With its molded concrete boulders and fake moonlight, Jeff Probst's pulpit—the Tribal Council set—improves on reality. But the Outback itself is real enough, thanks to crocs, snakes and a merciless zero-sum game. Who is laughing all the way to the bank? Charlie Parsons, the man who dreamed up the Survivor concept in 1988. Who is not laughing? The denizens of Mount Garnet, the tiny town the TV crew breezed through without spending a dime
16 THE CONTENDERS
How Kimmi became a vegetarian, why Maralyn is known as Mad Dog, what makes Amber snap. Portraits of the 16 would-be millionaires
32 THE AUDITIONS
Sifting some 50,000 pick-me-please! videos, the producers spotted Keith walking on hot coals, Kimmi hitchhiking in a bikini, Colby dodging a bull, Alicia "slaying" a pal in a kangaroo suit...
37 THE STORY SO FAR
Let us count the ways Debb, Kel, Maralyn and Mitchell torpedoed themselves in the four episodes that aired before we went to press
44 WHERE ARE THEY NOW?
Life after Pulau Tiga has been beachy keen for all the original survivors. Richard is yakking on morning radio in Boston; Colleen, Gervase, Dirk, Greg, Sean, Kelly, Jenna and (phew!) Joel are ready for their closeups. Ramona and Gretchen are giving lectures. Stacey is sprucing up her apartment—and suing. Susan is hunting. Sonja is strumming. B.B. is motorcycling. But some things never change. Rudy, for example—though he did buy his wife a new dishwasher. What a softie!
So now you've got a survival jones. Here's what to watch or read the other six nights of the week, from Lost in Space to Lord of the Flies. Make room on the couch for Ernest Borgnine, Jimmy Stewart, Katharine Hepburn and Bob Denver
Survivalists tell you how to cheat death in the wild; a game theorist tells you how to just cheat. Okay, not exactly, but how to play smart and win
70 REAL-LIFE SURVIVORS
Scott O'Grady, shot down in Bosnia; Beck Weathers, snow-blind on Everest; Bob Simon, held hostage in Iraq; and others who outlasted peril recall realities that took no station breaks
78 THEY'RE OUTTA HERE!
After each episode's ordeal of attrition, use our handy colorful chart to commemorate the fate of the contestant who fell by the wayside on the inexorable march to the million
80 WHAT THEY BROUGHT
Mad Dog is a pistol, all right; but she couldn't pack one, or a lot of other things, on her Outback adventure. Here is the approved list of gear each contestant was allowed to stow. Quoth the network: Nothing more!
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