Richard Hatch, Kelly Wiglesworth, Sue Hawk, and Rudy Boesch have survived to the end of Survivor: Borneo, and their incredible final moves in this new game would become the second-most-watched TV show of the 2000s.
Survivor season 1, later retitled Survivor: Borneo, aired on CBS in the summer of 2000 and changed reality TV—and television—forever thanks to its cast of characters (including Richard Hatch, Sue Hawk, Kelly Wiglesworth, Rudy Boesch, Gervase Peterson, Colleen Haskell), host Jeff Probst, and a game unlike anyone had ever seen on TV before.
The reward challenge for Survivor Borneo episode 12 turned out to be pivotal for the show’s crew and host Jeff Probst, who told the story of what happened behind the scenes when the cast threatened to not compete in the reward challenge.
Kelly Wiglesworth was almost voted out of Survivor Borneo, but immunity saved her. But the show spent much more time on its first visit from a family member: Sean’s dad joins him for a night on a yacht.
Gervase’s new kid gets a lot of attention Survivor: Borneo episode. So does strategizing: Jeff Probst’s recap of Tribal Council to discussions of whether to break up an alliance, strategy has moved to the forefront of Survivor: Borneo.
In an incredibly strong episode of Survivor season 1, Kelly bails on the Tagi four, but doesn’t join with Pagong members to vote out Rich, whose lack of clothing becomes a real problem that Jeff Probst even brings up at Tribal Council.
Survivor Borneo’s eighth episode focuses a lot on Greg and Jenna, who end up receiving all of the votes at Tribal Council.
The merge brings two different kinds of strategies—and perhaps the first time in competition reality TV history that someone says “I didn’t come here to make friends.”
Survivor’s first merge is approaching, which both tribes know about, and Pagong is within seconds of its tribe name not becoming a familiar Survivor term, “Pagonging.”
Dirk said he was on Survivor “to have a great time,” but then God voted him off the island. Meanwhile, both challenges on Survivor Borneo episode 5 were left up to individuals—and one continued to perpetuate a stereotype.
In Survivor: Borneo episode four, Richard Hatch suggests creating alliances, but The Tagi Four alliance is born first between Kelly and Sue.
“Quest for Food,” episode 3 of Survivor Borneo, focuses mostly on the tribes’ attempts to find things to eat, but it’s what happened off-camera that led Stacey Stillman to sue.
My summer re-watch of Survivor Borneo continues with an episode that includes Rudy connecting with Rich, and B.B. alienating himself from his tribe.
Survivor: Borneo premiered 20 years ago. I’m going to spend the summer rewatching and doing what I didn’t do back in 2000: writing recaps analyzing the reality show that changed everything.
Survivor Borneo and Survivor All Stars cast member Rudy Boesch died Friday. He had Alzheimer’s disease.
The Network Ten relaunch of Australian Survivor will film in the exact same place as Survivor Borneo, CBS’ first season of the show: Pulau Tiga in Borneo.