “The Mole Australia” is probably better produced at this point than any version of the show to air in America. The quality is gorgeous, and Australia has that variety of geography that gives you so many different landscapes to see and check out.
2. The cast – While we wish there were fewer young people, you have everything from villains to likable people, and they come from all around Australia and different walks of life. It’s the sort of cast you would want, especially given that the majority of them seem constantly game to backstab at almost any given opportunity.
3. The surprises – If you watch from the beginning (which means you need a few watching marathons to catch up), then you will be surprised especially by one of the earlier terminations. The show is very well-edited, and you don’t feel as though you know who is going home each week.
While it may be a bit harder to find “The Mole Australia” than your typical reality show, it reminds us in some ways of “The Amazing Race Australia.” It’s at times complicated, but it’s a thrill to see a country still believe in this franchise. We just wish that more viewers around the world felt the same way.