Survivor (USA)

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Survivor
Survivor-title.jpg
Premiere May 31, 2000
Airs On hiatus
Based on Swedish series Expedition Robinson by
Charlie Parsons
Developed by Charlie Parsons &
Mark Burnett
Host Jeff Probst
Network CBS
Style 60-minute competitive reality
Company Mark Burnett Productions
(seasons 1-24),
One Three Media
(seasons 25-28),
United Artists Media Group
(seasons 29-31),
MGM Television
(seasons 32-)
Survivor Entertainment Group (SEG)
CBS Productions
(seasons 1-12),
CBS Paramount Network Television
(seasons 13-18),
CBS Television Studios
(seasons 19-)
Seasons 38
Episodes 580 (through season 38)
Status Renewed through season 39 (2019)
Origin USA
Official Site CBS
The tribe has spoken.

Survivor is known as the show that started the reality television phenomenon. The show centers around a group of people that have been stranded on a desert island and are left to fend for themselves by building their own shelter and catching their own food. Every few days, they compete in challenges for rewards and, more important, immunity from leaving the game. The team who loses the Immunity Challenge is forced to go to tribal council where the tribe has to vote one of its members off the island. During the midpoint of the game, which lasts 39 days, the two tribes merge into one. The final nine members of that single tribe form a jury, seven of which vote who they want of the remaining two tribe members to win the game.

Premiering in the summer of 2000 with very little fanfare, the show started to attract critical acclaim and attention, culminating in a season finale that garnered 50 million viewers, the highest ever for a reality television show. As a result, season two of the show was highly hyped, and debuted directly after the Super Bowl with 45 million viewers, eventually going on to become the most-watched series of the 2001 season. Although season two was as highly watched as the first season, ratings died down starting with the third. Although ratings have decreased, the show still attracts anywhere between 10 and 15 million viewers every week and is a mainstay for CBS, normally ranking in the Top 20 in ratings for the year.

For information on the Survivor and Expedition Robinson franchise, please refer to the Survivor franchise page.

Contents

Contestants

For a specific season, go to the season article. To see a list of contestants who have appeared in more than one season, click here.

Seasons

Season  Premiere Finale #
CBS
Season One: Borneo May 30, 2000 August 23, 2000 14
Season Two: The Australian Outback January 28, 2001 May 10, 2001 17
Season Three: Africa October 11, 2001 January 17, 2002 17
Season Four: Marquesas February, 28, 2002 May 19, 2002 15
Season Five: Thailand September 19, 2002 December 19, 2002 15
Season Six: The Amazon February 13, 2003 May 11, 2003 15
Season Seven: Pearl Islands September 18, 2003 December 14, 2003 15
Season Eight: All-Stars February 1, 2004 May 13, 2004 18
Season Nine: Vanuatu (Islands of Fire) September 16, 2004 December 12, 2004 15
Season Ten: Palau February 17, 2005 May 15, 2005 15
Season Eleven: Guatemala (The Maya Empire) September 15, 2005 December 11, 2005 15
Season Twelve: Panama (Exile Island) February 2, 2006 May 14, 2006 16
Season Thirteen: Cook Islands September 14, 2006 December 17, 2006 16
Season Fourteen: Fiji February 8, 2007 May 13, 2007 15
Season Fifteen: China September 20, 2007 December 16, 2007 15
Season Sixteen: Micronesia (Fans vs. Favorites) February 7, 2008 May 11, 2008 15
Season Seventeen: Gabon (Earth's Last Eden) September 25, 2008 December 14, 2008 15
Season Eighteen: Tocantins (The Brazilian Highlands) February 12, 2009 May 17, 2009 15
Season Nineteen: Samoa September 17, 2009 December 20, 2009 16
Season Twenty: Heroes vs. Villains February 11, 2010 May 16, 2010 15
Season Twenty-One: Nicaragua September 15, 2010 December 19, 2010 16
Season Twenty-Two: Redemption Island February 16, 2011 May 15, 2011 15
Season Twenty-Three: South Pacific September 14, 2011 December 18, 2012 16
Season Twenty-Four: One World February 15, 2012 May 13, 2012 15
Season Twenty-Five: Philippines September 19, 2012 December 16, 2012 14
Season Twenty-Six: Caramoan (Fans vs. Favorites) February 13, 2013 May 12, 2013 15
Season Twenty-Seven: Blood vs. Water September 18, 2013 December 15, 2013 15
Season Twenty-Eight: Cagayan (Brawns vs. Brains vs. Beauty) February 26, 2014 May 21, 2014 14
Season Twenty-Nine: San Juan del Sur (Blood vs. Water) September 24, 2014 December 17, 2014 15
Season Thirty: Worlds Apart February 25, 2015 May 20, 2015 15
Season Thirty-One: Cambodia (Second Chance) September 23, 2015 December 16, 2015 15
Season Thirty-Two: Kaôh Rōng (Brains vs. Brawn vs. Beauty) February 17, 2016 May 18, 2016 15
Season Thirty-Three: Millennials vs. Gen. X September 21, 2016 December 14, 2016 15
Season Thirty-Four: Mamanuca Islands (Game Changers) March 8, 2017 May 24, 2017 15
Season Thirty-Five: Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers September 27, 2017 December 20, 2017 15
Season Thirty-Six: Ghost Island February 28, 2017 May 23, 2018 15
Season Thirty-Seven: David vs. Goliath September 26, 2018 December 19, 2018 15
Season Thirty-Eight: Edge of Extinction February 20, 2019 May 15, 2019 15
Season Thirty-Nine: Island of the Idols September 25, 2019

In-Depth

  • At a Glance: Additional information about the series
  • Contestants: A listing of all the contestants who have played the game of Survivor.

DVD Releases

Title Release Discs
Season Sets  (Region 1)
The Complete First Season
Borneo
May 11, 2004 purchase 5
The Complete Second Season
The Australian Outback
April 26, 2005 purchase 6
Africa: The Complete Season
Season Three
October 5, 2010 purchase 9
Marquesas: The Complete Season
Season Four
October 5, 2010 purchase 9
The Complete Seventh Season
Pearl Islands
February 7, 2006 purchase 5
All-Stars: The Complete Season
Season Eight
September 14, 2004 purchase 7
Vanatu: The Complete Season
Season Nine
December 5, 2006 purchase 4
Palau: The Complete Season
Season Ten
August 29, 2006 purchase 4
Heroes vs. Villians: The Complete Season
Season Twenty
February 22, 2011 purchase 9

External Sites