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 twenty moments of our series, covering Borneo through to the merge of Cook Islands. If you’ve missed any of the posts, here’s your chance to catch up (we collected our first ten in this post here). 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.
#11 – Survivor Amazon Unveils the Themed Season
In the sixth season of Survivor, the Battle of the Sexes introduces a new marketing gimmick to breathe life into future versions of a veteran series.
#12 – Swing Vote Christy Swings and Misses
Christy Smith goes from the driver’s seat to the side of the road in one episode.
#13 – Rupert and the Birth of the Survivor Hero Edit
Burly tough guy Rupert gives an emotional confessional and becomes the most popular Survivor ever.
#14 – The Outcasts Return
Survivor pulls out its most controversial twist as the Outcasts return to haunt Pearl Islands.
#15 – Osten Taylor Quits Survivor
Osten Taylor lays down his torch and becomes the first person to quit the game.
#16: Jonny Fairplay and the Dead Grandma Lie
Jonny Fairplay schemes a sympathy win during the loved ones visit by lying about his dead grandmother
#17: Stephenie LaGrossa Stands Alone
Stephenie LaGrossa spends the night alone as the final member of the Ulong tribe, inspiring Survivor producers to recreate the subsequent drama as a new feature of the game.
#18: Tom and Ian’s 12-Hour Challenge
Ian Rosenberger and Tom Westman hang on for nearly twelve hours during the final immunity challenge in Survivor: Palau.
#19 – Danni Boatwright Buys an Advantage at the Survivor Auction
The show introduces some strategy to the Survivor auction in the form of an advantage, and Danni Boatwright uses it to propel herself to victory.
#20 – Yul Kwon’s Perfect Hidden Immunity Idol Play
Down four to five at the merge, Yul Kwon uses his hidden immunity idol to convince Jonathan Penner to flip back to the Aitu Four.
Stay tuned for the final ten and let us know how you think the series is going so far in the comments below.
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