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Survivor: Borneo
Season 1
Filming Location Pulau Tiga, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia
Season Run May 31, 2000 - August 23, 2000
Filming Dates March 13, 2000 - April 20, 2000
Survivors 16
Winner Richard Hatch
Runner(s)-up Kelly Wiglesworth
Tribes Pagong
Returnees Gervase Peterson (27)
Jenna Lewis (8)
Kelly Wiglesworth (31)
Richard Hatch (8)
Rudy Boesch (8)
Susan Hawk (8)
Viewership (in millions) 28.30[1]
Borneo Cast
Opening Sequence
Survivor Borneo Intro00:57

Survivor Borneo Intro

Series Chronology
Next Season The Australian Outback

Survivor: Borneo was the first season of the United States version 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.


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]


Contestant Tribe Affiliation Finish Votes
Original Tribe Merged Tribe
S1 sonja t Sonja Christopher
63, Walnut Creek, CA
Tagi 1st Voted Out
Day 3
S1 bb t B.B. Andersen
64, Mission Hills, KS
Pagong 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
S1 stacey t Stacey Stillman
27, San Francisco, CA
Tagi 3rd Voted Out
Day 9
S1 ramona t Ramona Gray
29, Edison, NJ
Pagong 4th Voted Out
Day 12
S1 dirk t Dirk Been
23, Spring Green, WI
Tagi 5th Voted Out
Day 15
S1 joel t Joel Klug
27, Sherwood, AR
Pagong 6th Voted Out
Day 18
S1 gretchen t Gretchen Cordy
38, Clarksville, TN
Pagong Rattana 7th Voted Out
Day 21
S1 greg t Greg Buis
24, Gold Hill, CO
Pagong 8th Voted Out
1st Jury Member
Day 24
S1 jenna t Jenna Lewis
22, Franklin, NH
Pagong 9th Voted Out
2nd Jury Member
Day 27
S1 gervase t Gervase Peterson
30, Willingboro, NJ
Pagong 10th Voted Out
3rd Jury Member
Day 30
S1 colleen t Colleen Haskell
23, Miami Beach, FL
Pagong 11th Voted Out
4th Jury Member
Day 33
S1 sean t Sean Kenniff
30, Brooklyn, NY
Tagi 12th Voted Out
5th Jury Member
Day 36
S1 susan t Susan Hawk
38, Palmyra, WI
Tagi 13th Voted Out
6th Jury Member
Day 37
S1 rudy t Rudy Boesch
72, Richmond, VA
Tagi 14th Voted Out
7th Jury Member
Day 38
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]
Reward Immunity
1 The MarooningMay 31, 2000
4-3-1 1st Voted Out
Day 3
15.51 6.1/20
2 The Generation GapJune 7, 2000
6-2 2nd Voted Out
Day 6
18.10 7.5/25
3 Quest for FoodJune 14, 2000
5-2 3rd Voted Out
Day 9
23.25 9.4/29
4 Too Little, Too Late?June 21, 2000
4-2-1 4th Voted Out
Day 12
24.20 9.8/33
5 Pulling Your Own WeightJune 28, 2000
4-1-1 5th Voted Out
Day 15
23.98 9.6/31
6 Udder RevengeJuly 5, 2000
4-2 6th Voted Out
Day 18
24.50 10.6/33
7 The MergerJuly 12, 2000 None
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
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
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;
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


^1 Combined Reward and Immunity Challenge
^2 A tie between Richard and Susan forced a re-vote; Kelly switched her vote from Richard to Susan, eliminating her.

Voting History

Survivor: Borneo Voting History
Original Tribes Merged Tribe
Episode #: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Eliminated: S1 sonja t
S1 bb t
S1 stacey t
S1 ramona t
S1 dirk t
S1 joel t
S1 gretchen t
S1 greg t
S1 jenna t
S1 gervase t
S1 colleen t
S1 sean t
Tie S1 susan t
S1 rudy t
S1 kelly t
S1 richard t
Vote: 4-3-1 6-2 5-2 4-2-1 4-1-1 4-2 4-1-1-1-
6-3 4-3-1 5-2 4-2 4-1 2-2 2-01 1-0 4-3
Richard Stacey Stacey Dirk Gretchen Greg Jenna Gervase Colleen Sean Susan 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 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


^1 A tie between Richard and Susan forced a re-vote; Kelly switched her vote from Richard to Susan, eliminating her.



  • 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.
  • The Survivor: Borneo finale received the highest ratings of any Survivor episode to date, with more than 50 million viewers.[5]
  • This season holds the record for the least unanimous eliminations, with one. Sean is the only castaway who was unanimously eliminated.
  • This is the only season to have castaways that were born in the 1920's and 1930's: 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]


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