Episodes: Ongoing (hour)
TV show dates: May 31, 2000 — present
Series status: Has not been cancelled
Performers include: Jeff Probst (host)
TV show description:
In this reality competition show, cameras follow sixteen to twenty contestants that have been dropped off in a remote area of the world. Using their wits and available materials, each tries to survive the elements and each other’s strategies in order to win a check for $1 million dollars.
Hosted by Jeff Probst, participants are usually divided into two tribes. Tribes are then separated from one another as they work together to build a camp and gather food and water. Every third day, they are reunited to participate in either a luxury or immunity challenge. The luxury competition pits the tribes against one another in order to win such comforts as food treats, flint for making fire, matches, rain gear, blankets, or even trips away from the island. In the immunity challenges, teams compete for immunity from elimination. At the end of each episode, losing tribe members participate in the Tribal Council and vote out a fellow tribemate.
When there are eight to ten participants left in the game, the tribes merge and everyone plays as an individual. The final group of contestants who’ve been voted out of the game remain at an undisclosed location, form the final Tribal Council jury, and silently observe Tribal Council ceremonies.
In the end, the jury members vote individually on which of the final two or three surviving contestants should win the million dollar prize — the person who not only survived, but thrived in the process.
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