Total Drama Island (sometimes shortened to TDI) is the first season of Total Drama, a Canadian animated comedy television series created by Tom McGillis and Jennifer Pertsch. The series premiered in Canada on Teletoon on July 8, 2007, and ran for 26 episodes, each 22 minutes in duration with a special 44-minute season finale.
|Total Drama Island|
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of episodes||27|
|Original network||Teletoon (Canada)|
Cartoon Network (U.S.)
|Original release||July 8, 2007 –|
November 29, 2008
Total Drama Island's creator, Tom McGillis, grew up in a Catholic home and has revealed that when he was young, he was fearful of purgatory. In a recent interview (2013), McGillis stated: "When I first began to work on ideas for a new television show, I knew that I wanted to do something related to my greatest childhood fear. Out of this fear of purgatory, Total Drama Island was born. The show's characters would undergo many trials, stuck in limbo between victory and loss, or Heaven and Hell. The only way out of this game show, or purgatory, was to either perform poorly and be voted off, or to perform well and continue on to victory, or heaven."
Total Drama Island is set in the fictional titular reality show, which follows the competition of 22 unsuspecting and unwitting teenagers at Camp Wawanakwa, the most rundown, insect-infested, disgusting island in an unspecified area in Muskoka, Ontario. The campers participate in competitions and challenges that get more insane and dangerous each week to avoid being voted off the island by their fellow campers and teammates. At the end of the series, the winning contestant will receive C$100,000 (US$73,129.00). The competition is hosted by Chris McLean, assisted by the camp's chef, Chef Hatchet, who is also Chris's best friend despite being mistreated at times. Egotistical and immoral, unless something affects him legally, Chris places the show's contestants in various life-threatening challenges.
At the beginning of the season, the campers are placed into two groups of eleven, the "Screaming Gophers" and the "Killer Bass". In each episode, the teams participate in a challenge, in which one or more campers can win invincibility for their team. The losing team is called to the campfire that night, where they vote one of their members off the island. The camper with the most votes is eliminated from the competition. At this campfire, McLean passes out marshmallows to the campers who have not been voted off, while the one who does not get a marshmallow must walk down the Dock of Shame to the Boat of Losers, which will take them away from the island and they will "never, never, never, ever, ever, ever, come back, ever" according to Chris (this was proved a lie in Episode 15, "No Pain, No Game", when he brought Eva and Izzy back into the game).
In Episode 14, the teams are disbanded, so it is every camper for themselves, after which the challenges continue; the winner of each challenge then only receives invincibility for him or herself, whereupon the rest of the campers vote one camper without invincibility off the island. This process of elimination continues until two players remain. They are then subject to a final contest. Total Drama Island is a parody of the reality show Survivor. McLean is very similar to Survivor host Jeff Probst. This is the first season in which the winner does not get to keep the money, due to it being eaten by a shark in the episode "Total Drama Drama Drama Drama Island".
Total Drama Island premiered on July 8, 2007, on the Teletoon channel. This season has 26 episodes, each 22 minutes long, and two special episodes. It was the third Cartoon Network show outside of Adult Swim and Toonami to have the U.S. rating of either "TV-PG" or "TV-PG-D", and a parental-guidance warning after every commercial break and at the beginning of the show (the first two being Sunday Pants and IGPX). Its rating in Canada was initially "G"; current broadcasts are rated "PG".
|Title ||Written by||Canadian air date||U.S. air date||Prod.|
|1||1||"Not So Happy Campers – Part 1"||Jennifer Pertsch||July 8, 2007||June 5, 2008||101|
|In the series premiere, twenty-two campers arrive at the run-down Camp Wawanakwa, where they will spend eight weeks (56 days). The campers are split into two teams: the Screaming Gophers and the Killer Bass. The Screaming Gophers are Noah, Justin, Katie, Cody, Beth, Trent, Lindsay, Leshawna, Heather, Owen, and Gwen. The Killer Bass are Ezekiel, Eva, Tyler, Izzy, Sadie, Courtney, Harold, Bridgette, DJ, Geoff, and Duncan. The campers head to see where they will be living, and they go to eat and meet Chef Hatchet. Then, the campers go into the first part of their first challenge: jumping off a 1,000 ft. tall cliff into shark-infested waters in the hopes of making it into the safe zone.|
|2||2||"Not So Happy Campers – Part 2"||Jennifer Pertsch||July 8, 2007||June 12, 2008||102|
|The two teams face off in their very first challenge: jumping off a thousand foot cliff into a small safe zone surrounded by shark-infested waters, then building a hot tub out of wood. One team bonds rather quickly while the other struggles to cooperate. In the end, Courtney on the losing team finds herself on the chopping block, but her teammate Ezekiel's sexist remarks caused him to be the first camper voted off instead.|
|3||3||"The Big Sleep"||Nicole Demerse||July 15, 2007||June 19, 2008||103|
|The two teams compete in a twenty kilometre race and a buffet-eating contest, only to discover that their real challenge is an "Awake-A-Thon" to test who can stay awake the longest. Gwen and Trent start to bond while Heather forms the first alliance. Ultimately, Eva is sabotaged by an opposing team member and becomes the second camper voted off by her team.|
|4||4||"Dodgebrawl"||Alex Nussbaum||July 22, 2007||June 26, 2008||104|
|The two teams participate in a five round game of dodgeball. One team dominates the other team thanks to Owen and Cody displaying surprising skill - that is, until Duncan is forced to take charge of the opposing team, which turns the tides of the game. Ultimately, it is Harold who determines the final outcome for his team. Noah is eliminated for not helping and throwing nothing but sarcasm at his team.|
|5||5||"Not Quite Famous"||Jennifer Cowan||July 29, 2007||July 3, 2008||105|
|The two teams participate in a talent show and the rivalry between Gwen and Heather grows rapidly after a shocking event. After Justin and Trent from one team and two disasters from the other, all seems lost for Harold, who unexpectedly pulls out some amazing beatbox skills, and gives his team the win. Heather tricks some of her other teammates into voting off Justin.|
|6||6||"The Sucky Outdoors"||Jennifer Pertsch||August 5, 2007||July 10, 2008||106|
|The two teams must spend an entire night alone in the woods. While Katie and Sadie are lost in the woods and start a fight that jeopardizes their friendship, Izzy pulls a prank on her team. Among all these events, an unfortunate rainstorm begins, leaving both teams without any shelter. Katie is voted off the island, leaving Sadie upset.|
|7||7||"Phobia Factor"||Shelley Scarrow||August 12, 2007||July 17, 2008||107|
|A discussion of fears evolves into a fear-facing challenge, thanks to some eavesdroppers. Most of the campers conquer their fears, but a few others don't fare as well. Tyler is voted off for being too afraid to face his fear of chickens.|
|8||8||"Up the Creek"||Alex Nussbaum||August 19, 2007||July 24, 2008||108|
|The two teams take their canoes to a nearby island and build rescue fires. Trent and Gwen become closer due to the intervening of Cody, while an unlikely partnership ultimately wins for its team. At the same time, Bridgette begins to return her crush's feelings despite the sappy gift he gave her. Unaware of the consequences, Beth picks up a cursed idol which "curses" her team, while Izzy's past catches up to her, causing a sudden elimination.|
|9||9||"Paintball Deer Hunter"||Shelley Scarrow||August 26, 2007||July 31, 2008||109|
|The two teams compete in a paintball competition, with members of each team divided into "hunters" and "deer". Beth of an alliance stands up against the Queen Bee leader, which causes her team to lose. Additionally, Cody is voted off after being viciously mauled by a bear.|
|10||10||"If You Can't Take the Heat..."||Alex Ganetakos||September 2, 2007||August 7, 2008||110|
|The two teams compete in a cooking challenge. Harold's passive attitude towards hygiene prompts three campers to teach him a lesson. Meanwhile, on the other team, Leshawna and Heather's conflict reaches a boiling point when the latter calls the leadership role for the challenge. The Screaming Gophers end up locking Heather in the fridge. Their carelessness in the challenge causes them to lose to the more well-organized team. In the end, Beth is voted off the island for cursing her team. Harold wakes up naked in front of the girls at camp, where he finally learns his lesson about being considerate towards his roommates.|
|11||11||"Who Can You Trust?"||Alex Nussbaum||September 9, 2007||August 14, 2008||111|
|The two teams are put to the ultimate tests in trust, pitting together mortal enemies and potential relationships. DJ relies on Geoff to take care of his pet, but Geoff fails to complete his duties. But, thanks to an unexpected favour from Duncan, the pet is fine - as far as they know. The losing team eliminates Sadie after a convincing argument. After Sadie's elimination she angrily calls her team "marshmallow eating freaks" and cries, although she is soon reunited with Katie.|
|12||12||"Basic Straining"||Jennifer Pertsch||September 16, 2007||August 21, 2008||112|
|Chef forces the teams to go through several difficult obstacles designed to push the campers to their limits. Duncan goes too far and ends up being sent to the boathouse by starting a conflict with the "Master Chief". There, he hooks up with Courtney, who is not quite his opposite as previously thought. Harold got the most votes, but he rigged the votes, eliminating Courtney to get his revenge on Duncan.|
|13||13||"X-Treme Torture"||Erika Strobel||September 23, 2007||August 28, 2008||113|
|Chris has the contestants paired off for the next immunity challenge, a series of Extreme Sports challenges. Gwen and Bridgette begin a dispute when they find a sign of affection that Harold left for Leshawna. Harold sees Heather and gets an eyeful. Because of it, he is voted off the island, but not before reconciling and kissing with Leshawna.|
|14||14||"Brunch of Disgustingness"||Alex Nussbaum||September 30, 2007||September 4, 2008||114|
|The two teams are divided up with the guys on one team and the girls on the other, and a conflict between two of the girls forces another to choose sides. The campers have to eat many varieties of disgusting food in order to win an awesome prize. Ultimately, it is the eating habits of one side and a bottomless pit on the other that determined who is victorious.|
|15||15||"No Pain, No Game"||Erika Strobel||October 7, 2007||September 11, 2008||115|
|The two teams are officially dissolved and Izzy and Eva both return to the game. Eva holds a strong grudge against Bridgette, making survival in the game difficult for the latter. The remaining campers are now forced to fend for themselves unless they have an alliance. The campers then face an excruciating torture challenge with individual immunity at stake for the first time. Leshawna wins the challenge, immunity, and an awesome prize, while Eva is voted off again for her temper.|
|16||16||"Search & Do Not Destroy"||Alex Nussbaum||October 14, 2007||September 18, 2008||116|
|The remaining campers are off on a scavenger hunt for keys, and Heather kisses Trent in front of Gwen, destroying their relationship. Because of this, Leshawna tells everybody to vote either Heather or Trent off. After Heather gains immunity, Trent is voted off, but not before reconciling with Gwen.|
|17||17||"Hide & Be Sneaky"||Tom McGillis||October 21, 2007||September 25, 2008||117|
|The campers play an extreme game of Hide and Seek with Chef, who hunts them down one by one with a huge water gun. Some campers start an alliance as the other campers are slowly hunted down. Due to Leshawna hiding underwater and Heather helping Chef find Owen and DJ, the two won invincibility; and Bridgette is eliminated by the others. (Geoff said he didn't, but it was probably a lie)|
|18||18||"That's Off the Chain!"||Erika Strobel||October 28, 2007||October 2, 2008||118|
|As the campers build their own bikes using supplies from a pile of old bike parts and then race them in a dangerous motor cross, Izzy takes Leshawna who has never learned how to build or ride a bike on a joy ride. In the end, Heather betrays Lindsay, leading to an explosive elimination.|
|19||19||"Hook, Line & Screamer"||Erika Strobel||November 4, 2007||October 9, 2008||119|
|The campers go through a challenge where they are forced to survive a real horror movie. A "psycho killer" is picking them off one by one with the exception of Duncan and Gwen. However, the challenge takes a frightening twist when Gwen encounters a real killer. In the end, DJ leaves the island for fearing Heather who wasn't the killer.|
|20||20||"Wawanakwa Gone Wild!"||Shelley Scarrow||November 11, 2007||October 16, 2008||120|
|The campers square off in a challenge where they must trap a certain animal. Gwen gets a delicious meal as a reward for catching their animal first, while Duncan and Heather form a temporary alliance. Chef and Heather get tranquilized by Izzy while Owen ends up having very bad luck. This all leads up to Izzy getting voted off once again.|
|21||21||"Trial by Tri-Armed Triathlon"||Shelley Scarrow||November 18, 2007||October 23, 2008||121|
|The final six campers are split into three pairs and must compete in various challenges using teamwork. Some groups have trouble working together, while another become friends with each other. Once the triathlon is finished and none of the teams win, it is revealed that nobody is safe. In the end, it turns out to be Geoff who is voted off the island.|
"After the Dock of Shame"
|Alex Nussbaum||November 25, 2007||October 30, 2008||122|
|Chris visits the luxurious Playa Des Losers and catches up with the previously eliminated contestants. After learning their thoughts on the final five, he reveals a shocking twist in which the eliminated contestants will vote off the next camper. Thanks to Sadie and Katie, Leshawna is accidentally eliminated.|
|23||23||"Camp Castaways"||Erika Strobel||December 2, 2007||November 6, 2008||123|
|After a huge flood, the campers float away to a "deserted island" and try to fend for themselves while dealing with the dangers there, as well as enduring each other. Meanwhile, the hosts are having a day of relaxation on the same island. While the final four are separated at first, they eventually wind up back together again and, after Owen's mental breakdown, his new "friend", Mr. Coconut, is "eliminated" by Chris.|
|24||24||"Are We There, Yeti?"||Alex Nussbaum||December 9, 2007||November 13, 2008||124|
The campers wake up in the middle of the wilderness. The challenge is to race back to camp and tag a totem pole. The boys are on one team while the girls are on the other. Since Chris is off for the day, Chef takes over as host. In the end, Owen's eating habits distract him and allow the girls to win the challenge, resulting in Duncan's elimination.Note: During the beginning of the episode, Chef is seen splitting Mr. Coconut in half with a knife.
|25||25||"I Triple Dog Dare You!"||Erika Strobel||December 16, 2007||November 20, 2008||125|
|The final three campers must participate in a series of dares invented by the eliminated campers, with the first camper to refuse a dare being automatically eliminated. Gwen and Owen form an alliance to take down Heather. Eventually, Heather fails a dare on a technicality and loses all of her hair and the competition, allowing Owen and Gwen to move on to the final challenge...|
|26||26||"The Very Last Episode, Really!"||Jennifer Pertsch||January 4, 2008||December 11, 2008||126|
|Gwen and Owen participate in one last challenge for the grand prize, with all of the previously eliminated campers returning to watch. After a race filled with sabotage, heartbreak, and brownies, Owen wins the grand prize and Gwen goes home with a "consolation prize". In the alternative version, Gwen wins and Owen goes home.|
|27||27||"Total Drama Drama Drama Drama Island"||Jennifer Pertsch and Tom McGillis||November 29, 2008||December 18, 2008||127|
|Chris has one final challenge for all of the contestants, forcing them to form their own respective teams, and participate in an all-out, no-rules hunt for one million dollars! However, after a series of unpredictable and out-of-control events, the money is eaten by a shark and there is only one way to settle this tie.|
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Episode finale variationsEdit
For every season, the show's producers create two alternate endings for the final episode, such that the winner seen in one country's broadcasts is the runner-up in other countries (and vice versa) where the show airs. Owen is the original winner in Canada, but he is also shown as the winner in Australia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, France, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Latin America (Cartoon Network), the Middle East, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Spain, South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the United States. Gwen is the original runner-up in Canada, but she is also the winner in Finland, Japan, Latin America (Boomerang and TBS), Norway, Poland, Romania and Sweden.
|Chris McLean||Christian Potenza||Chris is the host of the series.|
|Chef Hatchet||Clé Bennett||Hatchet is the cook and co-host of the series.|
There are 22 original contestants who competed in Total Drama Island. They are Beth, Bridgette, Cody, Courtney, DJ, Duncan, Eva, Ezekiel, Geoff, Gwen, Harold, Heather, Izzy, Justin, Katie, Leshawna, Lindsay, Noah, Owen, Sadie, Trent, and Tyler. Many of the characters return in later seasons either as contestants or as guests.
|Ezekiel||The Home-Schooled Guy||Peter Oldring||Killer Bass||Killer Bass||1st eliminated||Ep. 2|
|Eva (Returned to game)||2nd eliminated||Ep. 3|
|Noah||The Schemer||Carter Hayden||Screaming Gophers||Screaming Gophers||3rd eliminated||Ep. 4|
|Justin||The Eye Candy||Adam Reid||4th eliminated||Ep. 5|
|Katie||The Sweet Girl||Stephanie Anne Mills||Killer Bass||5th eliminated||Ep. 6|
|Tyler||The Jock||Peter Oldring||Killer Bass||6th eliminated||Ep. 7|
|Izzy (Returned to game)||Screaming Gophers||7th eliminated||Ep. 8|
|Cody||The Geek||Peter Oldring||Screaming Gophers||8th eliminated||Ep. 9|
|Beth||The Wannabe||Sarah Gadon[a]||9th eliminated||Ep. 10|
|Sadie||The Sweet Girl's Friend||Lauren Lipson||Killer Bass||Killer Bass||10th eliminated||Ep. 11|
|Courtney||The Type-A||Emilie-Claire Barlow[b]||11th eliminated||Ep. 12|
|Harold||The Dweeb||Brian Froud||12th eliminated||Ep. 13|
|Eva||The Female Bully||Julia Chantrey||Merge||13th eliminated||Ep. 15|
|Trent||The Cool Guy||Scott McCord||Screaming Gophers||Screaming Gophers||Boys||14th eliminated||Ep. 16|
|Bridgette||The Surfer Girl||Kristin Fairlie||Killer Bass||Killer Bass||Girls||15th eliminated||Ep. 17|
|Lindsay||The Dumb Princess||Stephanie Anne Mills||Screaming Gophers||Screaming Gophers||16th eliminated||Ep. 18|
|DJ||The Brickhouse with Heart||Clé Bennett||Killer Bass||Killer Bass||Boys||17th eliminated||Ep. 19|
|Izzy||The Psycho Hose Beast||Katie Crown||Screaming Gophers||18th eliminated||Ep. 20|
|Geoff||The Funniest Guy Around||Dan Petronijevic||Killer Bass||Boys||19th eliminated||Ep. 21|
|Leshawna||The Sister with 'Tude||Novie Edwards||Screaming Gophers||Screaming Gophers||Girls||20th eliminated||Ep. 22|
|Duncan||The Delinquent||Drew Nelson||Killer Bass||Killer Bass||Boys||21st eliminated||Ep. 24|
|Heather||The Queen Bee||Rachel Wilson||Screaming Gophers||Screaming Gophers||Girls||22nd eliminated||Ep. 25|
|Gwen||The Loner||Megan Fahlenbock||Finalist||Ep. 26|
|Owen||The Party Guy||Scott McCord||Boys|
|Rank||Contestant||Team Phase||Individual Phase|
- Finalist: This contestant made it to the final of the competition.
- Win: This contestant won the challenge and/or was immune from elimination.
- Safe: This contestant was safe from elimination.
- Low: This contestant was at risk of being eliminated.
- Eliminated: This contestant was eliminated.
- Eliminated: This contestant quit, was evacuated, or got disqualified.
- This contestant is out of the competition.
Total Drama Island was developed and produced by Fresh TV, starting in 2006, with an early name for the series being Camp TV. The season was animated at Elliott Animation and was directed by Todd Kauffman and Mark Thornton. It was primarily targeted at twelve-to-eighteen-year-olds, and the creators, Tom McGillis and Jennifer Pertsch, studied what tweens liked and disliked about reality television shows in the writing process. McGillis said that they used a "countrywide online research project" to determine this demographic's likes. Fresh TV partners McGillis, Pertsch, Elliott and Irving produced the series. The budget for the series was US$8,000,000. It was animated in Flash, at Elliott Animation's studio in Toronto. Every cast and crew member on Total Drama Island had to sign a confidentiality agreement not to disclose who the winner was. All the characters were designed by Kauffman. Voice actors from the series 6teen have lent their voices for Total Drama Island. Christian Potenza, who played the character Jude on 6teen, played the role of host Chris McLean. Potenza said that the best part of the job was that his character could not be voted off the show. Emilie-Claire Barlow plays a recurring role as Chrissy on 6teen and plays Courtney on Total Drama Island. Barlow stated that Courtney was her favourite character that she had ever played. Other voice actors from 6teen include Julia Chantrey as Eva; Drew Nelson (Kai) as Duncan; Megan Fahlenbock (Jen) as Gwen; Adam Reid (Wayne) as Justin; Stephanie Anne Mills (Kirsten) as Lindsay and Katie; Rachel Wilson (Melinda Wilson) as Heather; and Scott McCord (Stone) as Owen and Trent.
Carole Bonneau, the Vice President of Teletoon stated that Total Drama Island, along with 6teen were "consistently top performers" for audiences of ages 6–11, and also helped to bring in older viewers as well. When Total Drama Island aired on Cartoon Network, it performed very well; The Toronto Star reported that, "in some age groups [Total Drama Island showed] a 500% ratings increase in [its] time slot." On December 11, 2008, Total Drama Island garnered 3.5 million viewers. That year, the series was the top "regularly scheduled Thursday night program at 9 p.m. on all television throughout third quarter among kids 2-11, 6-11 and 9-14," according to the Animation World Network. On Memorial Day weekend of 2009, a marathon of Total Drama Island increased viewership in age groups 2–11, 6–11, and 9–14, each by 20% or more compared to the same week in 2008. As of 2011, Total Drama Island has aired in over 188 countries.
Total Drama Island has received generally positive reviews. The series was nominated for a Gemini Award for "Best Animated Program or Series", shared by Tom McGillis, Jennifer Pertsch, George Elliott and Brian Irving. Common Sense Media gave the show 4 out of 5 stars, deeming it an "enjoyable, smart show" and finding that it appealed to all demographics. Matthew Price of The Oklahoman gave a mixed review of the series, stating that it "starts unbelievably slowly", but deeming that the later episodes effectively spoofed reality shows. Debi Enker of The Age gave a negative review of the season's last episode, calling the art, design and writing "lamentable."
Total Drama Island received a score of 8.2 on Metacritic from users.
A DVD was released by Warner Home Video on August 18, 2009, in the United States. It contains all of the 27 episodes (including TDI Rundown) of season one of this series in a 4 disc set, for a total of 594 minutes long. In addition, its bonus features (entitled as X-tras) are the audition tapes of twenty two campers, played after each of their respective eliminations, as well as Izzy's second audition tape and her exclusive interview with Chris (the latter of which is shown after Eva's second elimination). In Australia, Total Drama Island is on Region 4 DVD as separate volumes. This series of discs contains the widescreen version with uncut scenes and original dialogue, as seen on Teletoon and ABC3. In reviewing the DVD for season, Matthew Price of The Oklahoman wrote that while the show started out "unbelievably slowly," the series became more interesting as campers began getting voted off. Price also praised the parody of reality shows. In another review of the DVD, Jeffrey Kauffman of DVD Talk wrote that the character development was compelling and that the parody of reality shows were very funny. Mac McEntire of DVD Verdict praised the character development as well, but noted that the show sometimes sinks to "lowbrow gross-outs". Both Kauffman and McEntire recommended the series DVD.
Total Drama Island: Totally Interactive!Edit
Total Drama Island: Totally Interactive! was an online game in Canada and the US marketed in conjunction with the television series. It was produced by Xenophile Media. By registering a free account, the player could play games using a customizable avatar to earn points for marshmallows. Marshmallows are used as money in the game so the player can buy in-game items. The player who earned the most points had their avatar make a cameo appearance in the season finale. The games were based on the challenges in the show. Total Drama Island: Totally Interactive! was nominated for an Interactive Emmy Award in 2007. However, the website is no longer available, as it was replaced by Total Drama Online and the Teletoon and Cartoon Network official sites.
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