Parents' Guide to

Survivor

By Betsy Wallace, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Plotting and scheming in paradise for $1,000,000.

TV CBS Reality TV 2000
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 19 parent reviews

age 12+

A little risque

I am by no means prudish. However, I began watching season 1 with my 10 year old, and the multiple discussions regarding orgies, was a bit unsettling. I watched this season when it originally aired, before having children. I was prepared for nudity, but forgot about the sexual content. Watching it with them, I am having to press mute at least once per episode. I think we’ll be done after getting through season 1.
age 10+

Pet peeve

I think we know the game has lots of upside n downs but the one thing that should be sacred is your bag.Noone should be allowed to go into it.Thats the one place Noone has a right to go in.I think it should be a rule.Thats the only thing on survivor that makes me mad.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (19 ):
Kids say (72 ):

It's not a stretch to call Survivor innovative and educational. The game requires contestants to learn and employ wilderness skills and work together, and each season takes place in a different part of the world, with the history and culture of the region incorporated into the show. Challenges test not only Survivors' physical strength but also their knowledge of local traditions and their ability to solve puzzles and problems. Terrific wildlife footage gives viewers a close-up look at exotic insects, snakes, spiders, sharks, tigers, alligators, etc., depending on the location.

As it has progressed, the series has wisely spent less time focusing on the Survivors' day-to-day ailments and more time emphasizing their social interaction and competitive ability -- which always makes for more compelling reality TV. Fans of the series will find plenty to enjoy in each installment, although some parents won't appreciate the fact that lying and backstabbing are so prevalent.

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