LC Ranks Every Season of
Back in the year 2000, two new reality TV shows began airing on CBS that completely captivated me for the next 20 years, Survivor and Big Brother. Growing up, I was a huge fan of MTV reality shows, religiously watching the Real World and Road Rules. The Real World just gave a glimpse into how different people from different walks of life live and interact with one another inside a nice house in a set location. While the Road Rules took a group of people and had them live together in a small RV, while competing in various challenges throughout the country. I was captivated.
So when Survivor was announced in 2000, taking 16 people from all over the country and putting them on a an island, I was definitely watching! Over the next 20 years we have seen the game evolve, devolve, change for the better, and for the worst, but all in all, it's been the best reality television show ever. Today, I share with you how I ranked each of the first 40 seasons of Survivor. I also list who won, who I think played the best game, and for many seasons I share who I was rooting for (some seasons I rooted for nobody or various people).
Full disclosure, my rankings may differ from other lists, because what I watch Survivor for and what moves me may be completely different from what moves others. I rank a season according to casting, strategic gameplay, intelligence of the cast, challenges, and overall satisfaction with the conclusion. And of course my personal feelings will always impact how I rank these things. But I don't worry, I explain every choice I make.
I started ranking these seasons back in 2019, and finished it after season 40 in June 2020. Then I decided to go back and watch some of my least favorite seasons just to make sure I was not being unfair and being objective about my feelings. Then it was announced that Rob Cesternino, my favorite reality TV podcaster was asking us to vote send in our ballots ranking the 40 seasons, and would be releasing a countdown and recap of each season. This was almost perfect synergy with my list. So I have decided to include a link to the review of each season, and its ranking by the RHAP (Rob Has A Podcast) community. Some things are in line and some things are very different, as my opinion is very different. If I didn't care about a season, I wrote very little. If I really enjoyed it, or have a strong opinion, I wrote more. Enjoy.
So without further ado, let's start with the worst season, ever.