The BEST episodes of Survivor season 17

Every episode of Survivor season 17, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Survivor season 17!

Sixteen or more castaways are split between two or more "Tribes", are taken to a remote isolated location and are forced to live off the land with meager supplies for roughly 39 days. Frequent physical challenges are used to pit the tribes against each other for Rewards, such as food or luxuries, or for "Immunity", forcing the other tribe to attend "Tribal Council", where they must vote off one of their players. Once about half the players are remaining, the tribes are merged into a single tribe, and competitions are on an individual basis; winning Immunity prevents that player from being voted out, while several that are voted out at this stage form the game's "Jury". Once down to two or three people, a Final Tribal Council is held where the remaining players plead their case to the jury members. The jury then votes for which player should be considered the "Sole Survivor" and win the $1 million prize. Survivor has introduced numerous modifications, or "twists", on the core rules in order to keep the players on their toes and to prevent players from relying on strategies that succeeded in prior seasons. These changes have included tribal switches, seasons starting with more than two tribes, the ability to exile a player from a tribe for a short time, Hidden Immunity Idols that players can use to save themselves at Tribal Council and a chance to return to regular gameplay after elimination through "Redemption Island".

Last Updated: 5/16/2023Network:CBS
Nothing Tastes Better Than Five Hundred Dollars
116 votes

#1 - Nothing Tastes Better Than Five Hundred Dollars

Season 17 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/20/2008

One Castaway devises a dangerous plan that hinges on the Hidden Immunity Idol, while another castaway considers betraying their alliance in order to avoid elimination.

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The Good Guys Should Win in the End
110 votes

#2 - The Good Guys Should Win in the End

Season 17 - Episode 12 - Aired 12/11/2008

After using guilt to gain control of an ally, a pushy castaway may land in hot water when the Hidden Immunity Idol is put into play, resulting in a shocking turn of events at Tribal Council.

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Say Goodbye to Gabon
114 votes

#3 - Say Goodbye to Gabon

Season 17 - Episode 13 - Aired 12/14/2008

What started as a lopsided battle between the Fang and Kota tribes ends with a shocking turn of events between the remaining members of Nobag. Find out the fate of the Final Five leading into an outrageous decision at the most surprising Tribal Council yet.

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Gabon Reunion
90 votes

#4 - Gabon Reunion

Season 17 - Episode 14 - Aired 12/14/2008

During a Live Reunion Show the Survivors get together for the first time since being in Gabon to discuss the results of the game.

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This Camp Is Cursed
110 votes

#5 - This Camp Is Cursed

Season 17 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/16/2008

Overwhelming hunger and homesickness put one castaway's entire alliance in jeopardy. Meanwhile, one of the strongest bonds in the game finds itself on shaky ground after a frustrating performance in an intense Immunity Challenge.

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It All Depends on the Pin-Up Girl
85 votes

#6 - It All Depends on the Pin-Up Girl

Season 17 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/30/2008

A shocking twist is revealed giving one castaway the chance to change the game for the opposing tribe. Meanwhile, surprise letters from home bring even the toughest castaways to tears.

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I Was Put on the Planet for This Show
55 votes

#7 - I Was Put on the Planet for This Show

Season 17 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/27/2008

In a very special Survivor, never before seen footage, including audition tapes and secret scenes, reveal who the castaways are and how they became entrenched in the adventure of a lifetime, while giving insight into how power shifted into the unlikely hands of Sugar, Susie, Ken and Crystal.

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He's a Snake, but He's My Snake
79 votes

#8 - He's a Snake, but He's My Snake

Season 17 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/23/2008

In the wake of a tough loss, an emotional outburst causes one castaway to become a target. Meanwhile, large appetites combined with dwindling rations create an air of resentment at one camp.

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It Was Like Christmas Morning!
115 votes

#9 - It Was Like Christmas Morning!

Season 17 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/9/2008

One castaway's desperation leads to waterworks, and the waterworks lead to sympathy from other members on the tribe.

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The Brains Behind Everything
103 votes

#10 - The Brains Behind Everything

Season 17 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/13/2008

Conflict abounds when a hard fought Reward Challenge threatens to cause an upset, and a heated Tribal Council where dirty laundry is aired.

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The Good Things in Life Aren't Easy
107 votes

#11 - The Good Things in Life Aren't Easy

Season 17 - Episode 11 - Aired 12/4/2008

After fallout from Randy's departure pits two allies against one another, one castaway makes a lifetime commitment in a surprisingly intimate gesture.

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Apple in the Garden of Eden
112 votes

#12 - Apple in the Garden of Eden

Season 17 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/6/2008

After one power drunk castaway decides to take the game into their own hands, the tribes are faced with a brutal endurance challenge that comes down to a nail-biting showdown.

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She Obviously Is Post-Op!
116 votes

#13 - She Obviously Is Post-Op!

Season 17 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/2/2008

One castaway is tossed around like a rag doll during a Reward Challenge, while another castaway sets out to prove her strength while on Exile Island.

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Want to See the Elephant Dung?
128 votes

#14 - Want to See the Elephant Dung?

Season 17 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/25/2008

18 individuals embark on an amazing African adventure, battling extreme conditions and interacting with wildlife such as elephants and gorillas, while attempting to forge alliances with strangers from diverse backgrounds.

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