Gilligan's Island

CBS (ended 1967)
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  • Gilligan's Island centered around a group of people who were stranded on an uncharted deserted island somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. They all were on a boat tour, which found itself in the middle of a storm leading them to crash on an island! Those stranded include, Gilligan, the Skipper, a millionaire (Thurston Howell III) and his wife (Lovey Howell), a movie star (Ginger Grant), a professor (known as "The Professor"), and Mary Ann. Gilligan was the first mate on the boat, the SS Minnow. Most episodes dealt with the castaways trying to get off the island, but their attempts seemed to always be foiled by Gilligan. Broadcast History- Sept 1964-Sept 1965, CBS Sat 8:30-9:00 Sept 1965-Sept 1966, CBS Thurs 8:00-8:30 Sept 1966-Sept 1967, CBS Mon 7:30-8:00moreless

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  • S 3 : Ep 36

    Surviving Gilligan's Island

    Aired 10/14/01

  • S 3 : Ep 33

    The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island

    Aired 5/15/81

  • S 3 : Ep 32

    The Castaways on Gilligan's Island

    Aired 5/3/79

  • S 3 : Ep 31

    Rescue from Gilligan's Island

    Aired 10/14/78

  • S 3 : Ep 30

    Gilligan, the Goddess

    Aired 4/17/67

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jim Backus

    Thurston Howell III

  • Alan Hale

    Skipper Jonas Grumby

  • Russell Johnson

    Professor Roy Hinkley, Jr.

  • Tina Louise

    Ginger Grant

  • Natalie Schafer

    Eunice Wentworth 'Lovey' Howell

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (577)

    • Skipper: Now is no time to panic, Gilligan. Gilligan: It's as good a time as any.

    • Skipper: How do I look? Gilligan: You're a fat bush.

    • Thurston: (about the Marubi) Wipe the buzzards out before they can attack us. Professor: Yes, but how? Thurston: Simple. First we blow up their bridge. Professor: Mr. Howell, I don't even know if they even have a bridge. Thurston: Those crafty devils. They've outsmarted us already.

    • Professor: Girls, I'm afraid we may be in for some trouble. There's a chance a Marubi may have returned to this island. Mary Ann: Those headhunters? Golly, Professor, what'll we do? Ginger: The first thing we ought to do is hide our heads.

    • Gilligan: Skipper, do you think we should abandon ship? Skipper: It's too late. It's already abandoned us.

    • Gilligan: I wish I had something to drink. Like a hamburger or French fries.

    • Gilligan: (to Skipper) The professor made the shellac out of coconut sap and sugar. You want some?

    • Mary Ann: Gilligan and the Skipper risking everything, braving those stormy seas and fighting off the attack of savages. Ginger: Reminds me of a trip I once took to Catalina on a movie producer's yacht.

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    Notes (195)

    • Gilligan's name was NEVER "Willy" in any episode or pilot that was ever shot or aired. The only mention of that name was in some notes and an early press release by Schwartz. Somehow, the public got the unaired pilot and the newly discovered press release (with the mention of "Willy Gilligan") confused with each other. The pilot episode's radio news broadcast of the missing shipmates never mentions Gilligan's first name.

    • This episode aired one time on TV. On a Friday night, October 16th, 1992, TBS ran it after it had been dug up nearly 30 years since it had last been screened for anyone. It aired with a brief introduction by Bob Denver.

    • This episode's plot would largely be recycled into episode 12, "Birds Gotta Fly, Fish Gotta Talk".

    • The exact running time of this pilot, as presented on Columbia House tape #10615 as "The Lost Pilot", is (00:22:35) [22-minutes, 35-seconds].

    • Ginger, Mary-Ann, and the Profesosr are different. Mary-Ann is called Bunny, and is like our current Ginger, Ginger is more Mary-Ann like but still named Ginger. The Profesosr is more of a ladies man, and still called the Professor.

    • This episode is unaired.

    • This episode was made before Gilligan's Island aired. It was never shown to the public until October 16th, 1992.

    • Carroll O'Connor auditioned for the role of the Skipper.

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    Trivia (198)

    • As a plane flies overhead, the castaways use fish to spell out the word HELP on the beach. Gilligan ruins their rescue hopes by constructing the letter P backwards. However since all the remaining letters are correct, anyone seeing the letters from the air should be able to decipher the word HELP.

    • The pilot was rejected by the studio three times before making it on the fall schedule.

    • The SS Minnow was named after former FCC head Newton Minow who stated that TV was "America's Vast Wasteland."

    • The pilot episode filming in Hawaii was delayed because of the assassination of President Kennedy. You'll also notice the flag in the background of the opening credits is at half mast.

    • In one scene of the fight with the sharks, Skipper hits a shark with a paddle. They cut to another shot and back in a few seconds, and the paddle has disappeared completely from the Skipper's hands.

    • Right when Skipper and Gilligan finish fighting the sharks, Skipper's hat gets knocked off, and appears to be hauled off by a shark; but in the next scene, he has it back. How did he retrieve it?

    • According to Sherwood Schwartz the Professor holds degrees in seven areas of study.

    • The soundstage where Gilligan's Island was filmed was later the home of The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

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    Allusions (38)

    • Character: Wrongway Feldman The character of Wrongway Feldman was inspired by real life aviator Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan who in 1938 flew from New York to Ireland while intending to fly from New York to California.

    • Mr. Howell says he wants to put Gilligan on the Ed Sullivan Show when the get back to the states. The Ed Sullivan Show was a show that used to come on at night featuring all sorts of zany acts.

    • Mister Ed: Mrs. Howell said the other castaways compared her to Mister Ed. Mister Ed, of course, is the talking horse on the show of the same name.

    • Episode Title: Birds Gotta Fly, Fish Gotta Talk The episode title is a parody of an oft quoted line from the song "Can't Help Lovin' That Man of Mine" from the musical "Show Boat". The original line reads: "Fish gotta swim, birds gotta fly, I got to love one man 'til I die, Can't help lovin' that man of mine..."

    • Episode Title: Water, Water Everywhere The title is a quote from Samuel Taylor Coleridge's epic poem "Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner".

    • The title is a pun of the famous story, "St. George and the Dragon."

    • Lovey mentions Lysistrata and says that it's about women ignoring the men. This isn't entirely correct. It's about women denying men sex until they stop the war. But obviously they couldn't say that on TV back then.

    • In the scene where Mr. Howell is preparing to put out the torch in order for the diamond to be secretly returned, Mrs. Howell refers to the ABC TV seriesĀ The Fugitive when she comments how clever Mr. Howell is and if he was a detective he would have caught "The Fugitive" by now.

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  • Fan Reviews (55)

    By sheilamcdonal, Mar 18, 2013

  • Like Lost, only more believable.

    By tvking1, Jul 20, 2007

  • Great!...

    By arseus12345, Apr 26, 2009

  • a really good classic show

    By cube2k8, May 06, 2010

  • Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale, the tale of a fateful trip. Skipper Jonas Grumby and his mate Gilligan take five passengers on a three hour boat tour, but that tour lasts a lot longer than anybody could have anticipated.

    By meathead704, Aug 09, 2009