It's the O.G. reality show that's outwitted, outplayed and outlasted droves of other programs in the last 20 years: Survivor. Premiering on CBS in 2000 to massive ratings, the show—where a group of contestants stranded in a remote location builds a society and competes for the $1,000,000 prize of being sole survivor—kicked off what would be two decades of one of the most popular unscripted series of all time. I mean, c'mon. What show stays on the air for more than 20 years?
And yet, I stopped caring about Survivor pretty early during its reign—as did many of my peers, it seemed. While we still relished reality TV, it was more along the lines of The Real Housewives or The Bachelor.
Then, coronavirus hit. And I needed content. Lots of it. So, when a friend suggested I pass these shelter-in-place days by taking on Survivor, I listened. And it wound up being the best decision I've made while sitting on my couch the last six months. Here's why.