The Amazing Race: Family Edition is the eighth season of the reality television show, The Amazing Race. It premiered on September 27, 2005 and ended on December 13, 2005 on CBS.


Casting interviews were conducted in March 2005. Due to the unique format, two rules were changed for this season only - gasoline was covered by production costs (in addition to airline tickets), while the "six-Roadblock rule" in place since season 6 was removed as the teams consisted of four-person families. Some Roadblocks also required two members of each team to participate.

The Family Edition was filmed in a single month (July 2005) and traveled 11,000 miles (18,000 km), spanning only four different countries in North America.

Travelocity and GMC were the official sponsors during this season and provided prizes throughout the race to winning teams on certain legs.


S8 LinzFamily
 1st place 
Linz Family
S8 BransenFamily
 2nd place 
Bransen Family
Dad and Daughters
S8 WeaverFamily
 3rd place 
Weaver Family
Widow and Kids
S8 GodlewskiFamily
 4th place 
Godlewski Family
S8 PaoloFamily
 5th place 
Paolo Family
Dad, Mom and Kids
S8 GaghanFamily
 6th place 
Gaghan Family
Dad, Mom and Kids
S8 SchroederFamily
 7th place 
Schroeder Family
Dad, Stepmom and Kids
S8 AielloFamily
 8th place 
Aiello Family
Father and Sons-in-law
S8 RogersFamily
 9th place 
Rogers Family
Dad, Mom and Kids
S8 BlackFamily
 10th place 
Black Family
Dad, Mom and Kids


Episode Air Date Leg Destination First Place Last Place Finish Viewership
1 "Go, Mommy, Go! We Can Beat Them!" September 27, 2005 1 New York → New Jersey → Pennsylvania Godlewski Family Black Family 1st Eliminated
10th Place
10.64 4.4/11
2 "How Do We Know We Aren't Going to Get Shot?" October 4, 2005 2 Pennsylvania → District of Columbia → Virginia Weaver Family Rogers Family 2nd Eliminated
9th Place
11.25 4.3/10
3 "I Don't Kiss, I Make Out!" October 11, 2005 3 Virginia → South Carolina → Alabama Bransen Family Aiello Family 3rd Eliminated
8th Place
10.95 4.3/10
4 "Think Like an Office Chair" October 18, 2005 4 Alabama → Mississippi → Louisiana Bransen Family Schroeder Family 4th Eliminated
7th Place
11.11 4.5/11
5 "We're Getting Out of the Country, Girls" October 25, 2005 5 Louisiana → Panama Paolo Family Godlewski Family Non-Elimination
10.38 4.1/10
6 "I'm Sick of Doing Stuff I Can't Do" November 1, 2005 6 Panama → Costa Rica Paolo Family Gaghan Family 5th Eliminated
6th Place
10.89 4.3/10
7 "You Look Ridiculous" November 8, 2005 7 Costa Rica → Arizona Godlewski Family Bransen Family Non-Elimination
10.84 4.6/11
8 Arizona Godlewski Family Paolo Family 6th Eliminated
5th Place
8 "How's That Face Feel?" November 22, 2005 9 Arizona → Utah Linz Family Weaver Family Non-Elimination
10.30 3.8/9
9 "Don't Talk to Me Like I Was an Animal or Something" November 29, 2005


Utah → Wyoming → Montana Bransen Family Godlewski Family Ordered to
Continue Racing
8.80 3.5/8
10 "The Family Christmas Card" December 6, 2005 Bransen Family Godlewski Family 7th Eliminated
4th Place
11.16 4.1/10
11 "25 Days, 50 Cities, and More Than 600 Consecutive Hours Together as a Family" December 13, 2005 11 Montana → Canada → New York Bransen Family Weaver Family Ordered to
Continue Racing
11.51 4.7/12
Linz Family Weaver Family 3rd Place
Bransen Family 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 Average Icon-Roadblock
1 Linz Family 9 2 2 3 4 2 3 2 1> 3 2 2 1 2.82 5-4-2-4
2 Bransen Family 7 6 1 1 3 3 5 4 2 1 1 1 2 3.18 4-5-4-2
3 Weaver Family 3 1 5 5 2 5< 2 3 4< 2 3 3 3 3.27 2-4-2-7
4 Godlewski Family 1 3 4 4 6 4 1 1 3 4 4 3.10 4-5-2-2
5 Paolo Family 6 8 6 2 1 1> 4 5 4.13 1-1-3-2
6 Gaghan Family 2 7 7 6 5 6 5.50 2-2-1-1
7 Schroeder Family 5 4 3 7 4.75 2-0-1-1
8 Aiello Family 8 5 8 7.00 0-0-1-2
9 Rogers Family 4 9 6.50 0-0-1-0
10 Black Family 10 10.00 0-0-0-0
Notes [1] [2] [3]


     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 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
> The team used the Yield
< Recipient of the Yield

1: An additional task in Leg 4 was presented to teams as a Roadblock but was aired as a miscellaneous task. The Roadblock tally includes the Roadblock in this leg as every team was shown having a particular member performing it.
2: Legs 10 was a double-length leg, with two Detours and two Roadblocks, and shown over two episodes. The placements listed in the first column reflect the order teams arrived at the leg's halfway point.
3: Leg 11 was a double-length leg, with two Detours and two Roadblocks. The placements listed in the first column reflect the order teams picked up a charter flight to a mystery destination at Olympic Stadium, the leg's halfway point. This leg was shown over a single two-hour episode.
4: The Weaver Family was not shown performing the Roadblock on air, as the Linz and Bransen Families had already crossed the Finish Line. An interview after the race with the family revealed that Rebecca was the team member who did the Roadblock.
5: The Bransen Family won "The Final Amazing Challenge" task shown on the CBS website after the end of the race.
6: The finishes in the first half of the superlegs in Leg 10 and Leg 11 are not counted as part of the average. Only the final finish in the leg is counted toward the average.



  • First season to stay entirely within one continent.
  • First time visits to Panama and Costa Rica.
  • First season not to have a team penalized nor told to go back and fix the mistake before checking in.
  • Most participants in a race: 40 people.
  • First time that the penultimate leg was a superleg.
    • Only season with multiple superlegs (not counting No-Rest Legs).


  • Fewest countries visited, 4.
  • One of three seasons to have no teams returning in All-Stars.


  • Harry Smith on The Early Show (08/16/2005): "Amazing Race 8: A Family Affair"
  • Gary Levin at USA Today (08/16/2005): "Families compete in new Amazing Race"
  • Stephen M. Silverman at (08/17/2005): "New Amazing Race Season a Family Affair"
  • R.D. Heldenfels at (10/11/2005): "It's Not That Complicated"
  • Dalton Ross at (10/14/2005): "What's wrong with The Amazing Race?"
  • Sal Cinquemani at Slant Magazine (10/19/2005): "Reviewing Family Edition So Far"
  • Joanna Slimmer at (11/19/2015): "Why Family Edition does not suck"
  • Robert Voets at USA Today (12/11/2015): "Reality Check - Amazing Race Recaps"
  • Andy Dehnart at realityblurred (01/23/2006): "Phil Keoghan thought TAR 8 sucked; CBS exec says the season wasn't particularly successful"

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