The first episode of “Big Brother
” aired on July 5, 2000 in the United States, hosted by Julie Chen Moonves
. Based on the 1999 Dutch reality TV show of the same name, the program tasks everyday people with living in a house completely cut off from the outside world and surrounded by countless cameras and microphones. While the premise is simple, the show’s title is slightly more complicated. So why is “Big Brother
” called “Big Brother
”? Read on for the meaning of the show title name explained.
The name “Big Brother
” comes from George Orwell
‘s dystopian book “Nineteen Eighty-Four
,” published in 1949. “Big Brother
” is a mysterious character in that novel who’s an all-seeing leader of the totalitarian nation. All of the civilians in the society live under constant surveillance by their government, with the phrase “Big Brother
is watching you” on full display so they never forget.
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’ winners list: All 22 seasons,