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The Amazing Race

The Amazing Race

CBS 2001

This reality competition sees teams embark on a trek around the world to amazing destinations where they must compete in a series of challenges, some mental and some physical. Only when the tasks are completed will they learn of their next location. Teams who are the farthest behind will gradually be eliminated as the contest progresses, with the first team to arrive at the final destination winning the race and the $1 million prize.

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The 10 Best Episodes of The Amazing Race

The Amazing Race - S11E8

#1 - If I Were In Town, I Would Ask For Your Number (2) (Season 11 - Episode 8)

The episode was rated 8.43 from 14 votes.

The Amazing Race - S12E11

#2 - The Final Push (Season 12 - Episode 11)

Ronald Hsu & Christina Hsu, TK Erwin & Rachel Rosales and Nicolas Fulks & Donald Jerousek are the three teams racing for the top prize of one million dollars. TK and Rachel have issues with a Detour, while Donald comes down Nicolas after he makes a mistake. Meanwhile, Ronald watches as Christina hangs on for her life in a challenging task.

The episode was rated 8.37 from 27 votes.

The Amazing Race - S5E12

#3 - You've Just Made Me a Millionaire (Season 5 - Episode 12)

The teams set off from the Coconut Palace in Manila, Philippines, knowing that one team will be eliminated. Intense battles and struggles ensue as the teams make their way to El Nido on two charter flights, then struggle with a challenge that involves finding an island with the flag of the Philippines. The mistake of one team costs them dearly, but in the end, a Roadblock that involves rapelling up a high cliff proves the undoing of another. The remaining teams head into the final leg, which finds them all on a flight to Calgary, Alberta, Canada. There, they all struggle to hike up a long hill and then receive a clue telling them to head to Olympic Park. There, they face a detour: Slide or Ride, in which they must either complete a luge course in 34 seconds, or complete a challenging biking course in three minutes. One team attempts and fails the bike course, but all teams eventually end up completing the luge. The teams then make their way to the final destination of Dallas, Texas, wh

The episode was rated 8.35 from 43 votes.

The Amazing Race - S23E12

#4 - Amazing "Crazy" Race (2) (Season 23 - Episode 12)

The final teams take part in a human bowling competition in Tokyo; one team wins $1 million.

The episode was rated 8.35 from 43 votes.

The Amazing Race - S22E11

#5 - Beacon of Hope (Season 22 - Episode 11)

After the final four teams go bog snorkeling in Belfast, Ireland, one team's race comes to an end; the three remaining teams scour historic landmarks in Washington, D.C.; the winning team is determined. Part one of two.

The episode was rated 8.32 from 73 votes.

The Amazing Race - S21E12

#6 - Take Down That Million (2) (Season 21 - Episode 12)

The final four teams race through France and then fly to New York City, where they face a Houdini-inspired challenge before running to the finish line to claim the $1 million top prize.

The episode was rated 8.28 from 18 votes.

The Amazing Race - S15E5

#7 - Do It for the Hood! Do It for the Suburbs! (Season 15 - Episode 5)

The seven remaining teams depart the Souk Madinat Jumeirah pitstop, staying in Dubai. The Roadblock involving retrieving a watch to use to unlock a briefcase and Detours of weighing a half-millon dollars in gold or assembling a dozen hookahs are made even worse by stifling 130° heat. But Mika faces the ultimate test of courage when a six-story waterslide clashes with her dual fears of water and heights.

The episode was rated 8.27 from 30 votes.

The Amazing Race - S20E4

#8 - Taste Your Salami (Season 20 - Episode 4)

The eight remaining teams depart the Pit Stop at Escalinata de Antequera in Asuncion, Paraguay and continue on the fourth leg of the race.

The episode was rated 8.18 from 61 votes.

The Amazing Race - S23E11

#9 - Amazing "Crazy" Race (1) (Season 23 - Episode 11)

The final teams take part in a human bowling competition in Tokyo; one team wins $1 million.

The episode was rated 8.17 from 95 votes.

The Amazing Race - S23E4

#10 - Beards in the Wind (Season 23 - Episode 4)

Racers take a plunge into the Arctic in Svolvaer, Norway; Marie and Tim have a tough decision to make.

The episode was rated 8.15 from 118 votes.

The Amazing Race - S9E10
#11 - Man, They Should Have Used Their Fake Names
Season 9 - Episode 10

The teams receive a clue instructing them to travel fifteen miles from their Pit Stop at the South Breakwater to the Silver Bells Tower. Tensions ensue when Eric and Jeremy cancel other teams taxis and then shift the blame to Joseph and Monica. However, it doesn't affect placings as all teams make the same flight to Darwin, Australia --- 1,700 miles away. The teams wade through crocodile-infested waters for a clue and then travel 50 miles to an airfield in the town of Batchelor. One team just manages to reach a Yield before another and then Yields the team they beat. In a Roadblock, one member of each team must take part in a tandem skydive. The teams then travel to the Magnetic Termite Mounds where they face a Detour choice of either Wet or Dry. Some teams fall behind after choosing the extremely challenging Wet task, requiring them to hike and swim one mile through treacherous wilderness. The other two teams choose Dry and duplicate a note on a didgeridoo. While one team arrives comfortably in first place, the rest find themselves facing a three-way foot-race.

The episode was rated from 31 votes.
The Amazing Race - S24E12
#12 - Do You Believe in Magic?
Season 24 - Episode 12

The teams race through Las Vegas, where they face a final challenge designed by magician David Copperfield.

The episode was rated from 123 votes.
The Amazing Race - S24E7
#13 - The Gladiators Are Here!
Season 24 - Episode 7

The racers square off with Roman gladiators in a medieval detour; three teams make a deal in hope of avoiding elimination.

The episode was rated from 126 votes.
The Amazing Race - S17E12
#14 - Hi. I'm Sorry. I'm in a Race.
Season 17 - Episode 12

The final three teams soar to new heights over Southern California, competing in the final leg for a shot at the million-dollar prize and, for two teams, the chance to become the first ever all-female team to win the series.

The episode was rated from 41 votes.
The Amazing Race - S24E8
#15 - Donkeylicious
Season 24 - Episode 8

Six teams encounter a double U-turn; one team considers a major decision.

The episode was rated from 113 votes.
The Amazing Race - S25E12
#16 - All or Nothing
Season 25 - Episode 12

The final teams race to the finish line in Los Angeles.

The episode was rated from 110 votes.
The Amazing Race - S7E8
#17 - Mow'em Down Like Grass
Season 7 - Episode 8

The teams travel from their Pit Stop at the Khwai River Lodge to Lucknow, India. The teams then take a series of flights, some prescheduled and some that they have to schedule themselves to make their way to Lucknow, India. Some teams stick with the pack and secure a later flight, while two less-liked teams manage to make their way onto a slightly earlier flight. Once in Lucknow, the teams all choose not to Yield each other and then do a Roadblock that involves searching heavy steel boxes for one of ten clues. Some teams get lucky and find them quickly, while one has a real time of it, but makes it out okay in the end. The teams face a Detour with a choice of Solid or Liquid. All teams pass on Solid, which involves smashing coal and instead choose Liquid, which requires them to make tea deliveries to five people at a local business. As one team lags behind, they receive a standing ovation when they reach the Detour clue. A surprise waits for the teams as they make their way to a locati

The episode was rated from 23 votes.
The Amazing Race - S23E9
#18 - Part Like the Red Sea
Season 23 - Episode 9

The final five teams make mistakes while under pressure in Bandung, Indonesia; a relationship suffers.

The episode was rated from 106 votes.
The Amazing Race - S14E4
#19 - It Was Like a Caravan of Idiots
Season 14 - Episode 4

The eight remaining teams set off from the Vila Panoramic and receive a clue instructing them to fly through Moscow to Krasnoyarsk, Siberia and then travel to the hydroelectric dam depicted on the back of Russia's ten ruble note.

The episode was rated from 24 votes.
The Amazing Race - S14E11
#20 - He Made Me Look Like Alice Cooper
Season 14 - Episode 11

The episode was rated from 26 votes.

Last updated: dec 06, 2022



Maybe its time to have more & longer episodes per week, Maybe its time to have ONE leg of the race last longer than a VERY heavily edited 1h episode per week. & I dont mean they get to the pit stop & Phil hands them a clue & tells them they are still racing. I mean actual longer legs. Legs that last 2-4 episodes. I want to not complain about this version but with all the gimmicks (some just stupid beyond belief: Phil trying to be Matchmaker..s26) the short episodes, the short legs, and everything else in between. It makes it hard Not to complain. I think thats one of the main reasons why I prefer to watch HaMerotz LaMillion over this. & have since 2012. Also back in 2013 I had more fun watching Velyki perehony than I did while watching TAR22. The Ukrainian's version was basic. No gimmicks, no twists, no nothing, other than one continuing leg. So maybe Producers & CBS should think about things, instead of what just seems like bashing out series after series just to get another series on air.


Even though the race has been gradually dumbed down through the years and I am not a fan of the twists that have been added in more recent seasons, this is the only competitive reality show that I've stuck with since the beginning (I choose to believe that the family version doesn't exist).


They need to copy Israels version a little bit. At least with having more than 1 43min episode a week.


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