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Boston Rob Mariano on Survivor: Winners at War

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These contestants may have been conniving, Machiavellian, and backstabbing, but you have to admit, they could also be brilliant. So forget your one luxury item or sunscreen. Sometimes the best thing to bring to the game is your wilingness to win—no matter what it takes.

1. Russell Hantz

Russell Hants poses for a photo shoot on the beach during Survivor: Redemption Island.

Russell Hantz from Survivor: Redemption Island

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Samoa, Heroes vs. Villains, Redemption Island

Known as one of the dastardliest players in Survivor history, Russell Hantz was infamous for wreaking havoc on his tribe. He burned socks, emptied canteens, and sabotaged his alliances. His aggressive style only took him so far—at the Samoa finale he was berated by his former tribemates for his ruthless gameplay and received zero jury votes.

2. Richard Hatch

Richard Hatch looks slightly sad as he stands shirtless during the first season of Survivor.

Richard Hatch during the first season of Survivor.


Richard Hatch

Borneo, All-Stars

Survivor's first winner was also the first reality TV villain— and arguably one the best to have ever played the game. The often naked corporate trainer was a master at backstabbing, scheming, and acting arrogant. His creation of the first ever alliance—a voting bloc that controlled the game —is still the template for how the game is played two decades later.

3. Jon "Jonny Fairplay" Dalton

Jonny Fairplay Dalton looks slightly conniving from the jungle in Survivor: Pearl Islands.

Jon "Jonny Fairplay" Dalton on Survivor: Pearl Islands

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Jon "Jonny Fairplay" Dalton

Pearl Islands, Micronesia

The architect of "the greatest lie in Survivor history," Jon "Jonny Fairplay" Dalton won the sympathy of his tribemates when he learned at the family reward challenge that his grandmother had died. In the end, he was able to partake in the reward and spend time with his friend who delivered the sad news and was saved from elimination that night at Tribal Council. The kicker? Grandma was alive and well—it was all an elaborate lie that Fairplay had cooked up before he left for Pearl Islands.

4. Parvati Shallow

Parvati Shallow looks wistful on the set of Survivor: Winners at War.

Parvati Shallow on Survivor: Winners at War.

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Parvati Shallow

Cook Islands, Micronesia, Heroes vs. Villains, Winners at War

Charismatic and cunning (and a bit of a flirt by design), Shallow has dominated the game since first appearing on season 13's Cook Islands. On Micronesia her alliance, The Black Widow Brigade, voted the men off the tribe one by one and helped her become that season's Sole Survivor.

5. Jerri Manthey

Jerri Manthey looks on during the filming of Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains.

Jerri Manthey on Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains.


Jerri Manthey

The Australian Outback, All-Stars, Heroes vs. Villains

Competing on season two in the Australian Outback, Manthey was the show's first true villainess. Her rivalry with Colby Donaldson and her blindside elimination (orchestrated by Donaldson)was all the talk at the water cooler back in 2001. Manthey got her revenge three years later on All-Stars and voted Donaldson out right before the merge.

6. Sandra Diaz-Twine

Sandra Diaz-Twine on Survivor: Winners at War.

Sandra Diaz-Twine on Survivor: Winners at War.

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Sandra Diaz-Twine

Pearl Islands, Heroes vs. Villains, Game Changers, Winners at War

The self-proclaimed "Queen of Survivor" has competed in four seasons and is the only player to have won the Sole Survivor title twice. Her low-key approach and self-preserving gameplay is legendary.

7. "Boston Rob" Mariano

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"Boston Rob" Mariano on Survivor: Winners at War.

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"Boston Rob" Mariano

Marquesas, All-Stars, Heroes vs. Villains, Redemption Island, Winners at War

A five-time castaway and winner of Redemption Island, "Boston" Rob currently holds the record for most days spent playing Survivor. For 152 days Mariano conned, controlled, and manipulated his fellow cast-mates to become the greatest threat in the game.

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Archival photo of the original Real World cast—Becky Blasband, Andre Comeau, Heather B. Gardner, Julie Gentry, Norman Korpi, Eric Nies, and Kevin Powell of the Paramount+ series The Real World Homecoming: New York.

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By Nate Millado

This is the true story of 10 reality series picked to live on a streaming service ...

The recently relaunched Paramount+ (formerly CBS All Access) is home to more than 5,000 episodes of the biggest reality hits, including The Real World. ViacomCBS invented the genre when the the iconic social experiment premiered on MTV in 1992, and has continued to reinvent the "real" with game-changers like Survivor, The Amazing Race, The Challenge, and RuPaul's Drag Race.

Ready to dive into a reality rabbit hole? Start with these classic episodes on Paramount+!

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By Katey Clifford

Gear up and ship out so you and the Survivor fan in your life can be ready to binge all 40 season of action packed challenges and shocking eliminations.

Scroll to see some of our Survivor favorites from the official CBS Store. Shop more Survivor merch here!

Stream all seasons of Survivor on Paramount+.

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By Nate Millado

You've likely been watching a ton of television under quarantine. But if you've just finished binging your favorite shows, we've got some related recommendations (thanks, CBS All Access!). So whether you're into action, romance, reality, or adventure, the streaming service is sure to have your next great obsession.

If You Liked Beauty And The Beast…

Eka Darville as Beau Natalie Alyn Lind as Ashley

Eka Darville and Natalie Alyn Lind in Tell Me A Story.

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You'll love Tell Me A Story.

Once upon a time, there lived a beauty and a beast in an enchanted land. Only in CBS' 1987 fantasy-romance, the "beauty" was assistant district attorney Catherine (Linda Hamilton), the noble "man-beast" was feline-faced Vincent (Ron Perlman, rocking an '80s hair-metal mane), and the "enchanted land" was Manhattan.

Just like Beauty and the Beast, Tell Me A Story reimagines beloved fairy tales as dark and twisted psychological thrillers. The 10-episode second season of this serialized drama spins the stories of Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella into a tale like no other. Set in modern-day New York City, the first season reimagines The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel.

So if you've blown through all three seasons of Beauty and the Beast, check out this modern-day retelling.

Stream all episodes of Tell Me A Story on CBS All Access. Season 1 also airs now on The CW.

If You Liked The Amazing Race…

\u200bMichael James Shaw Sofia Pernas and Matt Barr as Danny McNamara explore Egyptian ruins

Michael James Shaw, Sofia Pernas, and Matt Barr in Blood & Treasure.

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You'll love Blood & Treasure.

If you're a fan of the Phil Keoghan–hosted reality competition, then you know the gist: Teams of two race around the world for a shot at a million dollars.

While you wait for Season 32 of The Amazing Race to kick off this fall, why not give another globe-trotting adventure a gander? Like TAR, Blood & Treasure boasts exotic locales and nail-biting suspense, centered on the dynamic duo of a brilliant antiquities expert (Matt Barr) and a cunning art thief (Sofia Pernas).

Blood & Treasure streams on CBS All Access.

If You Liked The Good Wife…

Audra McDonald as Liz Reddick and Christine Baranski as Diane Lockhart in The Good Fight

Audra McDonald and Christine Baranski in The Good Fight.

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You'll love The Good Fight.

In a way, The Good Wife was about starting over: Alicia Florrick (Emmy winner Julianna Marguiles) returned to law after a very public sex-and-corruption scandal involving her politician husband.

And so is its spinoff, The Good Fight. After an enormous financial scam wipes out her savings, Diane Lockhart (the inimitable Christine Baranski) is forced to move to a new firm, where she joins forces with former employee Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo). The two legal dramas share the same DNA: Both were created by husband-and-wife team Robert and Michelle King, and feature pitch-perfect writing, directing, acting—and fashion!

The Good Fight streams exclusively on CBS All Access.

If You Liked Elementary…

Lucy Liu as Simone

Lucy Liu as Simone in Why Women Kill.

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You'll love Why Women Kill.

Technically, these two shows couldn't be any more different: Elementary reinvented the classic Sir Arthur Conan Doyle detective stories as a New York City–set procedural drama, while Why Women Kill is a time-hopping (and bed-hopping) soap. But both tap into the wide-ranging talent of Lucy Liu—as the gender-swapped no-nonsense Watson in the former, and as '80s socialite Simone in the latter.

Why Women Kill streams exclusively on CBS All Access.

If You Liked Survivor: Winners At War…

The 16 returning houseguests of Big Brother All Stars

The 16 returning houseguests of Big Brother: All-Stars.

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You'll love Big Brother: All-Stars.

Like Survivor, Big Brother is also celebrating its 20th anniversary—and what better way to mark the milestone than with another all-stars edition!

Survivor: Winners At War united the most memorable, heroic, and celebrated champs from the past two decades. The gameplay on an all-star season is just next-level. So if you're into epic comps, shocking blindsides, and a masterclass in strategy, you won't want to miss the champs, the runners-up, and the best to never win the game battling for glory in the BB house.

This week, watch all-new episodes of Big Brother: All-Stars on Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access. Plus, drop in on the Houseguests 24/7 with the BB Live Feeds—exclusively available on CBS All Access.


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