The Amazing Race

10 Worst Episodes of The Amazing Race

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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#1 - This is Where It Ends (2) (Season 18 - Episode 12)

The final four teams race through Rio de Janeiro before heading to the finish line in Miami as the season concludes.

The episode was rated 6.21 from 19 votes.

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#2 - Phil Is a Choo-Choo Charlie (Season 6 - Episode 7)


A holiday clips show reviews the season so far and gives viewers a look at never before seen footage, including material that builds on previous scenes and completely new material, such as: - A team loses a clue within the first few minutes of the race - A team puts on make-up in preparation for meeeting Phil at the Pit Stop, as they consider him a class-act - A starving team member uses her looks to gain free food - Struggling with the ""notoriously unreliable local cars,"" many teams have trouble filling up the gas tanks

The episode was rated 6.27 from 26 votes.

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#3 - Run on Your Tippy Toes (Season 32 - Episode 11)

In the first-ever city sprint, the final 4 teams have no road blocks or detours, but complete team challenges as they race through Manila, the capital of the Philippines, on the penultimate leg.

The episode was rated 7.08 from 129 votes.

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#4 - Now It's About Winning (Season 32 - Episode 12)


With the $1 million prize on the line, the final three teams travel to New Orleans where, after visiting 11 countries, 17 cities and travelling more than 33,000 miles, one team will be crowned the winners of THE AMAZING RACE.

The episode was rated 7.08 from 128 votes.

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#5 - We're Good American People (Season 18 - Episode 9)

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The episode was rated 7.11 from 35 votes.

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#6 - I'm Not His Wife -- He Doesn't Need to Scream at Me (Season 6 - Episode 2)


The teams travel from their Pit Stop at the Blue Lagoon in Iceland over 1,000 miles to Oslo, Norway. Once there, they travel to a ski jump where they find themselves facing a Roadblock. In this Roadblock one team member must perform an ""Olympian"" feat --- sliding down a long zip-line. They then visit a Viking Village where they stay the night. In the morning, the teams split up into two groups of their choice and then compete to paddle boats across the lake. One team makes a critical mistake. At the Detour, the teams must choose between Endurance or Accuracy. Endurance in involves rollerblading one and three quarter miles, while Accuracy involves participating in three grueling challenges. Many teams initially choose Endurance and then opt to do Accuracy instead. Later, the critical mistake comes back to bite the team that made it --- but the thirty minute time penalty might not be enough to cause their elimination.

The episode was rated 7.13 from 38 votes.

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#7 - Tell My Mom I Love Her (Season 6 - Episode 9)

The teams continue from their Pit Stop in Budapest, Hungary, where they receive a clue telling them to find the area's largest wine cast. Once they find that, they travel to Ajaccio, Corsica and find the room where Napoleon was born. Some teams experience flight difficulties, but things are evened again when all arrive and their destination hasn't yet opened. After it opens, two teams opt to try for a Fast Forward, which one eventually claiming it and scoring a special helicopter ride. The remaining teams take marked cars and find a Detour: Climb Up or Fly Behind. Most teams choose Climb Up, which involves complicated climbing and repelling, but one chooses Fly Behind, which involves searching a large water mass for a buoy with a clue. Although this option seems hopelessly awful at first, it turns out to offer an advantage when the team choosing it finds themselves ahead of many who chose Climb Up. Later, a Roadblock involving grape-stomping to make wine causes the same team to stumble

The episode was rated 7.15 from 34 votes.

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#8 - We're Going Down the Wrong Side of the Freeway... and the Lights Are Off! (Season 4 - Episode 7)


The teams continue to southern India. After a long train ride, they face a Roadblock that involves being dragged through mud by bulls and a Detour choice between chickens and elephants.

The episode was rated 7.21 from 43 votes.

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#9 - I Cannot Deal With Your Psycho Behavior (Season 18 - Episode 8)

Confronted by a psychological Detour, teams try to avoid making a Freudian slip in the slick streets of Austria, and a hefty meal proves to be too big for some teams' stomachs

The episode was rated 7.21 from 33 votes.

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#10 - I'm Gonna Throw Up on Phil's Shoes (Season 2 - Episode 7)


The teams drive from their Pit Stop in Northern Thailand to Chiang Mai. After receiving a clue, they find themselves facing another long drive, this time to Hong Kong. There they must find the Central Plaza and then the Star Ferry. There, they reach the Detour, which is a choice between Wishing Tree or Herbal Tea. Most teams choose the Herbal Tea option, but one decides to go a separate way by doing the Wishing Tree. Yet another skips it all together, by taking the Fast Forward. The remaining teams then do a Roadblock that involves operating a crane. One team falls hopelessly behind and is eliminated from the race.

The episode was rated 7.24 from 55 votes.

Last updated: feb 06, 2023

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