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Survivor debuted five years ago today.


Today's the fifth anniversary of the beginning of a new era in primetime network television. At 8 p.m. on May 31, 2000, Survivor debuted, and changed network television as we know it. Of course, Survivor wasn't the first reality show (PBS' An American Family, MTV's The Real World, and MTV's Road Rules are its great-grandparent and grandparents, respectively), and it wasn't even the first network reality series (ABC's Making the Band was. But it quickly became the talk of the nation, pulled in killer ratings, and launched a whole new line of celebrities for the media to ogle.


And Then There Was One: Richard


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