Survivor season rankings: All Survivor seasons, ranked

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Surrounded by controversy and preceding the ultimate bout of champions, we place Island of the Idols on our list of the 39 best Survivor seasons.

2019 might be one of the roughest years of Survivor we’ve ever seen, perhaps only surpassed by 2011’s Redemption Island and South Pacific. It was a year that not only had a winner that was voted out third on Day 8 ultimately crowned a champion by narrowly beating someone voted out on Day 11, but a man touch several women in an unwanted fashion that had him ejected from the game.

Had Winners at War not been immediately available to have fans hooked onto a promise of better days, it might have been an irredeemably grim phase the show had been entering. The game of Survivor has changed dramatically over the years, but the core of the game remains the same; you need to outwit, outplay, and outlast the competition, no matter which way you do it.

Now that we have had enough time to separate ourselves from the brutal darkness that was Island of the Idols, we have provided our April 10, 2020 update to our list ranking the 39 best Survivor seasons. Entertainment value, the likability of the cast, the quality of the gameplay, and the polish provided through editing and direction helps in determining our best Survivor seasons rankings.

Warning: This list contains spoilers included in the discussion of our Survivor season rankings. As always, you should bookmark this page to keep up with our rankings, as we will update this list as the next season airs on television.

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