Can You Outwit, Outplay, and Outlast - and Be the Sole Survivor?


By: Scott Nordlund

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About This Quiz

Take a journey into the world of the TV show, Survivor. On the air since 2000 in the U.S., the show takes a group of strangers to an isolated location where they must provide food, water, fire, and shelter for themselves - and reveal their weaknesses to those who stayed at home.

Who has been the host of the American version of Survivor ever since it began in 2000?

Jeff Probst is the American Survivor game show host. He also serves as an executive producer. He is now an Emmy Award winning host.


Who was the winner of the first American Survivor, in 2000?

In 2000, Richard Hatch competed in Survivor: Borneo. It was the first edition of the show in the United States. He initially competed with the Tagi tribe and ultimately won.


How much is the grand prize in Survivor?

The grand prize is $1,000,000. The game is played by contestants who are progressively eliminated from the game as they are voted out by their fellow contestants. When only one person remains, they are given the title of "Sole Survivor" and awarded the grand prize.


How many seasons has the American version filmed, as of fall 2016?

The series is currently in its 33rd season. "Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X" debuted on September 21, 2016. The season was filmed in Fiji.


Which season of the American show featured the first full cast evacuation?

The fall 2016 season, Millennials vs. Gen X, featured the first full cast evacuation. All of the contestants were removed on the second day of filming, due to the Tropical cyclone Zena. They returned to camp the next day to survey the damage.


What was the original idea of Survivor conceptualized as?

The original concept was developed by Charlie Parsons in 1994. Its working title was "Castaway." Parsons tried to sell his concept to the BBC, but the network turned it down. Parsons went to Swedish television and was able to find a broadcaster, ultimately producing Expedition Robinson in 1997. The show was a success and plans for international expansion were made.


What location was first used back-to-back, to film American seasons 19 and 20?

Upolu is an island in Samoa, used to film seasons 19 and 20 back-to-back. The island is located in the western Pacific Ocean. It is the most populated island in Samoa, with a population of 135,000 people.


On what continent or region have the most seasons of American Survivor been filmed?

The continent or region known as Oceania has hosted the most seasons. Australia hosted season 2, French Polynesia hosted season 4, Vanuatu hosted season 9, Palau hosted seasons 10 and 16, Cook Islands hosted season 13, Fiji hosted seasons 14, 33, and 34, and Samoa hosted seasons 19, 20, 23, and 24.


As of 2016, which is the only South American country visited by American Survivor?

Brazil is the only South American country where seasons of American Survivor have been filmed, as of 2016. It was filmed there in seasons 6 and 18. In season 6, for the first time ever, the initial tribes were divided by sex.


Over how many days is a usual American version of the show filmed?

Contestants are forced to live off the land with meager supplies for 39 days. The longest filming season, 42 days, was In the Australian Outback. Survivor is truly a game to see who can "outwit, outplay, and outlast" for a long period of time.


Early in the game, physical challenges are presented, to pit the tribes against each other for rewards, such as food or luxuries, or for what?

Early in the game, tribes compete for Immunity. The losing tribe has to attend Tribal Council, where they must vote off one of their players. It is a constant effort to make the other tribe lose members first.


When about half of the players have been eliminated, the tribes merge into what?

Once the tribes have broken down enough, the remaining contestants merge into a single tribe. Contestants then compete as individuals; winning immunity prevents a player from being voted out each episode. Most players that are voted out at this stage form the game's Jury. At the final Tribal Council, the few remaining players speak to the Jury about why they should win the tile of Sole Survivor.


The American version of Survivor is produced by whom?

Mark Burnett is the British-born producer of Survivor. Burnett is best known for producing the reality show. He has gone on to produce other shows, including The Apprentice, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, Shark Tank, and The Voice.


Which American season is noted for having the first reality show contestant with a disability?

Christy Smith was the first contestant on Survivor with a disability. She is cofounder of Discovering Deaf Worlds. She competed on Survivor not only for the money, but also to bring awareness of deaf culture.


Which contestants famously got naked in a challenge for chocolate and peanut butter?

In Survivor: Amazon, Jenna and Heidi said during a challenge that they would go naked for chocolate and peanut butter. The production crew got them some chocolate and peanut butter - and the rest is history.


In what season were two people sent home before the game even started?

Wanda and Jonathan were removed before the game started in Survivor: Palau. The game started with 20 people on a beach and then tribes started to pick teams, one by one. Two were left out and were sent home.


What season was Survivor: All Stars?

Survivor: All Stars was season 8. It premiered in February 2004. It was set on the Pearl Islands of Panama,


Which Survivor couple went on to get married?

Rob Mariano began a relationship with fellow reality TV contestant Amber Brkich in 2003 when they were participating in Survivor: All-Stars. They became engaged on May 9, 2004, when he proposed during the show's live finale. They married in 2005 and have four daughters.


In the first 11 seasons, how many Survivor winners were women?

Survivor: Guatemala (Season 11): Danni Boatwright; Survivor: All-Stars (Season 8): Amber Brkich; Survivor: Pearl Islands (Season 7): Sandra Diaz-Twine; Survivor: Amazon (Season 6): Jenna Morasca; Survivor: Marquesas (Season 4): Vecepia Towery; and Survivor: Australia (Season 2): Tina Wesson.


The oldest contestant ever to play was how old at the time?

In 2004, Rudy Boesch competed on Survivor for the second time, as an All-Star. He was 75 at the time of filming! That made him the oldest contestant ever.


Who is the youngest ever contestant?

Will Wahl competed at age 18 as a member of the Millennial Tribe in Millennials vs. Gen X.. He was still attending high school in Long Valley, N.J.


Which contestant starred on The View from 2003-2013, after first participating in Survivor: Australia?

Elisabeth Hasselbeck joined The View in November 2003. She replaced Lisa Ling. Hasselbeck left the series in July 2013 and became the co-host of Fox & Friends.


Which contestant used their winnings to start Grassroot Soccer?

Ethan Zohn used his winnings to cofound Grassroot Soccer. The organization uses soccer to raise money and awareness to fight HIV/AIDS. Grassroot Soccer has partnered with corporations and organizations such as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Elton John AIDS Foundation, Nike, and many others


Which Sole Survivor famously served time in jail for not reporting their earnings?

Richard Hatch was charged with tax evasion in 2006. He was convicted and served a 51-month sentence in federal prison. He later served another 9 months for not amending his 2000 or 2001 tax records.


After which season did Rupert Boneham use his winnings to start Rupert's Kids?

Rupert Boneham won one million dollars on Survivor: America's Tribal Council. He used a large portion of his winnings to establish Rupert's Kids, to help at-risk teens. The organization joined with the City of Indianapolis to create the Park Adoption Program.


How many couples from Survivor have competed on The Amazing Race?

3 Survivor couples have competed on the series The Amazing Race. Rob Mariano and Amber Brkich competed twice, while couples Ethan Zohn/ Jenna Morasca and Whitney Duncan/Keith Tollefson have competed once. (Sisters Natalie and Nadiya Anderson competed on The Amazing Race before they played Survivor.)


How many players in Survivor history have been credited with a "perfect game"?

JT Thomas from Survivor: Tocantins and John Cochran from Survivor: Caramoan are the only players in Survivor history to be credited with a "perfect game." To achieve this feat, one must survive all 39 days, not have a vote cast against them at any Tribal Council, and receive a unanimous winning vote from the final jury. However, JT also won Player of the Season for Tocantins, winning an extra $100,000, whereas Malcolm Freberg was Player of the Season for Caramoan.


Who is the first player to be voted off first in two separate seasons?

Francesca Hogi was first voted off in Survivor: Redemption Island and Survivor: Caramoan. She is now a Huffington Post contributor and speaker.


How many merged tribes' names were made by combining the names of their starting tribes?

Six merged tribes' names were made by combining the names of their starting tribes. They are Chuay Jai (Thailand), Chaboga Mogo (All-Stars), Xhakum (Guatemala), Aitutonga (Cook Islands), Solarrion (Cagayan), and Huyopa (San Juan del Sur),


How many tribes had repeating names?

Four tribes had names that repeated themselves. They were Mogo Mogo (All-Stars), Puka Puka (Cook Islands), Bula Bula (Fiji - Merged) and Foa Foa (Samoa).


How many players have logged more than 100 total gameplay days in multiple seasons, as of fall 2016?

Only 5 contestants have logged more than 100 total gameplay days in multiple seasons. They are Rupert, Parvati, Ozzy, Amanda and Boston Rob.


While in Australia, who removed coral from the Great Barrier Reef, a crime resulting in a fine of AU$110,000?

Perhaps Colby Donaldson should have been disqualified from the show due to breaking the local law. When this episode aired in Australia, the commercial breaks featured advertisements that stated removing coral from the Great Barrier Reef is illegal and results in a fine. He was not prosecuted.


How many contestants in total have competed in all seasons of Survivor?

From the show's premiere on May 31, 2000, through the fall of 2016, 498 total contestants have competed. Survivor has consistently been one of the top 20 most watched shows through its first 18 seasons and from seasons 21 to 23.


What Survivor contestant did Jeff Probst date after her season?

Julie Berry dated Jeff Probst after Survivor: Vanuatu. They were together for three years, until they broke up in 2008. Julie now works as a producer on Dancing with the Stars.


At the end of each U.S. Survivor season, from Survivor: Africa onward, what happens to the various Survivor props and memorabilia?

Most items are auctioned online for charity. One recipient has been the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. Most recently, proceeds have gone toward The Serpentine Project, a charity founded by Jeff Probst, dedicated to helping those transitioning out of foster care upon emancipation at eighteen years of age. Items up for auction have included flags, mats, etc.


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