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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 long been stated that the entire cast never received residuals beyond the first four reruns of each episode. This was true for the entire cast except Dawn Wells. When the show was picked up by CBS and Wells was cast to replace Nancy McCarthy, she was married to her agent at the time. In her original contract she was to be paid $1200 per week plus the residual contract the six other castaways received. Her husband/agent said that should the show become successful. Wells would not benefit from receiving such a limited residual option. Believing the show would flop, the CBS executives humored Wells and her husband and put a clause in her contract giving her long-term residuals should the show ever syndicate. As a result from that clause, Wells has made literally millions of dollars as the years have gone by from syndication of Gilligan's Island. This was never public knowledge. Dawn and series creator Sherwood Schwartz are the only individuals to profit long-term from the series. See more »


Occasionally the radio announcer would announce the call sign of the radio station the castaways were listening to, and it would always start with W. With few exceptions (and even those don't go any further west than Texas), radio stations with call signs that start with W are east of the Mississippi River. The castaways were somewhere in the South Pacific and had only an AM radio, and even on a clear night, the strongest AM radio station east of the Mississippi couldn't have reached them. See more »


Skipper Jonas Grumby: Gilligan, little buddy, come with me.
Gilligan: I'm not finished yet.
Skipper Jonas Grumby: Gilligan, come with me!
Gilligan: I'm finished.
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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 Lost: Because You Left (2009) See more »


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