Those who enjoy game shows, reality titles and racing will find their perfect match with The Amazing Race. The show sees teams of two take part in a race around the world. As they travel, they need to work out various clues, navigate through areas in foreign countries and carry out various challenges while trying to get onto various means of public transportation with a limited budget. The first team who makes it to the end of the mission wins a grand prize, comprising $1 million. The original Amazing Race franchise has been airing on CBS since 2001, and there are now a number of international versions airing across the globe.


The race element of The Amazing Race is divided into various ‘legs’ across the world – usually twelve. Every episode of the series will focus on one of the legs, and there will be a Pit Stop after each one where teams can rest for 12 hours before resuming their journey. As the teams travel to each Pit Stop, the first one to arrive will typically be awarded a prize while the last one will get eliminated from the competition.

There are clues available in Route Markers boxes, and the teams will need to use airplanes, boats, taxis, trains, buses, rented vehicles or simply their own feet to travel between destinations. There may be locations, riddles or a country flag available in the clue box which will indicate the next location a team must travel to.

Cast and characters

The winners of each season of The Amazing Race are as follows:

  • Season 1 – Rob Frisbee and Brennan Swain
  • Season 2 – Chris Luca and Alex Boylan
  • Season 3 – Flo Pesenti and Zach Behr
  • Season 4 – Reichen Lehmkuhl and Chip Arndt
  • Season 5 – Chip and Kim McAllister
  • Season 6 – Freddy Holliday and Kendra Bentley
  • Season 7 – Uchenna and Joyce Agu
  • Season 8 – Nick, Alex, Megan and Tommy Linz
  • Season 9 – BJ Averell and Tyler MacNiven
  • Season 10 – Tyler Denk and James Branaman
  • Season 11 – Eric Sanchez and Danielle Turner
  • Season 12 – TK Erwin and Rachel Rosales
  • Season 13 – Nick and Starr Spangler
  • Season 14 – Tammy and Victor Jih
  • Season 15 – Meghan Rickey and Cheyne Whitney
  • Season 16 – Dan and Jordan Pious
  • Season 17 – Nat Strand and Kat Chang
  • Season 18 – Kisha and Jen Hoffman
  • Season 19 – Ernie Halvorsen and Cindy Chiang
  • Season 20 – Rachel and Dave Brown Jr
  • Season 21 – Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge
  • Season 22 – Bates and Anthony Battaglia
  • Season 23 – Jason Case and Amy Diaz
  • Season 24 – Dave and Connor O’Leary
  • Season 25 – Amy DeJong and Maya Warren
  • Season 26 – Laura Pierson and Tyler Adams
  • Season 27 – Kelsey Gerckens and Joey Joey Buttitta
  • Season 28 – Dana Borriello and Matt Steffanina
  • Season 29 – Brooke Camhi and Scott Flanary
  • Season 30 – Cody Nickson and Jessica Graf
  • Season 31 – Colin Guinn and Christie Woods


The concept for The Amazing Race was developed by Elise Doganieri and Bertram Van Munster. When Van Munster asked his wife to come up with an idea on the spot, Doagnieri took him seriously and drew on her experience backpacking across Europe and interacting with the locals to come up with an idea of teams racing across the world and encountering various challenges which would test both their resolve and relationship. When the two had developed the idea enough, they pitched it to CBS, and the show was greenlit by 2000.

Episodes and reception

At the time of writing, there are 31 seasons of The Amazing Race, with 361 episodes in total. The 32nd season is set to air in 2020, and the 33rd one has been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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  1. john

    Easily the best show not on TV right now.

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