When I thought of this piece, I had decided to lay out all the Big Brother alliances since season one. When I started my research, I found a site called Big Brother Wiki (https://bigbrother.fandom.com/wiki/) that had done a very thorough job of chronicling this history. I want to thank them and made me limit this piece to famous alliances. Season one did not have any alliances as the show was so new. I will not do All-Star years unless something significant is noted.
Let’s begin with the most famous alliance which has been on multiple seasons — Chill Town. Chill Town was created by Mike “Boogie” Malin and Dr. Will Kirby. They were the only two members who clearly knew the game play. In season two, Boogie and Will used Shannon Dragoo with Krista Stegall, and Justin Sebik (who was expelled for threatening to kill Krista). Chill Town would show up again during the first Big Brother All-Star season (Season 7) with Will and Boogie working with Jase Wirey, Janelle Pierzina, and Erika Landin. Season two saw Will win while Mike “Boogie” won season 7. Today, their friendship is no more as Will has a restraining order (and other court cases) against Boogie. Chill Town resurfaced when Coach Boogie recruited Frank Eudy in Season 14. Boogie was a coach and with Frank started a new version with Britney Haynes, Dan Ghressling, Danielle Murphee, and Shane Meaney. Ian spoiled the season for Dan. So no Chill Town member won season 14
Season Five saw two big alliances that featured biological siblings of Mike Ellis and Nakomis Dedmon. The Four Horsemen, consisted of Drew Danie, Jase Wirey, Michael Ellis and Scott Long and had the eventual winner, Drew. The Pinky Swear Alliance worked against the Four Horsemen with some success. It consisted of Nakamis Dedmon, Adria Klein, Diane Henry, Karen Ganci, Natalie Carroll and Will Wikle. While the Horsemen thought they ran the game, The Pinky Swear started the infamous backdoor.
We’ve heard of several people during several years using the term “friendship.” Big Brother had its first Friendship in Season 6. Consisting of Maggie Ausburn, Ivette Corredero, April Lewis, Beau Beasley, Eric Littmann, and Jennifer Vasquez, they were a powerful force in the house. The counter group, The Sovereign Six, consisted of Janelle Pierzina, Howie Gordon, Rachel Plencner, Kaysar Ridha, James Rhine and Sarah Hreisa. Many of Sovereign Six would play as S6 in All-Stars. Maggie Ausburn of Friendship was the eventual winner of the season.
Season Eight (the season of Evel Dick) saw The Late Night Crew (LNC). This dominant alliance included Dick Donato, Danielle Donato, Amber Sivavus, Dustin Erikstrup, Eric Stein, Jameka Cameron and Jessica Hughbanks. Dick, as Danielle estranged father, stated multiple times during the season that he wanted Danielle to win. LMC would eventually turn on each other leading to accusations and the infamous cigarette/burn fight. When Evel Dick found himself on the block with Danielle, he won POV and took Danielle off. Dustin went up, assured he would be safe, only to have Dick sway the votes with America’s Player, Eric, voting to please the audience. Evel Dick would be the winner of season eight.
I hate to mention the Writer’s Strike Winter season because it was one of the worse every shown on television. Team Christ was the major alliance and consisted of Natalie Cunial, Sheila Kennedy, Ryan Quicksall and Adam Jasinki. All members of the group made it to the final five with Adam winning on a six to one vote.
The Renegades was an alliance formed with Dan Gheeling, Memphis Garrett, LIbra Thompson, Renny Martyn, and Keesha Smith during season 10. Dan served as America’s player for one week and completed his tasks. He also ended up winning the season and becoming an author and commentator.
Season 11 is the season of the unnamed alliance. The season started with four groups (Athletes, Populars, Brains and Off-Beats) and the return of Jessie Godderz (Mr. Pectacular). It was also one of the most controversial as Jessie would form an alliance of Natalie Martinez, Kevin Campbell, Lydia Travera, and Chima Simone. While never having an official name, the players did control much of the action of the game with their plans to take out the rest. This lasted until America awarded Jeff Schneider the coup d’etat and he used it during Chima’s HoH. At that point, the power shifted, and Jessie was put on the block. With Jessie’s eviction, the drama wasn’t over as his parnters (in crime) held a wake and Chima refused to play the game. She threw her mike into the pool and was evicted. America would cast the final vote. While Natalie was sitting beside Jordan Lloyd in the finals, Jordan won the house vote denying this team a win.
Season Twelve saw The Brigade (Bragade) as the dominant alliance. Consisting of Enzo Palumbo, Matt Hoffman, Lane Elenburg, and, in her mind, Britney Haynes, the group would turn on member, Matt, who was considered a threat. Hayden, Lane and Enzo would go to the final three. The winner of this season was Hayden. Considered one of the greatest alliance of the show’s history (due to their dominance), the final three also, to me, made it boring for viewers as there was no action in the last week.
Season 11 of Big Brother saw the emergence of The Newbies (those who had never played) which formed when the executive producers introduced former players called the Dynamic Duos (The Vets). The Newbies up of Cassie Calvin, Porsche Briggs, Lawton Exum, Dominic Briones, Shelly Moore, Keith Henderson, Kalia Booker and Adam Poch. This group did not last throughout the game with The Regulators forming with Cassie, Dominic Kei,th and Lawton defecting from the original group. Meanwhile, the Dynamic Duos (Dick Donato, Danielle Donato, Jeff Schneider, Jordan Lloyd, Rachel Riley, and Brendon Villegas) were put at a disadvantage near the start of the competition when Dick had to leave for health reasons. Rachel from the Dynamic Duos would win but Porsche Briggs also took the second place prize.
The most remembered alliance of Big Brother 14 was The Quack Pack. Known for their signal “quack,” the team was made up of Dan Gheesling, Britney Haynes, Ian Terry, Danielle Murphee, and Shane Meaney. Dan thought he was in control of the game but came in second to fellow alliance member, Ian.
The alliances of Season 15 are not as memorable to me. 3 A. M. consisted of Aaryn Gries, Amanda Zuckerman, Andy Herren and McCrae Olson. Both Aaryn and Amanda had negative press due to racial comments made in the house. And speaking of the house, Area 51 (or The House Alliance) was formed by almost the entire house. The season’s winner would be Andy Herron, a member of 3 A. M.
Season 16 of Big Brother saw The Bomb Squad emerge. The mastermind of this group, Derek Levasseur, would be the winner of the season. He was joined in the group by Amber Borzotra, Caleb Reynolds, Christine Brecht, Cody Calafiore, Devin Shepherd, Frankie Grande (brother of singer Arianna), and Zach Rosen. Marred by Caleb infatuation with Amber and Zach’s strange actions, Derek was kept on his toes. Frankie, his second in command, would be the eyes for Derek as he could move throughout the house as everyone’s friend. Due to the Bomb Squad’s success, other groups like the Crazy Eights have dimmed. This season also saw Team America with Joey Van Pelt (who left early in the game, Frankie Grande, Derrick Levesque, and Donny Thompson. Donny, who was America’s Favorite Player, was sabotaged by Frankie Grande with Derrick’s help. Derrick and Frankie were told that as the surviving members of Team America the one who made it to the end would win an additional $50,000. Derek Levesque would go on to win $550,000.
Big Brother 17 saw the rise of Sixth Sense which had as it’s members Austin Matelson, Clay Honeycutt, Julia Nolan, Liz Nolan, Shellie Poole, Vanessa Russo (professional poker player), with affiliates of John McCrae and Steve Moses. While Vanessa did the planning, Austin was supposed to win comps. Vanessa had to use her poker skills to stay the course of the season but in the end, Steve Moses won the season.
Season 18 saw Nicole Franzel make her mark. Joined by Cory Brooks, Da’Vonne Rogers, Frank Eudy, James Hurling, Michelle Meyer, Tiffany Rousso, Zakiyah Everette, Paul Abrahamian, and Paulie Calafiore, the group was dominant picking off the rest of the house guest. Paul would try to control the game and would sit next to Nicole who would become the winner of Season 18.
Season 19 was highlighted by Paul Abrahamian and his friendship bracelets return. A member of The Team (unoffical name given by member Cody Nickson), the group consisted of Cody (and his showmance) Jessica Graf, RavemnWalton (and her showmance), Matt Clines, Mark Jansen (and his showmance), Elena Davies, Christmas Abbott, Dominique Cooper, Alex Ow, Josh Martinez, and Kevin Schlehuber. Paul played the game by trying to build friendship with others but Cody caught on quickly. This group would splinter. When it came down to the final two, Paul set next to Josh who he thought had no chance of winning due to his antics. Paul was handed his second loss when Josh was named the winner.
Season 20 saw Level Six in control. The alliance members were Angela Rummans, Tyler Crispin, Winston Hines, Kaycee Clark, Rachel Swindler, Kaycee Clark, Brett Robnson, J. C. Moundeux, Kaitlyn Herman, Sam Bledsoe. While Kaitlyn went out due to an inability of put a easy puzzle together, it would be lifeguard Tyler who would read the house accurately. Unfortunately, his reading wasn’t very accurate as he came in second to fellow alliance member Kaycee Clark.
Season 21 had Unde9able as the dominant and most controversial team in Big Brother history. It’s members included Analyse Talquera, Christine Murphy, Holly Allen, Isabella Wang, Jack Matthews, Jackson Michie, Nick Maccarone, Sam Smith, Monny Braco, and Kathryn Dunn. This alliance was dominant but also controversial. Two members, Jack and Jackson (Michie) were told to watch their speech as both made racial comments. When Jack left the game, he was called out on stage by Julie Chen Moonves and he apologized saying he wasn’t that type of person. Jackson, after being warned, seemed to pull away from the group with his showmance, Holly. The eventual winner, Jack was faced with questions about his statements on the final show before winning the prize. His stunned look on the stage wasn’t about winning but having his statements brought home to him.
Season 22 seemed to be the season of “friendship” since it was an all-stars season. I am not going to mention any alliances here because according to Twitterverse, the game was decided prior to contestants entering the house.
Season 23, the present season, was hurt from the start by the team concept of Aces, Kings, Queens, and Jokers. Most house guests thought that those teams would get them to the finale. While Frenchie started The Slaughterhouse (and its sub-alliance of The Butchers) and Royal Flush developed out of a combination of Kings, Queens, and one Ace member, it has been The Cookout that has run the game. The first season with a strong POC cast, they quickly formed together with Azah Awasum, Derek Frazier (son of boxer, Joe Frazier), Hannah Chaddha, Kyland Young, Tiffany Mitchell, and Xavier Prather to keep the crew together until the final six. To do this, they paired up with someone from their “card” team. At present, this group is running the game as they have slowly but surely picked off everyone else. Can they keep it together to win? We have a few weeks before we know.
So did I leave any big alliances out? Did I get your favorites? There are been so many in the history of the show, I’m bound to have missed a few.