Survivor : Season 1

  • Network: CBS
  • Series Premiere Date: May 31, 2000
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 6 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6

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Critic Reviews

  1. Newark Star-Ledger
    Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    May 7, 2013
    80
    The show's aura of jungle mysticism is so overblown it's hilarious. I love how the castaways have to kill rats for food and make fire with sticks, but the tribal council meetings take place on a lavish, obviously prefab jungle village set that looks like the Ewok treehouse city in "Return of the Jedi." (The million-dollar grand prize is sitting over in one corner of the set - a pile of cash in an open treasure chest. Very Scrooge McDuck.)...Asinine stuff - and intensely addictive. [2 June 2000, p.37]
  2. Boston Herald
    Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    May 7, 2013
    50
    CBS' new island series Survivor is populated with rats...Most of them walk on two legs. [1 June 2000, p.47]
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jun 13, 2013
    83
    Anyone who has worked in an office can identify with the tribalists' permanent state of exhaustion and paranoid mistrust, so Survivor's chief goal in the upcoming weeks is to make distinctive some of the initially rather bland-seeming participants.
  4. St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    May 7, 2013
    90
    Yes, I'm hooked on this irresistible reality series... Survivor is a canny blend of MTV's "The Real World" and the Discovery Channel's "Eco Challenge," with a big dash of "Gilligan's Island" goofiness thrown in for good measure. [2 June 2000, p.E1]
  5. New York Daily News
    Reviewed by: David Bianculli
    May 7, 2013
    70
    Even if the supply of waterproof matches ran low, these 16 abrasive Americans can be counted on to generate sparks merely by arguing with one another. If drama equals tension, Survivor is drama distilled - and addictive. [1 June 2000, p.100]
  6. The New York Times
    Reviewed by: Julie Salamon
    May 7, 2013
    60
    The first episode of Survivor felt closer in spirit to a summer camp color war than "Lord of the Flies." [2 June 2000, p.E25]
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Dec 29, 2015
    7
    A good reality show with not much fake to it. There are auditions for the cast, and some scenes are reshot (with the same results), and thereA good reality show with not much fake to it. There are auditions for the cast, and some scenes are reshot (with the same results), and there is a bit of suggestion with the votes from the crew ("what would happen if this person is voted off?" -camera man #3), but, overall, it's fun to see what they do to change up each season.
    They've had people from all walks of life interacting, and, working in a supermarket, I can say that a whole lot that happens on the show really does happen in real life as well.
    I just wonder what they'll do for their 100th season, 35 years from now.
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  2. Sep 23, 2015
    10
    Survivor is still the best "reality" show on television, imo. Season 31 premiering tonight will be a trip down memory beach as it brings backSurvivor is still the best "reality" show on television, imo. Season 31 premiering tonight will be a trip down memory beach as it brings back fan favourites from all seasons since the premiere in 2000. Full Review »
  3. Jul 14, 2015
    10
    30 seasons, 465 castaways, 29 survivors! Survivor has become a classic and is the epitome of good reality television. It has become a classic,30 seasons, 465 castaways, 29 survivors! Survivor has become a classic and is the epitome of good reality television. It has become a classic, with good reason. Full Review »