The Amazing Race : Season 1

  • Network: CBS
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 5, 2001
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28
Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 24
  2. Negative: 2 out of 24

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Critic Reviews

  1. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jun 19, 2013
    80
    An exhilarating, fast-paced competition filled with colorful characters, "The Amazing Race" is a pulse-pounding good time.
  2. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jun 19, 2013
    88
    What really separates this Race from the competition... is the blessed absence of most of the contrived conflict and melodrama that have become reality's reason for being. [5 Sep 2001]
  3. Dallas Morning News
    Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jun 19, 2013
    70
    The show's global scope, scenery and overall sense of adventure make it a veritable Doctor Zhivago of the [reality] genre compared with most of the swill lately in play. [2 Sep 2001]
  4. Philadelphia Daily News
    Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Jun 19, 2013
    70
    The pace, beginning with the group's launch in New York City, is fast enough to make the race, not the accompanying whining, the main event. [5 Sep 2001]
  5. New York Post
    Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Jun 19, 2013
    100
    I love this show. I never thought I'd love a reality show, because mostly I hated all those shows with their wannabe models, fat yutzes and half-wits who try to be as smart as the fat yutz from "Survivor" but are dumber than a family tree of Bushes. But this one actually is so good I am already addicted.
  6. Washington Post
    Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Jun 19, 2013
    100
    Brings new energy and respectability to the "reality" genre popularized by the same network's "Survivor" -- and surpasses it in spectacle and human drama. Great TV lives. ... There is so much more to this show than there is to most of its ilk. [5 Sep 2001]
  7. St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Jun 19, 2013
    100
    "The Amazing Race," which combines the glossy production values of an IMAX movie, the physical demands of "Eco-Challenge" and the human drama of "National Lampoon's Vacation," sets new standards for reality TV. This is as good as it gets. [5 Sep 2001]
  8. Orlando Sentinel
    Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Jun 19, 2013
    100
    This rousing, scenic contest could well set the entertainment standard for new series this season. [2 Sep 2001]
  9. Philadelphia Inquirer
    Reviewed by: Jonathan Storm
    Jun 19, 2013
    90
    The Amazing Race... looks like The West Wing of reality, the first of the descendants of Survivor that may outshine its parent. [2 Sep 2001]
  10. Denver Post
    Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Jun 19, 2013
    90
    CBS may have the most appealing nonscripted hour of the fall. [4 Sep 2001]
  11. Reviewed by: Terry Kelleher
    Jun 27, 2013
    58
    [A] half-decent start.
  12. San Jose Mercury News/Contra Costa Times
    Reviewed by: Chuck Barney
    Jun 19, 2013
    80
    An ambitious and wildly paced around-the-globe journey... "The Amazing Race" appears to have what it takes to become reality TV's next big thing. [5 Sep 2001]
  13. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    Jun 19, 2013
    30
    As always with these shows, skepticism is advised about the "reality" of "Amazing Race," from camera positioning to participants hamming it up for the lens while embarking on what Keoghan, in an upchuck of host hype, calls "the most daring competition ever attempted." [5 Sep 2001]
  14. Cleveland Plain Dealer
    Reviewed by: Mark Dawidziak
    Jun 19, 2013
    40
    The show at least moves at a fast clip and blazes past some impressive scenery ... Despite the higher production values, "The Amazing Race" offers little more than a blur of people shouting, "Which way do we go?" [5 Sep 2001]
  15. Deseret News
    Reviewed by: Scott D. Pierce
    Jun 19, 2013
    90
    The best so-called "reality" series since "Survivor." ... "Race" is not only exciting but fascinating to look at. [4 Sep 2001]
  16. San Diego Union-Tribune
    Reviewed by: Robert P. Laurence
    Jun 19, 2013
    63
    Ambitious and complicated. [4 Sep 2001]
  17. Arizona Republic
    Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Jun 19, 2013
    70
    Plays down the drama and ratchets up the entertainment. All the teams are compelling for one reason or another. [5 Sep 2001]
  18. Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    Reviewed by: John Levesque
    Jun 19, 2013
    75
    As long as the show's 13 episodes retain the unrelenting sense of bedlam that characterizes the first, they'll be fine. [3 Sep 2001]
  19. Houston Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Mike McDaniel
    Jun 19, 2013
    75
    If you're like me, this show will hook you in.
  20. New York Daily News
    Reviewed by: Eric Mink
    Jun 19, 2013
    30
    A dense stew of contestants, rules and requirements. ... Some viewers may be content and even entertained by this dramatically photographed jumble of elements, but I found tonight's installment confusing to the point of being off-putting. [5 Sep 2001]
  21. Newsday
    Reviewed by: Noel Holston
    Jun 19, 2013
    40
    For every instance of contestants behaving in a transcendent manner, there are half a dozen demonstrations of pettiness, impatience, anger and jealousy. [5 Sep 2001]
  22. The New York Times
    Reviewed by: Anita Gates
    Jun 19, 2013
    40
    Unfortunately, watching harried Americans run in and out of airports is not fascinating television, so "The Amazing Race" gets off to a less than gripping start. [5 Sep 2001]
  23. Variety
    Reviewed by: Michael Speier
    Jun 19, 2013
    90
    With this thrilling trip around the world, CBS blows away the Summer of Rats --- thank you "Fear Factor" --- while creating a terrific companion piece to the net's comparatively tranquil "Survivor." [3 Sep 2001]
  24. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Allan Johnson
    Jun 19, 2013
    90
    Probably the best of this genre since the network's "Survivor." [5 Sep 2001]
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Mar 6, 2013
    9
    Its great! Its a great series to keep up with every week. But at times I see the competers stress.
  2. Nov 22, 2012
    10
    An edge of your seat adventure