We should have everyone here rank the seasons from best to worst. And post reasons for each.
I'm in.1) Borneo
To this day I will say that the first season of Survivor is my favorite, and also the best. Not only did it spawn the birth of the series, but it also spawned the series' best and most deserving winner. Richard Hatch was the smartest winner, he knew how to manipulate people, and he played the game the best, in my opinion.2) Outback
The second season followed up the first in a very stellar way. Similarly, it proved that nice guys don't always (but sometimes do) finish last. Jerri Manthey also set the tone for the Black Widow/Femme Fatale archetype that would influence so many.3) Micronesia
Everything about this season was amazing. Parvati single-handedly reviving the Black Widow archetype, Amanda's Oscar-worthy performance, Natalie convincing Erik to give her the necklace, this season probably had some of Survivor's smartest (and dumbest) moments. It birthed Parvati as one of the smartest people to have played the game, and set her up for an almost immediate run in HVV. My one concern was that I predicted a "Favorite" would win from the outset, and I was right. I didn't expect the "Fans" to get as far as they did in some cases, but to see three in the top six, I applaud them.4) All-Stars
Call me a sucker but this season holds a special place in my heart, gogo Romber~
Rob and Amber aside this was a good season that was a healthy mix of people from seasons past. The one thing I hated about this was the mentality of voting out past winners, because I think otherwise Richard Hatch would have gone a bit farther. Otherwise I did enjoy this season a lot.5) Pearl Islands
Not too much I have to say about this season, it certainly had a dynamic cast. The "Outcasts" thing was a bit of bullshit, but it did give us more of Burton Roberts, which I did enjoy because he was entertaining. Lillian irritated me a lot, I'm surprised she managed to scrape by with one
vote. Not saying Sandra was super-deserving, but she deserved it more. And Johnny Fairplay, in a nutshell, was certainly entertaining and devious. He was very disappointing in Micronesia, I was expecting more.
that was a lot6) Africa
Minus Lex's psychopathic rages, this was an interesting season, in my eyes. Not much else to say on the matter.7) China
Ugh, Denise. Ugh, Leslie. Ugh, Jean-Robert. Besides the point, once again this was a fairly interesting season. I'm not a fan of the "final three" but this was by far my favorite season with a final three.8) Tocantins
Well I did really enjoy when J.T. and Stephen tried to dig each others' graves in the finale, but J.T. was probably one of the best winners. He was strong both physically and mentally, and he really knew how to play all aspects of the game well.9) Amazon
It was a good season in my eyes, not much else to really say on the matter.10) Vanuatu
Oh, Eliza's jury speech. Another "not much to say" season, but it was good. It was in All-Stars' shadow which was tough but it pulled through.11) Exile Island
THE HIDDEN IMMUNITY IDOL, WHY.
I will say this now, so I don't have to say it again
I probably will anyway when I hit Samoa/HVV
I. HATE. THE. HIDDEN. IMMUNITY. IDOL.
HATE HATE HATED IT. And I hated how everyone I hated always seemed to get it. That being said this was the first season with the "official" HII, and it was one of the best ones save for the three I mentioned above.12) Guatemala
Before HVV, Jeff Probst ranked his favorites and put this one near the bottom, with the likes of Fiji and Thailand. I don't really understand why. It wasn't the best by far, but there were many many seasons that were worse. There were some very annoying people on the cast, but I liked the idea of bringing Stephenie and Bobby Jon back, and they did it right. Of course, I doubt that Stephenie's actions in this season made Jeffy boy class her as a "hero" but I digress.13) Paulau
Hell, I felt bad for Ulong. I really did. They were a hot mess from start to finish, and they went through hell and back. Of course, the whole "hey Jonathan and Wanda you two didn't get picked so you're getting voted off now kthxbye" was dumb as hell. Oh, well.14) Cook Island
Putting the whole "race seperation" thing aside, this wasn't a horrible season. The early offs were irritating but everyone beyond that certainly wasn't a horrible person.
This season is only low because of the final three and how Yul just annoyed me all day long.15) Gabon
SUGAR. GC. GILLIAN. KEN. CRYSTAL. SUSIE. UGHHHHHHHHH.16) Marquesas
Despite introducing Boston Rob this season was forgettable and a half.17) Samoa
RUSSELL HANTZ GO DIE IN A HOLE AND NEVER COME BACK EVER.18) Thailand
The only things I enjoyed about this season were the opening and voting musics, Helen's jury speech, and "bye-bye Denver Diva".19) Heroes vs. Villians
This season was WRONG, WRONG, AND WRONG. For all of the WRONG reasons. Only Parvati really made this season worthwile. Everyone else just failed.20) Fiji
Let's throw the world's worst personalities into a setting where some will have everything and others will have nothing! Then let's throw in people who call thesmelves "Rocky", "Dreamz", and "Boo" and make it hectic! Yeah! Great television, no?
Not ranking the most recent two because I didn't see enough of them.
Edited by Ptolemy, 28 June 2011 - 01:37 PM.