The BEST episodes of Survivor season 18

Every episode of Survivor season 18, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Survivor season 18!

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
It's Funny When People Cry
74 votes

#1 - It's Funny When People Cry

Season 18 - Episode 10 - Aired 4/23/2009

One castaway attempts to pull off a last minute upset with a devious strategic move, while another becomes an outcast and is forced to beg for a second chance.

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The Martyr Approach
77 votes

#2 - The Martyr Approach

Season 18 - Episode 13 - Aired 5/14/2009

In the aftermath of Tribal Council, a shocking betrayal is revealed, leaving one castaway reeling. Meanwhile, another castaway takes a bizarre approach to Exile Island, which has a polarizing effect on the rest of the tribe.

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I Trust You but I Trust Me More
67 votes

#3 - I Trust You but I Trust Me More

Season 18 - Episode 14 - Aired 5/17/2009

After one shocking vote, a seed of doubt is planted by a carefully constructed lie that, after the second vote, leaves the Final Two turning on each other at the Final Tribal Council.

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One of Those Coach Moments
71 votes

#4 - One of Those Coach Moments

Season 18 - Episode 7 - Aired 4/2/2009

Empty stomachs and one castaway's arrogance begin to eat away at the Timbira tribe and a fake Immunity Idol is introduced into the game.

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Tocantins Reunion
53 votes

#5 - Tocantins Reunion

Season 18 - Episode 15 - Aired 5/17/2009

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

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The Biggest Fraud in the Game
68 votes

#6 - The Biggest Fraud in the Game

Season 18 - Episode 9 - Aired 4/16/2009

An unlikely trio find themselves enjoying an epic Reward together. Meanwhile, allies are left behind and become concerned that the Reward will result in unplanned bonding with a common enemy.

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The Dragon Slayer
76 votes

#7 - The Dragon Slayer

Season 18 - Episode 8 - Aired 4/9/2009

A power player decides to come into the merge fighting, but his plan may be thwarted before it can be carried out. Meanwhile, an exiled pair makes a shocking discovery.

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Mama Said There'd Be Days Like This
82 votes

#8 - Mama Said There'd Be Days Like This

Season 18 - Episode 3 - Aired 2/26/2009

One tribe struggles with a tough decision when they discover a weakness in their ranks.

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You're Going to Want That Tooth
104 votes

#9 - You're Going to Want That Tooth

Season 18 - Episode 5 - Aired 3/12/2009

An overzealous castaway risks it all in the Immunity Challenge and pays with a tooth, while another castaway finds himself in hot water for not performing during the challenge.

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Let's Get Rid of the Weak Players Before We Even Start
82 votes

#10 - Let's Get Rid of the Weak Players Before We Even Start

Season 18 - Episode 1 - Aired 2/12/2009

Prior to the tribes embarking on a grueling first Challenge where they have the opportunity to impress their tribemates, the castaways are faced with a surprise vote based solely on first impressions.

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The Strongest Man Alive
75 votes

#11 - The Strongest Man Alive

Season 18 - Episode 4 - Aired 3/5/2009

An all-time Survivor strength record is threatened in a grueling endurance competition.

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The Ultimate Sacrifice
101 votes

#12 - The Ultimate Sacrifice

Season 18 - Episode 12 - Aired 5/7/2009

A tough decision gives one castaway the chance to sacrifice personal comfort to benefit the rest of the tribe, and a tricky Immunity Challenge puts brains and brawn to the test as the weary castaways fight for a guaranteed spot in the Final Five.

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The Poison Apple Needs to Go
108 votes

#13 - The Poison Apple Needs to Go

Season 18 - Episode 2 - Aired 2/19/2009

An Exile Island twist opens the door for the castaways to play the game like never before, meanwhile the quest for a Hidden Immunity Idol goes terribly wrong leaving two castaways in a tight spot.

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They Both Went Bananas
72 votes

#14 - They Both Went Bananas

Season 18 - Episode 11 - Aired 4/30/2009

With her heart on her sleeve, one castaway takes an honest approach to the game but lands herself in hot water with everyone.

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The First Fifteen Days
72 votes

#15 - The First Fifteen Days

Season 18 - Episode 6 - Aired 3/25/2009

This Special Edition in a special time period for this week only, provides an intimate look behind-the-scenes at camp life including alliances that have formed, Taj revealing her emotional struggle with being away from her family and Tyson's playful side around the ladies in camp.

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