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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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(1964-1965)| (1965-1967)

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It has often been observed that although they were on "a three hour tour," the castaways have an awful lot of supplies. Mary Ann and Ginger have seemingly not ever worn the same clothes twice, the Professor has an extensively library, the Howells have myriad luxury items, etcetera. See more »


On a number of occasions, the castaways encounter people, whether other castaways or fugitives in hiding, who have been on the island for 10 years or more, prior to the arrival of the Minnow. All these characters regard themselves each as being the only person on the island. How big is this island that all these people could exist there so long and never know about each other? See more »


Gilligan: Skipper, are you asleep?
Skipper Jonas Grumby: [sarcastically] Yes.
Gilligan: Oh, well when you wake up will you tell me if you've seen my rabbit's foot?
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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 »


Featured in The O'Reilly Factor: Episode dated 12 March 2008 (2008) See more »


The Ballad of Gilligan's Isle
Words and Music by George Wyle and Sherwood Schwartz
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Full of Fun
17 June 2004 | by (Wellfleet, MA) – See all my reviews

All right, so "Gilligan's Island" may not be "The Dick Van Dyke Show," or any other sophisticated physical comedy show-but all in all it is just pure fun to watch. I remember when I was little watching the reruns on TNT and TBS, and now own the complete first season on DVD. I don't know why it is, but I've always had a special place for "Gilligan's Island," it's one of my favorites. True, you can't take too many clothes on a 3-hour tour realistically, or how in the world can you do everything from build a hut to a lie detector, but can't make a fail-safe raft?

The ratings, in all its three seasons, shone high above many shows; despite the network's attempt of changing the time slot a few times. It beat Bonanza in its first season, and by the end of the third season, it had beat Star Treck, The Monkees, etc. If William Paley's wife hadn't loved Gunsmoke, "Gilligan's Island" would have easily gained at least two more seasons by ratings alone.

If you're looking for sophisticated humor, this show isn't it. It's silly, corny, but the cast is just a lovable one. You can't help but like the series (which is more than I can say for "Green Acres"; which gets annoying after a few episodes). The cast is brilliant in their roles, and the chemistry between Alan Hale Jr. and Bob Denver and Jim Backus' chemistry with Natalie Shcaffer is perfect. All in all, "Gilligan's Island" is just pure clean fun, which is more than I can say for shows on today. Watch it, give it a chance, and enjoy!

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