30 from 30: The Thirty Moments That Shaped Survivor – The Full List

We counted 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. Presented below is the full list, with links to each essay explaining what the moment is and why it made the list. Go here to view the criteria we used to determine what qualifies for the list. And since these posts cover the first thirty seasons of Survivor, there will be spoilers for various Survivor seasons. Don’t forget to comment below on what you thought about what made it and what didn’t.

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The 30 Moments that Shaped Survivor

1. The Tagi Alliance Creates the Game of Survivor

2. Snakes and Rats and the Unforgettable Jury Speech

3. The Jury Chooses Richard Hatch

4.  Michael Skupin Falls Into the Fire

5. Colby Donaldson Chooses Tina Wesson over Keith Famie

6. The First Survivor Tribe Swap

7. Hunter Ellis Gets Hunted by Boston Rob

8. John Carroll and the Fall of the Rotu Four

9. The Survivor Loved Ones Bring the Tears

10.  The Purple Rock

11. Survivor Amazon Unveils the Themed Season

12. Swing Vote Christy Swings and Misses

13. Rupert and the Birth of the Survivor Hero Edit

14.  The Outcasts Return

15. Osten Taylor Quits Survivor

16. Jonny Fairplay and the Dead Grandma Lie

17. Stephenie LaGrossa Stands Alone

18. Tom and Ian’s 12-Hour Challenge

19. Danni Boatwright Buys an Advantage at the Survivor Auction

20. Yul Kwon’s Perfect Hidden Immunity Idol Play

21. Survivor Introduces the Final Three

22. Yau-Man Chan Creates a Fake Immunity Idol

23. The Edgardo Rivera Blindside

24. James Clement is Blindsided with Two Idols

25. The Black Widow Brigade Claims its First Victim

26. Russell Hantz Finds an Idol without Clues

27. Parvati Shallow’s Double Idol Play

28. Russell Hantz Loses. Again.

29. Survivor Establishes the Three Tribe Format

30. Tony Vlachos Wins Survivor

Feel free to leave feedback in the comments below, or in the individual posts for each moment.

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  • Sad Lil

    Hey! I don’t see my name in that list! How rude.

    • Purplerockmatt

      14 is all about you!

      • Sad Lil

        Oh yeah! I just wish it said ‘Lil’s triumphant Outcasts return’ or something…

        • purplerockpodcast

          You and me both, Lil. You and me both.

          • notrobcesternino

            Spoiler alert for S2C Lil won and will be hosting the show for s33

  • No Gary Hogeboom? HOW DARE YOUUU!!!!!!!!!!!