Best Survivor Seasons


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The Top Ten

Heroes vs. Villains
It was a very good desicion to make a heroes vs. villians survivor. Bringing back great players such as Parvati Shallow, Russell Hantz, Colby Donaldson and Rupert Boneham made the show great. Russell dominated the season... again. He made moves and prevented getting voted off by Rob's alliance. Parvati dominated physically. Good going girl! And I'm so happy for Sandra, that she won again. The rest of the players gave their best efforts and I like the challenges that they brought back.
Heroes and Villian was awesome! Even though at first he was on the outs on his tribe, Russel contiuned to dominate throughout the game. And they brought back great challenges. Parvati was awesome with the individual challenges, and they last challenge was so close. To me, I think this season was the best
Although the newest survivor is probably second place for me, this is my favorite. I loved to see characters from earlier seasons to be paired up with each other. I probably would of put Sugar in the villains though because she hated Randy in I think Gabon
[Newest]I like it because it had russell hantz

By combining the elements of an All-Star season and a brand new one, Micronesia managed to take the best attributes of both and fuse them together.

While dealing with the idiocracy of Kathy or Chet, you were able to see Cirie pull off a major blindside only minutes afterword.

Not only did this season manage to show how much better the Favorites were, it also featured one quitter, along with two injury withdrawals.

Exile Island also makes its return here, allowing for a more controlled method of operating when dealing with the immunity idol. It wasn't bad to look at either.

Finally, Parvati won. She was definitely the most deserving player and although the Final 2 Twist does not deserve credit, this season definitely does.
Love love loved this season. All the brilliant stategy and the fact the alliances held despite the tribal switch. Erik giving the immunity idol up was priceless. I love Parvati, glad she won, but would have rather had Amanda win. If she gave better arguments at tribal, she would have won China AND Micronesia.
Has the oddball alliance, women's alliance, couple's alliance, great challenges, non-corny humor, most blindsides of any season, and arguably the most deserving winner possible

3Cook Islands
Love this season so much! Ozzy and Yul are two of survivor's bests. Not to mention Parvati and Teller... A lot of memorable people and moments in survivor history came out of it! But seriously so hard to choose from all these amazing seasons
It starts with 4 different tribes separated by race.
The only time I have ever seen someone change tribes by choice.
Great underdog story with the group of four people coming back and winning it all.
Has Ozzy.
Best fire making challenge in the final four ever.
A great cast, and so many great strategic moves to progress the quality of the overall game and it brought so much of the entertainment factor to the table, I could never stop watching!
[Newest]Ozzy was definitely a reason this was a great season. The others are it's amazing they got to the final 4. I also think Parvati was a great player.

4Blood vs Water
Ciera being from the pawn to be voted out to the mastermind of her own fate was what made me loathe her to loving her. Brad getting an impromptu vote-off that was decided during tribal council at the eleventh hour. Candice maturing from a girly flirt to a serious physical threat in redemption island and got redemption for her image.
Overall, great, great season. At least the ones in jeopardy went down with a fight (purple rock, flip-flopping & getting clues) and we get to hope and root for them.
This season pales in comparison to the other two Redemption Island seasons.
This was my first season to watch Survivor and I immediately fell in love with it. I LOVED the concept and the cast, but my favorite was CANDICE! Because of how great this season was it pulled me in to watch all the other seasons
So far this has been the best pre-merge since heroes vs villains and one of the best pre-merges ever, I mean, 3 HUGE blindsides in 5 episodes.
[Newest]No way this season isn't good at all. They are all too mushy and should man up and make moves, and not be so annoying.

5 Caramoan Islands
Honestly one of the better seasons I've seen, from Brandon and Phillip butting heads, to "The Three Amigos" voting Phillip out, to Brenda getting betrayed by Dawn. It was a really good season with the underdog Cochran pulling out the win.
This season should be higher than twelve, Malcolm pulling out two immunity idols and blindsiding Phillip made one of the best moves in Survivor history, also Brenda blindsiding Andrea was a very underrated move, as soon as Brenda found out Andrea was scheeming to blindside her, SHE was the one scheeming to blindside Andrea, and it worked, also flushing out Andreas immunity idol, plus Reynolds and Andreas reactions were great.
Phillip and Brandon made this season even more interesting. This is the first season and I think this season broke the scale from 1 to 10 which is a good thing
[Newest]I hate this season. should be in like 20th!

6All Stars
I loved this season. Rob brought the whole girl/guy team to being a staple in further seasons. Plus for a romantic like myself I liked watching a true bind form that still exists today!
I loved this season. I think Rob played a hell of a game, which made it much more interesting and the romantic love between amber and rob was so cute of them!
I loved this season I thought that rob rupert played good and loved when susan had the biggest spas ever
[Newest]Great season. Rob was a lot of fun to watch.

Fantastic season. Russell Hantz singlehandedly kept it interesting week after week. It sucks that he was robbed by a jury too stupid and stubborn to get over their bitterness and reward the best player. Other than that, GREAT season.
Russell Hantz!
It is the only Season for a small tribe of 4 to pick off 8 tribe mates at the mergeŠOther then Chris beating 6 to 1 odds against 6 women being the single manŠGo Season 19.
I have to say, best season ever! Samoa was a perfect location, and the cast was the best cast survivor has ever had!

Although I get tired of seeing returning players coming on to the show instead of a completely new cast I loved seeing Skupin return to make it to the end, Penner being entertaining as ever, and Russel Swan be all dramatic and seeing his reactions as his tribe lost every challenge until he got voted off. Best choice of returning players for me
Fantastic season. The most likeable final four ever, unpredictable tribal councils, great water challenges, and power shifts easily make this season a top 10. Plus, who could forget the tribal council where both Abi and Malcolm flashed their immunity idols?
Its really exciting. Power outcasts are there. Majestic landscapes can be found in the location (Philippines). This is one of my favorite seasons ever. I love lisa in this season.
[Newest]A very memorable cast made for a great season.

Survivor Cagayan at 28? I mean come on, it should be at least in the top ten... Fantastic cast, great twists, people flipping and some great characters and not to mention some of the best blindsides in survivor history.
Likely this low because it just ended, Cagayan should easily make its way up this list. So many blindsides that were edited so flawlessly that even the viewers could not even predict what was going to happen (I gave up predicting about halfway through). Simply a great cast of characters with drama pre and post-merge that makes this one of the best ever.
Loved this season. So many tribal councils where I had NO idea who was going home. Crazy! Excellent game play and the winner totally deserved their vote
[Newest]Best final two ever!

10Pearl Islands
The outcast tribe isn't enough to hold the Pearl Islands down. Rupert and Jonny Fairplay made the beautiful scenery and excellent theming one of the most memorable seasons ever.


Best season. best location. best cast. best winner. PERIOD
Had by FAR the best cast in any season ever.
Best Survivor cast. This cast had Johnny Fairplay, Rupert, AND Sandra Diaz-Twine. The challenges revolved around the pirate theme. Best season, hands down.

The Contenders

Borneo was not the best season because it was the first one, it is the best because it let you really get to know the characters (Sonja, B. B, Stacy, Ramona, Dirk, Joel, Gretchen, Greg, Jenna, Gervase, Sean, Sue, Rudy, Kelly, Richard) I remembered everyone by heart. These seasons, you say "Monica from 'Survivor: Samoa' (Which was voted #1)" and you say "Who's Monica? ". In Borneo, you got to see people having fun. You see they're personalities, like stubborn Rudy, Goofy Sean, or insane Greg. You got to see who they really are. These seasons it's all strategy and you don't get to meet the people. In South Pacific, I haven't actually seen them build a shelter, make a fire, or search for food in the jungle. You saw all of that stuff in Borneo. The first season made things seem more real, and more fun. I enjoyed it more than any other season.

I think Richard was the most deserving winner too. Even more than Yul. Ozzy should have won Cook Islands. Go Ozzy. Hope he wins South Pacific.
The very first season of Survivor. It is almost impossible to argue against it being #1 for that sole reason, let alone the memorable cast including Richard Hatch, Rudy Boesch, and others.


If people are impressed by ci or samoa, they should see this underdog story of one guy beating a solid alliance of six women, best winner
I think people forget how impressive Chris was in this season. If Micronesia had the black widow brigade, Chris was the black widow brigade slayer.
This season had a great final two, no extereme bitter jury, and it invented a lot of future challenges like the pole hang.

J. T. and Stephen brought an A game to the table, while fellow contestants Coach, Tyson, and Sierra made splashes in their own various ways.


BEST SEASON EVER! I have watched every season and ths was by far the most interesting. Tyson is also my favorite player of all time - he's hilarious!
First season I remember watching, made me such an enormous fan of the show, it's forever a part of my heart and I just love it.

This season had an AMAZING cast, a VERY deserving winner, and interesting stories within. I wish they would have better casts in the new seasons! But I still watch the new ones... I love survivor! Heroes vs Villains was also amazing but since this one's lower, I'll go with this one
It was my favorite. Interesting to watch, had good players, good strategies, good location, and good final 2 (Amanda is good, but nowhere near Courtney and Todd good). Best cast, with no player being ignored, and overall, China takes the cake for me.
China produced one of, if not the most deserving of all winners in the shows history.


15The Australian Outback
Colby's was SO nice to take Tina to the end. In the long run he made, and still makes more money from his choice.

Underrated winner along with the first nerd to go far. Kenny. Sure Stephen would come later, but Kenny was proof that even a weak guy could be good at survivor.


Too underrated! See this Survivor. For strategy and interesting players... This one can't be missed. It should be top 5!
One of the most unique locations around the planet and one of the most historic winners of survivor history...
[Newest]This season was hilarious! Plus it had a really good cast. It is too underrated

The only time in Survivor history where an entire tribe dominated all immunity challenges, leaving us with one of the greatest Survivor heroines, Stephenie. She was by definition, a true Survivor of the game of Survivor.
20th!?!? This season has the best location, cast, winner and a ton of entertainment! At least Vanuatu made top ten!
Dominance like no other season made for a spactacle, with some very likable characters.
[Newest]Stephanie lagrossa I've said enough

Great cast; this season has it all; the battle of the sexes, battle between generations, cunning strategists causing the the game to twist and turn, players flipping back ad forth between alliances and lots of laughter in between.

The interviews were funny, the challenges very interesting and finally beautiful men and women to watch on T.V..
This season is good because had elements how game used been played and elements of how game played now. So memorable cast like Christy Rob Heidi Denna Jenna.
All of the seasons up until all star are amazing. After that, the show became just about annoying people strategizing to get people off and had nothing to do with "surviving".

One of the greatest casts in a long time. Nearly every player could be brought back for another season. The boot order was unpredictible, and it wasen't strategy ALL the time. I loved Jane and you know what WHO CARES IF SHE WAS BITTER! SHE GOT VOTED OFF YOU HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO BE! Jud "Fabio" was a funny change for winners, and had a great run with the immunities. Other than the 2 girls quiting this season was near perfection!
The winter is my favorite person to ever be on survivor. Although it didn't have a theme like heroes vs villains it was one of my all-time favorite seasons.

20One World
Was the worst of the worst bar none! Super selfish sissy made me want to punch the screen.
The whole one world twist was supposed to be epic because you could make secret alliances with the opposite tribe and merge time there'd be a bunch of blindsides but no they just argued over chickens and fish so lame
Love the one world twist and Colton's rain of terror my 3rd favorite season by far!

21Redemption Island
This season had too many weak players who did nothing, the Redemption Island twist completely fell flat, and it was way too predictable. Hands down the worst season ever.
Rob is a genius, and he dominated, many people don't like this season, but rob is a bad ass
Way underrated season. Rob played arguably the best game in reality history. And there was a crazy amount of entertainment... Credit phillip! Just brilliant strategy

This is my favorite season it is very underrated the cast is very underrated the season is very exciting to watch I love the exile island twist plus we have Cirie the best survivor contestant ever


24South Pacific
I thought this was a suspenseful season. Congrats to sophie for upsetting coach for sole survivor
Too bad ozzy did not win

Yau's greatness alone propels Fiji onto the list. Combining with the amazing location, the memorable events within the season put it near the top. If it wasn't for the number of recruits Fiji would have a stronger case at #1.


Arguably the best cast ever. We really got to know these people and see them interact with each other. We also got to see them actually SURVIVE, something that recent seasons have been lacking. Nowadays, the game is all about strategy, but in the Outback, we got to see how they struggled from day to day without food and against nature.
Still a fresh season, as many concepts and staples of survivor were not yet established. Tina was an extremely deserving winner, but it was still enjoyable watching most of the other players, including Jerri, Colby, and Elizabeth. And the waterfall challenge in episode 2 was EPIC.
should be number two with micronesia being number one. this season is one of the most fun to watch and colby is just all around the best survivor ever
[Newest]Um... There is already an Australia on here.


Other than maybe Micronesia, this season had the most good strategists.
I want to say that danni, steph, rafe, cindy, bj was the best there

29San Juan del Sur
Super underrated. Great season.

A really underrated season, had a great villain (Brian) three memorable players (Shii Ann, Ghandia and Robb) a lot of good moments but of course people decide to judge it because Jeff Probst didn't like it.

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