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Survivor: 7 of the best things about 40 seasons of outstanding TV

Survivor: 7 of the best things about 40 seasons of outstanding TV
Jeff Probst during the Survivor: Winners at War finale, "It All Boils Down to This." (Image from Survivor via CBS)

Five years ago, I highlighted 15 reasons why we love Survivor. Five years before that, on its 10th anniversary, I ended a piece with this line: “Survivor may not be around in 10 more years, in 2020, but I have no doubt its influence will still be felt long after that.”

Obviously, it’s still very much around in season 40! But I stand by both pieces today, five and 10 years later, even if the show has stumbled—sometimes unforgivably—since then. It’s still one of the best shows on television, scripted or unscripted.

To look back at some of the highlights from these 20 years, I’ve once again dipped into reality blurred’s archives to highlight some stories you may have missed or would like to revisit again, focused on what makes the show great.

There are undoubtedly far more than seven great things about the show, starting with the hundreds of people who’ve played the game and given us hours and hours of entertainment, and the hundreds of people who work hard behind the scenes to make the show run and turn 39 days into typically outstanding TV.

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  • Andy Dehnart is the creator of reality blurred and a writer and teacher who obsessively and critically covers reality TV and unscripted entertainment, focusing on how it’s made and what it means.


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