Who wants to be famous? The Total Drama Island campers do, that’s for sure! Summer may be wrapping up as these September days get cooler and cooler, but we’re still ready to sit around the bonfire and gossip with the Total Drama crew. If you’re rewatching Cartoon Network‘s hit “reality” competition series and wonder how much of it is based on a true story, we have answers.
Total Drama Island is just like any reality competition series: contestants enter, they compete weekly, and one (or more) of them is sent home by the end of the episode. The only catch? This is all scripted and animated, meaning the humor and drama is ramped up to an all time high. The series has several spin-offs, sending contestants around the world, on a music tour, and more.
Here’s everything we know about the what Total Drama Island is based on, where to watch it, when we can expect new episodes, and more.
Is Total Drama Island based on a true story?
All the production interns out there can take a deep breath: Total Drama Island is not based on a true story. It is, however, based on another TV show. Keep reading to find out what that is.
What is Total Drama Island based on?
Total Drama Island is based on Survivor, a real life reality TV series in which contestants must compete at a secluded location for a big cash prize and worldwide fame. They compete in weekly challenges, form alliances, and vote one another off the tribe. It’s almost the same show (except Total Drama Island is scripted, animated, and for a younger audience).
Even the host of Total Drama Island is based on Survivor. Yep, Total Drama‘s Chris McLean (Christian Potenza) and Survivor‘s Jeff Probst are almost identical — down to the game announcer inflection.
Is Total Drama Island streaming on Netflix? Where to stream Total Drama Island:
Yes, all seven seasons of Total Drama, which begins with Total Drama Island, is available to stream on Netflix. At the moment, that’s the only spot where you can stream the show. The series isn’t available to rent or purchase at the moment, either.
Is Total Drama Island still airing on Cartoon Network? How many seasons of Total Drama Island are there?
There are seven seasons of Total Drama, but only one season of Total Drama Island. Confused? It’s a little convoluted, so let us explain. In the Total Drama world, each new season of the show was a spin-off — so instead of following Total Drama Island with Total Drama Island Season 2, Cartoon Network released Total Drama Action next. Here’s a list of all seven seasons of the show:
- Total Drama Island
- Total Drama Action
- Total Drama World Tour
- Total Drama: Revenge of the Island
- Total Drama All-Stars
- Total Drama: Pahkitew Island
- Total Drama Presents: The Ridonculous Race
And the fun doesn’t end there! HBO Max just revived the Total Drama franchise for two more seasons, which will air on Cartoon Network and stream on HBO Max sometime soon.
Where to watch Total Drama Island