Gilligan's Island: Season 1, Episode 0

Marooned (16 Oct. 1992)

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The pilot episode that tells the tale of a tiny ship which set off on a three-hour tour but got caught in a storm and crashed on an island. The pilot was filmed in November 1963, and not aired until almost 30 years later.


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The pilot episode that tells the tale of a tiny ship which set off on a three-hour tour but got caught in a storm and crashed on an island. The pilot was filmed in November 1963, and not aired until almost 30 years later.

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16 October 1992 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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The Skipper's full name is Jonas Grumby. The Professor's full name is Roy Hinkley. See more »


The boat is called the SS Minnow, but "SS" stands for "steam ship". A small boat like the Minnow would be powered by diesel or gas engine. See more »


Gilligan's Islands Pilot Theme
Written by Sherwood Schwartz and John Williams
Performed by Wally Boag
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"Marooned" is the fascinating unaired pilot of "Gilligan's Island"
4 November 2008 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

This is the original unaired (at least for the first 30 years) pilot of what became known as "Gilligan's Island" with some noticeable differences. First, the theme song is not the sea chantey composed by George Wyle with lyrics by the show's creator, Sherwood Schwartz. Instead, it's a calypso by Schwartz and Johnny Williams who would later shorten his first name and win several Oscars but we're getting ahead of ourselves... Anyway, Sir Lancelot is the singer here as we hear him sing of the Skipper, Gilligan, a high school professor, two secretaries, and the Howells as they all go on a six-hour (as opposed to the eventual three-hour) tour. Wait a minute...there's no "movie star" or Mary Ann? That's right, Ginger Grant and the Kansas farm girl weren't created yet though one of the secs is named Ginger (Kit Smythe) while the other-a light-headed blonde-is named Bunny (Nancy McCarthy). Besides those two, the only other actor different from the series is John Gabriel who's the Professor here. What a joy it is to see Bob Denver, Alan Hale, Jr., Jim Backus, and Natalie Schafer in their initial turns in their iconic roles. All of them are funny from the get go especially Backus with his carefree attitude. Director Rod Amateau keeps a mostly leisurely pace in making the visual gags come at the most split second for a funny enough payoff like when the coconuts keep hitting the Skipper's head or when the bullets that Gilligan drops in the fire start shooting up. While Williams' calypso was a surprise here, the rest of the score that would eventually be used in subsequent episodes makes the familiarity soothing to me since they bring back such wonderful childhood memories. While Smythe, McCarthy, and Gabriel aren't bad here, I'm so used to Tina Louise, Dawn Wells, and Russell Johnson that they stick out like a sore thumb. Written by Sherwood with son Elroy and Austin Kalish. One more note: I originally taped this from TBS when the channel first aired this in 1992 but somehow, it didn't tape all the way to the end. Thanks to YouTube, I finally saw "Marooned" in its entirety after so many years. So for all that, this "Gilligan's Island" pilot is highly recommended.

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