Big Brother

Big Brother

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Big Brother

Big Brother is a television reality game show based on an originally Dutch TV series of the same name created by producer John de Mol in 1997. The series follows a diverse group of contestants, known as HouseGuests, who are living together in a custom-built home under constant surveillance. The HouseGuests are completely isolated from the outside world and can have no communication with those not in the house. The contestants are competing for a $500,000 grand prize, with weekly competitions and evictions determining who will win the show. The series takes its name from the character in George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. The series launched on July 5, 2000, to a successful start, though ratings and critical reaction continued to grow increasingly negative. This led to the second season being a revamp of the show, featuring a more competition-based challenge. The series has since continued to be a hit for CBS, and is the second longest-running adaptation of the series to date, after the Spanish adaptation.

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Also known as
Big Brother USA
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Based on
Big Brother
by John de Mol
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Presented by
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Starring
Big Brother houseguests:

Eddie McGee

Will Kirby

Lisa Donahue

Jun Song

Drew Daniel

Maggie Osborne

Mike "Boogie" Malin

Dick Donato

Adam Jasinski

Dan Gheesling

Jordan Simone

Hayden Moss

Rachel Reilly

Ian Terry

Andy Herren

Derrick Levasseur

Steve Moses

Nicole Franzel

Josh Martinez

Kaycee Clark

Jackson Michie
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Voices of
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  • Don Wollman
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Country of origin
United States
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Original language
English
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No. of seasons
21
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PRODUCTION

Executive producer
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Producer
  • Don Wollman (2000-)
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Multi-camera
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Running time
  • 20–23 minutes (2000)
  • 40-120 minutes (2000–)
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Original release
July 5, 2000 (2000-07-05)
present
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