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How to watch Survivor season 42 online tonight

Survivor 41 with host Jeff Probst
(Image credit: CBS)

When you tune in to watch Survivor season 42 online, the battle to outwit, outplay and outlast starts anew. CBS calls this season "one of the most intense versions" of the reality show. It's another shortened installment, like Survivor 41. The 18 contestants will push themselves to the limit — and beyond — over the course of 26 days.

Survivor 42 channel, air date

Survivor season 42 premieres today (Wednesday, March 9)
Time — 8 p.m. ET/PT
• U.S. — Watch on CBS via Fubo.TV (opens in new tab) or Paramount Plus (opens in new tab)
• Watch anywhere — try ExpressVPN 100% risk free (opens in new tab)

The faster pace will be more punishing, plus food is scarce and there will be limited supplies and resources. 

The cast will once again be very diverse. In 2020, CBS committed to making the cast 50 percent Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). Host Jeff Probst returns to oversee challenges and tribal councils.

Survivor 42 will begin with three tribes: Ika, Taku and Vati. Hidden immunity idols will be in play, as will the "Beware" advantages introduced last season. And there may be other new twists in store for the players. 

Here's everything you need to know about how to watch Survivor season 42. Check out the sneak peek preview below and scroll down for a full list of cast members.

How to watch Survivor 42 from anywhere

Just because CBS isn't available everywhere doesn't mean you can't watch Survivor season 42 if you're away from home. Watching the show along with the rest of the internet can be pretty easy with the right VPN (virtual private network). You can stream the show from wherever you go.

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How to watch Survivor season 42 in the US

In the U.S., viewers can watch Survivor 42 premiere Wednesday, March 9 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

CBS is a local broadcast network that can accessed with one of the best TV antennas or through a cable TV package.

If you've already cut the cord and don't have cable, you can watch CBS on a live TV service, like FuboTV, Hulu With Live TV, YouTube TV and DirecTV Stream.

Of these options, we recommend FuboTV, one of the best streaming services on the market.

You can also watch your local CBS station's live feed on Paramount Plus with a Premium subscription.

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Fubo.TV (opens in new tab) is one of the best live TV services with CBS. The streamer all of the local broadcast networks and most of the top cable channels. Who needs cable? Not Fubo subscribers. And it's got a 7-day free trial (opens in new tab) so you don't need to pay up front.

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Paramount Plus (opens in new tab) has your local CBS station's live feed. Its deep library includes Survivor and Big Brother episodes, as well as originals like Star Trek: Picard, The Good Fight and the iCarly revival. You need a Premium membership to watch the CBS live feeds for NCIS season 19.

How to watch Survivor season 42 in Canada

Canadians can watch Survivor 42 at the same time and date as Americans. It's broadcasting Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Global TV (opens in new tab) and also streaming on the Global TV streaming service (opens in new tab).

Travelers who are in Canada and can't access their paid streaming services will need the help of ExpressVPN (opens in new tab).

How to watch Survivor season 42 in the UK

Bad news for Brits: Survivor season 42 is not airing on any UK channels.

For anyone traveling in the UK who wants to use the services they already pay for, check out ExpressVPN (opens in new tab).

Survivor season 42 cast

Cast of Survivor 42

(Image credit: CBS)

Meet the cast of Survivor 42:

Kelly Woo
Senior Writer

Kelly is a senior writer covering streaming media for Tom’s Guide, so basically, she watches TV for a living. Previously, she was a freelance entertainment writer for Yahoo, Vulture, TV Guide and other outlets. When she’s not watching TV and movies for work, she’s watching them for fun, seeing live music, writing songs, knitting and gardening.