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Big Brother (USA)

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Big Brother
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Premiere July 5, 2000
Airs On hiatus
Creator John de Mol
Host Julie Chen
Network CBS
Style 60-minute reality competition
Company Endemol USA
Seasons 17
Episodes 584 (through season 17)
Status Renewed through season 18 (2016)
Origin USA
You have been evicted from the Big Brother house.

Big Brother is a reality competition that airs on CBS. In it, a group of people enter a house and agree to live there for a predetermined amount of days with cameras following their every move. An homage to George Orwell's book, 1984, the nameless entity known only as "Big Brother" records every conversation and every action amongst these group of people, establishing a social microcosm of today's world.

However, beyond the voyeuristic aspect of it also lies a game. Every week, a houseguests is picked to be the Head of Household. This Head of Household then nominates two houseguests for nomination the following day. Starting with season three, a Power of Veto was added, which allows a houseguest to remove someone up for eviction. On Thursday, the houseguests, minus the Head of Household and the nominees, vote on who they want to evict. The houseguest with the most votes for eviction leaves the Big Brother house. Play continues until only two people are left, after which the evicted houseguests vote on who they want to win.

In season one, the show followed the conventional Big Brother method of having all houseguests nominate. The show was declared a failure, and, for the next season, CBS decided to integrate a larger strategy aspect into the game.

For information on the Big Brother franchise, please refer to the Big Brother franchise page.



Season Premiere Finale #
Season One July 5, 2000 September 29, 2000 70
Season Two July 5, 2001 September 20, 2001 29
Season Three July 10, 2002 September 25, 2002 32
Season Four: The X-Factor July 8, 2003 September 24, 2003 33
Season Five: Project DNA: Do Not Assume July 6, 2004 September 21, 2004 31
Season Six: Summer of Secrets July 7, 2005 September 20, 2005 30
Season Seven: All Stars July 6, 2006 September 12, 2006 28 + 1
Season Eight July 5, 2007 September 18, 2007 33
Season Nine: 'Til Death Do You Part February 12, 2008 April 27, 2008 33
Season Ten July 13, 2008 September 16, 2008 29
Season Eleven July 9, 2009 September 15, 2009 30
Season Twelve July 8, 2010 September 15, 2010 30
Season Thirteen July 7, 2011 September 14, 2011 29
Season Fourteen July 12, 2012 September 19, 2012 30
Season Fifteen June 26, 2013 September 18, 2013 36
Season Sixteen June 25, 2014 September 24, 2014 40
Season Seventeen June 24, 2015 September 23, 2015 40
Season Eighteen Summer 2016


DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Season Sets
Big Brother 3 November 4, 2003 9


Episode Collections
Big Brother 4: X-Factor June 8, 2004 2


External Sites