Ask me to pick the best reality TV show on Australian telly right now and I’ll tell you point blank. It’s Survivor.
Whether it’s groups of friends, families, couples or people on their own, dedicated Survivor fans across this country rush home from work or their social lives every Sunday, Monday and Tuesday night to watch the drama unfold.
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No, you won’t find romance (except in 2016 when contestants Lee and El got together) or roses on the remote Fijian island, but there’s a certain magic to Survivor that makes it so addictive and so thrilling, without dipping into, well, low-brow territory. Trashy reality TV will always have its place, but Survivor is on another level.
It’s the perfect combination of all the genres and elements that test the human condition. Drama, tick. Athletic challenges, tick. The elements, tick. Love and betrayal, tick. Drama, triple tick.
The show also has Jonathan LaPaglia, who in his role as host, has delivered some of the wisest lines ever uttered on television.
Of course, Survivor isn't new. The tried and tested format has been around since first airing in America in 2000, and the Australian version in 2002 (although it didn't really get good until Network Ten picked it up in 2016).