Idols, Islands, Snakes & Rats: 20 Years Of 'Survivor' Started out eating rats, and now they're here. Forty seasons in, Survivor is midway through a season where former winners are playing against each other. And as you'd imagine, it's a doozy. From which season is best to which winner is best to whether host Jeff Probst is a hero or a villain, we take a look at why Survivor has been a staple of TV conversation for 20 years.
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Idols, Islands, Snakes & Rats: 20 Years Of 'Survivor'

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Idols, Islands, Snakes & Rats: 20 Years Of 'Survivor'

Idols, Islands, Snakes & Rats: 20 Years Of 'Survivor'

Idols, Islands, Snakes & Rats: 20 Years Of 'Survivor'

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Survivor celebrates its 40th season by bringing back past winning contestants for Survivor: Winners At War. Robert Voets/CBS Entertainment hide caption

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Survivor celebrates its 40th season by bringing back past winning contestants for Survivor: Winners At War.

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Started out eating rats, and now they're here. Forty seasons in, Survivor is midway through a season where former winners are playing against each other. And as you'd imagine, it's a doozy. From which season is best to which winner is best to whether host Jeff Probst is a hero or a villain, we take a look at why Survivor has been a staple of TV conversation for 20 years.

Show Notes:

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The audio was produced and edited by Mike Katzif and Jessica Reedy.