Total Drama Island is the first season of the Tension series. Tension Island premiered on June 5, 2008. Tension Island is a show that is similar to Survivor, taking place at Camp Tusokio in Orlando, Florida.
This season involves twenty-two teenage contestants who signed up for a reality show on an island known as "Camp Tusokio " or "Tension Island." The teens were originally under the impression that they were going to be on a show called "Fame And Drama," where they live in a luxurious mansion and "play guitars and have a great time." According to Freddy, to be on the show, you had to be at least sixteen years old and "kooky, obnoxious, stuck-up, dense, loud, annoying, filthy, or anywhere remotely in between." The twenty-two teens chosen were divided into two separate teams, the Racing Turtles and the Fighting Lions . The two teams were given challenges every three days which they had to compete in. The losing team would vote one of their members off and the losing contestant would have to walk the Dock Of Losers and board the Boat of Losers, which would then take them away. This process continued until only two people were left to compete in a final challenge where the last contestant standing wins $100,000 in prize money.