We’re counting down the 30 Moments That Shaped Survivor, events that happened on the show that helped create and evolve the game and the series that we know and love. So far, we’ve counted off the first ten moments of our series, covering the first four seasons of the show. If you’ve missed any of the posts, here’s your chance to catch up. And since we’re posting chronologically, you now know if we’ve skipped over anything from those seasons you might think worthy. So this is your chance to let us have it.
Go here to view the criteria we are using to determine what qualifies for the list. And since these posts are covering the first thirty seasons of Survivor, there will be spoilers for various Survivor seasons.
#1 – The Tagi Alliance Creates the Game of Survivor
The Tagi Alliance makes their strategy official by voting out Gretchen Cordy in the first post-merge tribal council in Survivor history, thus defining how Survivor would be played.
#2 – Snakes and Rats and the Unforgettable Jury Speech
Sue Hawk gives Survivor’s most famous jury speech and shows future jurors how it’s done.
#3 – The Jury Chooses Richard Hatch
After 39 days of what was originally intended to be a show about surviving and creating a society, the jury rewards the person who treated the show like the game it was.
#4 – Michael Skupin Falls Into the Fire
In Survivor: The Australian Outback, Mike Skupin was medevaced from the game after passing out and falling into the campfire, severely burning both his hands.
#5: Colby Donaldson Chooses Tina Wesson over Keith Famie
Colby Donaldson snatched defeat from the jaws of victory when he chose to go to the final two with strategic threat (and eventual winner) Tina Wesson rather than presumed goat Keith Famie.
#6 – The First Survivor Tribe Swap
Survivor introduces the tribe swap for the first time, providing a necessary shake-up for the game.
#7 – Hunter Ellis Gets Hunted by Boston Rob
Boston Rob gets his invitation to All-Stars by voting out tribe leader Hunter Ellis.
#8 – John Carroll and the Fall of the Rotu Four
John Carroll was the leader of a six-person alliance that was dominating Survivor: Marquesas — right up until the moment it became a four-person alliance.
#9 – The Survivor Loved Ones Bring the Tears
Get your hankies ready. It’s time for the Survivor loved ones tradition to begin.
#10 – The Purple Rock
A brilliant new tie-breaker is unveiled, and it goes terribly wrong.
Stay tuned for the next twenty…