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The Amazing Race

The Amazing Race

CBS 2001

This reality television game show pits 11 teams against each other in a worldwide, 30 to 40-day journey through diverse cities and countries spanning the globe. The first team to reach the final destination will be rewarded with $1 million.

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The 10 Best Episodes of The Amazing Race

The Amazing Race - S5E12

#1 - You've Just Made Me a Millionaire

8.42

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 #1 Best episode of The Amazing Race from 43 votes.

The Amazing Race - S12E11

#2 - The Final Push

8.37

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 #2 Best episode of The Amazing Race from 27 votes.

The Amazing Race - S21E12

#3 - Take Down That Million (2)

8.37

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 #3 Best episode of The Amazing Race from 19 votes.

The Amazing Race - S23E12

#4 - Amazing “Crazy” Race (2)

8.36

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 #4 Best episode of The Amazing Race from 42 votes.

The Amazing Race - S22E11

#5 - Beacon of Hope (1)

8.33

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 #5 Best episode of The Amazing Race from 72 votes.

The Amazing Race - S11E8

#6 - If I Were In Town, I Would Ask For Your Number (2)

8.31

Season 11 - Episode 8

The teams continue in the second part of a double-length episode. Departing from the Pit Stop nearby the Jan III Sobieski Lozenki statue in Warsaw, Poland, the teams learn that they must travel by charter bus to Auschwitz, Birkenau. The charter buses carry three teams and leave four hours apart. Upon arriving at the Auschwitz concentration camp, teams are required to light a candle and have a moment of silence for the victims of the Holocaust. It's a very emotional moment that teams find themselves reflecting on and in some cases relating to personal experiences, or past history of their own families. Teams then proceed forty miles to a theatre in Krakow where they find themselves facing an Intersection, requiring them to pair up with another team. Two teams work this great advantage by partnering for a Fast Forward, but one loses a sizable lead by being forced to wait for the trailing charter bus. All teams ultimately find themselves heading to the Pieskowa Skała castle. Those that did not claim the Fast Forward must first complete the Roadblock before checking in, but one is too late and is eliminated from the race.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of The Amazing Race from 13 votes.

The Amazing Race - S15E5

#7 - Do It for the Hood! Do It for the Suburbs!

8.30

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 #7 Best episode of The Amazing Race from 30 votes.

The Amazing Race - S20E4

#8 - Taste Your Salami

8.21

Season 20 - Episode 4

The eight remaining teams depart the Pit Stop at Escalinata de Antequera in Asuncion, Paraguay. An unexpected beheading occurs as teams polish off a dirty task, and a random act of kindness leaves one team in tears.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of The Amazing Race from 58 votes.

The Amazing Race - S23E11

#9 - Amazing “Crazy” Race (1)

8.18

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 #9 Best episode of The Amazing Race from 92 votes.

The Amazing Race - S23E4

#10 - Beards In the Wind

8.17

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 #10 Best episode of The Amazing Race from 116 votes.

#11 - Do You Believe in Magic?
8.15
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 #1 Best episode of The Amazing Race from 120 votes.

The Amazing Race - S9E10
#12 - Man, They Should Have Used Their Fake Names
8.13
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 #2 Best episode of The Amazing Race from 31 votes.

The Amazing Race - S17E11
#13 - I'm Surrounded By Ninjas
8.13
Season 17 - Episode 11

The final four teams travel to South Korea where they battle it out on water and ice to make the final three in the penultimate leg of the race.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of The Amazing Race from 39 votes.

The Amazing Race - S17E12
#14 - Hi. I'm Sorry. I'm In a Race.
8.13
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 #4 Best episode of The Amazing Race from 39 votes.

The Amazing Race - S14E4
#15 - It Was Like a Caravan of Idiots
8.13
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 #5 Best episode of The Amazing Race from 24 votes.

The Amazing Race - S17E9
#16 - There's a Lot of Nuts and Bullets
8.11
Season 17 - Episode 9

The five remaining teams depart the Pit Stop at Al Alam Palace in Oman on the ninth leg of a race around the world for one million dollars.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of The Amazing Race from 35 votes.

#17 - The Gladiators Are Here!
8.11
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 #7 Best episode of The Amazing Race from 125 votes.

The Amazing Race - S16E10
#18 - I Feel Like I'm in, Like, Sicily
8.11
Season 16 - Episode 10

After noodling their way through their first Roadblock, Teams are forced to complete a second Roadblock, and the fate of two Teams lies in the hands of confused cabbies

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of The Amazing Race from 37 votes.

#19 - Donkeylicious
8.11
Season 24 - Episode 8

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

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of The Amazing Race from 111 votes.

#20 - All or Nothing
8.10
Season 25 - Episode 12

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

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of The Amazing Race from 109 votes.

Last updated: apr 22, 2021

Comments

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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.

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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).

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

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The amazing race is awesome

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Best Season ever

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Too expensive to make in UK with current product placement rules

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Need a UK version

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