11. THE SNAKE WINS
First season finale, Aug. 23, 2000
The first season of most reality contests is usually the best. But when season one of "Survivor" culminated with a $1 million win for Richard Hatch, and a what-for speech by Susan Hawk, it was epic and unforgettable. Hatch had been something of a Shakespearean villain during his 39 days on the island of Pulau Tiga, using his experience as a corporate trainer to smugly manipulate the other players. He was cold and calculating. But, as Hawk explained during her righteous rant, he was a snake, and snakes have to win.