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Survivor: Borneo
Borneo
Season Information
Version: United States
Season No.: 1
Filming Location: Pulau Tiga, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia
Filming Dates: March 13, 2000 - April 20, 2000
Season Run: May 31, 2000 - August 23, 2000
No. of Episodes: 14
No. of Days: 39
No. of Survivors: 16
Winner: Richard Hatch
Runner(s) Up: Kelly Wiglesworth
Tribes: Pagong
Tagi
Rattana
Viewership (in millions): 28.30[1]
Cast
Borneo Cast
Opening Sequence
Survivor Borneo Intro00:57

Survivor Borneo Intro

Season Chronology
Next: The Australian Outback

Survivor: Borneo is the first season of the United States version of Survivor. It was originally broadcast under the name Survivor but its official title has been changed to Survivor: Borneo to distinguish it from its future seasons. Prior to the change to Survivor: Borneo, the season was retroactively known as Survivor: Pulau Tiga. The change of name became official in Survivor: All-Stars.

Among Survivor fans, the term "Pagonging" has been used to describe the systematic elimination of the other tribe.

The show was released on DVD on May 11, 2004.

Development

Due to overwhelming interest in the show's format, more than 6,000 people applied for it. 800 of them were interviewed in 16 cities. 48 made it to the shortlist, which was whittled down to the final 16 players and 2 replacements.[2]

Castaways

Contestant Tribe Affiliation Finish Votes
Against
Original Tribe Merged Tribe
S1 sonja t Sonja Christopher
63, Walnut Creek, CA
Tagi 1st Voted Out
Day 3
4
S1 bb t B.B. Andersen
64, Mission Hills, KS
Pagong 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
6
S1 stacey t Stacey Stillman
27, San Francisco, CA
Tagi 3rd Voted Out
Day 9
6
S1 ramona t Ramona Gray
29, Edison, NJ
Pagong 4th Voted Out
Day 12
6
S1 dirk t Dirk Been
23, Spring Green, WI
Tagi 5th Voted Out
Day 15
4
S1 joel t Joel Klug
27, Sherwood, AR
Pagong 6th Voted Out
Day 18
4
S1 gretchen t Gretchen Cordy
38, Clarksville, TN
Pagong Rattana 7th Voted Out
Day 21
4
S1 greg t Greg Buis
24, Gold Hill, CO
Pagong 8th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 24
6
S1 jenna t Jenna Lewis
22, Franklin, NH
Pagong 9th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 27
11
S1 gervase t Gervase Peterson
30, Willingboro, NJ
Pagong 10th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 30
6
S1 colleen t Colleen Haskell
23, Miami Beach, FL
Pagong 11th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 33
7
S1 sean t Sean Kenniff
30, Brooklyn, NY
Tagi 12th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 36
9
S1 susan t Susan Hawk
38, Palmyra, WI
Tagi 13th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 37
7
S1 rudy t Rudy Boesch
72, Richmond, VA
Tagi 14th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 38
8
S1 kelly t Kelly Wiglesworth
22, Las Vegas, NV
Tagi Runner-Up 0
S1 richard t Richard Hatch
39, Middletown, RI
Tagi Sole Survivor 6

Season Summary

The series premiere began with sixteen people divided into two tribes, Pagong and Tagi. After 18 days of competition, the tribes found themselves alternating visits to Tribal Council. Tagi sacrificed Sonja, Stacey, and Dirk for being old, weak and lacking work ethic respectively; while Pagong eliminated B.B., Ramona, and Joel for abrasiveness, illness and perceived egotism respectively.

By Day 20, the ten remaining castaways were merged into one tribe - Rattana, and began competing as individuals. When the merge came around, a voting alliance made by ex-Tagi members, Richard, Kelly, Rudy and Sue, solidified. This proved fatal for the other six survivors, who were eliminated one by one, starting with the five ex-Pagong members, Gretchen, Greg, Jenna, Gervase, and Colleen, and Sean, the only Tagi member who was not a member of the alliance. As the alliance neared victory, Richard, Sue, and Rudy saw Kelly as trying to look more favorable in front of the jury, which seats were filled by mostly former Pagong members. However, Kelly dominated in the Immunity Challenges, denying the three of any chance to vote her off.

On Day 37, Richard and Sue received two votes each, forcing a revote. As Kelly and Rudy voted again, Kelly switched her vote from Richard to Sue, and Sue became the sixth member of the jury. At the Final Immunity Challenge on Day 38, Richard voluntarily stepped out of the challenge on the assumption that whoever was to win would take him to the Final Tribal Council. After Kelly won immunity yet again, Richard's assumptions were proven correct when she voted Rudy to be the seventh and final member of the jury.

At the Final Tribal Council, Kelly was accused of being two-faced and manipulative, while Richard was barbed for his perceived arrogance and duplicitous game play for establishing an alliance. But with four votes to three, Richard Hatch's strategy won him the very first Sole Survivor title.

Episode Guide

Episode Air date Challenges Eliminated Vote Finish Viewers
(in millions)[3]
Rating/Share
(18-49)
Reward Immunity
1 The MarooningMay 31, 2000
Pagong1
Sonja
4-3-1 1st Voted Out
Day 3
15.51 6.1/20
2 The Generation GapJune 7, 2000
Pagong2
Tagi
B.B.
6-2 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
18.10 7.5/25
3 Quest for FoodJune 14, 2000
Tagi
Pagong
Stacey
5-2 3rd Voted Out
Day 9
23.25 9.4/29
4 Too Little, Too Late?June 21, 2000
Tagi
Tagi
Ramona
4-2-1 4th Voted Out
Day 12
24.20 9.8/33
5 Pulling Your Own WeightJune 28, 2000
Pagong
Pagong
Dirk
4-1-1 5th Voted Out
Day 15
23.98 9.6/31
6 Udder RevengeJuly 5, 2000
Pagong
Tagi
Joel
4-2 6th Voted Out
Day 18
24.50 10.6/33
7 The MergerJuly 12, 2000 None
Greg
Gretchen
4-1-1-1-1-1-1 7th Voted Out
Day 21
24.50 10.4/34
8 Thy Name Is DuplicityJuly 19, 2000
Greg
Gervase
Greg
6-3 8th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 24
26.15 11.4/35
9 Old and New BondsJuly 26, 2000
Colleen
[Jenna]
Rudy
Jenna
4-3-1 9th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 27
27.18 11.9/36
10 Crack in the AllianceAugust 2, 2000
Gervase
Richard
Gervase
5-2 10th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 30
24.41 11.9/38
11 Long Hard DaysAugust 9, 2000
Sean
[Richard]
Kelly
Colleen
4-2 11th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 33
28.00 12.1/38
12 Death of an AllianceAugust 16, 2000
Kelly
Kelly
Sean
4-1 12th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 36
22.67 12.7/38
13 The Final Four August 23, 2000 None
Kelly
Susan
2-2;
2-0
3
13th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 37
51.69 22.8/54
Kelly
Rudy
1-0 14th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 38
Jury Vote
Kelly
4-3 Runner-Up
Richard
Sole Survivor

Notes:

^1 Combined Reward and Immunity Challenge.
^2 An unaired Reward Challenge was held sometime between Days 4 and 5 where the tribes competed for a map to a closer water hole.
^3 A tie between Richard and Susan forced a re-vote; Kelly switched her vote from Richard to Susan, eliminating Susan from the game. </p>

Voting History

Survivor: Borneo Voting History
Original Tribes Merged Tribe
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Voted out: S1 sonja t
Sonja
S1 bb t
B.B.
S1 stacey t
Stacey
S1 ramona t
Ramona
S1 dirk t
Dirk
S1 joel t
Joel
S1 gretchen t
Gretchen
S1 greg t
Greg
S1 jenna t
Jenna
S1 gervase t
Gervase
S1 colleen t
Colleen
S1 sean t
Sean
Tie S1 susan t
Susan
S1 rudy t
Rudy
S1 kelly t
Kelly
S1 richard t
Richard
Vote: 4-3-1 6-2 5-2 4-2-1 4-1-1 4-2 4-1-1-1-1-1-1 6-3 4-3-1 5-2 4-2 4-1 2-21 2-0 1-02 4-3
Richard Stacey Stacey Dirk Gretchen Greg Jenna Gervase Colleen Sean Susan None None Jury Vote
Kelly Rudy Rudy Dirk Gretchen Greg Sean Gervase Sean Sean Richard Susan Rudy
Rudy Sonja Stacey Dirk Gretchen Greg Jenna Gervase Colleen Sean Susan Susan None Richard
Susan Sonja Stacey Dirk Gretchen Greg Jenna Gervase Colleen Sean Richard None Richard
Sean Sonja Stacey Rudy Colleen Greg Jenna Gervase Colleen Susan Richard
Colleen B.B. Ramona Joel Richard Jenna Richard Sean Sean Kelly
Gervase B.B. Colleen Jenna Susan Jenna Richard Sean Kelly
Jenna B.B. Ramona Joel Gervase Greg Richard Kelly
Greg Ramona Jenna Joel Jenna Jenna Richard
Gretchen B.B. Ramona Joel Rudy
Joel B.B. Ramona Jenna
Dirk Sonja Stacey Susan
Ramona B.B. Colleen
Stacey Rudy Rudy
B.B. Ramona
Sonja Rudy

<p align=left>Notes:
^1 Tribal Council resulted in a tie. Per the rules, a second vote was held where the castaways involved in the tie would not vote and the remaining castaways could only vote for those involved in the tie.
^2 Richard and Rudy did not vote as they could only vote for were each other. By virtue of winning the final Immunity Challenge, only Kelly voted.

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Reception

Trivia

  • Survivor: Borneo were referenced numerous times in the Disney show Lizzie McGuire. In one episode, the tribe names Pagong and Tagi were used as team names at an outdoor camp. In another episode, Lizzie's mother claims she knew Richard Hatch would win the series.[4]
  • This is the first season in which both tribes alternated winning immunity before the merge. This would later happen in Survivor: The Amazon and Survivor: South Pacific.
  • This was the only season in which the final jury votes were revealed immediately after being cast, rather than months later in front of a live television studio audience.
  • Borneo was the only season to air on Wednesdays until Survivor: Nicaragua.
  • In 2006, Richard was found guilty of tax evasion connected with his $1,000,000 prize and sentenced to 51 months in prison. Because of this, he was unable to participate in seasons such as Survivor: MicronesiaSurvivor: Heroes vs. Villains, and Survivor: Redemption Island for which he was considered.
  • The Survivor: Borneo finale received the highest ratings of any Survivor episode to date, with more than 50 million viewers.[5]
  • This season is tied with Survivor: Worlds Apart for the record of the fewest eliminations by a unanimous vote, with one. Sean is the only castaway who was eliminated by a unanimous vote.
  • This is the only season to have castaways who were born in the 1920s and 1930s. They are Rudy, B.B., and Sonja.
  • During the Day 36 Immunity Challenge, Jeff Probst noted that since the merge, every eliminated player had the fire in their torches blown out by the wind prior to being voted out.[6]
  • In a poll that was taken during the reunion show asking viewers who they would've voted for to win, 45% of the people said Rudy, 42% said Kelly, 11% said Rich, and 2% said Sue.
  • The font used for the tribe flags is "Template Gothic."[7]
  • After Kelly was voted out on Survivor: Cambodia, all of the castaways from this season have been voted out at some point. This was the first season to gain this distinction, followed by Cambodia itself. However, Borneo is still the only original cast season with this distinction.
  • This season is one of two to have all final four contestants return in future seasons. The other such season is Survivor: Panama.

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