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The Amazing Race

The Amazing Race

Photo Credit:  CBS
  • Premiered: 
    September 5, 2001
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  • Network: CBS
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Created by Bertram van Munster & Elise Doganieri 
  • Subject Matter: Participation
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Pairs of contestants compete for the one-million-dollar grand prize as they travel around the world, complete physical challenges, and work to avoid finishing last in each leg of the race. When players finish each leg of the race, the pair to finish first earns a special bonus prize while the pair that finishes last is usually eliminated -- though the race does have a few non-elimination legs. When only three teams remain, the competitors race to the finish line with the winning team taking home the grand prize. During the race, these three teams travel more than 35,000 miles, visit at least four continents, and enjoy more than 20 cities. Typically, each pair has some common bond -- father/son; sisters; fraternity brothers; husband/wife; NFL cheerleaders; Harlem Globetrotters; girlfriend/boyfriend -- and this race forces the two people to work together under extreme duress. Most often the race brings the pair closer together, but sometimes it just rips them apart.

THE AMAZING RACE returned for its 24th season on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 8pm ET/PT on CBS, as eleven former teams -- all fan favorites -- came back for another sprint around the globe on a special All-Star themed edition of this series. Season 24 competitors included The Globetrotters (Seasons 15 & 18), The Cowboys (Seasons 16 & 18), Brendon & Rachel (Season 20), Dave & Connor (Season 22), The Afghanimals (Season 23), Jennifer & Caroline (Season 22), John & Jessica (Season 22), Margie & Luke (Seasons 14 & 18), The Twinnies (Season 21), Joey & Meghan (Season 22), and Bopper & Mark (Season 20).

On September 26, 2014, Season 25 of THE AMAZING RACE premiered on CBS on a new night: Fridays at 8pm ET/PT, with 11 new teams competing.

THE AMAZING RACE returned for its 26th season on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 from 9:30-11pm ET/PT, moving to its regular time period on Friday, February 27 from 8-9pm ET/PT. Season 26 features 11 new teams of all dating duos with a twist: six who are preexisting couples, and five duos who will meet for the very first time at the starting line when they are set up on the most extreme blind date ever. The pre-existing dating teams traveling around the world include New Kids on the Block member Jonathan Knight and his partner Harley Rodriguez, and Olympic medalists Aly Dudek and Steven Langton. Dudek won bronze at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics in short track speed skating and Langton won two bronze medals at the 2014 Sochi Olympics in bobsledding. Those being set up on the blind dates of a lifetime include a Navy physician and a registered nurse and two lawyers.

On Friday, September 25, 2015 at 8pm ET/PT, CBS premiered the ten-episode 27th season of THE AMAZING RACE. For the first time, the Race travels to the country of Zimbabwe and the city of Rotterdam, Netherlands. The 11 new teams depart from Venice Beach, CA, and travel to their first destination, Rio de Janeiro, where they immediately encounter a potentially game changing fast forward. Along the route, teams race through five continents, 10 countries and more than 34,000 miles. They learn a tango with a twist in Buenos Aires, Argentina, drop mics with a French rapper in Paris, France, partake in a high-flying water show in Macau, China, and freefall more than 200 feet into the Batoka Gorge and swim with crocodiles. The teams include: cousins Alex Manard (age 22; hometown: Champaign, IL) & Adam Dingeman (24; Des Moines, IA); married couple Cindy Chac (36; San Diego, CA) & Rick Chac (38; San Diego); mother-son team Denise Williams (51; Prattville, AL) & James Earl Corley (26; Prattville, AL); brothers Ernest Phillips (29; Boston, MA) & Jin Lao (26; Boston, MA); best friends Jazmine Lewis (23; Moreno Valley, CA) & Danielle Littleton (23; Riverside, CA); engaged couple Justin Scheman (30; Bronx, NY) & Diana Bishop (30; Sharon Hill, PA); TMZ co-workers Kelly Berning (37; Los Angeles, CA) & Shevonne Sullivan (31; Taunton, MA); dating co-workers Kelsey Gerckens (25; Ventura, CA) & Joey Buttitta (26; Simi Valley, CA); dating couple Logan Fazio (36; Miami, FL) & Chris Gordon (46; Miami, FL); best friends Tanner Kloven (26; Fort Worth, TX) & Josh Ahern (28; Dallas, TX); and former NFL cheerleaders Tiffany Chantell Torres (28; Little Falls, NJ) & Krista DeBono (28; New York, NY).

Season 28 of THE AMAZING RACE premiered on Friday, February 12, 2016 at 8pm ET/PT on CBS, as 11 teams of social media stars depart from their own homes all across the country and head for Mexico City, where they set off fireworks and dig deep at an archaeological Roadblock to start their journey to the $1 million grand prize. The teams include: PSYCHOBABBLE! co-host Tyler Oakley and Korey Kuhl, who are best friends; boyfriend/girlfriend Burnie Burns and Ashley Jenkins; BFFs Erin White Robinson and Joslyn Davis, who are also work wives; mother/son team Sheri and Cole LaBrant; husband/wife team Zach and Rachel King; fiancees Dana Alexa Borriello and Matt Steffanina; BFFs Jessica VerSteeg and Brittany Oldehoff; mother/daughter team Marty Cobb and Hagan Parkman; father/daughter team Scott and Blair Fowler; BFFs Brodie Smith and Kurt Gibson, who are also ultimate frisbee teammates; and brothers Darius and Cameron Benson.

On Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 10pm ET/PT, CBS premiered the 29th season of THE AMAZING RACE. In a brand new twist, all 22 Racers are complete strangers who meet on the starting line. Before "Go," Racers immediately compete in a challenge that determines the order for picking a Teammate, based on nothing but first impressions. These new pairs of Teammates then have mere moments to learn their traveling companion's name before beginning a race around the world that spans 9 countries, 17 cities and 36,000 miles. Participants in the 29th Race around the world include an Army Drill Sergeant, a pro snowboarder, a Wall Street banker, an auctioneer and a college drum major, among others. They begin their journey in Los Angeles and head to their first destination, Panama City. Along the route, Racers are challenged with building and delivering desks and school supplies to children in Tanzania, skydiving in Norway and bungee jumping 240 feet into the Corinth Canal in Greece.

Season 30 of THE AMAZING RACE premiered on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at 8pm ET/PT on CBS. Teams for this milestone thirtieth season include IndyCar drivers Alexander Rossi and Conor Daly; retired NBA All-Stars Cedric Ceballos and Shawn Marion; X-Games champions Kristi Leskinen and Jen Hudak; dating nationally ranked debaters Henry Zhang and Evan Lynyak; BIG BROTHER power couple Cody Nickson and Jessica Graf; competitive eaters Joey Chestnut and Tim Janus; goat yoga instructors April Gould and Sarah Williams; dating musicians from Well Strung, Trevor Wadleigh & Chris Marchant; ring girl and Instagram models Dessie Mitcheson and Kayla Fitzgerald; dating lifeguards Lucas Bocanegra and Brittany Austin; and twin brother firefighters Daniel & Eric Guiffreda.

On Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 9pm ET/PT, CBS premiered the 31st season of THE AMAZING RACE, a Reality Showdown that features eleven teams comprised of racers from past seasons of THE AMAZING RACE as well as castaways from SURVIVOR and houseguests from BIG BROTHER. The 11 teams compete on the 25,000+ mile journey around the world to be crowned winners of the $1 million prize. Phil Keoghan returns to host. In the season opener, "You're in Our Race Now," the race around the world begins with the first reality showdown among some of the most memorable and competitive players from THE AMAZING RACE, SURVIVOR and BIG BROTHER. Teams for Season 31 include: Art Velez (age 49) & John James "JJ" Carrell (49) from THE AMAZING RACE 20; Colin Guinn (38) & Christie Woods (40) from THE AMAZING RACE 5; Becca Droz (28) & Floyd Pierce (23) from THE AMAZING RACE 29; Leo Temory (31) & Jamal Zadran (30) from THE AMAZING RACE 23 and THE AMAZING RACE: ALL-STARS; Tyler Oakley (31) & Korey Kuhl (33) from THE AMAZING RACE 28; Chris Hammons (40) & Bret Labelle (44) from SURVIVOR: MILLENIALS VS. GEN X; Corinne Kaplan (39) & Eliza Orlins (35) from SURVIVOR: GABON and SURVIVOR: CARAMOAN (Corinne); SURVIVOR: VANUATU and SURVIVOR: MICRONESIA (Eliza); Rupert (54) & Laura (49) Boneham from SURVIVOR: PEARL ISLANDS, SURVIVOR: ALL-STARS, SURVIVOR: HEROES VS. VILLAINS, SURVIVOR: BLOOD VS. WATER (Rupert), and SURVIVOR: BLOOD VS. WATER (Laura); Janelle Pierzina (38) & Britney Haynes (30) from BIG BROTHER 12 and BIG BROTHER 14 (Britney); Rachel Reilly (34) & Elissa Slater (32) from BIG BROTHER 12, winner BIG BROTHER 13, THE AMAZING RACE 20, THE AMAZING RACE: ALL-STARS (Rachel) and BIG BROTHER 15 (Elissa); and Nicole Franzel (26) and Victor Arroyo (28) from BIG BROTHER 16, winner of BIG BROTHER 18 (Nicole), and BIG BROTHER 18 (Victor).

Season 32 of THE AMAZING RACE premiered on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 9pm ET/PT on CBS. The globe-trotting teams begin their adventure, which filmed prior to the global outbreak of the coronavirus, from the iconic Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, and travel to their first destination, Trinidad and Tobago. Along the route, teams will travel to France, Germany, Kazakhstan, Brazil and more. The team that crosses the finish line first will be crowned the winners of THE AMAZING RACE and the $1 million prize.

The 11 teams in Season 32 include:

DeAngelo Williams (36) and Gary Barnidge (34)
Former NFL stars from Charlotte, NC and Middleburg, FL

Kellie Wells-Brinkley (37) and LaVonne Idlette (34)
Olympic hurdlers from Richmond, VA and Hampton, VA

Will Jardell (30) and James Wallington (31)
Dating from Nederland, TX and Grand Rapids, MI

Eswar (24) and Aparna Dhinakaran (26)
Siblings from Fremont and Berkeley, CA

Jerry (61) and Frank (25) Eaves
Father and son from Louisville, KY

Kaylynn (30) and Haley Williams (31)
Sisters from Bluffton, SC

Chee Lee (38) and Hung Nguyen (39)
Married parents from Houston, TX

Leo Brown (31) and Alana Folsom (29)
Dating from Somerville, MA

Michelle (34) and Victoria Newland (33)
Sisters from Lafayette, LA

Nathan Worthington (39) and Cody Buell (33)
Best friends from Dayton, TN and Paint Lick, KY

Riley (31) and Maddison McKibbin (29)
Pro volleyball players from Honolulu, HI
On Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 8pm ET/PT, CBS premiered "Now It's About Winning," the Season 32 finale of THE AMAZING RACE. With the $1 million prize on the line, the final three teams travel to New Orleans where, after visiting 11 countries, 17 cities and traveling more than 33,000 miles, one team will be crowned the winners. The three teams still competing include: Chee & Hung; Riley & Maddison; and Will & James.


Other Titles

  • Previously known as Race Around the World
  • Previously known as Summer Global Adventure Series

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer Television
  • Produced by Earthview Inc.
  • In association with ABC Studios
  • In association with Amazing Race Productions