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.
If you have other questions, please send them to me. Here are some of the best Survivor questions I’ve answered and explored previously.
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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I’m Andy Dehnart, a writer who obsessively and critically covers reality TV, focusing on how it’s made and what it means.
I created reality blurred 20 years ago as a place to collect interesting links I found. Today, I review and recommend reality shows, documentaries, and nonfiction entertainment; analyze news and report from behind the scenes; and interview people who create and star in reality TV shows. You'll also find other people's insightful takes on reality TV in these pages, too.
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