How to watch 'Amazing Race' season 36 online — stream from anywhere

Twins Bailey Smith and Anthony Smith pass a note to a boy on a rocking horse in "The Amazing Race" season 36
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"Amazing Race" season 36 sees 26 adventurous souls embarking on the trip of a lifetime, paragliding in Colombia, swimming through waterfalls in the Dominican Republic and and rallying in Argentina. The winning duo will be awarded a $1 million prize. It's airing on CBS and Paramount Plus in the U.S. every Wednesday — and viewers abroad can watch from anywhere with a VPN.

'Amazing Race' season 36 release date and time

► Date and time: "Amazing Race" season 36 airs at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT on Wednesdays.
• U.S. — Watch on CBS (via Fubo or Paramount Plus)
• Watch anywhere — try NordVPN 100% risk-free

The current season was actually filmed in 2022 during Covid, so unlike last season the race is confined to the Americas. Our pairings include couples, friends, a father and daughter, mother and son, siblings, cousins and identical twin brothers.

Aside from Floridian recruiters Anthony and Bailey Smith, the most eye-catching contestant is Rod Gardner – yes, that Rod Gardner – the former first-round NFL Draft pick who played for Washington, Carolina, Green Bay and Kansas City. He's used to carving out routes on the playing field, but how will he fare in the middle of nowhere, with nothing but a handful of coins and a paper map?

The slowest team to complete each leg of the race faces elimination in the battle to reach the finish line in Philadelphia – a far cry from the sun-soaked cities they're immersing themselves in along the way.

You can learn more in our guide to how to watch "Amazing Race" season 36 online and from anywhere in the world. Scroll down for the full list of contestants.

Watch 'Amazing Race' season 36 in the U.S.

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In the U.S., "Amazing Race" season 36 premiered on CBS on Wednesday, March 13 at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT. Episodes now air at the same time each Wednesday.

CBS is a local broadcast network that can accessed with one of the best TV antennas or through a cable TV package.

If you've already cut the cord and don't have cable, you can watch CBS on a live TV service, like Fubo TV, Hulu With Live TV, YouTube TV and DirecTV Stream.

Of these options, we recommend Fubo, one of the best streaming services on the market.

You can also watch your local CBS station's live feed with Paramount Plus with Showtime ($11.99/month). 

The cheaper $5.99/month Essentials plan lets you stream episodes the following day.

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Watch 'Amazing Race' season 36 from anywhere

Away from home at the moment and blocked from watching "Amazing Race" on your subscription?

You can still watch "Amazing Race" season 36 thanks to the wonders of a VPN (Virtual Private Network). The software allows your devices to appear to be back in your home country regardless of where in the world you are. Ideal when you're away on vacation or on business. Our favorite is NordVPN. It's the best on the market:

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Using a VPN is incredibly simple.

1. Install the VPN of your choice. As we've said, NordVPN is our favorite.

2. Choose the location you wish to connect to in the VPN app. For instance, if you're in the U.K. and want to view an American service, you'd select U.S. from the list.

3. Sit back and enjoy the show. Head to Paramount Plus and stream new episodes of "Amazing Race" season 36 online.

Can you watch 'Amazing Race' season 36 in Canada, the U.K. or Australia?

As of yet, no plans have been announced to release "Amazing Race" season 36 beyond the U.S.. 

For now, anybody currently abroad from the U.S. can use one of the best VPN services to access their usual streaming service. We recommend NordVPN

Amazing Race season 35 cast

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'Amazing Race' S36 cast

Meet the cast of "Amazing Race" season 36:

  • Derek (57) & Shelisa Williams (55) - married
  • Danny (27) & Angie Butler (55) - mother and son
  • Rod (46) & Leticia Gardner (38) - married
  • Michelle (39) & Sean Clark (46) - married
  • Yvonne Chavez (40) & Melissa Main (38) - dating
  • Sunny Pulver (41) & Bizzy Smith (37) - friends
  • Amber Craven (30) & Vinny Cagungun (37) - dating
  • Ricky Rotandi (34) & Cesar Aldrete (34) - dating
  • Juan Villa (29) & Shane Bilek (29) - friends
  • Anthony (26) & Bailey Smith (26) - twin brothers
  • Kishori Turner (26) & Karishma Cordero (22) - cousins
  • Maya (20) & Rohan Mody (23) - siblings
  • Chris Foster (60) & Mary Cardona-Foster (27) - father and daughter

Where was 'Amazing Race' season 36 filmed?

The action started in Puerto Vallarta, with the racers travelling through Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Barbados, and the Dominican Republic, finishing up in Philadelphia.

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Aatif Sulleyman

Aatif is a freelance journalist and copywriter based in the UK. He’s written about technology, sport and politics for a wide range of publications including TechRadar, What Hi-Fi?, The Independent, Trusted Reviews, and Newsweek. These days, he focuses mainly on streaming at Future, an arrangement that combines two of his greatest passions: live TV and penny-pinching. When he's not attending a top-flight English soccer match, you can find him perfecting his table tennis skills.