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Sherwood Schwartz obituary

15 July 2011 4:23 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The creator of Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch

In the 1960s, no one had his finger closer to the pulse of the great American television-watching public than Sherwood Schwartz, who has died aged 94. Schwartz created both Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch, two shows that defied critical opprobrium to become hits, and through endless sequels and repeats in syndication have become icons of their era.

Looking back, it is possible to find some cultural weight in each. Gilligan, which, as its theme song, co-written by Schwartz, explained, was the tale of seven people on a "three-hour cruise" who wind up cast away on a lost island, was sold to the CBS network as "a microcosm, but a funny microcosm", and it made its debut in 1964.

As played by Bob Denver, the clumsy first mate Gilligan might be seen, when the show debuted in 1964, as a prototype hippie, interacting with »

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Sherwood Schwartz obituary

15 July 2011 4:23 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The creator of Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch

In the 1960s, no one had his finger closer to the pulse of the great American television-watching public than Sherwood Schwartz, who has died aged 94. Schwartz created both Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch, two shows that defied critical opprobrium to become hits, and through endless sequels and repeats in syndication have become icons of their era.

Looking back, it is possible to find some cultural weight in each. Gilligan, which, as its theme song, co-written by Schwartz, explained, was the tale of seven people on a "three-hour cruise" who wind up cast away on a lost island, was sold to the CBS network as "a microcosm, but a funny microcosm", and it made its debut in 1964.

As played by Bob Denver, the clumsy first mate Gilligan might be seen, when the show debuted in 1964, as a prototype hippie, interacting with »

- Michael Carlson

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Gilligan's Island, The Brady Bunch: TV Families Mourn Sherwood Schwartz

13 July 2011 10:31 AM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

In 1991, after the world lost three of the Gilligan's Island castaways -- Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus, and Natalie Schafer -- Sherwood Schwartz ran this ad in both The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. He wrote, "I will never forget these wonderful people... And neither will millions of viewers."

Now, 20 years later, some of the surviving members of the Gilligan and Brady Bunch families are remembering him.

Lloyd J. Schwartz (son and co-producer): "Never was there a kinder man than Sherwood Schwartz... as a son, husband, brother, father, grandfather and in all of his professional relationships. And his talent speaks for itself. It was an honor to have been his son."

Tina Louise (Ginger Grant): "Sherwood Schwartz brought laughter and comfort to millions of people. Gilligan's Island was a family. He will be in our hearts forever."

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