Best Survivor Seasons

The Top Ten

Heroes vs. Villains

It had everything. Feuds with the Villians. It had the first two time winner. It was the bomb

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

In my opinion the perfect season. The villains ended up dominating over the heroes with some heroes (James) turning into villains, and some villains (Jerri, Sandra, Parvati) turning into heroes against the big villain of the season Russell. Having Colby as the last Hero remaining was also amazing since he was the "First Hero". And let's not forget about Boston Rob vs. Russell. Russell ultimately came out on top but we never got to see it again because of Russell's idiotic tribe on Redemption Island.

Micronesia

Provided some of the most entertaining moments ever in Survivor. I mean it gave us the dumbest Survivor ever.

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.

Erik giving immunity away,amanda playing an idol,and parv running a girls alliance. I think that just makes this season what it is. (including two medical emerginces and a quit)

Yes. Best season! Parvati, Amanda, Cirie, Natalie, & Alexis made the best alliance. Erik was a good player, but he was naive. I wish James wasn't medically evacuated because I really liked him. Jason & Ozzy were stupid for not playing the idol, but still good players for even finding it. Eliza was dramatic, especially at the Final Tribal Council. Ami could've stayed, but I think it's good Erik was not voted out. Tracy was underestimated, I really liked her. I wish Kathy stayed because I really thought she could've been a good player. Chet was funny with Joel for that challenge. Jonathan Penner was a good player, despite being a flipper on Cook Islands. Joel was physical and strong, but sometimes a jerk. Mikey B was basically someone who thinks they can have this whole game in their hands. I wish Yau Man was in the game longer, but he was humble and made it far in Fiji. Mary's blindside was awesome & Fairplay should've either not be in the game or stayed longer

Cagayan

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.

One of the most dominant winners in Tony Vlachos. He dominated the social and strategic game without people noticing. It had likeable castaways.

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.

My first and favorite season. So glad I walked in on my dad watching this show. Fan forever!

Blood vs Water

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.

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.

One of the best seasons so much conflict, but unfortunately, the person who won the whole thing was not who everyone was voting for. Blood vs Water 3, anyone?

Cook 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

Best season ever. First season I ever watched and made me want to go back and watch all the previous, and follow each one thereafter. Loved Ozzy and Yul. It was awesome to see the underdogs and good guys take it all.

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!

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.

Cambodia

Everybody needs a second chance. Likeable winner. Cool seeing some great castaways.

This is a VERY underrated season of Survivor. Many people think Heroes Vs. Villains was the best season, however what made me not like it as much as Cambodia was that once the merge happened it felt very bland, and there were just many better moments in Cambodia. Cambodia kept you on your toes the entire time, the tides were always changing for who was "safe", and you will learn to LOVE all of the cast of this season. Not to mention this season has some amazing moments with the Savage blindside, Jeremy using his Idol on Stephen to blindside Ciera, Spencer blindsiding Stephen IMMEDIATELY after that, Joe's dream coming true of having his Dad be on Surivor in the Loved Ones challenged with him just for him to get voted out afterwards, No Votes in the Finale, and the new twist of being able to steal someone else's vote and use it as your own. Kelley Wentworth had to be my favorite part of this season for everything that happened thanks to her.

Incredible season. Every tribal council was a surprise. A great cast full of aggressive, savvy players. Two idols played in one tribal council. Some of the best blindsides in Survivor history. Cambodia will go down as one of the greats.

AMAZING SEASON WITH AN AMAZING CAST! There were so many unpredictable moments, and multiple twists and there are so many people to love in this cast. It was the first I ever watched, and most definitely one of my favorites. Must watch!

The Australian Outback

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.

My favorite Survivor season. A great cast who really dealt with nature like true survivors would. An awesome scene when Colby won the car and his mom surprised him by serving his (award) dinner. Very little talk of strategy in this season, something that has become the primary issue in the recent seasons.

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.

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.

Caramoan Islands

I really liked this season more than most, pre-merge each tribe had their own distinct dynamic, from Phillips over-bearing leadership to the "cool kids" alliance of the Fans tribe. It also has one of the best post-merges of any seasons, from Malcolm's 3 amigos, Andrea's paranoid scheming to Dawn & Brenda's gut-wrenching fight. All the while, we get one of the best narrators of the show (and best winners) Cochran. Some might find Cochran "Cochy" but if you follow his journey from awkward nerd on "South Pacific" to confident leader on Caramoan, he made a true hero's journey to being sole Survivor!

This is a very overrated season. The favorites weren't even favorites, except Brenda, Erik, Malcolm, and somewhat Andrea. The fans also didn't really seem like fans. And Cochran is oh so overrated. He made moves, yes, but he was pretty cocky most of the time. Guess we can call him Cockran.

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.

China

Great cast and great challenges and todd's final tribal speech.

China introduced some famous and stupid players some pros about it were james not playing his idols and Todd's final tribal speech the cons are Denise not letting Peih-Gee on rewards and dumb players

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.

Pearl Islands

FAirplay Fairplay Fairplay he lost immunity to lil in the final three and was so close to winning and the dead grandma Amazing!

Fairplay should of been on heros v.s villians and rupert won a million dollars so why would u put him in for more?

People tear into the Outcast twist, but keep in mind that it actually altered the trajectory of the entire season. None of the eliminated contestants really had a chance of winning going forward, so they served as catalysts for the remaining castaways. Without Lillian and Burton, Jonny Fairplay would never have had the opportunity to pull his legendary "dead Grandma" lie, and his general post-merge dominance was firmly entrenched as a result.

Pearl Islands gets far too many things right for it to be derided in any meaningful capacity. Aside from the legendary antics of Fairplay, you also have the introduction of Rupert Boneham and Sandra Diaz-Twine, two of the most entertaining players ever. The pirate theme fit the setting and the castaways to a T: it felt like they could be part of a swashbuckling crew of seaborne rapscallions, particularly the Drakes. Everything came together so well. From the very beginning right through to the finale, this season never failed to deliver.

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.

The Contenders

All Stars

This season brought a whole new meaning to the common phrase "All's fare in love and war." With 2 love story's between Rob and Amber, and Jenna M. and Ethan. And with all of the blindsides this is by far the best season of Survivor.

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!

My favourite season of all time it had everything you want in a season great cast, good gameplay and it had a good edit where you actually got to know the contents.
They were all so actually surviving now the producers spoil them abit.

Philippines

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.

This was an amazing season and saved the show during its dark era (Nicaragua, Redemption Island, South Pacific, One World, Caramoan). can't believe this isn't even higher than 9th.

(WARNING SPOILERS! )
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

Samoa

This season should just be titled Survivor:Russell Hantz

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.

I have to say, best season ever! Samoa was a perfect location, and the cast was the best cast survivor has ever had!

As Jeff Probst said himself: 'No-one outwitted or outplayed Russell. Not even close'.

Borneo

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 ...more

You memorized all the contestants, yet you didn't mention Colleen.

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.

The very first season and honestly the best

Back when they were actually surviving

Vanuatu

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.

Amazing, amazing season. The best underdog narrative in Survivor history. Criminally underrated.

This season had a great final two, no extereme bitter jury, and it invented a lot of future challenges like the pole hang.

Tocantins

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!

It got hard to watch those grown men gang up on Sierra & everyone watch it happen. Even the principal didn't stand up to the bullies. Like 6th grade with grown men. I wish Tyson had never won, because of this!

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.

Gabon

Such a great cast. Kenny, Sugar, Susie, Corinne, Matty, Randy, and Crystal were all so funny and memorable. And the Fong alliance taking power from the Onion alliance is amazing to watch. I personally thought Susie should have won over Bob, but still an amazing season.

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...

Millennials vs Gen X

Boring twist but the game was good with the challenges and advantages

I have to say, this is one of the worst seasons. Despite having a memorable cast, the twist was constantly forced down your throat constantly, too many people didn't even know what they were doing and completely threw their games over. Not to mention the winner of the season almost ruined his own game multiple times before going for floating, then suddenly decided to be strategic.

I feel that this is the most underrated season ever. There were so many power shifts, which made it difficult to determine the winner. The cast was one of the best in Survivor history. Had David won this season, I believe it would be ranked higher.

I feel like this is one of survivor better seasons. Should be in top 10 for me

Palau

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!

Stephanie lagrossa I've said enough

Two words: Stephenie LaGrossa.

Koh Rong

Tai is easily the best SURVIVOR this season. By survivor I mean he is easily the most adaptable to the Koh Ring environment. This season is filled with the most medical instances I've seen! Caleb getting sent by medical early was a huge letdown but I bet he'll be back in another season. This season already has some nice blindsides and the cast is great.

This season will be much higher after all the decency bias. I am LOVING the suspensefulness so far! Best cast ever!

Jason and Scot are way worse than Russell, at least he kept it secret the pair is only isolating themselves.

Amazing season, we have a lot of great characters, strategy, and challenges. The only con is a bad winner...

South Pacific

I thought this was a suspenseful season. Congrats to sophie for upsetting coach for sole survivor

Sophie is the only reason to watch this season

Too bad ozzy did not win

The only flaw is Coach did not win. Other than that, very underrated season. Brandon’s emotional character arc, Cochran’s knowledge and flipping, and Coach’s strategy makes for an awesome season.

Amazon

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.

What?! Amazon is my second favorite season of the show because this was the first season where you genuinely never knew what was going to happen. How could it be behind All Stars, South Pacific and Caramoan?

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".

Panama

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

Great season and with meeting one of the most beloved players who played a very strategic game (Cirie)!

This season is amazing it had Aras, Cirie, Shane, Danielle, Terry like this season is amazing

One of the best Final Five's ever.

David vs Goliath

Many great castaways. It had a very good winner. It was amazing to see how these Survivors handled the theme. Anyone could come back and I would enjoy that season.

One of the better seasons in a long time. Finally, we're treated to more balanced editing, less unnecessary twists, and more enjoyable players.

Yo, bring this higher! This has been a great season so far!

Nick, Christian, Kara, Gabby, Angelina, Alison, Davie,Mike, Alec and Natalie were all really memorable characters! And on the top of that, the John blindside was amazing!

Redemption Island

Not the best season just the best winner. Boston Rob dominates while having Phillip create chaos.

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.

Awful season with an unlikable cast, horrible twist, boring location and the most predictable winner of all time

Kim, Earl, and Natalie A are way better winners, at least they weren't surrounded by starstruck morons

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