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Gilligan's Island 

Seven men and women are stranded on an uncharted island following a torrential storm.
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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 Minnow's 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, the castaways 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 the castaways to safety. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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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)

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Comedy | Family

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TV-G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gilligan's Travels See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(98 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (1964-1965)| Color (1965-1967)

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

The Gilligan's Island Spinoff "Gilligan's Planet" has been called one of the worst TV shows of all time by critics. See more »

Goofs

The Skipper breaks the fourth wall on numerous occasions. One might argue that this was intentional and done for comedic effect, but oftentimes it happens so quickly that comedic effect doesn't have time to take hold. It appears to be done to show the Skipper's frustration with Gilligan, but at times, it seems to be a case of the actor appealing to the director out of frustration. See more »

Quotes

Skipper Jonas Grumby: Ginger, I've got a problem... I've got a real problem... Now you're a girl, right?
Ginger Grant: Well, if you're not sure about that, you have got a problem!
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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 one where Gilligan thinks he's a head hunter, when aired on TV Land, features an extended scene of the Howells and Gilligan in the car. See more »

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Soundtracks

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 JoeErnieSee 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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