Sixteen or more castaways are split between two or more "Tribes", are taken to a remote isolated location and are forced to live off the land with meager supplies for roughly 39 days. Frequent physical challenges are used to pit the tribes against each other for Rewards, such as food or luxuries, or for "Immunity", forcing the other tribe to attend "Tribal Council", where they must vote off one of their players. Once about half the players are remaining, the tribes are merged into a single tribe, and competitions are on an individual basis; winning Immunity prevents that player from being voted out, while several that are voted out at this stage form the game's "Jury". Once down to two or three people, a Final Tribal Council is held where the remaining players plead their case to the jury members. The jury then votes for which player should be considered the "Sole Survivor" and win the $1 million prize. Survivor has introduced numerous modifications, or "twists", on the core rules in order to keep the players on their toes and to prevent players from relying on strategies that succeeded in prior seasons. These changes have included tribal switches, seasons starting with more than two tribes, the ability to exile a player from a tribe for a short time, Hidden Immunity Idols that players can use to save themselves at Tribal Council and a chance to return to regular gameplay after elimination through "Redemption Island".
Blood vs. Water relationships are put to the ultimate test on Day 1, when castaways are shocked to learn they will be separated from their loved ones and have to compete against each other on separate tribes. Meanwhile, a former castaway attempts to rehabilitate their reputation.
A new alliance of seasoned players targets one of their own. Meanwhile, the old Colton rears his head and tries to disturb the peace at camp.
A family rivalry takes center stage, leading to an emotional breakdown. Meanwhile, the tribes watch in disbelief as a castaway quits the game and a shocking blindside plays out at Tribal Council.
For the first time ever, a Redemption Island battle pits husband against wife. In another series first, a castaway refuses to accept an Immunity Clue and a shocking blindside at Tribal sends another castaway home.
One castaway sacrifices their own life in the game for a loved one. Meanwhile, this season of blindsides continues at a wild, unpredictable Tribal Council.
Castaways find out if water could be thicker than blood as new tribes are drawn. Meanwhile, one castaway falls victim to a strategic blindside and the Coconut Bandit returns.
An ultimatum at Redemption Island puts one castaway on the spot to prove his love. Meanwhile, another castaway's honesty may be her biggest downfall, and an odd man out needs to prove his worth on an all-female tribe.
It's do or die in a redemption battle that will leave castaways clinging for their lives. Meanwhile, a potentially game-changing blindside at Tribal leaves one castaway on the outs, and the hidden Immunity Idol falls into the hands of an unlikely castaway.
It's double the drama as castaways endure two Tribal Councils in one episode. Meanwhile, castaways wonder if Vytas will exact revenge for his brother's blindside and one castaway attempts to change history in a challenge that's tough to swallow.
An emotional loss on Redemption Island produces this season's first jury member. Also, castaways find out if blood really is thicker than water at a tearful Tribal Council, and a castaway's generous offer proves immunity means much more than a sumptuous feast.
A castaway's bold move could either smoke out the hidden Immunity Idol or extinguish their own flame. Also, one castaway is in hot water after playing both sides of the tribe, and two moms pull a less-than-maternal move at the Redemption arena.
Castaways try to find balance at a frustrating Immunity Challenge and a ruthless game of tug of war leads to an incredibly rare Tribal Council.
Loved ones face off at Redemption Island for their final shot in the game. Meanwhile, castaways must test their knowledge of Survivor for immunity, and a heated Tribal Council could force a swing vote to exercise their power.
After 39 grueling days, one castaway will be crowned the Sole Survivor and awarded $1 million on a special two-hour season finale.
The castaways reunite in Los Angeles to discuss the season. Hosted by Jeff Probst.
Returning players are pitted against newcomers on the exotic Caramoan Islands. The returning players include Cochran, Brandon Hantz, Phillip Sheppard and Dawn Meehan.
Following the first elimination of the season, Brandon targets Dawn as the leader of what he sees as an unsuitable vote and matchless teamwork and disorganization from one tribe leaves little room for competition during a tiered Immunity Challenge.
Corinne and Malcom's special bond leads to a discovery that could liven up the game, and alliances shift and unrest ensues just before an intense Tribal Council.
After suffering a medical emergency, one castaway's ability to play the game is in danger.
The Favorites must contend with an out-of-control Brandon when he stuns his tribemates and reveals his hidden desire to sabotage their camp, leading up to a history-making meltdown.
A shake-up with the tribes creates chaos and new alliances. Meanwhile, the game is thrown off-balance when one tribe's change results in a strength disparity between Gota and Bikal.
As the newly formed Bikal tribe continues to struggle physically in challenges, they grow increasingly tired of Phillip's attitude. Meanwhile, over at the Gota tribe, Reynold shares confidential information about his hidden Immunity Idol that could change his game.
All bets are off when Bikal and Gota merge, as castaways reunite to plot a potential blindside in the new tribe. Also, with Individual Immunity now on the line, castaways must stomach exotic foods of beetle larvae and brains during a classic Survivor food eating challenge.
One castaway learns a secret that will potentially change the game, and chaos ensues when confused castaways are undecided on whether to vote out an easy target or blindside a big threat.
An accident threatens one castaway's future in the game, and in one of the most shocking Tribal Councils, a huge revelation forces an alliance to scramble and potentially turn on each other.
The popular food auction returns and the Three Amigos concoct a lie in attempt to take control of the game.
Two Immunity Challenges and two Tribal Councils raise the stakes, forcing castaways to consider big moves on their biggest threats.
Castaways get a much-needed morale boost with a visit from their loved ones, and one Survivor is faced with a game-changing decision.
With the title of Sole Survivor on the line and $1 million within arm's reach, one castaway falls victim to a heartbreaking medical emergency.
The castaways reunite in Los Angeles to discuss the season. Hosted by Jeff Probst.
Medically evacuated veterans Michael Skupin, Jonathan Penner and Russell Swan return to battle for the title of Sole Survivor. Meanwhile, former teen star Lisa Whelchel ("The Facts of Life") fights to shield her identity from the tribe and, despite his athletic background, former National League MVP Jeff Kent (San Francisco Giants) hits a rough patch early in the game.
Former TV teen star Lisa Whelchel reaches her breaking point early in the game, and as temperatures drop, two castaways make a risky choice to keep each other warm.
An injury prone castaway incurs a fresh battle wound during an intense Immunity Challenge. Meanwhile, a wary castaway considers an unlikely alliance when one tribe member brings and invaluable gift to the battle.
Fearing that they may be the next to go home, an aspiring Sole Survivor shares a shocking story from their childhood, and in an effort to escape the looming threat of elimination, sets out to find the elusive Immunity Idol.
A twist in the game causes a shift in tribe dynamics. Meanwhile, as conditions worsen at camp, one castaway is faced with a game-changing decision.
As castaways get down and dirty to battle it out for a fruitful feast, in an unprecedented move, opposing tribes take to the bargaining table to strike a deal mid-challenge.
After Tandang and Kalabaw tribes merge, castaways scramble to solidify their numbers and rank in the new tribe. Meanwhile, Lisa Whelchel is confronted on her past as a former TV teen star.
In one of the most complicated and entertaining Tribal Councils ever, a brutally honest conversation leads to surprising revelations.
A priceless reward proves to be a life-changing experience for some Survivors, and an original alliance is tested while an unlikely friendship threatens to sway the game.
Castaways compete for a luxurious spa getaway and tempers flare when one castaway returns with a full belly and a bitter attitude.
Castaways exhaust their funds on tasty rewards while one generous castaway makes two bids for his tribemates during the hearty food auction.
During an emotional family reunion, an exciting Reward Challenge enables castaways to join forces with their loved ones. Meanwhile, at a secret meeting, an alliance devises a plan to get rid of their biggest threat.
The million-dollar prize and title of Sole Survivor is within reach for one of the five remaining castaways. Meanwhile, a few castaways strike a Final Three deal while aboard a moving ship far from their fellow tribemates.
The Final Four Survivors scramble to secure their place at the Final Tribal Council. Meanwhile, a crucial Reward Challenge allows castaways to compete for a highly coveted advantage.
The 18 castaways reunite to discuss the season. Hosted by Jeff Probst.
The "Blood vs. Water" theme returns as all-new castaways compete with - and ultimately against - their loved ones who share the same goal: to outwit, outplay, outlast and ultimately be crowned Sole Survivor and winner of the 1 million dollar prize.
After losing their flint, one tribe attempts to barter with Jeff in a rare negotiation. Meanwhile, former MLB player John Rocker's controversial past threatens his future in the game.
A showdown pits father against son and puts their relationship to the test. Meanwhile, former MLB player John Rocker is confronted about his controversial past during a combative Immunity Challenge.
One castaway contemplates throwing an Immunity Challenge to rid their tribe of the weaker players. However, their thirst for power could result in a shocking blindside.
After a surprising tribe swap, the game gets complicated when one castaway is stranded on a tribe with three pairs of loved ones. Meanwhile, the other tribe is forced to negotiate for their next meal as a result of mismanaged portion control.
In a rare move, a very hungry Hunahpu tribe makes a desperate trade for rice. Meanwhile, one castaway on the Coyopa tribe concocts a plan to use a fake idol to try and insure their safety.
The pressure of the game forces one castaway to contemplate throwing in the towel. Also, alliances start to crumble with the impending merge and one castaway commits the ultimate sin.
The claws are out when two parents protect their children in a heated exchange. Also, the castaways reap the rewards of a Taco Bar after exiling one of their own.
Two reward winners trade their spots to prove their loyalty. Also, an idol paper trail causes chaos at camp, and one castaway plays dirty when his life in the game is threatened.
Another castaway trades their reward for security in the game. Also, the first idol of the season comes into play during a chaotic Tribal Council.
After 30 grueling days, the remaining castaways battle for a spot in the Final Six. Also, for the first time ever, castaways give up their chance at Reward in the middle of a challenge, and one castaway seeking revenge sets their sights on the game's strongest player.
A shocking Tribal Council leads to one of the biggest blindsides of the season. Also, a sudden ankle injury could lead to a medevac just days before the game ends.
The Final Five compete for a spot in the last Tribal Council and the $1 million prize on the two hour Season Finale.
The game gets personal when one tribe member is confronted about her physical appearance, and a shocking blindside eradicates any sense of security in the Tikiano tribe.
Temptation is sweet for ravenous tribe members vying for Immunity, and rumors of a Hidden Immunity Idol send Tikiano into a tailspin as they head into Tribal Council.
Castaways go on the attack when one tribe member forces a confrontation, and a heartfelt message from home brings the Tikiano tribe to tears.
Castaways oil themselves up for a wet and wild Immunity Challenge. While the lucky winners enjoy a picnic vacation, Tikiano's sore losers strike at the chance to powwow at camp, and feelings of alienation drive leery tribe members to seek out all the elimination options.
Walls come down when the Tikiano tribe shares an emotional moment with their loved ones, and one castaway's decision creates animosity amongst wounded tribe members.
An unlikely betrayal within an alliance puts one castaway on the defense, while another tribe member concocts an elaborate story to gain an advantage in the game.
For the first time, an all-women Final Five battle for the title of Sole Survivor, and one castaway breaks down before the Final Tribal Council.
An unforgivable betrayal forces one tribe to make a drastic move that has never been done before in Survivor history, and an electrifying Tribal Council leaves several castaways speechless.
Extreme pain threatens to derail one castaway's chances of staying in the game.
Corks fly and celebrations commence following the tribal merge.
Three castaways face a game-changing decision minutes after the competition begins. Meanwhile, one tribe pours both blood and sweat into an early challenge and one castaway seeks revenge after discovering that her tribe wants to vote her out, on a special two-hour season premiere.
The castaways' spirits are drenched by a monster monsoon. Meanwhile, two castaways form a "blue-blooded" alliance, and the "Brains" must win a challenge to avoid another trip to tribal council.
One tribe considers throwing an Immunity Challenge in order to bench one of its strongest players. Also, a meltdown at a Reward Challenge could mark the end for one struggling castaway.
Castaways drop their buffs and form two new tribes. Meanwhile, a decision made on Day 1 could lead to a castaway's elimination and the battle for immunity proves which new tribe has the most Brawn.
A shocking blindside leaves one castaway questioning their resolve to play the game. Meanwhile, a camp raid leaves one tribe scrounging for supplies while another revels in comfort.
It's every castaway for themselves, as two tribes become one in this season's merge. Meanwhile, one castaway's thirst for power could earn them a spot on the jury, and jaws drop as the blindside streak continues.
The entire tribe embarks on the craziest idol hunt in the history of the game. Also, one castaway showcases their ninja-like skills to sabotage another.
One castaway's paranoia could lead to a game-changing flip, and a grade-school memory challenge looks more like a college exam for exhausted castaways.
Homesick castaways are granted a brief reprieve with letters from home. Meanwhile, one castaway secretly embarks on a stakeout to gather intel from the competition and another castaway falls hard while attempting to collect coconuts from the treetops.
One castaway's bidding strategy at the Survivor auction could pay off for them. Meanwhile, castaways draw rocks for a huge advantage in the game, and another castaway decides to show off his idol in an attempt to ensure his safety.
During an intense challenge, castaways attempt to crack the code and earn a spot in the Final Five. Additionally, one castaway's paranoia threatens another's stake in the game, and Tony's closest confidant is wooed by another alliance.
Castaways scale new heights as they battle for a guaranteed spot in the Final Four. Meanwhile, friends become enemies when one castaway overhears plans for her eviction, and Tony comes up with a strategy for his special Immunity Idol.
Eyeing a spot in the Final Three, one castaway pulls one of the greatest comebacks in Survivor history, and the final castaways face a bitter jury when pleading their case for the $1 million prize.
A group of new Survivors attempt to “reverse the curse” of bad past game decisions. Also, one castaway will be the first to visit Ghost Island, and panic sets in at the first tribal council of the season.
A surprising tribe swap shakes up the game and one castaway sets their sights on one of their own.
Castaways get physical during a classic water challenge, and a pair of castaways on the outs tries to shake things up.
One castaway attempts to rekindle relationships after duping their tribe.
The 30th season will feature the first-time theme of “Worlds Apart,” with castaways divided into the three separate tribes, White Collar, Blue Collar and No Collar. Minutes into the game, castaways are forced to choose between honesty or deception, and one castaway becomes ill after trying to satisfy his need for protein.
White Collar castaways strip down and embrace their free-spirited “no collar” tendencies. Blue Collar castaways disagree when it comes to heavy lifting at camp, and one castaway struggles to adapt to her new tribemates.
A division of labor causes cracks in the hard-working Blue Collar tribe. Also, one castaway’s strategy during the Immunity Challenge completely backfires.
One castaway struggles after receiving a blow to the head during a reward challenge for chickens. Another castaway's desire to flex his power in the game could be his greatest weakness.
One castaway struggles to fit in after a shocking Tribal Council. Also, winning a reward gives one castaway a new outlook on life and the game.
Alliances are tested as castaways must adapt to playing an individual game after the merge. Also, castaways fight for Individual Immunity in a classic game of endurance.
Castaways walk a fine line and struggle to stay balanced at a Reward Challenge. Also, one castaway goes on a crazy man hunt to prevent another castaway from finding the Idol.
One castaway breaks out their arts and crafts skills to create a fake Idol and makes a plan to prevent being eliminated.
A key advantage gives one castaway a game-changing opportunity, and another castaway lashes out when their integrity is questioned.