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30 Rock

  • In an episode titled "The Baby Show", Cerie becomes engaged to a man named Aris, an indirect reference to Survivor: Panama contestants Cirie Fields and Aras Baskauskas.
  • In an episode titled "Don Geiss, America and Hope", Jack lists Rob Mariano as one of the reasons that Boston is the greatest city in the world.

The Amanda Show

  • The segment "Stranded" is a parody of Survivor, featuring characters stranded in a strange location. The characters are forced to live with each other and outlast all the rest.

Family Guy

  • In an episode titled "Screwed the Pooch", Peter cuts away to when he was a contestant on Survivor. After arguing with B.B. Andersen over the drinking water, Peter crashes into the set of The Price is Right. Colleen Haskell and Richard Hatch also appear in the cutaway.

How I Met Your Mother

  • In an episode titled "Natural History", Barney and Robin alluded to endurance challenges from Survivor when pulling a prank using an Egyptian Pharaoh.
  • In an episode titled "Glitter", Barney lists many ways that Ted needs to tell his friend Punchy to leave. One of the many references to reality TV shows was "Punchy, the tribe has spoken."
  • In an episode titled "Mystery vs. History", Lily apologized to Marshall for having watched Survivor without him.
  • In an episode titled "The Stinson Missile Crisis", Jeff Probst appeared from a cutaway scene. During the reward challenge for the castaways, he sponsored Dr. Barney's Breast Reduction Consultation.

Lizzie McGuire

  • Survivor: Borneo was referenced numerous times in the Disney show Lizzie McGuire.
    • In an episode titled "When Moms Attack", the tribe names Pagong and Tagi were used as team names at an outdoor camp.
    • In an episode titled "The Election", Lizzie's mother Jo claims that she knew Richard Hatch would win the series.

Lost

  • In an episode titled "Born to Run", Swayer asks Michael if he is going to "vote him off" the raft.
  • Survivor gave ABC producer Lloyd Braun the original idea for Lost.[1]
  • Shortly before the series finale aired, the main cast of Lost filmed a crossover video with Jeff Probst, jokingly suggesting that the entire series took place as part of the reality show.[2]

MadTV

  • There was a segment called Celebrity Survivor: Thousand Islands where seven idiotic celebrities compete for the one million dollar prize and the title of Sole Survivor.
  • There was another segment that parodied Survivor: Cook Islands  where the tribes were divided by ethnicity (just like the actual season). Through out the parody, "Jeff Probst", who is portrayed by an actor, seems to favor the Caucasian tribe the most, while he treats the African-American tribe very poorly.

The New Adventures of Old Christine

  • In an episode titled "Get Smarter", Christine says that Russell Hantz's ability to locate three Hidden Immunity Idols without a clue is an accomplishment, and that she will go on record saying that will never happen again.

The Office

  • In an episode titled "The Alliance", Dwight forms a Survivor-esque alliance with Jim and Pam against the other employees amidst rumors of downsizing.
    • The line "Can I trust Jim..." was apparently a direct reference to the show and was a "last-second addition" according to producer Greg Daniels. In addition, Randall Einhorn, the camera man for the episode, was a camera man for Survivor.
  • In an episode titled "Business Ethics", Ryan references Survivor: The Amazon contestant Joanna Ward, claiming that he "hooked up with a girl that looked just like her" in New York City.

Scary Movie 2

Supernatural

  • In an episode titled "Malleus Maleficarum", the demon Astaroth describes murdering people as them getting "voted off the island".

Total Drama

  • In general, the Total Drama franchise is an animated parody of Survivor.
    • The cliff jumping challenge in the second episode of Total Drama Island was similar to the Day 4 Reward Challenge in The Australian Outback.
    • At the end of the second season, Total Drama Action, the winner is decided by a vote as a reference to the Final Tribal Council.
    • During the third season, Total Drama World Tour, After the decimation of Team Victory, Chris reads the passports aloud by opening them as a reference to Survivor.
    • The first half of the fifth season, Total Drama: All-Stars, uses the Heroes vs. Villains theme to divide the contestants into teams. The first episode of the season was also titled "Heroes vs. Villains".

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