The BEST episodes of Survivor season 40

Every episode of Survivor season 40, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Survivor season 40!

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 All Boils Down to This
213 votes

#1 - It All Boils Down to This

Season 40 - Episode 14 - Aired 5/13/2020

Those living on the Edge of Extinction dig deep for one last shot to get back in the game. Then, the final 6 battle it out to see who takes home the $2 million prize. The traditional reunion show has been skipped this season, with Jeff streaming the season's results from his garage.

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Quick on the Draw
225 votes

#2 - Quick on the Draw

Season 40 - Episode 6 - Aired 3/18/2020

The immunity challenge weighs heavily on the castaways when 2 tribes are sent to tribal council. One castaway on Edge of Extinction is acting sneaky.

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Greatest of the Greats
260 votes

#3 - Greatest of the Greats

Season 40 - Episode 1 - Aired 2/12/2020

Twenty previous winners of Survivor begin their battle for $2 million with a classic challenge to ring in their first immunity win. An all-new twist involving fire tokens is revealed.

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This Is Extortion
217 votes

#4 - This Is Extortion

Season 40 - Episode 11 - Aired 4/22/2020

One castaway plays double agent and goes undercover to infiltrate a group they want to vote out. One player who has been playing it cool finally goes to work to search for an idol.

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I Like Revenge
245 votes

#5 - I Like Revenge

Season 40 - Episode 4 - Aired 3/4/2020

Castaways are on the edge of breaking down when faced with a grueling opportunity at the Edge of Extinction. The Survivor veterans begin to target each other.

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The Full Circle
232 votes

#6 - The Full Circle

Season 40 - Episode 10 - Aired 4/15/2020

Winners at War put the game aside for a heartfelt moment with their loved ones. A wild tribal council sends the 12th person to the Edge of Extinction.

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War Is Not Pretty
214 votes

#7 - War Is Not Pretty

Season 40 - Episode 9 - Aired 4/8/2020

Things get tense for the remaining castaways during a chaotic tribal council. Also, a kind gesture could paint a target on someone’s back, and one person is the last one standing in a taxing immunity challenge.

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We're in the Majors
213 votes

#8 - We're in the Majors

Season 40 - Episode 7 - Aired 3/25/2020

Some winners sprint their way to an opportunity to gain an edge over the other castaways. One tribe employs a different strategy in a rigorous immunity challenge.

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The Penultimate Step of the War
197 votes

#9 - The Penultimate Step of the War

Season 40 - Episode 13 - Aired 5/6/2020

In a crucial immunity challenge, the remaining 7 castaways make their final push towards the $2 million prize.

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This is Where the Battle Begins
215 votes

#10 - This is Where the Battle Begins

Season 40 - Episode 8 - Aired 4/1/2020

With the old-school players living on Edge of Extinction, it’s merge time for the new-school castaways.

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Friendly Fire
225 votes

#11 - Friendly Fire

Season 40 - Episode 12 - Aired 4/29/2020

Alliances may crumble after a tribal blindside. An undercover operation escalates to new heights. Those on the Edge of Extinction get another brutal challenge.

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Out for Blood
245 votes

#12 - Out for Blood

Season 40 - Episode 3 - Aired 2/26/2020

The new-school players attempt to take control against the old-school players in an effort to change up the game. Chaos ensues on Edge of Extinction when an opportunity presents itself.

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The Buddy System on Steroids
242 votes

#13 - The Buddy System on Steroids

Season 40 - Episode 5 - Aired 3/11/2020

Tribes drop their buffs and switch things up in the game. Tension on one tribe opens up an opportunity for new alliances.

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It's Like a Survivor Economy
247 votes

#14 - It's Like a Survivor Economy

Season 40 - Episode 2 - Aired 2/19/2020

One castaway is out for blood after realizing their closest ally was sent to the Edge of Extinction. Another castaway must dig themselves out after letting information slip.

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