A brand new sole Survivor is about to be crowned, which means it’s time to rank Season 42 in our comprehensive list below.
In the two-hour season finale airing on CBS Wednesday, May 25 at 8/7c (followed, of course, by an aftershow at 10 pm), a jury of their peers will declare either Maryanne, Jonathan, Romeo, Mike or Lindsay as the show’s newest millionaire. But where his or her soon-to-be victorious run lands in its twisty history is, as always, up for debate.
From casts we’ve loved and loathed, 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. But those aren’t the only criteria taken into consideration below. Here, we dissect all of the series’ tweaks, advantages, themes and more throughout the years in order to rank all 42 seasons, and make the ultimate declaration of the best Survivor season ever.
A brief note: Minor changes have been made since the list’s initial publication. Not only has 42 been thrown into the mix, but subsequent rewatches have shifted a few of the seasons’ positions (including a small shake-up in the Top 5!).
Ready to revisit the thrills of seasons past, and find out where 42 landed? Scroll down to view photos and see how your favorites fared. Then be sure to hit the Comments section to let us know your picks for best and worst!