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Hosted by Jeff Probst for two seasons each year and showcasing some of the most exotic places on Earth, the television show "Survivor" has garnered quite a fan base as well as several Emmy wins and nominations along with plenty of accolades from the television industry.

The CBS reality game show is produced by Probst along with executive producer Mark Burnett and creator Charlie Parsons. In 1997 Parsons created the original Survivor, which was a popular Swedish TV series known as "Expedition Robinson."

The premise of the American version of Survivor is a rather simple one, outwit, outplay and outlast all of the other players in the game.

Survivor takes ordinary people from around the country and divides them into teams, deserting them in some of the most gorgeous yet dangerous locations imaginable. Challenges ranging from the seemingly simple to the outright complicated must be completed for rewards and for immunity from elimination.

Eventually, one lone survivor remains after the rest are voted out of the game by their peers. The winner then receives the title of Sole Survivor along with the one million dollar prize.

The elimination process of Survivor is one of the game's most exciting elements. Every few days the contestants on the losing team of the most recent challenge meet during a ceremony known as Tribal Council. There, Probst asks probing questions about things such as the mood around camp, who is in what alliance and how the players are interacting with one another in general.

Although some contestants look forward to Tribal Council, particularly if there is someone the rest of the group desperately wants out of the game, eliminating players always comes with consequences.

After the teams merge into one, players who are voted out become members of the jury, which is the panel ultimately responsible for deciding the game's winner.

As team challenges become individual ones approximately midway through the game, the contestants play for themselves instead of together for immunity and reward. Now is when Survivor becomes even more exciting as players work to secure a final spot in the game all while wondering who can be trusted and who can't.

Since it first premiered back on May 31, 2000 the reality series Survivor has managed to keep its audiences interested with new twists and turns including hidden immunity idols, unexpected team switches and the return of notorious players from the past.

Wednesday 8:00 pm et/pt on CBS
33 Seasons, 510 Episodes
May 31, 2000
Game Show, Reality
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Survivor Full Episode Guide

  • The castaways get together in Los Angeles following the Live Finale to discuss the season with Jeff Probst.

  • Who will make it into the final three? Then, after 39 intense days, one castaway will be crowned the winner of the million dollar prize.

  • This week two castaways are sent home, and immunity is up for grabs in a classic game of Survivor pinball.

  • Castaways receive a much-needed reward in the form of love, and one castaway works hard to build their resume in the game.

  • Figgy and Taylor doubt their decision to reveal their budding "showmance" to their tribemates, and some castaways are concerned there may be a snitch at camp after a Hidden Immunity Idol is found.

  • Millennials and Gen X get physical in the first Reward Challenge of the season, and two castaways are out for revenge after being blindsided by their allies.

  • Castaways get a chance to mingle with their opponents. Balance and precision are tested at a difficult Immunity Challenge.

  • One castaway puts on his "love goggles" when he falls for a beautiful castaway. Also, heat exhaustion deflates one castaway.

  • In the season premiere, generations battle as Millennials take on Gen X. A massive storm leads to a first in the show's history, and one castaway secures a powerful advantage in the game.

  • The castaways reunite to discuss the season with host Jeff Probst.

  • The castaways battle for a reward that could change their fate. Then, after 39 intense days of one of the most difficult seasons in Survivor history, one castaway will be crowned the winner and awarded the grand prize.

  • One castaway struggles with betrayal. Also, an indulging reward could cause problems for one castaway.

  • The castaways must find the right combination of balance and teamwork to score a much-needed reward. Also, one castaway is under attack after bossing others around.

  • One castaway holds the power to guarantee a shot at the final six. Also, after an unexpected tribal council, an alliance is permanently fractured.

  • An unexpected turn of events at Tribal Council shakes up the entire tribe. Also, castaways are faced with a dilemma.

  • A separation in tribes leads to a total blindside. Also, a schoolyard pick draws a line in the sand at a tough Reward Challenge.

  • The merge creates a power struggle between former teams. Also, rumors of an all-girl alliance could be problematic for one castaway.

  • A Tribe merge upsets alliances and the game. Also, a brutal individual Immunity Challenge keeps castaways on their toes.

  • Survivors compete for a hearty food reward in a classic challenge. Also, pressure mounts when one castaway interrogates a fellow tribemate.

  • The teams get switched up, and one castaway feels isolated in the game following the changes.

  • The extreme heat begins affecting several castaways, and one receives emergency medical attention.

  • One castaway goes to extremes to retrieve an idol, and two castaways connect quickly in the Beauty tribe. The castaways play for immunity and rewards during a taxing physical challenge.

  • In the 32nd season premiere, 18 new contestants are introduced and separated into 3 teams - Brains, Brawn and Beauty.

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Survivor News

Does Russian Reality Series Really Allow Murder and Rape?

A new Survivor-esque Russian reality series waded into controversy this week by giving its contestants permission to do some terrible things.

French 'Survivor' Show Experiences Two Deaths

After a 25-year-old contestant unexpectedly suffered a heart attack and died, the show's doctor committed suicide, blaming the media for ruining his reputation.

'Survivor: South Pacific' Crowns a Winner

In the end, it all came down to returning contestant Coach Ben Wade, 26-year-old baseball coach Albert Destrade, and 22-year-old med student Sophie Clarke last night for the crown of championship Survivor in "Survivor: South Pacific." So who went home with $1 million?

'Survivor' Host Jeff Probst Set to Host CBS Talk Show

During his time as the host of "Survivor," Jeff Probst has hosted in some of the wildest, most remote areas of the world. But none of them are as scary and unforgiving as the world he is about to enter: the world of daytime television. Probst has struck a deal with CBS that has him developing a daytime talk show with the network, set to premiere in fall 2012. The show will be an hour-long deal, dividing its time between news stories and human interest stories, as Probst covers events and conducts interviews.

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