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Gilligan's Island (1964–1967)

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Seven men and women are stranded on an uncharted island following a torrential storm.

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Complete series cast summary:
 Gilligan (99 episodes, 1964-1992)
 Jonas 'The Skipper' Grumby (99 episodes, 1964-1992)
 Thurston Howell III (99 episodes, 1964-1992)
 Mrs. Lovey Howell (99 episodes, 1964-1992)
 Ginger Grant / ... (98 episodes, 1964-1967)
 Professor Roy Hinkley / ... (98 episodes, 1964-1967)
 Mary Ann Summers (98 episodes, 1964-1967)


This popular television comedy begins with the shipwreck of the S.S. Minnow in a terrible storm. Gilligan, the Skipper, a millionaire and his wife, a movie-star, the Professor and Mary Ann are all stranded on the island. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Release Date:

26 September 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gilligan's Travels  »

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(98 episodes)

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Did You Know?


In the first-season credits, Russell Johnson and Dawn Wells were relegated to being simply "the rest". That changed in the second season when Bob Denver demanded that they be given an equal share in the credits, thus changing the lyrics to "The Professor and Mary Ann". Sherwood Schwartz, who composed both themes, has said it didn't occur to him the Professor and Mary Ann would turn into prominent characters. See more »


In the opening credits during the black and white and color episodes, the Minnow hits the storm has its top deck where the helm is located is missing. See more »


Professor Roy Hinkley: Well, that glue is permanent! There's nothing on the island to dissolve it. Why do you know what it would take? It would take a polyester derivative of an organic hydroxide molecule.
Thurston Howell III: Watch your language! You're in the presence of a lady!
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Crazy Credits

During the first season's opening credits, for some reason neither The Professor, Russell Johnson nor Mary Ann Dawn Wells received an on screen billing, nor were they referred to in the theme song. They were just referred to as "... and the rest." For seasons two and three they were added at the request of Bob Denver, who played "Gilligan" and thought it was stupid to leave out the two actors just to shorten the introductory song by a few notes. See more »


Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Angels Revenge (1995) See more »


The Ballad of Gilligan's Isle
Words and Music by George Wyle and Sherwood Schwartz
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User Reviews

You can still get a smile.
8 July 2002 | by (Auburn, Me) – See all my reviews

It's Saturday night circa early 60's and right after The Jackie Gleason Show on CBS comes `Gilligans Island'. When it first aired about the only two well-known members of the cast to the vast majority of viewers were Bob Denver who had appeared as the beatnik Maynard G. Krebs on Dobie Gillis and the multi talented Jim Backus. Russell Johnson who played the Professor was one of those actors that would appear on various TV shows. It's run on prime time was three seasons but thanks to re-runs Gilligans Island has in fact never left the airwaves. The 98 episodes play over and over yet they still hold up well today and one can still find themselves laughing at various episodes even though they may have seen it dozens perhaps even hundreds of times. If You're not wrapped too tight then like the theme song said `You're sure to get a smile'

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