|The Amazing Race 1|
|Distance traveled||35,000 miles|
|Starting line||New York City, New York|
|Finish line||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 (2nd)|
Joe & Bill (3rd)
|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.
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.
|Episode #||Leg #||Title||Air Date||Destination||First Place||Last Place||Finish|| Viewership|
|1||1||"The Race Begins"||September 5, 2001||United States → South Africa → Zambia||Rob & Brennan||Matt & Ana|| 1st Eliminated|
|2||2||"Divide and Conquer"||September 19, 2001||Zambia → France||Pat & Brenda||Kim & Leslie|| 2nd Eliminated|
|3||3||"Home for Some"||September 26, 2001||France||Kevin & Drew||Pat & Brenda|| 3rd Eliminated|
|4||4||"Colossal Showdown"||October 3, 2001||France → Tunisia||Joe & Bill||Dave & Margeretta|| 4th Eliminated|
|5||5||"Desert Storm"||October 10, 2001||Tunisia||Kevin & Drew||Paul & Amie|| 5th Eliminated|
|6||6||"Whatever It Takes to Win"||October 17, 2001||Tunisia → Italy||Frank & Margarita||Lenny & Karyn|| Non-Elimination|
|7||7||"Triumph and Loss"||October 24, 2001||Italy → India||Frank & Margarita||Lenny & Karyn|| 6th Eliminated|
|8||8||"Competition to the Fullest"||October 31, 2001||India||Kevin & Drew||Nancy & Emily|| Non-Elimination|
|9||9||"The Unexpected Twist"||November 14, 2001||India → Thailand||Rob & Brennan||Nancy & Emily|| 7th Eliminated|
|10||10||"To the Physical and Mental Limit"||November 21, 2001||Thailand||Rob & Brennan||Joe & Bill|| Non-Elimination|
|11||11||"Fight to the Last Minute"||November 28, 2001||Thailand → China||Frank & Margarita||Kevin & Drew|| 8th Eliminated|
|12||12||"Race to the Finish (Part 1)"||December 5, 2001||China → United States||Rob & Brennan||Joe & Bill|| Non-Elimination|
|13||13||"Race to the Finish (Part 2)"||December 13, 2001||United States||Rob & Brennan||Joe & Bill||3rd place|
|Frank & Margarita||2nd place|
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|
|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||2-1|
|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|
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.
- Pre-Season Reviews
- Gary Levin at USA Today (08/02/2001): "CBS trouts out Amazing Race"
- John Levesque at Seattle P-I (09/03/2001): "Amazing Race has plenty of gumption"
- 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"
- Post-Season Reviews
- This is the first season to visit the United States, South Africa, Zambia, France, Tunisia, Italy, India, Thailand, and China.
- This is the first season to start and end in the same city.
- This is the first season to have teams that made it to the Finish Line, but never finished the race, as Joe and Bill were too far behind and the other two teams already made it to the finish line.
- Coincidentally, the top three teams in the first leg happened to be the final three teams of the season.
- In the first season, Phil Keoghan did not greet teams that arrive at the Pit Stop other than the last placing team.
- ↑ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Amazing_Race_1#Development_and_filming
- ↑ http://www.realitytvworld.com/news/ratings-for-race-premiere-come-up-less-than-amazing-230.php
- ↑ http://www.medialifemagazine.com:8080/news2001/sep01/sep03/4_thurs/news7thursday.html
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