Survivor has invested fans and curious viewers, and as we’ve watched over the past two decades, we’ve had many questions about the show.
I collected Survivor behind-the-scenes stories, and now I’ve dipped into the archives to gather together stories that answer questions that both fans and viewers—including me!—have asked about Survivor.
So many of the answers demonstrate the care and craft that goes into producing Survivor, which is one of the reasons I’ve watched since episode one, and why I still continue to love it.
If you have other questions, please send them to me! But here are some of the best Survivor questions I’ve answered and explored so far.
Survivor has eliminated many of its elements over its 40 seasons, and added new ones.
Three favorites that often come up are the auction challenge, where contestants bid on food and advantages; the theme song at the beginning of episodes; and the Rites of Passage, where the final two or three players walk past the torches of everyone they've voted out.
A Survivor superfan went back to the original location of Survivor Borneo—and you can visit it, too.
There, he was given a tour of Tribal Council's location, the tribes' beaches, and even the small island where the opening title sequence filmed a silhouetted person meant to represent the sole Survivor.
The first moments of many seasons of Survivor have seen the show's host perched atop mountains and hanging off of helicopters, prompting me to write, "Jeff Probst is a fucking bad ass host who’s completely in his own league."
So how are those sequences filmed? Years ago, he gave details about a few of those shoots.
One player who's been on multiple seasons, Stephen Fishbach, wrote about what Survivor did for him.
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Not part of the rules, but while binge watching all of the survivor seasons there is constant tribal chants through out all the episodes every season. Do they have meaning, and if so can the show close caption its meaning
Monday 13th of December 2021
If someone QUITS the game of Survivor, why are they allowed to serve in the jury? Once they quit, that should be it. To obtain enough jury members, why don’t they bring back the last person voted off before they made the jury? If someone quits, that’s it. They are off the game for good. What do you think?