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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.

Sunday, Wednesday 8:00 PM et/pt, Thursday 9:00 PM et/pt on CBS
18 Seasons, 626 Episodes - Currently Airing
July 5, 2000
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Big Brother Full Episode Guide

  • The final battle for HoH takes place. Plus, who will become the final 2 houseguests?

  • Who will be evicted from the house in the live eviction?

  • Who will win the most powerful veto competition of the summer?

  • Will Paul or Victor be evicted? The final four will be revealed.

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CBS Broadcasts Controversial 'Big Brother' Clips [VIDEO]

Perhaps it's CBS's new 24/7 live feed of the house guests, or perhaps it's linked to the recent Paula Deen trouble, but it seems that contestants on this season of "Big Brother" are letting their mouths get them in trouble.

Big Brother - Season 14 Episode 11 Recap

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.

CBS Fires Latest Shots In ABC-'The Glass House' War

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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