The Great American Road Trip

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Great American Road Trip
The Great American Road Trip logo.jpg
Format Reality talent show
Presented by Reno Collier
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 8
Production
Running time Varies
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Picture format 480i (NTSC)
Original run July 7 – August 24, 2009 (2009-08-24)

Great American Road Trip is a reality television competition series that aired on NBC. It follows seven families as they go on a road trip and compete against each other at different landmarks in and around U.S. Route 66 in the United States. The series is hosted by comedian Reno Collier.

The show premiered on July 7, 2009 as the lead-in to America's Got Talent. However, due to poor ratings, NBC moved the show to Monday nights, with the next episode coming less than a week later.[1] In the second week, ratings declined about 10 percent, as seen in the chart below.

Structure[edit]

The families are given recreational vehicles for use throughout the competition. They drive from place to place to compete in various challenges. There are two contests each week. The first is the "King of the Road" challenge, in which the winner receives a reward, and the second is the "End of the Road" challenge, in which the losing team goes home.

Families[edit]

The following families are in the competition. They are listed with their hometowns:

Family Members Hometown Placing
DiSalvatore Amy, Blake, Mason & Silvio Yonkers, New York Winners
Coote Cassidy, Jake, Jennifer & Keith Lockport, Illinois Runners-up
Pollard Aaron, Amie, Anslie & Ron Wicksburg, Alabama Eliminated Episode 7
Montgomery Alecia, Darius, Darius Ross & Tylier Montclair, California Eliminated Episode 5
Faverey Ashley, Dee, Dylan & Lenny Wantagh, New York Eliminated Episode 4
Rico Danielle, Erica, Ricardo & Ricky Katy, Texas Eliminated Episode 3
Katzenberg Andrew, Hyleri, Marc & Sami Westport, Connecticut Eliminated Episode 1

Locations[edit]

Episode One[edit]

Episode Two[edit]

Episode Three[edit]

Episode Four[edit]

Episode Five[edit]

Episode Six[edit]

These hotels were locations during the scavenger hunt:

Episode Seven[edit]

Episode Eight[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Episode Number Title Air Date King of the Road
Challenge
KOTR Winner KOTR Bottom 3 End of the Road
Challenge
EOTR Winner & Runner-Up Eliminated Family
1
Pilot
7/7/09
One member of the family wears a giant presidential bobblehead. The other 3 family members are the "Secret Service Agents" helping the "President" navigate the course. The "President" carries ballots and tries to get as many as possible into the ballot box at the end of the course in under 3 minutes.[2]
Coote
Montgomery
Faverey
Katzenberg
Families will have a certain amount of rope attached to a ball that they must push through a series of obstacles, in which there is only one correct path to cross the finish line.
Montgomery
Faverey
Katzenberg
2a
Gateway to the West
7/13/09
Each family has to perform a four minute show showcasing their families' talents.
Pollard
Montgomery
Faverey
DiSalvatore
The parents have to make their way through a maze of classic cars, grab some food from a concession stand, and bring it back to their family while wearing high-tech versions of blindfolds and being guided by their children.
Coote
None
3
The Heartland
7/20/09
The dads have 30 minutes to cook and the best burger.
Coote
Faverey
DiSalvatore
Rico
The families have to take a bunch of Texas-sized items and fit them on a map of the state.
DiSalvatore
Faverey
Rico
4
Road Warriors
7/27/09
The families have to take mannequins and get as many of them on the plane in the given amount of time, take-off ready.
Coote
Faverey
DiSalvatore
Montgomery
Items are launched into the air and the families have to identify each of them. Afterward, the families had to place the objects on a board in the order that they saw them.
DiSalvatore
Montgomery
Faverey
5
Are We There Yet?
8/3/09
Arizona is known for the "Vortex" so for their next challenge the families get to try out their own vortex. A member of the family will spin the vortex, with someone on it, stop it and then that family member will have to walk to the gong and hit it.[3]
Coote
DiSalvatore
Montgomery
Pollard
Each family member is put in a separate train car. They must work together to pass along codes that open up safes at either end of the train.[4]
DiSalvatore
Pollard
Montgomery
6b
Vegas Baby
8/10/09
Families had to make their very own hydroelectric plant at the Hoover Dam.
Coote
None
As the challenge to win the special night in Vegas, the families must now find their dads (Keith and Ron), who are now somewhere in Las Vegas. They two families are off on their Vegas scavenger hunt.[5]
Pollard
Coote
None
7c
California or Bust
8/17/09
The final three families are taken in a car up a mountain to a zip line platform above Bootleg Canyon. Each family member will ride the zip line and drop paint balls onto large photos of cast members along the way.[6]
DiSalvatore
Pollard
Coote
There is red car in the center of other cars that needs to be driven out of the square, first by moving the other cars around it to create an opening. The catch? The cars can only be moved backward and forward.
Coote
Pollard
8
End of the Road
8/24/09
Both families were to solve a puzzle using cubes with pictures of themselves at each landmark they have visited and place them on a large USA map.
DiSalvatore
None
None
None
Coote

*^Note A : In episode two, no teams were eliminated. Instead, the top three teams in the King of the Road challenge (Pollards, Cootes, and Ricos) faced off in a second challenge, with the winning team receiving a prize. The Cootes received a trip to an upcoming movie premiere in Hollywood.
*^Note B : In episode 6, instead of an End of the Road challenge, the top 2 families compete for the luxury.

*^Note C : In episode 7, there were only 2 teams in the bottom instead of 3.

Elimination chart[edit]

Episode 1 Episode 2 Episode 3 Episode 4 Episode 5 Episode 6 Episode 7 Final
Episode 8
King of the Road Coote Pollard Coote Coote Coote Coote DiSalvatore (none)
Bottom Two/Three Favery
Katzenberg
Montgomery
DiSalvatore
Favery
Montgomery
DiSalvatore
Favery
Rico
DiSalvatore
Favery
Montgomery
DiSalvatore
Montgomery
Pollard
DiSalvatore
Pollard
Pollard
Coote
DiSalvatore Safe Bottom 3 Bottom 3 Bottom 3 Bottom 3 Bottom 2 King of
the Road
Winner
$100,000
Coote King of
the Road
Won
Luxury
King of
the Road
King of
the Road
King of
the Road
King of
the Road
Bottom 2 Runner-Up
Pollard Safe King of
the Road
Safe Safe Bottom 3 Won
Luxury
Bottom 2 Eliminated
(Episode 7)
Montgomery Bottom 3 Bottom 3 Safe Bottom 3 Bottom 3 Eliminated
(Episode 5)
Favery Bottom 3 Bottom 3 Bottom 3 Bottom 3 Eliminated
(Episode 4)
Rico Safe Safe Bottom 3 Eliminated
(Episode 3)
Katzenberg Bottom 3 Eliminated
(Episode 1)
Notes none See
note 1
none See
note 2
none
  • ^Note 1 : In Episode 2, nobody was eliminated. The Pollards won the first competition in the episode. The top three competed for a luxury. The Cootes won this competition.
  • ^Note 2 : In Episode 6, nobody was eliminated. The Cootes won the first competition in the episode. The top two competed for a luxury, and last place was sidelined. The Pollards won this competition.

Other details[edit]

Episode 2[edit]

Ratings[edit]

Order Episode Rating Share Rating/Share
(18-49)
Viewers
(millions)
Rank (Night) Rank (Timeslot) Rank (Week)
1 "Pilot" 3.0 6 1.3/6[7] 4.66 #8[8] #2 #20[9]
2 "Gateway to the West" 2.2 4 0.9/3 3.30 #12[10] #3 #32
3 "The Heartland" 2.3 4 1.0/3 3.46 #10 #4 #25
4 "Road Warriors" 2.1 4 1.0/3 3.56 #12 #4 #26
5 "Are We There Yet?" 2.8 5 1.3/4 4.62 #9 #3 #22
6 "Vegas Baby" 2.8 5 1.3/4 4.37 #10 #4 #23
7 "California or Bust" 2.8 5 1.4/5 4.51 #11 #5 #27
8 "End of the Road" 3.0 5 1.4/4 4.79 #7 #3 #21

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