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  • I like the fact that they are in tough conditions ... but it could be tougher!

    I had always thought of what it would be like to be stuck shipwrecked on a island. Survivor reminds me of this with it's tough conditions but in recent seasons I think it has become a bit soft.
    I know I am not there experiencing it for myself but I think it would make for better viewing.
    I love how the show has interesting people from diverse backgrounds which makes for interesting watching. I love to see them interact with each other and find the best way for them to get as far as they can in the game.
  • Who watches this crap? If you are one of them, smash your head through the tv while its playing. You may be better off.

    While I have never had the displeasure of watching this junk. I feel obligated to comment on how stupid and retarted this thing is. There is nothing real about this. A bunch of morrons running around playing stupid games and you call this surviving? About the only thing these guys have to worry about is BO, athletes foot and a touch of crotch rot. As if that wasn't bad enough, at the end you end up with a psudo, no talent having quasi-celebrity who doesn't even know why he/she is famous because they haven't done a damn thing....Enough with this garbage, stop wasting film with these things and put some real shows on or have these fools swim through a crocodile, pirahna, candiru infested pond with steaks hanging off their necks and I might watch.
  • People stranded on a remote island competing for money. Gilligan's Island gone reality. Ugh!

    Okay, so the concept of this show was great. And I did watch and semi-enjoy the first couple of seasons. But here we are in the upteenth season and I wish this show would be voted of of television! Come on people, after we've seen it a gazillion times, how could it still be facinating? 18 people sit on an island, moan and complain, compete in games, and eventually get voted off. One person wins and the rest of you wasted your time and a good hour of television. Wtf? But, even though I don't see the excitement, Survivor survives and goes on and on. Appearently someone likes it, but for me, the thrill is gone.
  • I used to never watch the show, but these last two or three seasons...

    I never really got into the show survivor until about three episodes. This season I have not watched it AS much, because there are conflicting shows on at the same time, but I watch it as much as possible.

    It's a REALLY good show. :D :D I like the competetiveness of it. I dunno, it just has a nice little twist to it where you know you have to do challenges and stuff...And the challenges aren't just physical but mental as well. It's just a nice little combination.
  • Survivor is still my favorite reality TV show! This season is one of the best and here's why...

    Thank goodness Survivor is back on the air. My Thursday nights were completely boring without it. This season is gearing up to be one of the best for several reasons. For starters, I think the majority of the Survivors are likable. My favorites so far are Danni (strong and competitive), Cindy (down-to-earth), Brandon (excellent at competitions and very dependable), Bobby Jon (hard worker and makes great faces), Brian (smart and strategic) and Gary (honest). Lydia was hysterical in the last episode...I thought she had gone off her rocker but I admire her never-give-up attitude. Of course there is going to be back-stabbing (this is Survivor) but this group doesn't seem as mean-spirited as some of the past ones. Another reason this season is great is because of the challenges. So far, these seem to be some of the hardest I have ever seen. Hard challenges make the game much more interesting. The third reason I love this season is because there have been so many twists. Who would have guessed that the teams would have been shuffled up so early in the game? I wasn't expecting that at all. And there have been some surprising tribal councils too. I never thought they would vote Blake off, even though he was being completely annoying. Someone asked me who I thought would win and I am torn because I like so many of them. However, I do think Brandon, Brian, Danni, and Bobby Jon will go far. We'll just have to see who will "Outwit, Outplay, Outlast."
  • All of the Survivor series 1 through to WHO CARES should be off TV.

    Survivor is just so old. Maybe the first Survivor was okay but please stop making more of them. It's the same old garbage but new contestants. Please end the misery already. It's time to quit. There is nothing new to see. This show has never been on my TV set because it bores me to death. It's like a has- been actor. Please give it up!
  • Reality Television at its best!

    I remember that long summer of 2000 when this show first began. Life as we know it will never be the same again!

    Thanks to the success of Survivor, television viewing and creating habits have changed. Now we have reality shows on Fox, NBC, ABC and all the rest of the networks, thanks to Survivor.

    A simple premise really--16 strangers picked to survive without basic necessities with one being voted out every three days until there is 1 sole survivor. But, after watching one episode, you see that there is more to it than surviving in the wilderness. You must also survive your fellow castmates. Trick them and then you'll win the million dollar prize.

    After 11 seasons, this show still remains strong.
  • It\'s not just a\'s life.

    I have watched every single season of every single Survivor and I have yet to say anything bad about it.

    I hate certain people that play but over all it\'s the BEST reality show ever made. Even better than Amazing Race and I love Amazing Race.

    I can\'t miss it. I tape it if I do. And I don\'t want to be told a single thing unless I happen not to tape. I love watching it because people are striped down to the bare minimum of their personality. They don\'t mask things. They show their true character and then they blame it on the game.

    I love watching who is going to win...who starts early...who screws\'s a game that changes all the time. The same type of person hardly ever wins and the best part is whoever wins the car NEVER wins the game. And it has yet to be proven otherwise.

    I love this show. I simply can\'t wait for every season. It\'s wowing.
  • i really don'w know what should be written here

    the best reality show ever. the challenges just keeps getting better and better (including the great maze in season 9 with the up going maze).
    in return for those who says this show is returning itself please take a look on shows like the amazing race and etc. and they speak for themselves when it comes to old challenges and stuff. all i can say is that survivor supplies a great season every time with new suprises when you least expect it so I sure alot will agree with me about this being the best reality show ever!!!
  • Survivor was a great show for the first three seasons...

    Survivor was a great show for the first three seasons, then it started to get old. I do not watch Survivor anymore but I do see parts because my brother still watchs it.

    If CBS wants to bring people back to Survivor they need to change stuff around. Every new season it looks like they filmed in the same place as the last season. The game's are the same/the awards are mostly the same. Even the prize is the same 1 million bucks, why don't they try something different. Its always 16/18/20 american castaways. Why not let other countrys in? The US is not the only country that can speek english. Why not have a Survivor world, where one team is all americans and the other team are from other countrys.

    Thats how I feel about Survivor, If you have seen the first few seasons then you have seen it all untill they change Survivor up. This wont happen as long as people keep watching the same old stuff. Maybe some day when the ratings go down too far people might wake up and fix Survivor.
  • The best of reality shows.

    Survivor is a great show, because they juggle the rules all the time. Once there was a boy named Silas, who thought he had the game wrapped up, but Mr. Burnett introduced the tribe shuffling. In a later season, when Shi-Ann thought they had merged and started dishing the dirt on her former tribe, she found the tribes were still separated but on the same beach.

    All sorts and types of people have won and it is always exciting.
  • Played Out

    I confess to be a long time Survivor junkie, but I have to admit that this show is done. How many times can we watch the same scenarios over and over, not to mention the same challenges? What once was a cuttign edge show that pushed people beyond the bounds of their day to day lives, has now become an unscripted soap opera. Mark Burnett has tried almost everything now with bringing back two survivors form a previous season. Survivor All Stars was really the last hoorah for the show. Personaly, it was the last time that I was really excited about watching it. It becomes more and more obvious that every new survivor comes in with a strategy that has been played in the past. Now woudl be a good time to let it go while it is still somewhat loved by its long time viewers. Too much of a good thing!
  • Silly, repeditive and a complete snore!

    What's there to say really? This show at first was fresh and new and had great potential but it started to slip right after the first season.
    It was interesting at a time but now it's just the same story as the last one and it never changes only the scenery does and that's pretty well it.
    The show starves it's cast to save money and make the show more of a survival thing but it isn't really good at all.
    How can watching people starve themselves eating only rice and what they catch in the river then betraying eachother for a silly prize be worth it?
    Get a clue and take this junk off the air.
  • The show was ok to start, but now it is just getting old.

    The show was ok to start, but now it is just getting old. The producers claim to have twists, but really it's just the garbage they keep bringing up. After 3 seasons, this show was done. The only person who could enjoy this is a sociologist. It's a very educating experience to see how people would work without modern technology.
  • Survivor is a reality show. Read on...

    As the name applies, Survior is about survival of the fittest. (and also smartest, fastest, etc.)

    There are twists in Survivor so that will keep viewers and contestants on their toes. As with all reality shows, there are possiblity of an alliance. (which won't do much good in this show anyway) There should be other forms of elimination other than voting. But all in all, a great show.

  • My favorite reality show. But then again, it's the only reality show that I watch...

    I do not watch reality. I would not know if this was the worst reality show ever or the best. But I don't care. I like it.

    We finally... FINALLY get to see how the modern human deals when moving to a new place with nothing but the clothes on their backs. The best part is, we can see how pathetic this generation is- in case the fact that Catscratch got an average grade ABOVE 2 didn't convince you.

    Also, we get free feminism! The boys are all wiped out after the first episode, while the girls are just fine! Let's see all those sexist idiots try to insult females now, huh?

    Anyway, this is the only reality show I watch. And I like it. End of story.
  • I've not been a reality show watcher and probably will never be one. I tried to get into it when a friend recommended it, just never saw the point.

    Reality shows like this one are just beyond me. Don't understand the appeal. At all. I get the fact that this is a sort of "Lottery for the televsion" The idea that an 'average joe' can wash up from anywhere, land on a island and plot, lie and cheat his way to a million dollars is just to far beyond reality for it to be a reality show. It reminds me of the old game shows that had fixes in place. What's the point?

    Don't like Survivor
    Tribes of odd, deluded people
    Fighting over cash
  • lovin' it

    really a deep down and dirty episode...
    lies, mud, lot's of shots of hunky chests and
    six packs...

    hello!!!! can they push it further?

    Have to say that I think Gary is a dead man... he will be found out before long.... can't wait....
    And is it me or does bobby john seem like an utter lame-o on the team?
  • The show taht started all of the reality tv madness. The best concept for a reality show. It is definetly Mark Burnett's best work.

    16 different people with different personalities, from different parts of the country all come to the wilderness for a chance to win one million dollars. The competitors are split into two tribes that must work together in challenges to survive. The tribes compete in reward challenges where they may win rewards such as food, blankets, or letters from home. A day or so later they compete in immunity. The team that wins the immunity chalenge is safe from going home, however the losing team must go to tribal council where they have to vote out someone from there tribe. After almost two weeks the tribes merge and everybody will compete in individual competitions. The first seven peoplevoted out of the merged tribe will form the jury. The two remaining people must then return to the tribal council. The jury members may then interrogate the final two. The jury then votes for the winner and the person with the most votes will win the million dollar prize.
  • Survivor throws 16 castaways out on their own where they have to survive on their own without any human help.

    Even after 10 seasons on the air, survivor is still the best reality show out there. Every season will have some kind of twist that makes the show that much better. While many reality shows get boring after the second or third season, this one is great every season. This is a great show, watch it!
  • Dissent

    Wow. I can't believe I'm alone here, but I thought that was the worst Premiere ever for a Survivor. Talk about vast amounts of filler. Did we really need to see the contestants trekking through the jungle on their way to begin the show? Did we need the ersatz melodrama of introducing Stephanie and Bobby Jon? Terribly boring and pointless. Although I did appreciate the originality of the Immunity challenge, I think it was fairly obvious who was going to be gone at the end of the episode. Obviously the creators of the show don't want to appear to be discriminatory, but isn't it time something is done about the 'token' retiree contestant? Overall, that episode could have easily been edited down by half. Eeek.
  • Take this trash off the air.

    How can this be original anymore? It was shown the producers even edit the film to make it what they want. It is not reality. Reality TV needs to go away. Viewers need to stop watch this stuff. It rots the brain and is not real.

    Survivor may have been unique in is first season. Real people. But since then it has been a tribute to pretty girls shaking what they can in the smallest amount of clothes possible. What are we at like 80% participation rate that female cast members pose for gentleman publication.

    The station airing this show and all the other crummy reality shows needs to learn to program a station and stop giving the viewers this rubbish.
  • they need to add more to the show

    This survivor is just like all the other survivors they need to change it up more. Yeah one group didnt have to bulid there shelter and bith tribes had to do a hike instead of swimming to the beach but that is because it is not a good idea to go swimming there
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    If Bobby Jon and Stephanie can come back to Survivor, so can Greeny! At least until Donut votes me off the review.

    Survivor Guatemala: Arguably the most dangerous Survivor setting so far. It is a land filled with dense canopy, tarantulas, poisonous snakes, crocodiles, quick sand, and lunatic screaming monkeys (genus: apus insanus screamus). These are not to be confused with their close relatives from the Land of Oz…lunatic flying monkeys (genus: apus insanus aviatus). Jeff Probst is back but something doesn’t look right. I don’t read People Magazine or anything, but did this guy have some work done? His forehead suddenly looks smoother than Richard Hatch’s behind!

    It’s good to see Bobby Jon and Stephanie back. These two are not only the hardest working Survivors ever but also the two most screwed over Survivors in history. Bobby Jon however looks like he lost a little of his shape…wouldn’t you agree ladies? Fame from Survivor Palau probably leads to too many big dinners in Hollywood.

    The reward race sure took its toll on Bobby Jon and the other men. The 11 mile trek through a hot jungle with little water lead to dehydration, cramping, and projectile vomiting not seen since Linda Blair ate some bad green pea soup. Had these guys just been able to walk another 11 miles, they would have crossed over the border into Belize and would have made it to Temptation Island. There is nothing that cures dehydration like a good margarita and group sex! Oh well…that’s another reality show.

    I am not so sure how long Bobby Jon will last. The last time I had a “white eyed roll back” like that was in 1976 when I was making love to my Farrah Fawcet poster in the privacy of my bedroom! (Is that what you would consider TMI Donut?) I think Stephanie has a much better chance. Especially with a goober like Gary Hogeboom around. For those of you that don’t know, Gary Hogeboom is an ex Dallas Cowboy (boo!) quarterback. Quarterbacks are natural leaders and he’ll soon take over, and take the heat off Stephanie. By the way, I am surprised Blake hasn’t recognized him yet, being that his bio says he’s a major Dallas Cowboy fan. Poor Blake had that run in with The Guatemalan Poisonous Spike Tree (genus: Arborous Venomous Stabbus). Jim seemed like a smart guy, but after popping his bicep, he was doomed. I think if he had made it to episode 2, he would have died. Just enjoy retirement my friend. You have to love Margaret’s position right now. Looks like a Nurse Practitioner’s skills will prove to be more valuable than Mayan gold!

    I hope you all enjoy the season, and maybe I’ll pop in from time to time to give Donut my commentary. For now, I need to head down into my basement and look for that lost Farrah Fawcet poster. Until we meet again…..Greeny


    HEADLINE: September, 15, 2005. Back By Popular Demand-- Stephenie, Bobby Jon and Greeny. What more could we ask for?? I don\\\'t know what else would be on my wish list but we also get a hot ex NFL Quarterback, a very cool nurse and a bunch of cute guys puking their guts up. Survivor Guatemala: Outplay, Outlast, Outpuke. My first impression is that this can be a strong season. Steph and Bobby Jon. Bobby Jon and Steph. The plaster fell off the downstairs ceiling I was jumping up and down so much. The strongest woman and the hardest working man EVER. And from a baser place in my soul-- more eye candy for me. My sister is disappointed because she hates to see Steph and Bobby Jon on opposing teams. It\\\'s unnatural, like Matt (Lauer) without Katie (Couric), Bill without Hillary. Sigfried without Roy. I agree but optimistically await a merge where they will hopefully be reunited. That is if they are not too threatening to the others and get voted off early.

    As always, very few stand out in the early episodes. The football player (AKA Gary the landscaper) and the nurse are the exceptions. Let\\\'s see, there is a boneheaded NY Doorman who likes to wallow in the mud. A zookeeper-- I am going to put her on my good list by virtue of her profession, even though she didn\\\'t say anything the whole premiere. A magician\\\'s assistant-- that could come in handy-- abracadabra-- and she removes a hamburger from her buff (the real magic trick is removing the buns from her bikini bottoms) An old man who is nice but not physically up to the task. And a couple of stud muffins.

    The first challenge of the season is physically grueling. With little more than an introduction the newly formed tribes must trek 11 miles through the hot, humid jungles of Guatemala in search of the best camp. They are given a map, a compass and an invitation to bring whatever supplies they can carry. Bobby Jon and Steph know how the other thinks and each tries to pry their team away from the provisions and onto the trail. It is hard going through the dense rainforest. This is no walk in the park, unless the park is located in Hell. Heat, humidity and cumbersome sacks of corn bog them down. Is the jungle angry at the intruders? I think so. A tree attacks Blake by dropping a spike laden limb on his shoulder. The Ents don\\\'t like the Hobbit invaders (yes, I am a LOTR geek). Navigation which is difficult in the light of day becomes impossible and hazardous in the dark. Both tribes stop for the night. And so begins the Barfarama.

    I haven\\\'t seen so many hot young guys spewing like this since Fraternity Rush Week freshman year. Blake is down. Bobby Jon is down. Jim is down. And Judd is down. The Nakum campsite has been transformed into a hospital ward. They need major assistance and unlike the National Guard, Margaret the nurse immediately sets about helping the boys get back on their feet. Dehydration is ugly. Blake must have expelled half his body weight. Bobby Jon, who actually looks a bit beefier this season, lays on the ground unable to move, eyes rolling back in their sockets. Scary!! In addition to the vomiting, they are cramping (this is why men can\\\'t have babies!!) and lethargic. Margaret and the other women make rounds giving water to the guys and trying to keep them cool. In their zeal to win the first challenge they overexerted. This is typical Bobby Jon behaviour. It is why everyone admires him, but he has to pace himself or his health issues will make him a liability. He carried two huge bags of corn on his back and led the pack through the jungle. As morning breaks both teams try to get an early start but Yaxha leaves first and passes the ailing Nakum (Bobby Jon\\\'s team) members. No one on Stephenie\\\'s team was sick which should give them an advantage. But all it takes is one weak player to pull a whole team down and there was one. Stephenie relieves her of her burden but too little, too late and Nakum limps past. The final leg of the contest is a boat race to the finish. It looks like a clear victory for Nakum. Until Judd jumps out and gets stuck in the mud. To make matters worse, Bobby Jon is literally paralyzed. He can\\\'t take the 2 steps required to get off the boat. Forcing his leg one step at a time he makes it. Hippo boy also extracts himself from the mud and they hobble across the finish line moments ahead of their competition.

    Their hard won campsite is worth the fight. They get to spend 39 days in an authentic Mayan ruin. Very cool. The mobile hospital sets up shop and Nurse Margaret is pulling lots of overtime duty. Moderately recovered, they are as ready as they can be for the very physical Immunity Challenge; pull a boat across the finish line using the same method the Mayans used to build their pyramids. It is closer than expected and despite an heroic effort from Nakum, Yaxha wins. The first Tribal Council in 2 seasons where Steph doesn\\\'t participate. Not so for Bobby Jon. The tribe with so much promise and so much muscle is depleted. Who will bring the tribe down the most? In a unanimous decision they vote off Jim. Jim is much older than the others and less likely to recover quickly. To top it off, he snapped his bicep muscle during the challenge. He sports a homemade sling on his arm and that seals the deal. It is no surprise when he is given the boot. He\\\'s a nice guy but he will drag them down. Surprisingly, Jim cast his vote against Margaret?? Huh?? What am I not getting? Maybe there is more we did not see??? I guess we\\\'ll have to wait until next week to see how that unfolds. Meanwhile-- Bobby Jon, next time you get a cramp, CALL ME!!! Until then......

  • Survivor: Guatemala's first episode was down right boring and I almost fell asleep.

    Episode one of Survivor: Guatemala.

    I'm a die hard don't miss an episode, seen it from the beginning.
    I am starting to tire of it. I hope it improves over the next few weeks because Thursday's episode was kind of boring.
    I guess I'm getting used to the twists and turns and games. There's not too much new under Survivor sun.
    I didn't find the fact that they brought back "Bobby Jon," and "Stephenie," that surprising. I was watching and thought, okay, so what!!!!
    I rate Survivor a ten but have to give this first episode of this season; less than a 6 rating. They need a drastic new game plan with never before seen stuff that will keep us watching. I have to watch as I'm a loyal fan and have to see it to the end.
  • This show rocks!

    I love this show! It's always cool to see this and what people have to go through just to get One Million Dollars! I can't wait for the season finale (with the season). I think they should make a Teen Survivor. It would be funny watching teens go through this. 'Nuff said.
  • Still the greatest!

    10 seasons in, the original, and in my opinion, still the greatest.

    There have been a million shows "inspired" by Survivor (and country-specific copies aka Survivor-UK which was ghastly) but nothing comes close to the original.

    I'll cheerfully admit that the formula got a bit stale a few seasons back, but since 'All-Stars' things have looked up. That unique blend of action, back biting, romance (?!), good looking people (yes even after 4 weeks in a jungle) and Jeff Probst make Survivor unmissable!

    Still one of my favourite things on TV.
  • Its a good show but the name is getting old

    Survivor very good show. But too meny seasons. The name is starting to get on my nurves. i respect personal opinion but this is worse then the constart Mario games. Never the less it gets best by meny meny other shows like Family guy and South park. they might be a different genre but they OwN.
  • Why does Survivor remain the premier reality show? Good casting, good editing, and a simple, intriguing premise.

    Survivor marked the beginning of the Reality TV craze, more so than Cops or The Real World. It turned people into characters, part of a twisted, sociological nightmare of a game show. And for those reasons, and the others that make so many condemn this show, I love it.

    While Survivor has had its fair share of ups and downs over the course of its 11 season run, it has remained the most consistently entertaining reality show on TV.

    Say what you will about the breakdown of American culture, or the bastardization of the word "reality," Survivor is a good idea done well.

    The key, I think, to being able to enjoy a show like this, is to not take it too seriously. Sit back and relax, watch it like you would a fictional show, and marvel at how devious, idiotic, and hilarious these characters can be.

    In the end, there is a reason that Survivor is the most popular reality show after American Idol: the people behind it are talented and the show will always be entertaining, even during its bad seasons. I for one, look forward to tonight's premiere of Survivor: Guatemala eagerly.
  • We all know the story, they put some people on a beutiful island (usually) and let them fight and do their stuff until every one hates each other and gives up all their morals.

    I really can't help it, I love this show, the places they find (except Pearl Islands [ugh]) are so incredibly beautiful, I have to say that Palau is the most beutiful tropical location I have ever seen. But the main element of this show is the people and their reaction to each other and their surroundings, and that's the magic of the show the people they cast/accept are always so intriguing. This show really is a classic, people really are not impressed when I say I still like it but it is one of the only shows that can repeat the same thing with only slight changes and not lose the original dynamic it had.

    I call this my guilty pleasure only because of what channel it's on. You see I am a huge fan of NBC and I can't help but hate the compition and this is literally the only show on CBS that I am willing to watch.
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