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This article is about the English Version in the United States. For the Spanish Version, see Gran Hermano USA.

Big Brother (U.S.)
BB18 logo
Country United States
Language(s) English
Allison Grodner
Rich Meehan
Television Network(s) CBS
CBS All-Access
Host Julie Chen (2000 - Present)
Ian O'Malley (2000)
Series Run July 5, 2000 - Present

Big Brother is a popular international reality show franchise with an American version owned by CBS.

How it Works

Big Brother is a reality television show in which a group of people live together in a large house, isolated from the outside world but continuously watched by television cameras. Each series lasts for around three months, and there are 10-17 participants. The housemates try to win a cash prize by avoiding periodic evictions from the house.

American series

While most versions of Big Brother feature evictions that are voted on by polling television audiences over the phone or internet, the American version shifted before Big Brother 2 to play off the popularity of Survivor and changed the format to have the other house guests evict players.


The idea for the show is said to come during a brainstorm session at the production house of John de Mol Produkties (an independent part of Endemol) on 4 September 1997. The first Big Brother broadcast was in the Netherlands in 1999 on the Veronica TV channel. It was picked up by Germany, Portugal, USA, UK, Spain, Belgium, Sweden, Switzerland and Italy the following year and became a world-wide sensation. Since then it has been a prime-time hit in almost 70 countries. The show's name comes from George Orwell's 1948 dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four.


United States Seasons
English Broadcast 1 · 2 · 3 · 4 · 5 · 6 · 7 · 8 · 9 · 10 · 11 · 12 · 13 · 14 · 15 · 16 · 17 · 18 · 19 · 20
Digital OTT
Spanish 1


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