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15 of Survivor’s highest highs and lowest lows

15 of Survivor’s highest highs and lowest lows
Sandra Diaz-Twine, the Survivor queen for real, during Survivor Game Changers episode one, The Stakes Have Been Raised. (Photo by Robert Voets/CBS Entertainment)

Over Survivor’s 20 years and 40 seasons, the CBS show has provided an incredible amount of joyous, surprising entertainment. It’s also hosted some outrageous behavior—and made some terrible choices of its own.

As Survivor: Winners at War winds down, I’ve collected 15 of those moments from reality blurred’s archives. This is not meant to be an exhaustive or comprehensive list, in part because I didn’t do regular episode recaps in the early years. In other words, there’s definitely recency bias at play here. And, of course, in 40 seasons and 20 years, there are many more than 15 highs and lows.

Some of these are bigger, iconic moments; others are from episodes I’d totally forgotten about. As to the lows, they aren’t meant to be compared to each other or ranked, especially because most of them involved real people being hurt.

All of them are reminders of what real people playing—and producing—a game can deliver: pain, joy, and everything in between.

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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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