Seven men and women are stranded on an uncharted island following a torrential storm.
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Complete series cast summary:
Bob Denver ...  Gilligan 99 episodes, 1964-1992
Alan Hale Jr. ...  Jonas 'The Skipper' Grumby 99 episodes, 1964-1992
Jim Backus ...  Thurston Howell III 99 episodes, 1964-1992
Natalie Schafer ...  Mrs. Lovey Howell 99 episodes, 1964-1992
Tina Louise ...  Ginger Grant / ... 98 episodes, 1964-1967
Russell Johnson ...  Professor Roy Hinkley / ... 98 episodes, 1964-1967
Dawn Wells ...  Mary Ann Summers 98 episodes, 1964-1967


During what was supposed to be a three-hour tour, the S.S. Minnow is shipwrecked on an uncharted tropical island following a typhoon. The seven castaways include the blustery captain, his bumbling first mate Gilligan, a millionaire couple named the Howells, curvaceous movie star Ginger Grant, sexy farm girl Mary Ann Summers, and a science professor known as the Professor. Despite their dire situation, they managed to survive on a diet made up of fish and coconut cream pie, and were aided by their trusty transistor radio and a seemingly never-ending parade of guest stars who managed to drop by their "deserted" island (including a big game hunter, a movie producer, a mad scientist, a rock band, Russian cosmonauts, foreign spies, and a jungle boy), yet never managed to bring them to safety. Written by Marty McKee <>

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Join the castaways for a shipwreck of laughs as comic tars Bob Denver and Alan Hale, Jr. bumble a new escape. (season 1)


Comedy | Family


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Tina Louise's contract stipulated that she be the last in the credits, which is why in the first season after the announcers sing "The movie star" they follow up with "And the rest" as opposed to listing "The Professor and Mary Ann". Bob Denver complained to Scherwood Schwartz that this was ridiculous; all the cast members should be listed in the opening credits. Schwartz and company said their hands were tied by Louise's contractual stipulations. Denver replied by boycotting the production; he threatened to not to start filming the second season unless "the Professor and Mary Ann" were listed after Tina Louise. Finally Schwartz relented and the rest is TV history. 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 »


Skipper Jonas Grumby: I guess it will be a long time before you'll eat another mushroom.
Mary Ann Summers: You can say that again.
Skipper Jonas Grumby: I guess it will be a long time...
Gilligan: Don't worry about mushrooms anymore, I got a book that tells all about them.
Skipper Jonas Grumby: You do?
Gilligan: Huh huh. Yeah, and it's called, "'How to Tell A Mushroom From a Toadstool'" by the late Dr. Morton Kepstone.
Skipper Jonas GrumbyMary Ann Summers: Late?
Gilligan: Late?
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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 »

Alternate Versions

The robot episode, when aired on TV Land, cuts the scene of Mr. and Mrs. Howell asking the robot to build a bridge to Hawaii; See more »


Referenced in Bones: The Turn in the Urn (2014) See more »

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Delightfully goofy
17 August 1999 | by bat-5See all my reviews

Gilligan's Island is one of those shows that for some strange reason, I can never tire of. First off, throw logic out the window because if you stop and think about it, you'll go insane. I always liked the fact that the Professor could make just about anything on the island, yet he couldn't build a raft. The Howells sure did pack a lot of stuff for just a three hour tour, same goes for Mary-Ann and Ginger, just where did they stow all of this stuff? I am also tickled to find out that you can look at Gilligan's Island as a model for the seven deadly sins. Such a silly show that had rock bands, ape men, Russians, spies, mad doctors, witch doctors, head hunters and one Harold Hecubah. Just sit me down in front of the tube and throw in Gilligan's Island, I'll be happy for days to come.

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26 September 1964 (USA) See more »

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Gilligan's Travels See more »

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