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Survivor is a U.S. reality-based competition television show.
The United States version is produced by CBS, and is currently aired at 8 pm during Wednesdays (formerly Thursdays).
Starting with season 39, Canadians are eligible to apply for the show.
While the United States version introduced the standard Survivor format in Survivor: Borneo, subsequent seasons introduced several game-changing twists to keep the contest exciting and fresh.
Division of Tribes
- Main article: Tribe
Number of Members per Tribe
For the first seven seasons, there were two tribes of eight members (picked by production, picked by the oldest contestants, and gender). For seasons with 18 contestants and two tribes, contestants could either be divided by gender or heterogeneously, with one tribe having 4 women and 5 men and the other tribe having the opposite.
As per consensus of the producers, a batch of contestants could be sorted into tribes with a common theme, sometimes based on the cast's personal attributes. Some seasons have contestants be joined with returning players, all of which have certain similar attributes.
- Gender: First seen in Survivor: The Amazon, followed by Survivor: Vanuatu and Survivor: One World, the tribes were divided based on their gender, pitting the men against the women. Typically the tribes are switched up later in the game.
- All returning players: In Survivor: All-Stars, Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, Survivor: Cambodia, and Survivor: Game Changers, 18 to 20 past players returning to play the game.
- One returnee per tribe: In Survivor: Guatemala, Survivor: Redemption Island, Survivor: South Pacific, and Survivor: Philippines, one returning contestant joined one tribe, making them full-fledged players of the game. In Guatemala, Stephenie LaGrossa and Bobby Jon Drinkard, who were the last remaining members of the ill-fated Ulong tribe were given a second chance. In Redemption Island, Rob Mariano and Russell Hantz settled their rivalry dating back from Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains. In South Pacific, Coach Wade and Ozzy Lusth joined the game under the premise that they were popular to have terrible social games in their previous outings. In Philippines, Jonathan Penner, Russell Swan, and Michael Skupin were all medically evacuated in their previous seasons. Survivor: Edge of Extinction expanded on this format, bringing back four former castaways and assigning two to each tribe of new players.
- Age and Gender: In Survivor: Panama, its 16 contestants were divided into four tribes of four according to age and gender: Younger men, younger women, older women, and older men.
- Ethnicity: In a rather controversial move, the castaways of Survivor: Cook Islands were divided into four tribes of five according to their ethnicity: Hispanic, Caucasian, African, and Asian.
- Haves vs. Have Nots: Survivor: Fiji had the Haves vs. Have Nots twist. Known as one of the worst twists in Survivor history, the "Haves" tribe was given all of the luxuries needed for living, and the "Have Nots" tribe was given little to nothing.
- Heroes vs. Villains: Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains featured two tribes defined by popularity or infamy. The Heroes were picked for being deemed to play the game with integrity, courage and honor, while the Villains were picked due to their skills in manipulation, deception and overall notoriety.
- Age: In Survivor: Nicaragua, the tribes were defined according to age, with an entire tribe of younger players and an entire tribe of older players. This theme returned in the form of Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X.
- Blood vs. Water: Survivor: Blood vs. Water and Survivor: San Juan del Sur featured pairs of contestants with a pre-existing relationship. In the first Blood vs. Water, a tribe of former contestants were pitted against their loved ones who were playing for the first time. In the second version, an all-new batch of contestants underwent the same twist.
- Fans vs. Favorites: Survivor: Micronesia and Survivor: Caramoan had 10 self-proclaimed "superfans" of the show that were pitted against 10 fan favorites from seasons past.
- Brawn vs. Brains vs. Beauty: In Survivor: Cagayan and Survivor: Kaôh Rōng, the tribes were divided into 3 tribes of 6 according to the contestants' best attribute that gets them by in life: Intellect, physical strength, or physical appearance and/or social skills.
- White Collar vs. Blue Collar vs. No Collar: In Survivor: Worlds Apart, the tribes were divided into 3 tribes of 6 according to the contestants' social class of occupation.
- Game Changers: In Survivor: Game Changers, Survivor brought back 20 former players who were proclaimed as game changers, people who tried to change the game.
- Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers: Contestants are separated based on praised qualities about themselves.
- David vs. Goliath: The castaways were divided into two tribes based on their degree of success in life: the underdogs (David) and the overachievers (Goliath).
- Main article: Schoolyard Pick
Tribe Switch and Dissolves
Main Article: Tribe Switch and Tribe Dissolve A tribe dissolve is when there are more than two tribes in the season and the remaining contestants are placed in only two tribes. Either the contestants in the other tribe(s) are placed in the two tribes (seen in Survivor: All-Stars and Survivor: Philippines) or all castaways are shuffled in the two tribes (seen in Survivor: Panama, Survivor: Cook Islands, and Survivor: Cagayan). A tribe switch is simply a game twist that shuffles the tribe affiliations.
Main article: One World (twist)
- Main article: Merge
- Main article: Exile Island (twist)
Losers Bracket Formats
Named as such by Jeff Probst, the Losers Bracket provides an opportunity for an eliminated contestant (excluding quitters and medevaced players) to re-enter the game.
- Main article: The Outcasts
- Main article: Redemption Island (twist)
Edge of Extinction
- Main article: Extinction Island
Hidden Immunity Idol
- Main article: Hidden Immunity Idol
Finalist and Jury composition
Medallion of Power
- Main article: Medallion of Power
- Main article: Tribe Leader
|Season||Tribes||Number of Castaways||Filming Location||Filming Dates||Season Run||Sole Survivor|| Viewership|
|16||Pulau Tiga, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia||March 13, 2000 - April 20, 2000||May 31, 2000 - August 23, 2000|| |
The Australian Outback
|16||Herbert River, Goshen Station, Queensland, Australia||October 23, 2000 - December 3, 2000||January 28, 2001 - May 3, 2001|| |
|16||Shaba National Reserve, Kenya||July 11, 2001 - August 18, 2001||October 11, 2001 - January 10, 2002|| |
|16||Nuku Hiva, Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia, France||November 12, 2001 - December 20, 2001||February 28, 2002 - May 19, 2002|| |
| Chuay Gahn|
|16||Ko Tarutao, Satun Province, Thailand||June 10, 2002 - July 18, 2002||September 19, 2002 - December 19, 2002|| |
|16||Rio Negro, Amazonas, Brazil||November 7, 2002 - December 15, 2002||February 13, 2003 - May 11, 2003|| |
|16||Isla del Rey, Pearl Islands, Panama||June 23, 2003 - July 31, 2003||September 18, 2003 - December 14, 2003|| |
|18||Pearl Islands, Panama||November 3, 2003 - December 11, 2003||February 1, 2004 - May 9, 2004|| |
|18||Efate, Shefa Province, Vanuatu||June 28, 2004 - August 5, 2004||September 16, 2004 - December 12, 2004|| |
|20||Koror, Palau||October 27, 2004 - December 4, 2004||February 17, 2005 - May 15, 2005|| |
|18||Laguna Yaxhá, Yaxhá-Nakúm-Naranjo National Park, Petén, Guatemala||June 27, 2005 - August 4, 2005||September 15, 2005 - December 11, 2005|| |
|16||Pearl Islands, Panama||October 31, 2005 - December 8, 2005||February 2, 2006 - May 14, 2006|| |
|20||Aitutaki, Cook Islands||June 26, 2006 - August 3, 2006||September 14, 2006 - December 17, 2006|| |
|19||Macuata, Vanua Levu, Fiji||October 30, 2006 - December 7, 2006||February 8, 2007 - May 13, 2007|| |
| Fei Long|
Hae Da Fung
|16||Zhelin Reservoir, Jiujiang, Jiangxi, China||June 25, 2007 - August 2, 2007||September 20, 2007 - December 16, 2007|| |
|20||Koror, Palau||October 29, 2007 - December 6, 2007||February 7, 2008 - May 11, 2008|| |
|18||Wonga-Wongue Presidential Reserve, Estuaire Province, Gabon||June 23, 2008 - July 31, 2008||September 25, 2008 - December 14, 2008|| |
|16||Jalapão, Tocantins, Brazil||November 2, 2008 - December 10, 2008||February 12, 2009 - May 17, 2009|| |
| Foa Foa|
|20||Upolu, Samoa||June 11, 2009 - July 19, 2009||September 17, 2009 - December 20, 2009|| |
Heroes vs. Villains
|20||August 9, 2009 - September 16, 2009||February 11, 2010 - May 16, 2010|| |
|20||San Juan del Sur, Rivas, Nicaragua||June 14, 2010 - July 22, 2010||September 15, 2010 - December 19, 2010|| |
|18||August 16, 2010 - September 23, 2010||February 16, 2011 - May 15, 2011|| |
|18||Upolu, Samoa||May 30, 2011 - July 7, 2011||September 14, 2011 - December 18, 2011|| |
|18||August 1, 2011 - September 8, 2011||February 15, 2012 - May 13, 2012|| |
|18||Caramoan, Camarines Sur, Philippines||March 17, 2012 - April 25, 2012||September 19, 2012 - December 16, 2012|| |
|20||May 21, 2012 - June 28, 2012||February 13, 2013 - May 12, 2013|| |
Blood vs. Water
|20||Palaui Island, Santa Ana, Cagayan, Philippines||May 19, 2013 - June 27, 2013||September 18, 2013 - December 15, 2013|| |
|18||July 11, 2013 - August 18, 2013||February 26, 2014 - May 21, 2014|| |
San Juan del Sur
|18||San Juan del Sur, Rivas, Nicaragua||June 2, 2014 - July 10, 2014||September 24, 2014 - December 17, 2014|| |
|18||August 4, 2014 - September 11, 2014||February 25, 2015 - May 20, 2015|| |
|20||Koh Rong, Cambodia||May 31, 2015 - July 8, 2015||September 23, 2015 - December 16, 2015|| |
| Chan Loh|
|18||March 30, 2015 - May 7, 2015||February 17, 2016 - May 18, 2016|| |
Millennials vs. Gen X
|20||Mamanuca Islands, Fiji||April 4, 2016 - May 12, 2016||September 21, 2016 - December 14, 2016|| |
|20||June 6, 2016 - July 14, 2016||March 8, 2017 - May 24, 2017|| |
Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers
|18||April 3, 2017 - May 11, 2017||September 27, 2017 - December 20, 2017|| |
|20||June 5, 2017 - July 13, 2017||February 28, 2018 - May 23, 2018|| |
David vs. Goliath
|20||March 29, 2018 - May 6, 2018||September 26, 2018 - December 19, 2018|| |
Edge of Extinction
|18||May 31, 2018 - July 8, 2018||February 20, 2019 - May 15, 2019|| |
Island of the Idols
|20||March 21, 2019 - April 28, 2019||September 25, 2019 - TBD||TBA||TBA|
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