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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
39 Seasons, 595 Episodes
May 31, 2000
Game Show, Reality
7.1/10
Cast: Jeff Probst
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Survivor Full Episode Guide

  • The castaways reunite in Los Angeles to discuss the season. Jeff Probst hosts.

  • A winner will be crowned Sole Survivor on the finale of SURVIVOR: Island of the Idols.

  • The fourteenth castaway is voted out and joins the jury.

  • Trust is tested when new alliances are formed but some old ones remain. Also, lines are drawn in the sand after the family visit.

  • One castaway must prove how well they know their castmates when presented with a game-changing opportunity while visiting Island of the Idols.

  • An unexpected twist shakes up the game and sends two people home.

  • Castaways enjoy a merge feast before individual immunity is on the line.

  • Rival alliances go head to head over a powerful player, and one castaway must decide if they are daring enough to take on a risky task after visiting the Island of the Idols.

  • Castaways are forced to switch up their game after a surprising tribe swap.

  • A "showmance" could create distractions and paint a target on two castaways' backs. Also, after a visit with Boston Rob and Sandra on Island of the Idols, one castaway has a chance to seize an opportunity to prove their power of persuasion.

  • New tribal dynamics may put the rest of the castaways on edge leading into the next tribal council. Also, one castaway is presented with an opportunity on "Island of the Idols"

  • One castaway puts their mind to work when given a new opportunity on the Island of the Idols. Also, tribes must climb their way to the top during a tough immunity challenge.

  • One castaway gets fired up when learning a lesson on the Island of the Idols, where Boston Rob Mariano and Sandra Diaz serve as mentors in an all-new twist. Also, castaways question whether likability will prove to be a liability.

  • The castaways reunite in Los Angeles to discuss the season. Jeff Probst hosts.

  • After 39 emotional days, one castaway will take home the $1 million prize and earn the title of Sole Survivor. One castaway's game will unravel, and someone will get a chance to return to the game, when castaways "living on the edge" go head to head on the two-hour season finale.

  • Spirits are lifted when castaways living “on the edge” read letters that they wrote to themselves before starting this adventure. Also, the final 7 castaways battle for immunity during a tough puzzle challenge.

  • One castaway gets caught red-handed rummaging through someone's bag at camp. Also, castaways battle to win reward in the form of love when family members pay a visit.

  • Two tribal councils in one hour, and a surprise advantage may pay off for one castaway's game.

  • Tribal Council heats up, and castaways strategize until moments before the vote. Also, concentration is key at a classic immunity challenge.

  • The puppet master attempts to pull the strings on other castaways, and one castaway struggles to find balance at an immunity challenge after exhaustion takes its toll.

  • Alliances are tested after a highly anticipated merge between tribes. Also, one castaway can rest easy after winning the first individual immunity challenge of the season.

  • Castaways drop their buffs and switch things up, and Edge of Extinction heats up when an eliminated castaway has to face people they blindsided.

  • Teamwork is the key to success in an all-new immunity challenge. Also, two castaways attempt to get along while trying to survive on the "Edge of Extinction".

  • The first castaway is stranded all alone on "Edge of Extinction." Also, first-time players bond together in an attempt to get a returnee out of the game.

  • Castaways hover on the "Edge of Extinction" in an all-new twist, and four returning players attempt to bond with their new tribemates. Also, castaways tackle a giant puzzle in their first immunity challenge of the season.

Survivor News

'Survivor' Contestant Dumped for Alleged Groping

Dan Spilo was removed from the cast of 'Survivor: Island of the Idols.'

Zeke Smith Voted Off 'Survivor'

After making headlines with his unintended on-air outing, the transgender contestant is gone.

'Survivor' Controversy Has Consequences for Contestant

The contestant's employer has reportedly tried to distance itself from the publicity.

Andy Cohen Sees Bright Side to 'Survivor' Transgender Controversy

In case you wondered what the talk show hosts thinks of the issue, he spoke up this week.

'Survivor' Contestant Outed as Transgender

A fellow contestant made the revelation on the air.

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.

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