10 Best Episodes of Survivor - Season 5

Survivor has been captivating audiences for over two decades with its thrilling combination of adventure, strategy, and human drama. Since its first episode aired in 2000, this reality show has taken viewers on a wild ride, as castaways battle it out in remote, isolated locations for the ultimate prize. With its unique format and intense challenges, Survivor has become a cultural phenomenon, and it's no wonder why it's still going strong after 48 seasons.

Each season of Survivor brings a new group of castaways, each with their own strengths, weaknesses, and strategies. From physical challenges that test their endurance to mental puzzles that push their problem-solving skills to the limit, the castaways must rely on their wits and alliances to outlast their competitors. With the added twist of tribal councils and hidden immunity idols, the game is always full of surprises.

Survivor has produced some of the most memorable moments in reality TV history, from shocking blindsides to heartwarming alliances. As the seasons continue, the show keeps finding new ways to keep viewers on the edge of their seats. So whether you're a longtime fan or a newcomer to the series, get ready for an unforgettable journey as we explore the best episodes that Survivor has to offer.

Written by Sophie and last updated on apr 04, 2024.

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Survivor - S5E3

#15 - Family Values (Season 5 - Episode 3)

An argument raises questions about loyalty; the Red Berets show tribe members how to best use the camp's resources.

The episode was rated 6.84 from 74 votes.

Survivor - S5E15

#14 - Thailand Reunion (Season 5 - Episode 15)


The 16 survivors recount what life was like on the rugged island of Koh Tarutao off the southern coast of Thailand

The episode was rated 6.85 from 41 votes.

Survivor - S5E11

#13 - A Closer Look (Season 5 - Episode 11)

Highlights from the first 10 weeks and fresh footage, including Ghandia posing for Ted, Sook-Jai's boat sinking and Clay complimenting Erin's butt.

The episode was rated 6.96 from 46 votes.

Survivor - S5E1

#12 - The Importance of Being Eldest (Season 5 - Episode 1)


Sixteen men and women attempt to persevere through weeks of challenges to become the final survivor in Thailand. In this episode: The castaways are caught off guard by a new twist.

The episode was rated 7.06 from 86 votes.

Survivor - S5E2

#11 - The Great Divide (Season 5 - Episode 2)

Helen and Jan get lost while searching for a water source.

The episode was rated 7.06 from 83 votes.

Survivor - S5E4

#10 - Gender Bender (Season 5 - Episode 4)


Tensions rise and accusations fly between the men and women of one tribe; the tribes compete in a reward challenge for food.

The episode was rated 7.12 from 77 votes.

Survivor - S5E10

#9 - While the Cats Are Away (Season 5 - Episode 10)

Ted expresses his feelings about being targeted at the Tribal Council; castaways take on a four-stage obstacle course for their reward challenge.

The episode was rated 7.14 from 70 votes.

Survivor - S5E9

#8 - Desperate Measures (Season 5 - Episode 9)


News from home might impact a castaway's future; an infiltrator is recruited; the ninth castaway gets ousted.

The episode was rated 7.17 from 72 votes.

Survivor - S5E13

#7 - The Tides Are Turning (Season 5 - Episode 13)

Rebuffed by a former ally, a castaway hatches a new strategy by enlisting support from new sources; the 12th person is voted out.

The episode was rated 7.17 from 64 votes.

Survivor - S5E5

#6 - The Ocean's Surprise (Season 5 - Episode 5)


A castaway has a painful encounter with a stingray during a group swim; there's a shocking offer at the reward challenge.

The episode was rated 7.18 from 79 votes.

Survivor - S5E8

#5 - Sleeping with the Enemy (Season 5 - Episode 8)

One castaway gets disgusted with others' hygiene; possible alliances explored; funeral for a chicken; the eighth castaway is voted off.

The episode was rated 7.24 from 70 votes.

Survivor - S5E12

#4 - A Big Surprise... and Another (Season 5 - Episode 12)


A reward challenge takes the castaways by surprise, evoking tears of joy for the winner; the 11th person is voted out.

The episode was rated 7.26 from 62 votes.

Survivor - S5E6

#3 - The Power of One (Season 5 - Episode 6)

The members of a secret alliance begin to suspect the others know their secret; argument over truthfulness; odd behaviour raises eyebrows.

The episode was rated 7.30 from 69 votes.

Survivor - S5E7

#2 - Assumptions (Season 5 - Episode 7)


The survivors assume the two camps will merge into one; a castaway adopts a new strategy and is accused of disloyalty; the seventh person is voted off.

The episode was rated 7.33 from 73 votes.

Survivor - S5E14

#1 - Slip Through Your Fingers (Season 5 - Episode 14)

The sole survivor steps forward to claim the $1 million prize.

The episode was rated 7.58 from 62 votes.

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