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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
35 Seasons, 538 Episodes
May 31, 2000
Game Show, Reality
Cast: Jeff Probst
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Survivor Full Episode Guide

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

  • Castaways compete in an all-new immunity challenge, and a new twist is unleashed into the game. Then, one castaway will be crowned sole Survivor and awarded the $1 million dollar prize, on the two-hour season finale, followed by the one-hour live reunion show hosted by Emmy Award winner Jeff Probst.

  • Castaways battle to win individual immunity and earn a spot in the final five

  • Castaways receive a much-needed visit from their loved ones, and one castaway must snatch an idol in plain sight.

  • Alliances are put to the test and castaways question who will remain loyal.

  • One player finds a secret advantage with a special twist, and concentration is key in the individual immunity challenge.

  • Castaways drop their buffs and merge for a big feast, and the first individual immunity is on the line.

  • One castaway struggles to keep his head in the game at a tough reward challenge, and a tough physical immunity challenge weighs heavily on castaways.

  • Tribes drop their buffs and switch things up, and one castaway rubs their new tribe the wrong way right before an explosive tribal council.

  • Two castaways find a clue and begin searching for a coveted idol. Also, one castaway's annoying behavior could jeopardize their game, and romance is in the air for one pair of Healers.

  • The castaways battle to prove which group has what it takes to win - Heroes, Healers or Hustlers. Also, one tribe will earn an advantage when the game is immediately "ignited" by the season's first challenge, and there is a super idol that comes with a new twist.

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

  • The season of "Game Changers'' draws to a close, and one remaining castaway will be crowned the Sole Survivor.

  • Only six castaways will remain after two shocking tribal councils, and castaways pour their hearts into a challenge that could be the key to their safety.

  • An emotional reward challenge brings loved ones together and one castaway receives invaluable advice from their special visitor.

  • Friends become foes when one castaway is caught in the act of sabotage.

  • Emotions skyrocket in one tribe, and castaways try to pull their way to safety at a physical immunity challenge.

  • One castaway is exiled after a tribe switch and gets an unexpected visitor.

  • A dramatic twist in the game has major repercussions within the tribes. Also, castaways are flying blind at a classic immunity challenge.

  • Teams get switched up, forcing one set of castaways to start over. Also, one castaway leaves his tribemates stranded in the ocean so he can search their camp for the immunity idol.

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Zeke Smith Voted Off 'Survivor'

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'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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