All 40 of Survivor’s seasons are available to stream on CBS All Access, but Netflix’s addition of two seasons—Survivor Cagayan and Survivor Heroes vs. Villains, both of which are among the show’s best seasons ever—has introduced the show to a much wider audience.
Survivor season 28, also known as Survivor Cagayan: Brains vs. Brawn vs. Beauty, was a season that split its cast into ridiculous tribes but also gave us Tony, Spencer, Kass, Woo, Tasha, and other strong and memorable players, plus the Spy Shack, Cops-R-Us, and a quit that didn’t make host Jeff Probst mad.
During Survivor Cagayan, which originally aired in the spring of 2014, I recapped the show every week, and also reported on some interesting behind-the-scenes details—like the origin of the Tyler Perry super hidden immunity idol. I’ve collected those recaps, analysis, and stories here, so you can read along as you watch or re-watch season 28.
My Survivor Cagayan finale recap, which analyzed and discussed the season as a whole, the season 28 winner, and the final four. Why did Woo take Tony to the finale? Would woo have beaten Kass? Was Tony the right winner?
Survivor Cagayan's hidden immunity idol that could be played after the votes were read was an idea from director Tyler Perry, according to Jeff Probst, and Perry later appearance on the live Survivor finale and reunion to discuss the twist.
I’m Andy Dehnart, a writer who obsessively and critically covers reality TV, focusing on how it’s made and what it means.
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