Gilligan's Island (1964–1992)
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The Matchmaker 

Mrs. Howell decides to play matchmaker for Gilligan and Mary Ann, but her efforts inadvertently create a rift between Mr. Howell and herself.


Anton Leader (as Tony Leader)


Sherwood Schwartz (created by), Joanna Lee

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Episode cast overview:
Bob Denver ... Gilligan
Alan Hale Jr. ... Jonas 'The Skipper' Grumby
Jim Backus ... Thurston Howell III
Natalie Schafer ... Mrs. Lovey Howell
Tina Louise ... Ginger Grant
Russell Johnson ... Professor Roy Hinkley
Dawn Wells ... Mary Ann Summers


Mrs. Howell decides to play matchmaker for Gilligan and Mary Ann, but her efforts inadvertently create a rift between Mr. Howell and herself.

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Comedy | Family







Release Date:

20 March 1965 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The Howells anticipate that the Skipper will perform the wedding of Gilligan and Mary Ann. But a ship captain does not have the authority to grant marriages, contrary to popular belief which stems from copious references in early-20th-century romantic novels. See more »


Jonas 'The Skipper' Grumby: [after Gilligan has spilled soup on him for a second time] Why me, Professor? Why always me?
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Mrs. Howell the social worker
7 June 2016 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"The Matchmaker" finds Mrs. Howell missing the social season on this dreary island, inspired to match Gilligan and Mary Ann as potential marriage material. A reluctant Mr. Howell gives in to help work on Gilligan while his wife takes an interest in Mary Ann, but all the two accomplish is an argument that drives them apart. The other castaways pitch in to reunite the two by recreating the night of their proposal at the Tour d'Argent. Tina Louise gets to sing in her most romantic French, and everyone enjoys playing their respective roles, though Gilligan's questionable abilities as a waiter make for a few anxious moments. The community hut is yet again a tip off that this is one of the earliest scripts, the first of many in which the Howells fall from grace with each other.

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