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Survivor: All 40 Seasons Ranked From Worst to Best — Which Tops Your List?

Survivor Seasons Ranked

Grab your buffs and and light your torches: A new season of CBS’ Survivor is (finally) about to go down!

The simply titled Survivor 41 (which kicks off Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 8/7c, with a two-hour premiere) is so close we can taste the coconut. Since it’s been a minute since the show’s been on the air (Winners at War wrapped back in May of 2020), now feels like the perfect time to dive back into the series’ storied history and break down the best, the worst, and everything in between.

From casting choices to real-life controversies that overshadowed the game (Island of the Idols, anyone?), there are plenty of reasons why some Survivor seasons may be remembered more fondly than others. All of the show’s tweaks and twists throughout the years were examined as part of our criteria here, both in weighing the pros and cons of each season and ranking them accordingly.

Ready to revisit the sheer thrills of Cagayan, Heroes vs. Villains, David vs. Goliath and more? And which seasons did we rank as the worst of all time? Scroll down to view photos and see where your favorite seasons landed. Then be sure to hit the Comments section and let us know your picks for best and worst!