Survivor has been on CBS for 40 seasons and almost 20 years, and in that time, we’ve learned a lot about the secrets of what happens behind the scenes on the reality TV competition, and how it comes together.
As Survivor: Winners at War season 40 comes to its conclusion, it’s a great opportunity to look back at some of the secrets—well, former secrets!—that have been revealed about how Survivor is produced.
While its had weak seasons and a few horrifying screw-ups, Survivor is an impressive production that required a lot of behind-the-scenes talent, from casting producers to the composer of the theme song, challenge designers to those who test the challenges.
I’ve gathered together these 13 stories—some of my favorites—which offer various kinds of deep dives into how Survivor comes together week after week, season after season. Enjoy!