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The Amazing Race 1
TARlogo-USseason1
Version United States
Continents visited 4
Countries visited 9
Cities visited 24
Distance traveled 35,000 miles
Starting line Bethesda Fountain, New York City, New York
Finish line Unisphere, New York City, New York
Filming dates March 8, 2001 – April 8, 2001
Season run September 5, 2001 – December 13, 2001
Number of legs 13
Number of teams 11
Winning team Rob & Brennan
Runner(s)-up Frank & Margarita
Joe & Bill
Cast
Amazingrace1 cast 2
Opening Sequence
The Amazing Race 1 Intro00:45

The Amazing Race 1 Intro

Series Chronology
Next Season The Amazing Race 2

The Amazing Race 1, originally broadcast as The Amazing Race, is the inaugural installment of the The Amazing Race (US) and the reality television franchise The Amazing Race. It ran from September 5, 2001 to December 13, 2001.

Development

The inaugural season of The Amazing Race traveled 35,000 miles (56,000 km) within 39 days, through 4 continents, 9 countries and 24 different cities. The first race was marred by several production errors such as filming delays due to an airport strike at the Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport in Rome and a sandstorm in Tunisia, with the latter prompting production to prolong the teams' stay in the Pit Stop for 36 hours instead of the standard 12 and eventually moved to Gabès to commence Leg 6.[1] It was originally going to air in May 2001 or during the summer, but it was held back once CBS saw the final product. [2]

Teams

RobBre
 1st place 
Rob & Brennan
Best friends/lawyers
FraMar
 2nd place 
Frank & Margarita
Separated couple
JoeBil
 3rd place 
Joe & Bill
Life partners
KevDre
 ELIMINATED 
Kevin & Drew
Fraternity brothers
NanEmi
 ELIMINATED 
Nancy & Emily
Mother/daughter
LenKar
 ELIMINATED 
Lenny & Karyn
Dating
PauAmi
 ELIMINATED 
Paul & Amie
Engaged
DavMar
 ELIMINATED 
Dave & Margaretta
Married 40 years
PatBre
 ELIMINATED 
Pat & Brenda
Working moms
KimLes
 ELIMINATED 
Kim & Leslie
Roommates
MatAna
 ELIMINATED 
Matt & Ana
Married

Route Map

The Amazing Race 1 map

Episodes

Episode # Leg # Title Air Date Destination First Place Last Place Finish Viewership
(in millions) [3]
Ratings/Share
(18-49)
1 1 "The Race Begins" September 5, 2001 United States → South Africa → Zambia Rob & Brennan Matt & Ana 1st Eliminated
11th Place
11.80[4] 5.1[5]
2 2 "Divide and Conquer" September 19, 2001 Zambia → France Pat & Brenda Kim & Leslie 2nd Eliminated
10th Place
3 3 "Home for Some" September 26, 2001 France Kevin & Drew Pat & Brenda 3rd Eliminated
9th Place
8.60
4 4 "Colossal Showdown" October 3, 2001 France → Tunisia Joe & Bill Dave & Margeretta 4th Eliminated
8th Place
8.70
5 5 "Desert Storm" October 10, 2001 Tunisia Kevin & Drew Paul & Amie 5th Eliminated
7th Place
8.30
6 6 "Whatever It Takes to Win" October 17, 2001 Tunisia → Italy Frank & Margarita Lenny & Karyn Non-Elimination
Leg
8.40
7 7 "Triumph and Loss" October 24, 2001 Italy → India Frank & Margarita Lenny & Karyn 6th Eliminated
6th Place
9.20
8 8 "Competition to the Fullest" October 31, 2001 India Kevin & Drew Nancy & Emily Non-Elimination
Leg
8.40
9 9 "The Unexpected Twist" November 14, 2001 India → Thailand Rob & Brennan Nancy & Emily 7th Eliminated
5th Place
9.40
10 10 "To the Physical and Mental Limit" November 21, 2001 Thailand Rob & Brennan Joe & Bill Non-Elimination
Leg
8.20
11 11 "Fight to the Last Minute" November 28, 2001 Thailand → China Frank & Margarita Kevin & Drew 8th Eliminated
4th Place
9.50
12 12 "Race to the Finish (Part 1)" December 5, 2001 China → United States Rob & Brennan Joe & Bill Non-Elimination
Leg
9.40
13 13 "Race to the Finish (Part 2)" December 13, 2001 United States Rob & Brennan Joe & Bill 3rd Place 13.70
Frank & Margarita 2nd Place

Leaderboard

This chart shows each teams ranking per leg according to their official check in at the Pit Stop. However, time penalties issued before the start of the next leg due to improperly performed tasks are not reflected here.

Place Team Leg 1 Leg 2 Leg 3 Leg 4 Leg 5 Leg 6 Leg 7 Leg 8 Leg 9 Leg 10 Leg 11 Leg 12 Leg 13 Average Icon-Roadblock
1 Rob & Brennan 1 3 3 6 4 3 3 3 1 1 2 1 1 2.46 5-7
2 Frank & Margarita 3 4 2 4 5 1 1 2 2 2 1 2 2 2.38 9-3
3 Joe & Bill 2 2 4 1 2 2 2 4 4 4 3 3 3 2.77 7-4
4 Kevin & Drew 9 5 1 2 1 4 4 1 3 3 4 3.36 5-5
5 Nancy & Emily 10 8 8 3 3 5 5 5 5 5.78 2-7
6 Lenny & Karyn 4 9 7 7 6 6 6 6.43 2-5
7 Paul & Amie 8 7 6 5 7 6.60 3-1
8 Dave & Margaretta 7 6 5 8 6.50 3-1
9 Pat & Brenda 5 1 9 5.00 1-0
10 Kim & Leslie 6 10 8.00 2-0
11 Matt & Ana 11 11.00 0-0
Notes [1][2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9]
Legend:
     The team finished in first place
     The team finished in last place and was eliminated from the race
     The team finished in last place in a non-elimination leg
     The team finished in last and were supposed to be eliminated, but were saved by the Salvage Pass or The Save
     The team that won The Amazing Race
     The team that crossed the Finish Line second
     The team that crossed the Finish Line third
The team used the Fast Forward pass





Notes:
1: Leg 1 had an unaired Roadblock which required a member of the team to cook a whole ostrich egg for both team members to eat before heading to the Pit Stop. This roadblock was shown partially on DVD release, but Pat & Brenda and Matt & Ana were not shown completing this Roadblock.
2: Dave & Margaretta originally finished 7th, but they were issued a penalty for improperly performing the Detour. The penalty affected their departure time instead.
3: Dave & Margaretta initially were checked in at the Pit Stop in 6th Place, but they were again penalized for not completing the Roadblock correctly, hence falling to 8th Place, with their penalty extending their stay at the previous Pit Stop.
4: Paul & Amie arrived 5th at the Pit Stop but started the next leg at 4th Place after being given a time credit due to a production error.
5: Paul & Amie mistakenly arrived at the Pit Stop while accidentally skipping the Roadblock. However, since they were already in last place, they were eliminated without being penalized.
6: Frank & Margarita and Joe & Bill originally checked in at the Pit Stop at 1st and 2nd Place respectively, but both teams incurred a 30-minute penalty for not following a clue correctly before they were officially checked in. However, their placements were not affected.
7: Lenny & Karyn were given a time credit due to production error. However, it did not affect their placement.
8: Nancy & Emily and Joe & Bill initially arrived at the Pit Stop at 4th and 5th Place, respectively, but the former's decision to deliberately forfeit the Detour incurred them a 24-hour time penalty, moving the latter in 4th Place.
9: Joe & Bill were so far behind that when they reached the last Detour, their next clue informed them that the race was over.

Reception

Pre-Production

  • Zap2It (09/13/2000): "Bruckheimer, CBS join for new reality 'Race' "
  • Zap2It (07/24/2001): "Amazing Race Kicks Off CBS Fall Season"

Pre-Season Reviews

  • Gary Levin at USA Today (08/02/2001): "CBS trouts out Amazing Race"
  • Warren Berger at New York Times (09/02/2001): "A Long Trip, With Someone You Know"
  • John Levesque at Seattle P-I (09/03/2001): "Amazing Race has plenty of gumption"
  • Anita Gates at New York Times (09/05/2001): "Bungee Jumping to Save Minutes: It's Called Reality"
  • Rob Owen at Post-Gazette (09/05/2001): "TV Reviews: 'Lost' and 'Amazing Race' both leave starting line -- best bet on CBS's 'Race' "
  • John Carman at SF Gate (09/05/2001): "Reality TV thinks globally / Players roam the world"
  • Andy Dehnart at realityblurred (09/05/2001): "Amazing Race debuts tonight"

Post-Season Reviews

  • Gary Levin at USA Today (12/13/2001): "Momentum carries 'Race' to finish"
  • The Trades (12/25/2001): "Roundtable Discussion on The Amazing Race"
  • Andy Dehnart at realityblurred (09/05/2011): "The Amazing Race is 10 today"

Trivia

Franchise

  • First season to visit the United States, South Africa, Zambia, France, Tunisia, Italy, India, Thailand, China.
  • First season to start and end in the same city.
  • First season to feature eleven teams.
  • First season to have four non-elimination legs.

US

  • This is the first season to have team(s) that made it to the finale leg, but never finish the race, as Joe and Bill were too far behind and the other two teams that already made it to the finish line.
  • First season that the Finish Line was located in the contiguous United States

Season 1

  • Coincidentally, the top three teams in the first leg happened to be the final three teams of the season.
  • Phil Keoghan did not greet teams that arrive at the Pit Stop other than the last placing team.
  • No team of siblings were on this season.

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