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The Best Episodes of The Amazing Race

Every episode of The Amazing Race ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best 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.

Genre:Reality
Network:CBS

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The best episode of "The Amazing Race" is "The Only Leg That Matters", rated 8.8/10 from 94 user votes. It was directed by N/A and written by N/A. "The Only Leg That Matters" aired on 12/7/2022 and is rated 0.2 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Rock Bottom".

  • The Only Leg That Matters
    8.8/10 94 votes

    #1 - The Only Leg That Matters

    Season 34 Episode 12 - Aired 2022-12-07

    The final three teams travel 3,000 miles to race through Nashville, Tenn., for the final showdown, where they must deliver guitars and play a giant floor piano to win the $1 million prize.

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  • Rock Bottom
    8.6/10 114 votes

    #2 - Rock Bottom

    Season 33 Episode 9 - Aired 2022-02-23

    Racers leave no stone unturned while looking for a clue in Thessaloniki, Greece.

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  • A Planes, Trains and Automobiles Day
    8.5/10 72 votes

    #3 - A Planes, Trains and Automobiles Day

    Season 35 Episode 8 - Aired 2023-11-15

    For the first time, teams visit the country of Slovenia. Racers soar to new heights in glider planes, experience roadblock surprises, and battle to remain in the race.

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  • Everyone Loves a Comeback Story
    8.5/10 73 votes

    #4 - Everyone Loves a Comeback Story

    Season 35 Episode 10 - Aired 2023-11-29

    Teams travel 1,000 miles from Slovenia to Sweden where they must face their fears and skydive from 10,000 feet over the Baltic sea, recreate a midsummer tradition, and sort through recyclable items.

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  • We're Finding Our Pot of Gold
    8.5/10 70 votes

    #5 - We're Finding Our Pot of Gold

    Season 35 Episode 11 - Aired 2023-12-06

    Teams travel to Dublin, Ireland, where they complete four challenges in the penultimate leg, including swimming in the Irish Sea, dancing with the legendary Riverdance troupe, scoring a point with the hurling team, and reciting quotes from a famed Irish novelist

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  • A Sunset, Seattle Scramble
    8.5/10 78 votes

    #6 - A Sunset, Seattle Scramble

    Season 35 Episode 12 - Aired 2023-12-13

    No description available

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  • Race to the Finish (2)
    8.4/10 131 votes

    #7 - Race to the Finish (2)

    Season 1 Episode 13 - Aired 2001-12-13

    The three teams, from Alaska have to travel back to the starting point in New York City where Frank and Margarita live. This worries Rob and Brennan. Frank and Margarita think they have it in the bag but at the final pit stop in Flushing Meadows Park where all the eliminated teams are waiting, Rob and Brennan are the first to cross the finish line. Frank and Margarita are the next team to arrive, obviously disappointed because of their loss. Joe and Bill are informed of Rob and Brennan's win back in Alaska and although they are disappointed they are glad that Rob and Brennan had won the race. In post-race interviews, Frank and Margarita claim they have won more than a million dollars in that of the rekindling of their relationship. Rob is happy to have won the race and to have won it with his best friend, Brennan.

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  • How Am I Going to Survive This?
    8.4/10 90 votes

    #8 - How Am I Going to Survive This?

    Season 34 Episode 11 - Aired 2022-11-30

    The final four teams race through Iceland to clinch a spot in the finale and a chance to win the $1 million prize.

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  • The Day Keeps Rockin' Here in Vietnam
    8.3/10 86 votes

    #9 - The Day Keeps Rockin' Here in Vietnam

    Season 35 Episode 4 - Aired 2023-10-18

    Teams continue racing in Vietnam and face the hustle and bustle of a congested Vietnamese market, where they must properly set up a fish stand and deliver mattresses to a local hotel.

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  • Yessir, the Pink City
    8.3/10 83 votes

    #10 - Yessir, the Pink City

    Season 35 Episode 5 - Aired 2023-10-25

    Teams travel more than 2,000 miles from Vietnam to India where they must balance traditional pots on their heads while performing a folk dance and assemble a life-size, three-dimensional mural.

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  • In the Belly of the Earth
    8.3/10 70 votes

    #11 - In the Belly of the Earth

    Season 35 Episode 9 - Aired 2023-11-22

    Teams continue racing in Slovenia, carefully traveling on foot carrying wooden pieces on their back, descending deep into a cave to assemble a giant dragon, and scraping off mussels and barnacles in the waters.

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  • Our Alliance Strikes Again
    8.3/10 29 votes

    #12 - Our Alliance Strikes Again

    Season 36 Episode 6 - Aired 2024-04-17

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  • The Race Begins
    8.2/10 159 votes

    #13 - The Race Begins

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2001-09-05

    The teams begin in New York. They need to travel to Johannesburg, South Africa. Cooperation problems surface early on with a few of the couples. The teams have to decide which airport to take to the destination. Once they arrive in South Africa, they must take yet another flight. Before ultimately get to Songwe Village, they must find beautiful Victoria Falls. From there, they must get to Knife's Edge, a cliff. There, they must bungee jump and glide across a rope, eventually getting to the other side. The Pit Stop is located in Songwe Village. Rob and Brennan obtain the Fast Forward near Victoria Falls, allowing them to avoid all other tasks and go straight to the Pit Stop. Matt and Ana are the last to arrive and are eliminated.

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  • Colossal Showdown
    8.2/10 110 votes

    #14 - Colossal Showdown

    Season 1 Episode 4 - Aired 2001-10-03

    The teams start off at the Chateau Les Baux in Paris, France. The first task is to find a man in a red hat, standing under a miniature Arc de Triomphe. All they have to discover where the man is located, is a flag and a picture of the man. It seems clear that the alliance between Frank/Margarita, Rob/Brennan and Joe/Bill has officially crumbled. The teams discover that the flag is from Tunisia. Before this discovery, some guess Turkey or Morocco. Paul/Amie at departure, notice the cab they had previously ordered the night before is not there. This causes some anger and Paul debates quitting. All the teams must get to Tunisia. Most take plane but some take boat. When they find the man, they are given a Detour. They must take a ""Full Body Massage"" or ""Full Body Brew"", involving coffee. They must with the given map find one of these two places in busy crowded streets. When these tasks are completed they must get to El Jem Coliseum. There they must run around the coliseum and most find a s

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  • Do You Believe in Magic?
    8.2/10 78 votes

    #15 - Do You Believe in Magic?

    Season 24 Episode 12 - Aired 2014-05-18

    The teams race through Las Vegas, where they face a final challenge designed by magician David Copperfield.

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  • Souvlaki
    8.2/10 102 votes

    #16 - Souvlaki

    Season 33 Episode 8 - Aired 2022-02-16

    Teams travel to Halkidiki, Greece, where they are tested on their spelling and memory skills.

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  • Don't Look Down
    8.2/10 87 votes

    #17 - Don't Look Down

    Season 34 Episode 10 - Aired 2022-11-23

    Teams continue on to Ronda, Spain, where they must choose to build an arch brick by brick or dress for success.

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  • You Don't See That at Home
    8.2/10 88 votes

    #18 - You Don't See That at Home

    Season 35 Episode 2 - Aired 2023-10-04

    Teams dive deeper into the countryside of Thailand for the second leg of the race, encountering catfish-infested waters and pomelo-filled rivers.

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  • No Sleep and a Million Dollar Dream
    8.2/10 86 votes

    #19 - No Sleep and a Million Dollar Dream

    Season 35 Episode 3 - Aired 2023-10-11

    The teams feel the strain of commercial travel and float their way through the Mekong Delta as they are challenged between making rice paper or customizing a scooter by wrapping it in vinyl in Vietnam.

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  • Driving Head-On Into Scooters
    8.2/10 77 votes

    #20 - Driving Head-On Into Scooters

    Season 35 Episode 6 - Aired 2023-11-01

    For the first time, the votes for the mandatory U-turn are in and one team must complete both detours in India, bundling up flowers and transporting building materials on rickshaws in the bustling streets of Jaipur.

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  • Divide and Conquer
    8.1/10 125 votes

    #21 - Divide and Conquer

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 2001-09-19

    The teams start out in Songwe Village,Zameia. When the times depart from the pit stop they must find the Songwe Museum in the village without any signs to indicate where it is located. They must use the help of the villagers. The first to leave are Rob and Brennan but they decide to wait for the members of their newly formed alliance with Frank, Margarita, Joe and Bill. Once locating the museum, the teams must decide in a detour to do one of two tasks involving photography. Then they have to bring the pictures to a chief in another village. Pat and Brenda decide not to do the tasks after failing to find the museum and decide to go for the Fast Forward. They complete this with ease and head to the next pit stop, the Arch de Triomphe in Paris. At the airport, some problems surface between Kim/Leslie and Paul/Amie. Once in Paris,the teams must find a monument through a telescope. For some of the teams this is easy but for others, proves extremely difficult. Kim and Leslie are the last to

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  • Desert Storm
    8.1/10 116 votes

    #22 - Desert Storm

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 2001-10-10

    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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  • Don't Try to Play the Moralist Now!
    8.1/10 72 votes

    #23 - Don't Try to Play the Moralist Now!

    Season 3 Episode 10 - Aired 2002-12-11

    The globe-trotting reality series concluded its third edition as the final three teams dashed to the finish line and attempted to claim the $1 million first-place prize. ""We've been extremely lucky now for the third time to create a great finish,"" said host Phil Keoghan of this leg of the race. ""You're going to see teams at the highest highs and the lowest lows."" The teams who went into the final leg were Teri and Ian, Flo and Zach and finally Ken and Gerard. The final leg of the 41,000-mile race began in Vietnam. The teams then made their way to Hawaii and finally to Seattle, Washington.

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  • Five Continents, 25 Cities and More than 40,000 Miles
    8.1/10 77 votes

    #24 - Five Continents, 25 Cities and More than 40,000 Miles

    Season 7 Episode 12 - Aired 2005-05-10

    The teams receive a clue telling them to travel from their Pit Stop in Potter's Field Park, England to Kingston, Jamaica and then take a taxi 90 miles to the Frenchman's Cove in Port Antonio. The Roadblock in this leg requires the teams to dance the limbo. Then, after spending the night at that location, they face a Detour that requires them to choose between Raft It or Build It. All teams choose the Build It option, which requires them to build a raft and then sail it a short distance across a river. The teams then travel 80 miles to a coconut and spice plantation in Montego Bay, the Pit Stop for the leg. In the final leg of the race, the teams first face an onion-cutting task and then a Detour in which all teams choose Tee rather than Pony, requiring them to hit a golf ball within a particular area. The teams later travel to San Juan, Puerto Rico and do a Roadblock that requires one team member to take a big dive off a bridge. One team fights back from the from the brink of losing it

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  • Hi. I'm Sorry. I'm in a Race.
    8.1/10 67 votes

    #25 - Hi. I'm Sorry. I'm in a Race.

    Season 17 Episode 12 - Aired 2010-12-12

    The final three teams soar to new heights over Southern California, competing in the final leg for a shot at the million-dollar prize and, for two teams, the chance to become the first ever all-female team to win the series.

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