As of April 12, 2011, I have only watched one season of Survivor
(and not even the complete season as I still have two episodes on my DVR). I watched the twentieth season "Heroes and Villains," and it was perhaps the best season for a newbie to begin with. I met some pretty fantastic players, such as Rob and Russell, who made the show worth watching weekly.
Overall, it's a good reality show because it promises entertainment along with some compelling insights about microcosm societies. Plus, you can speculate on the nature of humankind based on the actions and relations formed during the 30 days the players are isolated together.
Even for a new viewer, though, the show focuses too much on the host Jeff Probst, which is often the fatal flaw of reality television. I was told by a good friend that the very next season of Survivor
proved this as fact for anyone that doubted his role in the games.
If you like action, adventure, drama, and not having to pick up a telephone to vote for the winner of the reality show, this program is a perfect fit. If you can't stand seeing people acting like greedy animals, you should avoid Survivor
. If you're on the fence, check out some of my reviews to gauge whether you should give Survivor
a try. From latest to earliest episodes:
I have yet to review the entire season, but as I do, I will update this Quick Tip with the additional reviews.