Gilligan and the Skipper construct a raft and set out to sea to find help. Back on the island, the remaining castaways are worried about possible headhunters.



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The seven castaways awaken aboard the S.S. Minnow, which is beached and damaged on an uncharted tropical island. The Skipper and Gilligan set about making a raft to float them back to civilization, but encounter some unexpected difficulties in the process. Written by mikhail080

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26 September 1964 (USA)  »

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Because the pilot Gilligan's Island: Marooned (1992) was unusable due to cast substitutions, a scene in which the castaways are listening to a radio broadcast that describes what has happened to them had to be added. Also, the opening scene for the pilot was used for this episode too - the original castaways from the pilot appear briefly while the Skipper rises from the wrecked MINNOW. See more »


Just as the Skipper and Gilligan finish fighting off the sharks, the Skipper's hat falls off his head and into the water right in the path of one of the sharks, and it looks as though the shark was going to make off with it, but in the next shot the hat is back on the Skipper's head. (Perhaps he had a spare hat, like a spare tire, but that doesn't seem likely.) See more »


[first lines]
Skipper Jonas Grumby: Hey, Gilligan! Gilligan!
Gilligan: Oh, my gosh. Man overboard. I'll save you, Skipper!
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Edited from Gilligan's Island: Marooned (1992) See more »

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First episode recast with three new additions
27 May 2016 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

"Two on a Raft" marked the series debut of GILLIGAN'S ISLAND, with three new actors replacing three from the original pilot titled "Marooned." Instead of John Gabriel as the Professor (Roy Hinkley), we have Russell Johnson, a more mature looking actor with the right appearance for a learned man with 7 college degrees. Instead of wisecracking secretary Ginger (first played by Kit Smythe), we have a total makeover in glamorous movie and Broadway star Tina Louise, cast as movie star Ginger Grant, a red haired Marilyn Monroe-type, complete with endless, breathless appeal. The last new character was Dawn Wells as Mary Ann Summers (rather than sweet blonde secretary Bunny, played by Pittsburgh's Nancy McCarthy), small town clerk from Winfield, Kansas, a character that appealed to young girls as well as boys of all ages. A former Miss Nevada, Dawn Wells also enjoyed the greatest amount of fan mail throughout the series run, not surprising with the never ending Ginger or Mary Ann debate! Sherwood Schwartz had the answer for executives worried about exposition explaining the shipwreck, depicted by the theme song composed by Schwartz and George Wyle, performed this first season by folk trio The Wellingtons, later to play 3/4 of rock group The Mosquitoes in season 2's "Don't Bug the Mosquitoes." Only the opening moments of the beached Minnow are retained from the pilot, followed by an entirely new plot line, the Skipper and Gilligan building a none too sturdy raft to try to reach port and return with a rescue party. Due to Gilligan's constant craving for food, all of the safety remedies from the Professor are devoured before they can be used, in particular the shark repellent. Rather than abandon ship ("it's too late, it's already abandoned us!") they find themselves marooned on what they believe to be a different island, but we soon learn that it's the same one the others are stuck on. Concerns about the deadly head hunting Marubi tribe find both parties taking steps to safeguard themselves, each winding up in the same cave for the climax, before they realize that there aren't any savages loose. Not the cleverest or the best that the series would offer, but a comfortable introduction to what could have played out as a one trick pony, going on to produce 98 episodes, and would have gone to a fourth season were it not for the reinstatement of the long running GUNSMOKE. The first season's 36 episodes were in black and white (Sept 26 1964-June 12 1965), but have since been colorized for syndication.

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