Survivor (USA)

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Survivor
Survivor-title.jpg
Premiere May 31, 2000
Next Episode Time On hiatus
Creator Charlie Parsons (concept)
Mark Burnett (domestic)
Host Jeff Probst
Network CBS
Style 60-minute competitive reality
Company Mark Burnett Productions
Survivor Entertainment Group (SEG)
CBS Productions (seasons 1–12)
CBS Paramount Network Television (seasons 13–18)
CBS Television Studios (seasons 19– )
Seasons 30
Episodes 444 (through season 30)
Status Renewed through season 31
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

A list of contestants who have competed in more than one season of Survivor.

Person Duration
Joe Anglim 30 31
Tyson Apostol 18 20 27
Randy Bailey 17 20
Aras Baskauskas 12 27
Vytas Baskauskas 27 31
Spencer Bledsoe 28 31
Amber Brkich 2 8
Andrea Boehlke 22 26
Rudy Boesch 1 8
Rupert Boneham 7 8 20 27
Tom Buchanan 3 8
Alicia Calaway 2 8
Rob Cesternino 6 8
Yau-Man Chan 14 16
James Clement 15 16 20
John Cochran 23 26
Candice Cody 13 20 27
Jeremy Collins 29 31
Monica Culpepper 24 27
Colton Cumbie 24 27
Ami Cusack 9 16
Jon "Jonny Fairplay" Dalton 7 16
Terry Deitz 12 31
Sandra Diaz-Twine 7 20
Danielle DiLorenzo 12 20
Colby Donaldson 2 8 20
Bobby Jon Drinkard 10 11
Ciera Eastin 27 31
Kat Edorsson 24 27
Cirie Fields 12 16 20
Stephen Fishbach 18 31
Tasha Fox 28 31
Malcolm Freberg 25 26
Abi-Maria Gomes 25 31
Brandon Hantz 23 26
Russell Hantz 19 20 22
Richard Hatch 1 8
Susan Hawk 1 8
Francesca Hogi 22 26
Shii Ann Huang 5 8
Woo Hwang 28 31
Corinne Kaplan 17 26
Kimmi Kappenberg 2 31
Amanda Kimmel 15 16 20
Jessica "Sugar" Kiper 17 20
Stephenie LaGrossa 10 11 20
Peih-Gee Law 15 31
Brenda Lowe 21 26
Ozzy Lusth 13 16 23
Jerri Manthey 2 8 20
Rob Mariano 4 8 20 22
Kass McQuillen 28 31
Dawn Meehan 23 26
Jenna Morasca 6 8
Laura Morett 19 27
Keith Nale 29 31
Eliza Orlins 9 16
Shirin Oskooi 30 31
Monica Padilla 19 31
Jonathan Penner 13 16 25
Gervase Peterson 1 27
Erik Reichenbach 16 26
Andrew Savage 7 31
Parvati Shallow 13 16 20
Phillip Sheppard 22 26
Michael Skupin 2 25
Russell Swan 19 25
J.T. Thomas 18 20
Lex van den Berghe 3 8
Jeff Varner 2 31
Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien 4 8
Benjamin "Coach" Wade 18 20 23
Kelley Wentworth 29 31
Tina Wesson 2 8 27
Tom Westman 10 20
Kelly Wiglesworth 1 31
Courtney Yates 15 20
Ethan Zohn 3 8

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

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 Date #
Season Sets
The Complete First Season
Borneo
May 11, 2004 5

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The Complete Second Season
The Australian Outback
April 26, 2005 6

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Africa: The Complete Season
Season Three
October 5, 2010 9

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Marquesas: The Complete Season
Season Four
October 5, 2010 9

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The Complete Seventh Season
Pearl Islands
February 7, 2006 5

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All-Stars: The Complete Season
Season Eight
September 14, 2004 7

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Vanatu: The Complete Season
Season Nine
December 5, 2006 4

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Palau: The Complete Season
Season Ten
August 29, 2006 4

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Heroes vs. Villians: The Complete Season
Season Twenty
February 22, 2011 9

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External Sites