10 Best Episodes of Survivor

A reality show contest where sixteen or more castaways 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.

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#1 - Zipping Over the Cuckoo's Nest (Season 26 - Episode 10)

An accident threatens one castaway's future in the game.

The episode was rated 8.48 from 125 votes.

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#2 - Head of the Snake (Season 28 - Episode 6)


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 episode was rated 8.37 from 193 votes.

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#3 - You Call, We'll Haul (Season 31 - Episode 8)

An intense water challenge leaves castaways thirsty for a much-needed reward. Also, immunity hangs in the balance as castaways attempt to steady themselves, and a shocking Tribal Council takes an unexpected turn.

The episode was rated 8.30 from 249 votes.

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#4 - You Get What You Give (Season 37 - Episode 8)


One castaway must do damage control after being called out by their tribe. Also, balance is tested in a stressful immunity challenge.

The episode was rated 8.22 from 290 votes.

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#5 - This Is Where We Build Trust (Season 29 - Episode 10)

Another castaway is voted out of the game.

The episode was rated 8.22 from 161 votes.

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#6 - If It Smells Like a Rat, Give It Cheese (Season 16 - Episode 13)


The women on the tribe use their powers of seduction to test the only man remaining in the game. Will he fight temptation or will it cost him the game?

The episode was rated 8.21 from 84 votes.

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#7 - It All Boils Down to This (Season 40 - Episode 14)

Winners battle it out, but only one is crowned Sole Survivor and takes home the $2 million prize.

The episode was rated 8.21 from 212 votes.

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#8 - Quick on the Draw (Season 40 - Episode 6)


The immunity challenge weighs heavily on castaways when two tribes are sent to tribal council.

The episode was rated 8.19 from 224 votes.

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#9 - My Wheels Are Spinning (Season 31 - Episode 11)

Back at camp, Jeremy reiterated to Spencer that he would have saved him as he did Stephen, but Spencer was uncertain.

The episode was rated 8.19 from 136 votes.

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#10 - This Is My Time (Season 29 - Episode 14)


After her boyfriend's elimination, Jaclyn expressed her anger when Missy, Baylor, and Natalie tried to rationalize their betrayal of Jon; Missy and Baylor later reinforced their desire to go to the end with Natalie.

The episode was rated 8.18 from 147 votes.

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#11 - Breadth-First Search (Season 37 - Episode 9)

A quarrel between two castaways could mean the end of a showmance. Also, castaways who win rewards earn a much-needed trip to the burger bar!

The episode was rated 8.17 from 288 votes.

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#12 - Going Down In Flames (Season 20 - Episode 10)


Reunited on the merged tribe, two old friends rekindle an alliance but trust doesn't come easily, and one castaway makes an unprecedented play, setting the stage for one of the most surprising Tribal Councils in Survivor history.

The episode was rated 8.16 from 104 votes.

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#13 - Telenovela (Season 43 - Episode 12)

The remaining six castaways must get the ball rolling to win the reward challenge and earn a sweet treat. Also, castaways will need to hang in there during the immunity challenge to secure their spot in the final five.

The episode was rated 8.14 from 159 votes.

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#14 - Rustle Feathers (Season 27 - Episode 12)


Immunity challenge; a game of tug of war leads to a rare tribal council.

The episode was rated 8.13 from 141 votes.

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#15 - Bum-Puzzled (Season 24 - Episode 4)

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.

The episode was rated 8.13 from 83 votes.

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#16 - Persona Non Grata (Season 26 - Episode 5)


The Favorites must contend with an out-of-control Brandon when he reveals his hidden desire to sabotage their camp.

The episode was rated 8.09 from 127 votes.

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#17 - I’m Not Here to Make Good Friends (Season 32 - Episode 10)

A surprising turn of events at Tribal Council sends shock waves through the entire tribe. Also, castaways must choose between food, love or an advantage in the game.

The episode was rated 8.07 from 424 votes.

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#18 - Million Dollar Gamble (2) (Season 33 - Episode 11)


A power struggle between castaways erupts and each player tries to arm themselves with allies. Also, tensions rise when Gen Xers turn on each other, and one castaway throws another under the bus to build trust in the game.

The episode was rated 8.07 from 304 votes.

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#19 - It's Gonna Be Chaos (Season 24 - Episode 12)

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.

The episode was rated 8.07 from 72 votes.

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#20 - The Tables Have Turned (Season 34 - Episode 3)


A dramatic twist in the game sends shockwaves through the tribes. Also, castaways are flying blind at a classic immunity challenge.

The episode was rated 8.07 from 791 votes.


Last updated: may 26, 2023

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