One of the most popular reality game shows on television is Survivor, which has been around for many years. Survivor is known of and produced in various countries around the world. Charlie Parsons made the first initial version of Survivor, then called Expedition Robinson. It premiered in 1997 in Sweden. Several years later the American version premiered on May 31st, 2000, on CBS. It is hosted and executive produced by Jeff Robust. Other executive producers include Charlie Parsons and Mark Burnett. Thus far the series has 30 seasons, the last of which premiered on February 25th, 2015.
Those who compete on the show are essentially strangers, and they are all isolated away from civilization, generally in a wilderness and frequently a tropical location. These contestants are divided into one or more tribes and they are all there to compete for prizes and cash. Like many other similar reality game shows Survivor implements progressive elimination via voting. Contestants gradually vote one another off of the show and at the end the last person gets the title of Sole Survivor.
Throughout each season and in each different country there are slight variations in Survivor, but overall each has basically the same format. There are 16-20 contestants, also called castaways, and they are divided up and assigned different camps. The filming period lasts for about 39 days, during which each tribe must work together to build a shelter and provide the basic necessities such as food wand water. The first part of Survivor depicts castaways competing in various types of challenges. The winners of these competitions may get immunity so that they don’t have to fear being eliminated, or they may get prizes such as shelter or food. While those given immunity don’t have to attend Tribal Council for a turn, those who do are asked questions about their experiences by the host and then they must vote out one of the members in their tribe.
Obviously there eventually reaches a point when there are not enough castaways to have multiple tribes, and that is why the second half of the game is slightly different than the first. At this point all tribes combine into one single tribe. Rather than playing as teams individuals compete against one another for rewards and immunity. Those who are eliminated during the later part of the show are not sent home and in fact begin to form a jury. The jury sits in on Tribal Councils but that is their only role up until the end. The jury does not participate until there are only two or three castaways left, then the jury steps in at the final Tribal Council to ask the last contestants questions, and then they vote to determine the Sole Survivor.
Before a possible candidate can appear on Survivor they must undergo a physical and psychosocial evaluation to be sure they are fit for the psychosocial and psychological challenges of being on the show. This is to ensure that contestants to not decide to drop out during the course of the season. Sometimes tribes are even determined prior to filming so that there is more equality between genders and ages in each group. There have been other times when tribes were separated by race, gender, or age, and sometimes the tribes are made up on the spot in front of the cameras. Although the norm is two tribes there have been exceptions with three or four. After tribes are assigned tribe members are given a bluff so the audience can distinguish them, and the tribes are given names. There are also times when after tribes are established there will be a tribal swap.
Tribal challenges often include multi-segment obstacle courses which require physical and mental endurance, such as collecting puzzle pieces and then building a puzzle. Generally tribes compete with equal numbers of castaways on each tribe and if one has more than another they may ask certain people to sit out. Individual challenges often encounter smaller obstacle courses but they are still trying both physically and mentally.
IMDb gives Survivor 6.9/10 stars and TV.com gives it 8.3/10 stars, and it is not surprising that a show which has been on air 15 years would be reasonably liked by the public. There are plenty of fans of Survivor who shamelessly call themselves addicted to the series, saying that it is one of the best TV shows. As always, there are those who love the series through and through. There are die-hard fans who have watched it from be beginning and are devoted still. There are also those who say they once liked the series but it has lost certain elements that it once had, and those who like one season but not the next because of people and outcomes. You can watch many of the different versions of this program on cable television. Check out the current Time Warner Cable Packages and Prices right here.
Some critics do not like the series because they think that the tribes on these islands are polluting nature. Others do not like the series because of how desperate people will get for money and how low they stoop, cheating and doing other dishonorable things. There are of course those who do not like the concept of reality TV itself and would rather see something with written lines and paid actors, thinking that anything else is boring. Survivor is for a lot of people, but not for everyone, and that is no secret about any TV show or movie. Regardless, it has done quite well over the years and people still seem to enjoy it.