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Survivor: Ghost Island Has Arrived! Here Is Everything You Need To Know About Season 36

Woohoo and welcome back my Survivor people!

Indulge me for a minute as I take a trip down Survivor Memory Lane (my own personal “Rites of Passage” ceremony, if you will). Remember back when Season 30 seemed like such a huge benchmark for the show? We are now about to begin Season 36 of Survivor and rabid online fans are already looking forward to Season 40…a milestone that suddenly doesn’t seem to be that far out of reach. Did anyone ever imagine that back in the Summer of 2000 when Sue Hawk was giving her “rat and the snake” speech at Tribal Council or when Rudy Boesch was describing that he liked Richard Hatch (“but not in a homosexual way”) that we would still be talking about the cultural phenomenon that is Survivor as we entered 2018?

Here are some stats for you that will blow your mind (credit given here): Did you know that entering into Season 36 – called “Survivor: Ghost Island” – that there have now been 526 (268 men, 268 women) who have played Survivor, with only 34 winners? That there have been over 1400 days of survival on the show, which means over 3 full years have been spent in-game? That there is a contestant this season (Michael Yerger) that was just 1 year-old when Season One debuted in May of 2000?

It’s only fitting that we take a moment to reflect back on what has come before, because on this season of Survivor, the past plays a huge part in things to come. Let’s get you set and ready for the two-hour Premiere of Survivor: Ghost Island, airing at 8pm (EST) on CBS beginning Wednesday, Feb 28!

Top Survivor Winners Of All-Time – Updated Through Season 35

No season of Survivor would be complete if we didn’t compile the all-time list of winners each season. With 35 seasons now in the rear-view, we just witnessed Ben Driebergen becoming the latest person to win Survivor…but where does this heroic Marine sit on the all-time list?

Each season of Survivor is unique, featuring its own set of rules, and players. Sometimes, comparing who is “best” comes down purely to one’s own personal opinion.

Ranking the ‘Most Memorable’ Seasons Of Survivor – Updated Through Season 35

Season 35 of SurvivorSurvivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers, is a thing of the past, having ended this past Wednesday night. So where does this past season fit in to my list of most memorable?

When ranking the most memorable seasons of Survivor, “best” can mean a lot of things, so my list takes into consideration not only the “best” season but the most “memorable” seasons of all time, as they may eventually be remembered from our current vantage point. Obviously the most recent season is freshest in our minds, so the list also takes that into account. Determining factors include memorable players, situations, Tribal Councils, the impact the season had – or will have – on future seasons, and just overall where I feel the season ranks. Everyone has their opinion, so be sure to voice whether you agree or disagree with my rankings. Here goes!

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Exclusive Survivor: HHH Finale Interviews with the Winner and Final Five – Spoilers!

Survivor debuted over 17 years ago (!!!) and has just put the wraps on its 35th season. The Finale Episode of Survivor: HHH was one for the ages, but wasn’t without controversy. Heading into the episode we had Chrissy, Ryan, Devon, Ben and Dr. Mike all in the running to be this season’s Sole Survivor…so who ended up winning the million and the title?

Caution, as spoilers from this week’s episode are to follow! Turn back now! If you want to get caught up, be sure to check out the Finale Episode Recap here.

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Survivor: HHH Finale Recap: The Early Bird Gets The Worm

I’m not ashamed to admit that I still get the tingles watching the Survivor Finale each and every season. Watching the Finale is an event in my home, in that it is the rare occasion that my wife and I watch live TV that isn’t news or sports, and isn’t a show that has been DVR’ed or downloaded. It’s a ritual that all of us share, feeling that excitement of not knowing what outcome we’re about to see play out before our very eyes. There is no need to avoid spoilers or to stay off of Twitter, because whatever is about to happen hasn’t happened yet. There is a weird feeling of impatience that washes over me when I’m not able to fast-forward through a commercial break.

Yes even at its worst, Survivor is better than most shows on TV. I’ll take a mediocre season of Survivor over any other season of any other Reality Competition Show out there. As this season drew to a close, I had to give myself a small pat on the back though, because my predictions rarely – if ever – come true. Just after the merge, when this season looked like it was just going to be one of those average, ho-hum seasons of Survivor, and people started to leave the show, I pleaded with my followers to stick this season out. I had a feeling that there were some strong players left in the game, and that once we had whittled it down, that this season could still have potential to be great. My eyes and ears began to perk up over the last few weeks when Survivor: HHH gave us several strong, dramatic episodes in a row, and this two-hour Finale did not disappoint (even if the Live Reunion Show that followed did). Not in the least. In fact, not only did I get the tingles, I felt myself on an emotional roller coaster that carried all the way through the final vote reading. By my measure, this was not a good end to to a mediocre season…this was a GREAT end to what became a pretty strong season.

The Finale was not without controversy (Twitter was all up in arms about a few specifics, which we’ll get to). But before we get ahead of ourselves, the normal disclaimer: Please remember that this recap assumes that you have already seen this week’s Finale Episode of Survivor: HHH, so if you have not and don’t want to be spoiled, please come back later! It’s important to add too that while we WILL hit on all of the important developments of the episode, this is not a linear “blow-by-blow” recap, and is more of a discussion and reaction of what we just witnessed together.

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Exclusive Interview With The Survivor: HHH Contestant Voted Out of Episode 13 – Spoilers!

The penultimate episode of Survivor: HHH started off with six contestants still alive and vying for the million dollar prize. For one player, the odds were stacked against them, but as any fan will tell you: Anything is possible when it comes to the game of Survivor.

Caution, as spoilers from this week’s episode are to follow! Turn back now! If you want to get caught up, be sure to check out the Episode 13 Recap here.

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Survivor: HHH Episode 13 Recap: Die Another Day

Another solid episode of Survivor this week leaves us with just five players left in the game heading into next week’s Finale. Yes, we have almost arrived at the end of Season 35, and things have finally ramped up on our way towards the finish line. But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s digest what went down this week and get set for next week’s (hopefully) fantastic finish.

Please remember that this recap assumes that you have already seen this week’s Episode 13 of Survivor: HHH, so if you have not and don’t want to be spoiled, please come back later! It’s important to add too that while we WILL hit on all of the important developments of the episode, this is not a linear “blow-by-blow” recap, and is more of a discussion and reaction of what we just witnessed together.

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Exclusive Interview With The Survivor: HHH Contestant Voted Out of Episode 12 – Spoilers!

Things are starting to pick up – I told you! – as the Tribal Council we witnessed last night on Survivor: HHH was easily the best of the season. There was drama, chaos and excitement, but also a serious blunder by a fan-favorite that led to a shocking outcome.

Caution, as spoilers from this week’s episode are to follow! Turn back now! If you want to get caught up, be sure to check out the Episode 12 Recap here.

CLICK THE CONTINUE READING BUTTON FOR MORE, AND THIS IS YOUR LAST *SPOILER* WARNING!