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.
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.
this show is totally gay and should be taking off the air, a waste of air space and people who watch it are stupid. it has nothing to do with anything and i feel retarded after seeing one episode. my god people get a clue and make better shows.
this show is totally gay and should be taking off the air. it is a waste of air space and people who watch it are stupid. it has nothing to do with anything and i feel retarded after seeing one episode. my god people get a clue and make better shows.
When I first started watching Survivor it was around the Pearl Islands season, where Johnny Fairplay started the dead grandmother haux. Needless to say, Fairplay got me hooked. Not only was the show necessarily dramatic, but it also could make you laugh. Especially guys like Rob Mariano or Rob Cesternino, I hope I spelled that right, could cause you to burst into laughter. The show offered kind contestants, notorious contestants, funny contestants, and even contestants that reign in tyranny.
Borneo was season 1 and offered my favorite survivor of all time, Richard Hatch. Now Hatch could be described as ruthless, but not only was he ruthless but he was also caring and kind, which was a weird combination. I mean you have a guy who made you laugh, made you stare in awe, and made you shudder all in one.
I am collecting the Survivor seasons one by one as they are released on DVD. One of the greatest things Burnett did and still does with this show is the fact that he creates new ideas for each season. For example, the next season, set in Guatamala, is the first Survivor that will take place indoors, inside the ruins of Guatamala.
As an overall statement for this show, I would simply have to say, even though it is cliche, "outwit, outlast, outplay".
This is the greatest reality show of all time and this series is the absolute BEST. The show is full of surprises and crazy twists which makes it that much more exciting and this keep you wanting to keep watching it. Overall it is a great show but it may be repetitive if you have already seen the other ones in the survivour series but if you havent I strongly suggest you watch it.
I live in New Zealand so can someone get back to me quickly with who wins at the moment there are 11 people still left on the island so get back to me quickly or there is 8 wekks of watching and waiting to go. Overall this is 1 great show.
This show is very interesting, but only when they are playing the games and the end of the show where the guy gets voted off. Its seems that the show consites of 1 half talking and straiging and the other half is the games and well thats why I gave it a 5. But the games are fun to watch so I will give it a 7.5. all right its a good show just no more talking and stragizing.
Once you get around the fact that you can switch channels when you don't want to hear how blah tries to kick off blah!! Who cares. If you want talking watch the talk channel!!
i mean the first 4 seasons were very good but after they keep creating more and more seasons it just gets boring and stupid i just hope they don\'t keep it going too long or this show will be more boring than it already is
No matter how many times 24 teases that Jack Baur is going to die or how many times Batman is stuck in a giant snow, I'm never going to emotionally buy into the danger. In every episode of Survivor there's a real chance a character could leave for good.
Name another show where there's a real chance every week that a main character will leave the cast for good. Claims that the show is getting worse each season are more or less nostalgia and romanticism. Some seasons (The Australian Outback, Marquesas and The Pearl Islands) are amazing, other seasons (Africa, Palau and the overhyped All Stars edition) are just good. But the tense plot structure guaruntees that Survivor will stay suspenseful year after year.
No other show has the scope that Survivor does with each season set in a breathtaking environment (The Amazon, the African savanah), the real struggle for Survivor and high emotional stakes making for very intense melodramatic relationships and memorable payoff moments.
Say what you will about exploitative, flash in the pan FOX reality shows like My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss or The Will, mention the scandels and the allegations (largely grounded) that those shows are heavily rigged. But Survivor is a character driven drama that bears little relationship to those other shows. Survivor may be cast for drama. But what happens on the show is very real and the outcomes continue to surprise. I think the real difference is that Survivor doesn't aim to shock or gross out or titilate audiences - at least not first and foremost - but rather it tries to tell a compelling story. And it does.
Survivor used to be an amzing show. It had real people and emotions. They had original challenges and prizes. Now it has become repeditive. They repeat challenges and find the best looking peole that they can. it seems to be more off a scrpit than reality. They also try to find clashing personalites so that people are constantly bickering. This to me makes the show unenjoyable some bickering is good but to much ruins it. I prefer to see teams get along and make accomplish meants. The only i watch this show is because it is the only thing on and i find the only good person and watch to see how far they get which usally is not very far.
Watched ever since season 2 began. I love survivor. Although somtimes it seems so played out its still a great show. Hopefuly I will get all season on vhs and dvd. I have season 1 and 2 already. Well survivor is still great no matter what. Some of my favorite people were- Roger,Lex,Johnny "fair-play" and Rupert of course :)
Survivor is a reality show filled with action, suspense, and may I say backstabbing! No one seems to really get the point of the show though! To survive on the island you have to backstab no one is there to make friends. If you are you dont need money!!!
I absolutley adore this reality show. It's all I ever wanted in a television show. Suspense, action, and backstabbing, where the players destenation is money. I hope they continue with this show in the future. It's such a well planned and constructed show, it deffinatly has my vote for the best reality televison show ever!!!!
The show could have gone downhill fast after the first season, and it looked like it would in Season 3. The creators figured out that people would learn from each progressing season and they changed things accordingly. Some of the best seasons have been the more recent ones, notably Pearl Islands and Pulau. Where some shows like The Apprentice have ceased to adapt to the wiles of the contestants. The Apprentice has even begun recruiting people who you wouldn't hire purely for amusement's sake. In Pulau everyone was sure that Ian and Tom were doomed as soon as the tribes merged, but Tom triumphed, the first truly dominant player to win since Richard Hatch. I don't know how much longer they can string it out, but they haven't run out of stuff yet
Survivor may have been the first reality show but it is not always been the best. I like the fact they have stuck pretty much to the tried and true measures and making only minimal changes.
My favorite in the series so far had to be Pearl Islands where Rupert took the theme of Piracy to new limits by stealing the other teams shoes and personal items. This is the way the game is suppose to be played. I also like the fact that they allowed the winning tribe in the reward challenges to loot an item for the losing tribe.
It will be interesting to see what happens next. It is a shame though that the Producers were not able to work out a deal to actually send someone in space.
This can be a pretty intertaining show with all of the challenges and stuff. But at times it can be pretty boring as well with all of the talking about peoples opinions and who is annoying and really stupid stuff like that. But overall its a fun show, although the different season do kind of get repetitive after a while. But it is a good show worth watching.
Whats the point to all this reality? We allready have enough stuff to watch without wondering how some people are doing on some island. I don\'t reccomend going on survivor, because it\'s a job that only lasts a month.
The past two seasons were so boring. Like on screen they give them so many benefits in the award challenges. If they really want torture there fellow man, they should get rid of award challenges lol. Of course some of the challenges are fun to watch like sporting events. Despite that it is still really boring to watch.
Some of the past seasons were really enjoyable, but the most recent seasons weren't all that good. My favourite seasons were: The first season (I didn't see all episodes in that season), The Australian Outback, Africa, Pearl Islands, and All-Stars.
Some of the cast members, I mean castaways are allright, especially that guy who lied about his greandmother, but there arn't enough of those people left. Anyway if you like a show about people trying to survive, and depending on eachother, like 'Lord of the Flies' then maybe this is a show for you. You have been warned.
i would like to know know please e-mail me back i dont know what else to write but suvivor is my favorite show and i watch it every week and if i miss it i tape it every week i also have the first video of the first season also
best show ever. stephenie lagrossa is one of the sexiest human being on the planet but too bad she has a boyfriend :(. julie was pretty hot too, and eliza, jenna morasca, heidi klum. tom was the best ever and so was rupert. well done survior! best show! c
best show ever. stephenie lagrossa is one of the sexiest human being on the planet but too bad she has a boyfriend :(. julie was pretty hot too, and eliza, jenna morasca, heidi klum. tom was the best ever and so was rupert. well done survior! best show! c'ya later.
Survivor is the show that all other reality shows are trying to imitate.
Mark Burnett came up with the idea of putting people on an island and having the vote one another off until only one is left. His idea has been stolen, borrowed, twisted and ripped off. Survivor really is the show that all other reality shows are trying to imitate.
What makes Survivor great is their willingness and ability to tweak the formula of the game so every series of the show is different. The changes are not always big, but there are always a few surprises for both viewers and contestants.
The locations change but it is the strategizing that we love to see. I always enjoy the fact that pre-game favorites mean nothing. Sometimes a player who appears most capable is first or second out and sometimes those who I’m sure are going early are around to the end.
The best show ever put on television, theres nothing like it ..... everyone watches is because its so awesome! whoever thought of having a show like this was a genious. im so pathetic i cry when people get voted off! this show is gonna go on forever! i cant wait for next season!!
This show is great because it shows everyone how we as human beings react under pressure! Imagine being stranded in remote location without fire or shelter or even a TV!! I would go crazy!! Not only do you have to survive the elements and the torturous imunity chalenges, but you also have to survive EACH OTHER!! But I guess that would all be worth it to win a million bucks!! Every season the producers of Survivor come up with new and exciting twists to keep the show going! I can not wait until the new season begins! It looks to be very entertaining!
Never dumbing itself down for its audience, Survivor is made up of a very consistent forumla that works. After awhile, the wear and tear of tribe members will get to you. What's best however is the way the show's set up.
Each season puts our Surviovers' on a new island, with all new challanges and themes. The basic make-up of an episode consists of our host challanging the castaways to two challanging missions, having them struggle for three days on the island, and having a tribal councle in which someone's voted off of the island. For the first challange, it's tribe oriented. The "team" has to work together, to overcome the other, usually being rewarded for their efforts. Whichever team loses is sent to a seperate challange for "immunity", because that team will have to vote someone out. In these immunity challanges, it's ever man for himself.
In what may seem quite cruel, the show's participants overcome great struggles, and often get sick or hurt. Little romance is found, but it's still present in a way. Spawning countless imitations, some being faithful (Lost), and some just shameful (see Temptation Island), Surviovr insured that it would keep afloat by having a solid episode layout, and a steady balance of romance, drama, and pain. At times, the episodes can be moody, sad, or uplifting, it depends on the participants.
Wat's most important to most TV viewers a show's schedule. Survivor has been showing up fairly often lately, a season lasting nearly 2 1/2 months, but no replays being present. Right now, OLN is replaying the first season. It's very nostalgia-inducing to watch the first few episodes all over again. Overall, Survivor will always have a place in my heart, and definitly warrents a view from anyone who loves nature, human nature, or just excellent television.
I have tried several times watching this show. So many people and news show on TV were all talking about it. Even my own Doctor said he loved it! I think it's mostly fake and they have carried this show on TV to long. I say it's time to get back to non-reality entertainment for a change! I like some reality shows,but they are just out of hand now!
I Am looking forward to watching it from the beginning of Season 1. I never thought I would get the chance to rewatch them knowing who one.
My favorite season I think is the All-Star one and the one in Pearl Islands. I really loved Rupert. He was so big that you couldn't help but think that he might be the first one to go. Way to go Rupert!
At the very beginning I was hoping for Tom to win. But after seeing how he got there, I just don't know if he deserves it. Unlike Tina and Amber whom I don't think should have won, there's no question that Tom really worked for it. But I believe that every one should go to tribal council when the group is seperated into two tribes. Now Tom and his tribe only went once and it was because both tribes had to go. If his tribe had lost one immunity challenge maybe I would consider him to be a deserving winner.
Survivor is one of the best shows ever made. More commonly known as the granddaddy of reality television, it most certainly is.
But just remember that it's not for everybody.
If you enjoy seeing strategy, mental and physical challenges, and everything in between. Survivor is the show for you.
With 10 seasons and going strong, the most recent is probably one of my favorite, Survivor shows no signs of stopping. With the endless amount of exotic locations Survivor is a great, great, great show. Check it out when it premiers again in Guatamala this September (2005), give it a chance if you've never seen it. You might just like it.
This show is soooo addictive! At first I had no desire to watch it but after deciding to check out one show during the first season I haven't missed an episode! I think that survivor has been kidda criticized or not liked because people are sick of similar reality shows that have sprung up since survivor which is sad because survivor was the original!
This show has gotten old. It was fantastic the first couple of seasons but now it quit while its ahead. The show does the same routine over and over and I think its time to either freshin' it up or have one more great idea and then end it. It gets too old watching them fight on the beach over the same things and same issues.
I am so tired of Survivor. Sure for the first couple seasons it was somewhat interesting to watch. It was the show that started the whole reality tv thing (is that a good thing?). Now it is just kind of getting annoying. Everything is pretty much expected now and there aren't any huge shockers that come about. I think if they can get some new ideas for this show it might be interesting again but otherwise I'm tired of it.