Big Brother: 10 Must-Watch Seasons, Ranked | ScreenRant
With its thrilling eviction ceremonies, HoH and Veto competitions, and all those twists, Big Brother is beloved by reality fans. Which season is best?
Reality competition series Big Brother has had some truly memorable moments over the seasons, from Dan's Funeral to Kaysar's surprise backdoor eviction, Zingbot's visits, hilarious OTEV competitions, numerous showmances, and epic rivalries, like that time when Josh walked through the house banging pots and pans to purposely annoy his foes. Needless to say, every season is a pretty wild ride.
To date, there have been an impressive 22 seasons of the American version of the show, including normal seasons as well as All-Star and Celebrity editions.
And while some die-hard fans might argue the first seasons were the best since there were no known strategies on how to play, others find that some in the middle of the pack were the most entertaining.
10 Season 5 (2004)
This was a shorter season, starting with just 14 houseguests and several evictions per week in some cases, making it the first season to use the Double Eviction.
Season 4 marked the first time that only six houseguests would compete in the Power of Veto competition, making the backdoor, or "six-finger," plan easier to pull off. This season also included the twin twist where Adria and Natalie would switch places in the Diary Room for the first four weeks and were never discovered. This season also sprung another surprise on houseguests: Michael Ellis and Nakomis Dedmon discovered they were actually biological siblings. Overall, there was a lot of drama, scheming, and secrets that made this season a thrilling watch.
9 Season 14 (2012)
This is the season that introduced 12 new houseguests along with four returning players who would serve as coaches, including fan-favorites Dan Gheesling, Janelle Pierzina, Britney Haynes, and Mike "Boogie" Malin. But while they were initially only supposed to help the new players from the sidelines, the coaches ended up being able to compete as well.
It was an "old guard versus new guard" season that saw Ian Terry beat out one of the best to ever play the game for the win. Nonetheless, Dan Gheesling, who still made runner up, entertained with his usual scheming, including that the way he betrayed and blindsided Danielle. In the end, though, Ian's passion for the game and rise from underdog to winner made for an exciting watch.
8 Season 18 (2016)
The most exciting thing about this season was how, after an entire summer of scheming, manipulating, and running the house, Paul Abrahamian — one of the best players to have never won the game — still lost out to Nicole Franzel. It was a historic win as well, making her the first female to ever win the game against a male houseguest in the final two.
This season saw both new and returning players, including fan-favorites Da'Vonne Rogers and James Huling as well as Franzel, who originally played in season 16, and Frank Eudy from Big Brother 14.
7 Season 17 (2015)
Steve Nolan became yet another underdog to win the game this season, which featured fan-favorites Da'Vonne, Vanessa, and James and brought back the twin twist with Liz and Julia, who both ended up getting the chance to play in the house together since no one publicly figured out they were two different people switching back and forth.
There were plenty of showmances that season, including Liz and Austin and Shelli and Clay, both of which might be considered among the most cringe-worthy couples of the show. This season was also historic in that it welcomed the first transgender houseguest, Audrey. This was the second season to feature the Battle of the Block competition as well.
6 Season 16 (2014)
Until this season, Dan Gheesling and Will Kirby were considered to be the best to have ever played the game, showing cunning, manipulative, and clever skills that helped them stay several steps ahead on their respective seasons, control everyone without being unlikable, and find creative ways to get out of jams (think Dan's Funeral.) But season 16 introduced fans to Derrick Levasseur, who gave Will and Dan a run for their money as not only the best male player ever but the best player, overall.
Derrick was a police officer in real life who knew a thing or two about going undercover, but he kept his occupation a secret, effectively going undercover in the house as well. Throughout the entire season, he quietly pulled strings while remaining the most popular person in the house. His name was never mentioned to go on the block, and his strong friendship with Cody helped get him the win. It's a masterclass season for fans who love the strategy part of the game. But it was also thoroughly entertaining thanks to other houseguests like Frankie Grande, who didn't tell others he was the half-brother of pop superstar Ariana Grande, Zack, Donny, and Caleb.
5 Season 3 (2002)
Going way back to the beginning, season 3 took place before various aspects of the show had been truly hashed out — players and fans alike were still learning the game. This made things far less predictable than in later seasons.
In this season, Lisa beat Danielle in the final two mainly because the jury was bitter after seeing Danielle's Diary Room sessions and the way she manipulated and spoke about them. In fact, it was this perceived unfair loss that led the show to change things so the jury would be sequestered until after the vote. It also included some notable moves like Marcellas winning the Power of Veto and not using it on himself, which was one of the worst, if not the worst-ever Veto plays in the game.
4 Season 8 (2007)
This season featured one of the show's most intense twists: three houseguests were secretly let into the house and hid in a room while they observed the other 11 players. But each of the three had a tumultuous connection with someone who didn't know they would be there. The most notable of these relationships was between Dick Donato and his estranged daughter Daniele.
This was also the season that saw Eric become America's Player and be forced to make moves dictated by fans, which impacted not only his own game but the impact of the game on the whole. It was fun, nonetheless, to see him try to pull pranks and convince people, and himself, to do things when he didn't really agree with them. The intense battles between Dick and Jen made for some gossip-worthy scenes as well.
3 Season 2 (2001)
It's not surprising that one of the first seasons would rank among the must-watches since there was an element of surprise. Moves like the backdoor or the pawn hadn't yet been introduced. And this is the season that one of the best to ever play the game, Will Kirby, won, thanks in part to Chilltown, his tight alliance with Mike "Boogie," one of the most popular and strongest alliances ever forged on the show.
This season introduced the Head of Household, the ability to discuss nominations, and the jury vote versus the public.
2 Season 7 (2006)
Five years after helping his friend Will to a win, Boogie managed to inch out his own win in the first-ever season to bring back returning players. It was a big season with 20 houseguests in all, including Will, Janelle, Kaysar, and Danielle, but the public got to vote on which six houseguests they wanted to return, which eventually became eight due to so many votes.
It was the first season to feature the Coup d'Etat power and the random draw of the Power of Veto players to avoid biased picks.
1 Season 4 (2003)
Referred to as the X-Factor season, paranoia was running high as soon as the first eight houseguests arrived, they were told that the five remaining people to join were all ex-lovers.
The first season with a sequestered jury and the Diamond Power of Veto that let the winner not only save a nominee but also name their replacement, season 4 was action-packed and filled with drama. It was the first season to feature people who knew one another outside of the house and the first to include two people in the finals who had never had an eviction vote cast against them. It's also a memorable season because it's the first to feature an Asian winner, Jun.
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