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The Amazing Race
The current Amazing Race logo
Genre Reality game show
Created by Elise Doganieri
Bertram van Munster
Presented by Phil Keoghan
Theme music composer John M. Keane
Composer(s) Lee Sanders
Mark Phillips
Erik Aho
Dan Beyer
Christopher Holden
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 16
No. of episodes 184
Executive producer(s) Elise Doganieri
Bertram van Munster
Jonathan Littman
Location(s) see below
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 43 minutes
Original channel CBS (US), CTV (Canada)
Original run September 5, 2001 (2001-09-05) – present
Related shows See Foreign versions section
External links
Official website

The Amazing Race is an American reality game show in which teams of two or four race around the world against other teams, with the first-place team winning $1,000,000. As the original version of the Amazing Race franchise, the CBS program has been running since 2001 and has completed fifteen seasons. The sixteenth season premiered February 14, 2010. In January 2010, CBS ordered a seventeenth season.[1]

The show was created by Elise Doganieri and Bertram van Munster, who, along with Jonathan Littman, serve as executive producers. The show is produced by Earthview Inc. (headed by Doganieri and van Munster), Bruckheimer Television for CBS Paramount Television and ABC Studios (a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company). For all seasons, the series is hosted by veteran New Zealand television personality, Phil Keoghan.

The series has won all seven of the Primetime Emmys for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program awarded since the category was created in 2003. Although it has moved around several prime time time slots since its inception, the program has averaged about 10 million viewers per season.[2]



The original idea for The Amazing Race began as a bet between current producers Elise Doganieri and Bertram van Munster, with van Munster challenging Doganieri to develop a concept for a TV show in less than five minutes while both were attending a trade convention. With Doganieri's suggestion of a race around the world, the two refined the concept and sold it to CBS.[3]


The present form of The Amazing Race, for the most part, has not changed from the first season. The race utilizes progressive elimination: the last team to arrive at a designated checkpoint (Pit Stop) leaves the game. The race starts in a US city. Teams must then follow clues and instructions and make their way to checkpoints in places around the world, eventually racing back to the finish line in the US. Along the way they perform tasks that represent the culture of the present country or city. Tasks include Detours (an option between two tasks of various difficulty) and Roadblocks (a task that can be done by only one member of a team); additionally, other optional markers, if reached first, can provide a team with a Fast Forward (allowing a team to skip remaining tasks and go to the checkpoint), a Yield (the ability to delay another team for a short amount of time) or a U-Turn (the ability to force another team to do the other detour they did not choose). Teams race with limited possessions and are given a fixed amount of money for all travel purposes save for airline tickets, which are paid for by production-issued credit cards.


The production of The Amazing Race is an extremely difficult aspect, given that unlike other reality TV shows, the show continues to move about the world all the time. Despite such difficulties, the show has been nominated twenty times for Primetime Emmy Awards, winning ten times.[4]



Production will scope out several locations for the race and will send people to investigate potential tasks and activities to be performed in the tasks. Production also must work with the local governments to acquire filming rights and allowances for the race. Most of the tasks are attempted by production to determine the difficulty and timing with each task as well as to determine how to shoot that task.

Teams are selected through a multi-step interview process, usually starting with country-wide interviews at a few major cities. Once teams have been selected, teams are given a list of countries that they will need to apply for visas for. To avoid spoiling too much of the race, this list includes more countries than are planned to be visited, so that teams cannot plan on where they will be visiting.[5]

For clothing, teams are generally asked to plan for coordinating clothes, at least in the first few legs, to help with team identity and differentiation. Some teams have taken it upon themselves to procure custom clothes with their personal team moniker or names (examples include Joe & Bill from Season 1, Peggy & Claire and Blake & Paige from Season 2 Ken & Gerard and Aaron & Arianne from Season 3, Marshall & Lance and Linda & Karen from Season 5, Joseph & Monica from Season 9, and Erwin & Godwin from Season 10), though these are not required.[6]

A few days before the race, teams and last minute replacements are flown into the same city (usually not the same as the actual start city) and sequestered in a hotel. Teams are not to interact with other teams during this time, as to allow intra-team relationships to develop in-race.[7] Teams are asked to prepare their bags for the race, and production verifies the contents, removing any items prohibited by the race. On the day before or the day of the race, teams are then flown to the actual starting city and to the start line.

Prior to actually starting the race, teams are asked to take off by foot from the starting line several times in order to get several shots of the teams both in close-up and while racing away.[8]

During the race

Each team is accompanied by a two-person camera crew (camera operator/sound mixer), who must stay with the team at all times, except at Pit Stops and during certain Detours or Roadblocks. The crews rotate between teams at Pit Stops to avoid any possible favoritism that may develop between a team and its crew. The camera crew must be able to ride with the team when they take transportation such as cabs or planes. Even though the program shows teams asking for only two tickets, they actually have to purchase four tickets to account for the camera crew; what usually happens is that teams first ask the agents for four tickets, and then the camera crew re-shoots the request, this time only asking for two.[9]

Similarly, the camera crew will often ask teams to redo certain actions during a leg in order to get a better camera angle (such as getting into and out of taxis), or to adjust the wireless microphones that each team member is wearing. These events can lead to "production difficulties," which are usually credited to the team when they reach the Pit Stop.

Many Detours and Roadblocks use special cameras to get more dramatic shots of the racers as they complete the task, such as helmet-mounted cameras for climbing, rappelling, and sky-diving stunts. The producers may also use helicopters and high overhead cranes to get wide-area camera footage when appropriate. There are also special camera crews known as 'Zone' cameras that are used near clue boxes, Detours, and Roadblocks, which take over for the team's assigned camera crew in order to get more dramatic shots.[10]

If a team should engage with a non-Race participant, they will need to have the camera crew get the consent of that person to be used on camera via agreement forms. Footage of people that have not consented is either not used, or is used with the person's face pixelized out.

The production team tends to arrive in a country a day or a half-day before the racers themselves arrive; however, there have been times that the lead production crew, including Phil Keoghan, has flown along with the racers into that country.[11] While the teams are racing, production sets up shots of Phil describing the various tasks, and then prepares for the arrival at the Pit Stop. In a few cases, production had barely arrived just before the teams started to arrive at the Pit Stop. An example of this would be Leg 5 of Season 11. Mirna and Charla had arrived at the Pit Stop before the production crew and, therefore had to redo their Pit Stop arrival.

While in a country, the various production crews keep apprised of the status of each team in order to prepare the location for the arrivals.[12] For example, clue boxes are only set up minutes before the first team arrives to prevent non-racers from getting involved or stealing clues. Additionally, any obvious penalties or missed tasks are relayed to the Pit Stop crew so that Phil can inform teams appropriately of these. Once teams have arrived at the Pit Stop, production checks with each camera crew to identify if any additional penalties or time credits are necessary.[13]

When teams check in, they are usually requested to move to the lodging area for the Pit Stop, though during Season 1 this usually did not occur, as teams can be seen hanging around the Pit Stop to greet the other teams as they arrived. The eliminated team usually gets a chance to say goodbye to the remaining racers. Teams eliminated early in the race are then flown to a common location known as "Sequesterville" where teams are allowed to relax and sight-see (though with restrictions), until they are then flown to the final city for the very end of the Race.[14] From Season 11 on, has posted video clip vignettes of the eliminated couples in "Sequesterville," called "Elimination Station." The 4th, 5th, and 6th place teams do not necessarily go to Sequesterville; instead—although 6th place team from Season 11 did go to Sequesterville, they may either accompany production through the last few legs and meet up with the rest of the eliminated teams at the finish line (in order to cut down on travel costs), or they may be asked to perform "decoy runs", usually flying into the final city or a different city with a camera crew, a day or so before the final three teams arrive, in order to throw off potential spoilers for the final teams.[15][16] One notable exception occurred in Season 15, where Eric & Lisa—who were eliminated in a surprise elimination at the starting line—voluntarily left the show upon their elimination and therefore did not go to Sequesterville.[17]

The finish line is usually located in an isolated spot, and planned so that teams will arrive mid-day during a weekday, or early on a Saturday or Sunday, in order to reduce the amount of potential sightings of the final teams.


All teams are compensated for the time missed from their jobs, though the amount is undisclosed and confidential.[18] As with most reality TV shows, teams are not allowed to reveal their performance on the race until the episode with their elimination has aired (or, in the case of the final three teams, until after the season finale), with an exception in Season 10 when Tyler and James got to call their families after they had won and when Eric got to call Jeremy after winning The Amazing Race: All Stars. Even after their elimination episode has aired, teams are not allowed to reveal any unaired events, eliminations, or the ultimate winners of the race. In the past, eliminated teams have typically been asked to appear for an interview on The Early Show on CBS on the day after the airing of their elimination episode, though this practice has been hit-or-miss in later seasons.

Each episode is worked on by a separate team of editors as soon as the race starts;[19] as such, there are usually no story arcs unless they develop naturally over the course of the season (for example, the dislike of most of the teams in Season 1 towards Joe and Bill, or the so-called Six Pack/Backpack alliance between David and Mary, Lyn and Karlyn, and Erwin and Godwin in Season 10).

Complete tasks have been known to be cut from an episode, usually due to the lack of impact on race standings for that task. Roadblocks are most commonly edited out should teams depart in the same order as they arrive, though evidence for these Roadblocks can be found from footage still shown, interviews with racers, or from spoiler information. For example, teams arriving in Mauritius for a kayaking Roadblock in Season 10 were recorded by vacationers and posted to the Internet shortly afterward, but the entire Roadblock was removed from the episode that aired. In another case, in the first leg in Poland in Season 11, Joe and Bill confirmed that a Roadblock involving rowing across a pond to the Pit Stop was edited out. An ostrich egg-eating Roadblock was edited from the first episode in Season 1 but included as part of the extras in the DVD release. In order to keep continuity with clues, editors will combine sound bites from multiple clue-readings to mask the missing task.

The opening credits for the first season used a combination of pictures of locations in the race and teams, both posing as well as performing tasks during the race. However, many fans were able to identify the elimination order simply based on these task shots. Since then, the introduction sequence has used only a combination of location shots from both the current race as well as past races, and only teams posing at their residence or home city, reducing the amount of spoiler content within the introduction. There were clips in the opening of Season 14 of contestants racing. However, these clips were added after the episode in the clip had aired.

In three instances of the race, a natural disaster occurred in an area after the race was filmed going through it, but prior to the first episode of the season airing; specifically the 2004 tsunami which struck Sri Lanka during Season 6, Hurricane Katrina which struck New Orleans during Season 8, and the earthquake which affected Chile in 2010, during Season 16. In the second case, one of the teams racing, the Schroeder family, lost their home in the disaster. In all cases, the episodes which included race legs within these areas were preceded by a message, read by Phil, which addressed the situation and expressed solidarity with the people in the affected regions.

Countries and locales visited

As of the sixteenth season, the Amazing Race has visited 73 different countries.a

North America South America Oceania Europe Africa Asia
Countries that The Amazing Race has visited are shown in color.

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Public reception

U.S ratings

Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of The Amazing Race on CBS.

Season Timeslot (ET/PT) Season Premiere Season Finale TV Season1 Rank Viewers
(in millions)
1 Wednesday 9:00PM September 5, 2001 December 13, 2001 2001-2002 #73[20] 8.8[20]
2 March 11, 2002 May 15, 2002 #49[20] 10.3[20]
3 October 2, 2002 December 18, 2002 2002-2003 #71[21] 8.98[21]
4 Thursday 8:00PM May 29, 2003 August 21, 2003 N/A2 8.32[22]
5 Tuesday 10:00PM July 6, 2004 September 21, 2004 2004 N/A2 10.73[23]
6 Tuesday 9:00PM November 16, 2004 February 8, 2005 2004-2005 #31[24] 11.54[24]
7 March 1, 2005 May 10, 2005 #25[24] 13.05[24]
(Family Edition)
September 27, 2005 December 13, 2005 2005-2006 #42[25] 10.8[25]
9 Tuesday 9:00PM3
Tuesday 10:00PM4
Wednesday 8:00PM4
February 28, 2006 May 17, 2006 #56[25] 9.1[25]
10 Sunday 8:00PM September 17, 2006 December 10, 2006 2006-2007 #31[26] 11.5[26]
February 18, 2007 May 6, 2007 #44[26] 10.1[26]
12 November 4, 2007 January 20, 2008 2007-2008 #25[27] 11.84[27]
13 September 28, 2008 December 7, 2008 2008-2009 #27[28] 11.14[28]
14 February 15, 2009 May 10, 2009 #29[28] 10.91[28]
15 September 27, 2009 December 6, 2009 2009-2010 11.21
16 February 14, 2010 May 9, 2010

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During its first four seasons, even with extensive critical praise, the show faced low Nielsen ratings, facing cancellation a number of times. The premiere of the show aired six days before the September 11 attacks, leaving the fate of the show in doubt. Producer van Munster stated that "Once we saw our billboards covered in dust from the 9/11 tragedy, we knew we had a problem".[29] Low viewership of the show was also attributed to it being lost among all other reality television shows at the time and unable to garner similar numbers as Survivor.[29] A vice president of programming at CBS considered The Amazing Race to be "a show that was always on the bubble" of being canceled.[29]

The show was considered to be saved due to winning the Emmy for Outstanding Reality-Competition Programming in 2003 and 2004, and the feedback from the large number of fans representing the young target demographic, including Sarah Jessica Parker who had called into directly to CBS President Les Moonves asking to save the show.[29][30] The fifth season of the series, which aired from July to September 2004, had very high viewership numbers for that time of the year, averaging 10.7 million with a finale of nearly 13 million, doubling the viewership in the 18-to-34 demographic and won its time slot for every episode.[29] The improved ratings are credited to the particular teams selected for that season.[30] As a result, CBS began airing the sixth season during the "high-profile heart" of the November 2004 sweeps.[29]

A temporary setback struck The Amazing Race after a Family Edition that aired later that year was not received warmly by viewers, which resulted in lowered viewership. This spilled over to Season 9 where it experienced dismaying ratings of only an average of 9.1 million viewers per episode, a drop from 13 million just 2 seasons ago in Season 7. The timeslot changing for Season 9 was also attributed to the drop in ratings.

Since the tenth season, which moved the show to Sunday nights, The Amazing Race has seen further increases in its numbers. It is believed that part of this increase is due to "sports overruns" (football, basketball, or golf) that resulted from games played earlier on Sunday pushing the airtime for The Amazing Race back by some amount on the East Coast along with other CBS programming.[31] As a result, seasons 10-12 had a boosted average of 11 million viewers each, with Season 12 having almost an average of 12 million viewers per episode despite airing 2 episodes at sub 10 million viewers during the holiday season and airing another episode worth 9 million viewers during a semi-final football game.

With the show currently airing its 16th season and casting an upcoming 17th season, The Amazing Race is one of the longest-running reality series in the United States, after only Survivor and The Real World.

According to Variety, the average age of Amazing Race viewers that watch the show live in 2009 was 51.9 years, while for those that time-shifted the show, the average age was 39.2 years.[32]

International reception

  • The Amazing Race airs in Canada on the CTV network, and, according to BBM Canada, is commonly one of the top ten most watched shows each week.[33]
  • In Australia, the Seven Network currently airs The Amazing Race. After screening the first season, subsequent seasons were pushed to late timeslots. After public outcry and demand for the show, in 2004 the fifth season aired at a more reasonable timeslot to stable ratings.[citation needed] The series returned with the sixth season, followed by the seventh season. The ninth season of the series, which premiered on March 2, 2006 on Thursday at 9:30, was the sixteenth most-watched show of the week, averaging 1,286,000 viewers.[34] The eighth season premiered in the same timeslot, the final of which averaged 1,093,000 viewers.[35] The Seven Network finished airing the eleventh season on June 28, 2007. The tenth season premiered on the Seven Network on December 6, 2007, shown at 7:30 on Thursdays. After the completion of the tenth season, Seven began airing the twelfth season on Thursdays at 9:30. The 14th season began airing on Thursday July 23, 2009 at 7:30pm. Season 15 will air, fasttracked by Seven, on October 8, 2009 after Beauty and the Geek Australia.[36]
  • In Finland, the MTV3 currently airs The Amazing Race 12 on Sundays at 9:00 pm.
  • In China, the International Channel Shanghai currently airs The Amazing Race on Saturdays at 8:00 pm.
  • In the Philippines, Studio 23 airs The Amazing Race via live satellite feed Mondays at 8:00 am (or 9:00 am) with a primetime airing Thursdays at 8:00 pm.
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment's regional cable, satellite, and pay cable channel AXN Asia currently airs The Amazing Race across Asia and most recently aired the current season of us version after CBS aired 6 hours and The Amazing Race Asia concurrently season from season 12 (or sooner) through season 16. The popularity of the series in Asia brought about AXN's development of an Asian version of the format.
  • In Latin America, the AXN Latin America currently airs The Amazing Race. Previous seasons like Season 7, 8, 9 and 10 on Fridays at 7:00 pm Chi./ 6:00 pm. Per. - Col.. Since Season 11, AXN began airing on Sundays at 7:00 pm Chi./ 6:00 pm. Per. - Col.
  • In Singapore, Channel 5 simulcasts the show on the same day at 0900 local time, and the next day at 0030 local time.
  • In Vietnam, four seasons of the show were aired on HTV1, later HTV7 during the whole 2009.
  • In Estonia, the TV6 currently airs The Amazing Race on Saturdays and Sundays at 7:00 pm.


The Amazing Race has won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program each year since the creation of the award in 2003 against other, more popular reality TV shows such as Survivor and American Idol that have also been nominated each year. After its seventh consecutive win, some in the media, including Survivor host, Jeff Probst, suggested that The Amazing Race willingly drop out from the competition in future years, similar to Candice Bergen declining any further nominations after her fifth Emmy win for her role in Murphy Brown. Van Munster has stated that it is "not likely" he will pull the show from future Emmy awards, considering that it reflects on his and his crew's hard work and high standards.[37] The show has also been nominated and won several times for technical production (Creative Arts) Emmy awards, for Cinematography and Picture Editing for Non-Fiction programs, whereas it has only been nominated for Sound Mixing and Sound Editing for Non-Fiction programs. The show has been nominated in the same five categories for three years consecutively, a trend which continued with the 2007 Primetime Emmy Awards.

Summary of Emmy Nominations and Wins
Year Type Category Result Record
2003 Primetime Outstanding Reality-Competition Program Won 1 for 1
2004 Primetime Outstanding Reality-Competition Program Won 2 for 2
Creative Arts Primetime Outstanding Sound Mixing for Nonfiction Programming (Single or Multi-Camera)
for the episode "I Could Never Have Been Prepared For What I'm Looking At Right Now"
Nominated 0 for 1
Outstanding Picture Editing for Nonfiction Programming (Single or Multi-Camera)
for the episode "I Could Never Have Been Prepared For What I'm Looking At Right Now"
0 for 1
Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming (Single or Multi-Camera)
for the episode "I Could Never Have Been Prepared For What I'm Looking At Right Now"
0 for 1
2005 Primetime Outstanding Reality-Competition Program Won 3 for 3
Creative Arts Primetime Outstanding Picture Editing for Nonfiction Programming (Single or Multi-Camera)
for the episode "We're Moving Up the Food Chain"
Won 1 for 2
Outstanding Sound Mixing for Nonfiction Programming (Single or Multi-Camera)
for the episode "We're Moving Up the Food Chain"
Nominated 0 for 2
Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming (Single or Multi-Camera)
for the episode "We're Moving Up the Food Chain"
0 for 2
Outstanding Sound Editing for Nonfiction Programming (Single or Multi-Camera)
for the episode "We're Moving Up the Food Chain"
0 for 1
2006 Primetime Outstanding Reality-Competition Program Won 4 for 4
Creative Arts Primetime Outstanding Picture Editing for Nonfiction Programming (Single or Multi-Camera)
for the episode "Here Comes The Bedouin!"
Won 2 for 3
Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming (Single or Multi-Camera)
for the episode "Here Comes The Bedouin!"
1 for 3
Outstanding Sound Mixing for Nonfiction Programming (Single or Multi-Camera)
for the episode "Here Comes The Bedouin!"
Nominated 0 for 3
Outstanding Sound Editing for Nonfiction Programming (Single or Multi-Camera)
for the episode "Here Comes The Bedouin!"
0 for 2
2007 Primetime Outstanding Reality-Competition Program Won 5 for 5
Creative Arts Primetime Outstanding Picture Editing for Nonfiction Programming (Single or Multi-Camera)
for the episode "I Know Phil, Little Ol' Gorgeous Thing!"
Won 3 for 4
Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming (Single or Multi-Camera)
for the episode "I Know Phil, Little Ol' Gorgeous Thing!"
2 for 4
Outstanding Sound Mixing for Nonfiction Programming (Single or Multi-Camera)
for the episode "I Know Phil, Little Ol' Gorgeous Thing!"
Nominated 0 for 4
Outstanding Sound Editing for Nonfiction Programming (Single or Multi-Camera)
for the episode "I Know Phil, Little Ol' Gorgeous Thing!"
0 for 3
2008 Primetime Outstanding Reality-Competition Program Won 6 for 6
Creative Arts Primetime Outstanding Picture Editing for Nonfiction Programming (Single or Multi-Camera)
for the episode "Honestly, They Have Witch Powers Or Something"
Nominated 3 for 5
Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming
for the episode "Honestly, They Have Witch Powers Or Something"
0 for 1
Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming (Single or Multi-Camera)
for the episode "Honestly, They Have Witch Powers Or Something"
2 for 5
Outstanding Sound Mixing for Nonfiction Programming (Single or Multi-Camera)
for the episode "Honestly, They Have Witch Powers Or Something"
0 for 5
Outstanding Sound Editing for Nonfiction Programming (Single or Multi-Camera)
for the episode "Honestly, They Have Witch Powers Or Something"
0 for 4
2009 Primetime Outstanding Reality-Competition Program Won 7 for 7
Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program
Phil Keoghan
Nominated 0 for 1
Creative Arts Primetime Outstanding Picture Editing for Nonfiction Programming (Single or Multi-Camera)
for the episode "Don't Let A Cheese Hit Me"
Nominated 3 for 6
Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming
for the episode "Don't Let A Cheese Hit Me"
0 for 2
Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming (Single or Multi-Camera)
for the episode "Don't Let A Cheese Hit Me"
2 for 6
Outstanding Sound Mixing for Nonfiction Programming (Single or Multi-Camera)
for the episode "Don't Let A Cheese Hit Me"
0 for 6
Outstanding Sound Editing for Nonfiction Programming (Single or Multi-Camera)
for the episode "Don't Let A Cheese Hit Me"
0 for 5
Total 11 wins, 33 nominations

The production staff of The Amazing Race has been nominated each year since 2004 for the Producers Guild of America's Golden Laurel award for Television Producer of a Non-Fiction Program, and won this award in 2005.

Bert Van Munster has been nominated five times for the Directors Guild of America Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Reality Programs award for The Amazing Race each year between 2005 and 2009, and winning the award in 2007.[38][39][40]

Due to its favorable portrayal of gay couples, The Amazing Race has been nominated in 2004 and 2006 for, but not won, the GLAAD Media Award Outstanding Reality Program.[4] It has received a similar nomination for 2009.[41]


"The Amazing Alphabet Race", a segment shown during Sesame Streets 38th season as previewed on NBC's Today Show, is played by Elmo and hosted by "Amazing Al", the muppet version of Phil Keoghan
  • Countries and cities that are featured on the show often see the exposure as a boon. A member of the Icelandic Tourist Board noted that after their country shown as one of the locations in the The Amazing Race 6, their website saw an increase in information requests, and they worked to develop a "Trace the Race" travel package to allow visitors to see the same locations shown on the show.[42]
  • The popularity of the series has also spawned two board games: a DVD Board Game[43] and a traditional board game, as well as local homemade races,[44][45][46] some of which have been mistaken for actual filming of the television program.
  • On November 4, 2009, it was announced that the show would be turned into a video game. The game would require players to participate in various challenges like those in the reality shows in order to win.[47]
  • "Competitours" was created by Steve Belkin to create 8 to 14-days European tours in the style of The Amazing Race; the tourists are only given instructions each night on where they will be traveling next with a Race-like task to do the next day (such as encouraging locals to dance with them at a tourist location), to be demonstrated by recording themselves with a video camera.[48]
  • The show has inspired a book, written by Adam-Troy Castro, titled "My Ox Is Broken!": Detours, Roadblocks, Fast Forwards and Other Great Moments from TV's The Amazing Race, which features an introduction from Season 8 racers Billy and Carissa Gaghan. The show has also inspired a second book "Circumnavigating the Globe: Amazing Race 10-14 and Amazing Race Asia 1-3" written by Arthur E. Perkins Jr.[49]

Foreign versions

In October 2005, CBS optioned The Amazing Race for franchising to other countries.

  • Sony Pictures Entertainment's AXN bought the rights to air and produce regional versions of The Amazing Race for Asia and Central Europe. The Amazing Race Asia began airing its third season on September 11, 2008 and The Amazing Race Central Europe has been cancelled.
  • The Amazing Race: A Corrida Milionária, the Brazilian version, the first season was premiered October 13, 2007 and ended on January 5, 2008.
  • HaMerotz LaMillion, the Israeli version, produced by Reshet and the franchise was premiered on February 5, 2009 and ended on June 11, 2009. Later, the show has been canceled on December 20, 2009.
  • The Amazing Race en Discovery Channel produced in Latin America by Discovery Channel. Applications were accepted from November 17, 2008 through January 31, 2009 with the 13 episodes series were premiered across Latin America and Caribbean on September 20, 2009.
  • The Amazing Race: China Rush, the Chinese version, will be produced by International Channel of Shanghai. The franchise will be filmed on early 2010 and will premiere on August, 2010.


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