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Photo Credit:  Robert Voets / CBS
  • Premiered: 
    May 31, 2000
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  • Network: CBS
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Based on the Swedish series Expedition: Robinson 
  • Subject Matter: Participation
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Plot Synopsis

Strangers are stranded in a remote location, split into tribes, and provided limited supplies to survive. The castaways must live off the land and build their own shelter, while competing against each other in physical and mental challenges. The tribe that loses an elimination challenge must attend Tribal Council and use secret ballot to vote one of its members off the island, eliminating that person from the competition. After a number of castaways leave the island, the tribes are combined into a single tribe, its members regulary attend Tribal Council and they continue to vote someone off the island. When only two castaways remain, the jury -- comprised of the seven to nine competitors who were most recently eliminated -- votes for the person who should receive the million dollar first prize. The results of this vote are revealed in a live studio program months after the actual jury vote on the island. Season 26, which premiered on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 8pm ET/PT, was the show's second FANS VS. FAVORITES edition, pitting 10 former fan-favorite players in one tribe against a group of 10 new players who are ultimate fans of the game. This season was filmed on the Philippines' Caramoan Islands, the same location as the previous season. Plus, Malcolm Freberg competed in back-to-back seasons after finishing fourth on SURVIVOR: PHILIPPINES, while Erik Reichenbach returned for his second FANS VS. FAVORITES season after competing as a fan in the first. Season 27, themed "Blood vs. Water," featured former players competing with -- and ultimately against -- their loved ones who share the same goal: to outwit, outplay, outlast and ultimately be crowned Sole Survivor. SURVIVOR returned for its 28th season on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 8pm ET/PT on CBS with a two-hour season opener. This season, SURVIVOR: CAGAYAN, castaways were separated into three distinct tribes: brawn, brains and beauty. Season 29 of SURVIVOR premiered on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 8pm ET/PT on CBS with a 90-minute season opener. SURVIVOR: SAN JUAN DEL SUR, the show's 29th season, featured the return of the "Blood vs. Water" theme, as all-new castaways compete with -- and ultimately against -- their loved ones. Plus, this season marked the return of Exile Island. On Wednesday, February 25, 2015 from 8-9:30pm ET/PT, CBS premiered the 30th season of SURVIVOR, featuring the first-time theme of "Worlds Apart," with castaways from very different backgrounds divided into the three separate tribes. The all-new castaways will be grouped by White Collar, Blue Collar and No Collar. The White Collars (Masaya Tribe), known for making the rules, includes a corporate executive, a retail buyer and a marketing director. The Blue Collars (Escameca Tribe), known to follow the rules, consists of a postal worker, an oil driller and a contractor. The No Collars (Nargarote Tribe) boasts free spirits who are known to break the rules. This tribe consists of a coconut salesman, a sailing instructor and a YouTube sensation. SURVIVOR returned for its 31st season on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 from 8-9:30pm ET/PT on CBS. Season 31, SURVIVOR CAMBODIA: SECOND CHANCE, features 10 male and 10 female contestants selected by fan voting from an original pool of 32 former players, ranging from Season 1 to Season 30, have never won the game and felt they deserved a second chance to compete for the $1 million prize and the title of Sole Survivor. The season opens with the 20 returning castaways dropped in the middle of the South China Sea. For one tribe, old-school thinking battles new-school strategy when the two distinct groups try to take control of the game. Also, one contestant finds a clue to a hidden immunity idol that requires retrieving it in a way that's never been seen before. Season 32 of SURVIVOR, hosted again by Jeff Probst, premiered on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 from 8-9:30pm ET/PT on CBS. This season, known as SURVIVOR: KAOH RONG and filmed in Cambodia, features a battle between Brains, Brawn and Beauty, as the castaways are split into three tribes at the beginning. In the 90-minute season opener, "I'm a Mental Giant," castaways embark on the most grueling 39 days in Survivor history and test whether brute strength, looks or smarts will be the attribute that helps capture the title of Sole Survivor. Also, one castaway deals with excruciating pain when a bug gets stuck in their ear. Season 33 of SURVIVOR, filmed in Fiji, premiered on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 from 8-9:30pm ET/PT on CBS. The new season features 20 castaways who are separated by generation and forced to compete against each other with the same ultimate goal: to outwit, outplay and outlast each other. Each group of 10 castaways possesses similar characteristics that represent their generation and help unify their tribe. Millennials (Vanua Tribe), the largest living generational group and most diverse in U.S. history, grew up in a time of rapid change and are often described as having priorities that are vastly different from previous generations. Generation X (Takali Tribe) forms the bridge between the Baby Boomers and the Millennials and has been collectively labeled as hard-working and independent people. This season's cast includes an assistant district attorney, a youth pastor, a police sergeant, a television writer, a professional gamer and the youngest player to ever compete in the game, a high school student. In the season opener, "May the Best Generation Win," a war of generations begins as Millennials battle Gen X, as a massive storm leads to a first in SURVIVOR history, and one castaway snatches a powerful advantage in the game. Season 34 of SURVIVOR premiered on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 from 8-10pm ET/PT on CBS, featuring 20 returning players who were considered game changers, as they battle it out in Fiji. The 20 returning castaways, include two-time winner Sandra Diaz-Twine; fan-favorites Cirie Fields, Ciera Easton and Tai Trang; challenge dominator Ozzy Lusth; Cagayan winner Tony Vlachos; Millennial stand-out Michaela Bradshaw; Caleb Reynolds, who was medically evacuated from his earlier season; and more. In the two-hour season opener of SURVIVOR: GAME CHANGERS, which marks the 500th episode of the series, two legends in SURVIVOR history set their sights on one another, and two castaways attempt to put their past behind them and start a new game while another castaway introduces the "spy shack" 2.0. Season 35 of SURVIVOR premiered on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 8pm ET/PT on CBS. This season, themed Heroes vs. Healers vs Hustlers and filmed in the Mamanuca Islands in Fiji, features 18 castaways, divided into three groups of six based on how they are perceived by others. Heroes are used to being heralded, healers receive gratitude for their work and hustlers must earn respect. These castaways are forced to compete against each other with the same ultimate goal: to outwit, outplay and outlast each other in an attempt to become the Sole Survivor. This season's castaways include an Olympian, an NFL player, a bellhop, a diversity advocate and a urologist.
On Wednesday, December 20, 2017 from 8-11pm ET/PT, CBS premiered the season finale (8-10pm) and reunion special (10-11pm). 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 (live ET/tape delay PT) hosted by Emmy Award winner Jeff Probst. The merged tribe (and finalists) include:

Ben Driebergen
Chrissy Hofbeck
Devon Pinto
Ryan Ulrich
Mike Zahalsky

And the jury, so far, is comprised of:

Desiree 'Desi' Williams (8th Eliminated, 1st Jury Member)
Cole Medders (9th Eliminated, 2nd Jury Member)
John 'JP' Hilsabeck (10th Eliminated, 3rd Jury Member)
Joe Mena (11th Eliminated, 4th Jury Member)
Lauren Rimmer (12th Eliminated, 5th Jury Member)
Ashley Nolan (13th Eliminated, 6th Jury Member)


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Mark Burnett Productions
  • In association with Castaway Television Productions
  • In association with Survivor Productions
  • Produced by SEG