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Big Brother remains one of the most popular reality competition shows on the air. The program places over a dozen strangers in a house together, where they have no contact with the outside world but have cameras following them 24 hours a day for almost three months. The players must demonstrate social skill and strategy to last in the competition.

In order to win the final cash prize, the last remaining player avoids the weekly eviction, voted on by the houseguests and also wins a final popularity vote by the other players. During their stay, the houseguests participate in a variety of competitions for rewards such as game advantages, food perks and trips outside the house. One of the most important weekly contests is for the title of Head of Household, the weekly winner gets to nominate the other houseguests for eviction. Houseguests also compete for the Power of Veto to change the eviction nominations. These contests often lead to in-house alliances and enemies as the weeks progress.

Along with several regular episodes a week, there is a live episode to announce the evicted houseguest. Viewers can also watch Big Brother After Dark on the Showtime channel, which includes racier moments from the house activities. Big Brother fans can also sign up for live feeds on the internet and watch every moment of the houseguests' day. The houseguests have no TV, news or family contact, so the tensions and boredom can lead to dramatic arguments and other entertaining moments. The show has also spawned popular podcasts and online chat about the houseguests, which gives the show a wide social networking aspect.

The format of the show has captivated audiences all over the globe from Brazil to Israel, Britain to Indonesia. Each international franchise makes adaptations to the basic structure of the show such as celebrity or All-Star versions, competitions including pairs of players and alterations of the basic premise.. The first Big Brother began in the Netherlands in 1999, and the U.S. version premiered in the summer of 2000 hosted by Julie Chen. The show remains a popular summer series and adds twists to each season to keep the competition fresh.

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16 Seasons, 544 Episodes - Returning Series
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Big Brother Full Episode Guide

  • In the season finale, the jury questions the two final houseguests and the winner of Big Brother 16 will be crowned.

  • The final head of household battle begins. Plus Cody, Derrick and Victoria take a look back through the summer and share some unseen footage and favorite moments.

  • The final HoH decides who they will take with them to the finale.

  • Frankie is desperate to win HoH in this special Rewind competition.

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The HOH competition continues as water is pouring on the players and the boat is rocking while everyone is fighting to win HOH now that the coaches are back in the game and everyone is playing as individuals.

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Admit it, ABC: "The Glass House" does sound an awful lot like "Big Brother." That might be why CBS was up in arms enough about the June premiere to file for a temporary restraining order blocking the ABC reality competition show's airing. CBS now claims that if ABC suffers a loss over promoting the copycat, that's not their problem.

Who Won 'Big Brother' 13?

Last night was the season 13 finale of "Big Brother," with three contestants fighting it out for the $500,000 prize. After 75 days locked away from the real world and having their lives examined by millions, Rachel Reilly, Adam Poch and Porsche Briggs remained. Who took home the big prize on "Big Brother"?

'Big Brother' Cast Member Shelly Moore and Her Daughter Getting Death Threats Over Show

Between the tragedy surrounding "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" cast member Russell Armstrong, and now death threats against a "Big Brother" contestant and her eight-year-old daughter, reality TV has apparently reached a very dangerous saturation point.

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