The Amazing Race

The BEST episodes of The Amazing Race

Every episode of The Amazing Race ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of The Amazing Race!

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.

Last Updated: 7/22/2022Network: CBS
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The Final Push
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8.70
56 votes

#1 - The Final Push

Season 12 - Episode 11 - Aired 1/20/2008

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.

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If I Were In Town, I Would Ask For Your Number (2)
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8.43
14 votes

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

Season 11 - Episode 8 - Aired 4/1/2007

Unhelpful locals and a tricky language barrier cause one Team to falter as their rivals surge ahead in a double Race leg through Poland. An All-Star fan favorite Team cannot overcome a time penalty and fall victim to the clock and are eliminated.

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It's a Great Place to Become Millionaires (2)
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8.40
53 votes

#3 - It's a Great Place to Become Millionaires (2)

Season 20 - Episode 12 - Aired 5/6/2012

Amazing “Crazy” Race (2)
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8.35
43 votes

#4 - Amazing “Crazy” Race (2)

Season 23 - Episode 12 - Aired 12/8/2013

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

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This is the Worst Thing I've Ever Done in My Life
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8.31
153 votes

#5 - This is the Worst Thing I've Ever Done in My Life

Season 15 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/8/2009

The lack of cooperation hinders one team's efforts at an explosive Detour. Also, during the series' first ever "Switchback," Teams return to one of the most infamous Roadblocks in the history of the show.

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We're Not Working With Anybody, Ever, Anymore!
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8.19
126 votes

#6 - We're Not Working With Anybody, Ever, Anymore!

Season 15 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/22/2009

Tempers flare when one team goes back on their word and a Team spirals into last place when their taxi is stolen by another Team.

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This is Not My Finest Hour
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8.13
177 votes

#7 - This is Not My Finest Hour

Season 15 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/1/2009

Teams go to The Netherlands, One team tells the others a personal secret. Also, the stress of the race is mounting as one contestant breaks down in tears.

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Man, They Should Have Used Their Fake Names
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8.13
31 votes

#8 - Man, They Should Have Used Their Fake Names

Season 9 - Episode 10 - Aired 5/3/2006

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.

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Mow'em Down Like Grass
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8.12
26 votes

#9 - Mow'em Down Like Grass

Season 7 - Episode 8 - Aired 4/12/2005

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

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You Look Like Peter Pan
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8.11
36 votes

#10 - You Look Like Peter Pan

Season 13 - Episode 11 - Aired 12/7/2008

The final three teams, Nick & Starr Spangler, Andrew Lappitt & Dan Honig amd Ken & Tina Greene set off from their Pit Stop at VDNKh Park and receive a clue instructing them to fly to their final destination city: Portland, Oregon.

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Desert Storm
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8.10
102 votes

#11 - Desert Storm

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/10/2001

The seven remaining teams start off in El Jem Coliseum, the pit stop for the fourth leg. Upon departure they are given a route marking which tells them they must find a monument known as the Tataouine which is 300 miles away. Although Paul and Amie arrived fifth in the last leg, production problems cause them to move ahead one place in front of Frank and Margarita. When the teams arrive at the Tataouine, they are given a Detour. They must chose between an easy and a difficult game. The easy game is at a hard to find location and the hard game is at an easy to find location. The games are called "Puzzle" and "Listening" .All the teams chose Listening in which they must find the clue using a walkie talkie and find where the other one is. There they will find the clue. The clue says that must find a "yellow and white flag" in the middle of the Sahara Desert and that there are rocks to guide them there. Some teams are a little bit confused as to how the rocks guide them there. But eventual

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It Was Like a Caravan of Idiots
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8.08
24 votes

#12 - It Was Like a Caravan of Idiots

Season 14 - Episode 4 - Aired 3/8/2009

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.

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Do It for the Hood! Do It for the Suburbs!
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8.05
147 votes

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

Season 15 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/25/2009

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.

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Sorry, Guys, I'm Not Happy to See You
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8.04
26 votes

#14 - Sorry, Guys, I'm Not Happy to See You

Season 12 - Episode 10 - Aired 1/13/2008

The four teams travel from Osaka, Japan to Taipei, Taiwan. One person celebrates their birthday on this leg, but the only present she wants is a place in the final three.

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Sleep Deprivation is Really Starting to Irritate Me
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8.03
29 votes

#15 - Sleep Deprivation is Really Starting to Irritate Me

Season 9 - Episode 6 - Aired 4/5/2006

The teams take off from their Pit Stop at the Tempio di Segesta and receive a clue instructing them to drive 135 miles to Catania, Sicily and find the Antiteatro, Romano. This theater doesn't open until 8:30 A.M. and B.J. and Tyler jokingly put up an "official" sign-in sheet which is quickly declared a phoney by Eric and Jeremy. As it stands, these two teams are the only ones to make it in at the opening time, as the others find themselves stuck in traffic or confused on directions. After counting heads on the fence surrounding the grounds of the theater, the teams do a Detour --- Big Fish, requiring each member to carry a 17 kilo swordfish 1/3 of a mile, or Little Fish, requiring them to travel 1/3 of a mile to the same market and then sell 4 kilos of small Sicilian fish. The teams then travel approximately 40 miles to Siracusa, where one member of each team does a Roadblock requiring them to score a goal in kayak polo. Finally, they make their way on foot to the PIt Stop, the natural spring Funte Aretusa, and another team is eliminated.

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Do You Know How Much Running I Did Today, Phil?
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8.03
29 votes

#16 - Do You Know How Much Running I Did Today, Phil?

Season 9 - Episode 9 - Aired 4/26/2006

The teams receive a clue instructing them to travel by plane over 9,000 miles to Perth, Australia. After receiving money from some of the teams (following being stripped of all cash and possessions in the last leg), B.J. and Tyler then make the same flight as everyone else, disappointing them, as they were hoping they might miss it. Once in Australia, the teams travel to the State War Memorial in King's Park and then receive a clue directing them to travel to Rottnest Island via ferry. They then travel on tandem bikes to a lighthouse and then do a Detour. Sand requires them to drag forty large branches to a marked sand dune (a task called "brushing the beach") while sea requires them to search through fifty crayfish traps and retrieve two crayfish (one per member.) The teams then travel to Fremantle Prison where one member of each team takes part in a Roadblock. The task requires them to search inside the unused prison for a Duracell flashlight and batteries. They then travel through wet and dry waterways to locate a clue. It's a close race to the Pit Stop at South Breakwater by the Fremantle Fishing Club and one team finishes literally right behind another. Unfortunately for another team, this Pit Stop is the end.

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Accidental Alliance
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8.03
182 votes

#17 - Accidental Alliance

Season 24 - Episode 9 - Aired 4/27/2014

Tension rises as the finish line gets closer; three teams form an alliance.

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I've Been Wanting a Face-Lift for a Long Time
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8.02
45 votes

#18 - I've Been Wanting a Face-Lift for a Long Time

Season 7 - Episode 5 - Aired 3/29/2005

In a two-hour episode, the teams travel from the Pit Stop at a polo club called The Martina to Johannesburg, South Africa. Once there, they take part in a Detour that involves either rappelling into and then searching an underground cavern or collecting five items and giving them to the appropriate tribes. Later, the teams do a Roadblock that requires them to search a market for five items and then deliver them to a local orphanage. As the teams race to complete these tasks, one pulls ahead with a Fast Forward, while one team-member suffers a nasty injury. It ends up being a tight finish, but all teams continue onwards for the next leg. This leg sees the teams traveling to a nature reserve, where they one of two scheduled shuttles and feed lions. Later, the Roadblock involves throwing spears. Afterwards, the teams ride Humvees and choose between a Detour task of grinding corn or filling ostrich eggs with water. One team crashes their vehicle and falls behind, but the race to the Pit St

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I Feel Like a Monkey In a Circus Parade
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8.01
315 votes

#19 - I Feel Like a Monkey In a Circus Parade

Season 18 - Episode 6 - Aired 3/27/2011

Overwhelmed by a swarming sea of people on the congested streets of India, one team narrowly dodges a traffic collision while another's clumsiness threatens to spoil their chances of acing the Detour.

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I Feel Like I'm in, Like, Sicily
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8.01
270 votes

#20 - I Feel Like I'm in, Like, Sicily

Season 16 - Episode 10 - Aired 4/25/2010

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

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They Don't Even Understand Their Own Language
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8.00
206 votes

#21 - They Don't Even Understand Their Own Language

Season 16 - Episode 11 - Aired 5/2/2010

The Final 4 teams struggle with the language barrier in Shanghai while sorting through hundreds of golden Buddhas and thousands of Chinese stamps in their pursuit for a spot in the Final 3.

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Good Thing I Took That Human Anatomy Class in High School
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8.00
25 votes

#22 - Good Thing I Took That Human Anatomy Class in High School

Season 9 - Episode 5 - Aired 3/28/2006

The teams take off from their Pit Stop in Munich, Germany and receive a clue instructing them to fly 850 miles to a one-hundred-year-old opera house in Palermo, Italy. One team manages an early flight and takes off to a nice lead. Once at the opera house, the teams receive a clue instructing them to travel 42 miles in a marked car to Castellammare del Golfo. There, they face a Detour --- Laundry, in which they must search through 2,400 items of laundry or Foundry, in which they must transport a heavy bell. Finally, the Roadblock requires one member of each team to assemble a Greek statue, but they are not told that there are two additional pieces. Once they complete the statue, they travel on foot one mile to the Pit Stop at the Tempio di Siegesto. One team makes a critical error by heading for the Pit Stop before the Roadblock, but ultimately different circumstances cause another team's downfall.

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It Starts With an “F”, That’s All I’m Saying
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7.98
124 votes

#23 - It Starts With an “F”, That’s All I’m Saying

Season 15 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/29/2009

One team decides to take a four-hour penalty when they're unable to complete a Roadblock, and another team dodges intoxicated locals while trying to complete their Detour.

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We Got a Chance, Baby!
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7.98
197 votes

#24 - We Got a Chance, Baby!

Season 27 - Episode 12 - Aired 12/11/2015

The final 3 teams race to Long Island, New York where, after five continents, 10 countries, and more than 34,000 miles, one will be crowned winners and awarded the $1 million prize.

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The Devil Made Me Do It
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7.98
45 votes

#25 - The Devil Made Me Do It

Season 7 - Episode 11 - Aired 5/3/2005

The teams travel from their Pit Stop in Istanbul, Turkey to London, England, where they pay a visit to Abbey Road, made famous by The Beatles. Two teams explore flight options and successfully risk an earlier flight, while two others choose to play it safe with a flight that ends up coming in later. In England, the teams ride a ferris wheel called the London Eye and then participate in a Detour that requires them to make a classic choice --- Brains or Brawn. Uchenna and Joyce and Meredith and Gretchen both opt for Brawn, which requires them to stack boats, while the other two teams go for Brains and solve a series of clues leading them to the home of the legendary Sherlock Holmes. Seeing Meredith and Gretchen struggle, Uchenna attempts to help out before realizing that he's not allowed. Later, the teams do a Roadblock at the Millennium Dome in which they must drive a double-decker bus through a marked obstacle course. One team surges ahead, while a Yield puts the remaining three teams

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