2) CBS's Survivor.
Another show that is guilty of using some of the conventions... heck, Survivor
invented a lot of the conventions. Nevertheless, it transcends the hokey-ness of the torch ceremony by the brilliance of its simple premise, which pits physical strength against mental cunning, ruthless self-interest against rapport-building, man against nature, etc. Also, it would be worth watching just to see the Survivors
' drastic, near-immediate and, frankly, envy-inducing weight-loss. (Mark Burnett needs to start a franchise of Survivor
-style fat camps.)
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