Gilligan's Island

Season 1 Episode 1

Two on a Raft

Aired Saturday 8:30 PM Sep 26, 1964 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Five people board the SS Minnow for a 3 hour tour. The shipwrecked castaways awaken to find themseleves marooned on a uncharted island. So Gilligan and the Skipper set out on a flimsy raft to find civilization.

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    Jim Backus

    Jim Backus

    Thurston Howell III

    Tina Louise

    Tina Louise

    Ginger Grant

    Alan Hale

    Alan Hale

    Jonas Grumby (The Skipper)

    Natalie Schafer

    Natalie Schafer

    Eunice Wentworth 'Lovey' Howell

    Dawn Wells

    Dawn Wells

    Mary Ann Summers

    Russell Johnson

    Russell Johnson

    Professor Roy Hinkley, Jr.

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (15)

      • 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.

      • The name Gilligan was randomly picked by creator Sherwood Schwartz out of the Los Angeles phone book.

      • The voice of the uncredited radio announcer in this episode is Charles Maxwell.

      • Other than the unaired pilot, this was the most costly episode because of the shark effects and the break-away raft.

      • Continuity Error- In one scene we see the professor standing up, then the very next second, he's sitting on the ground.

      • I just verified on the aired pilot, there is no car in the beginning at all, and the professor and marryann are the cast members not the ones on the unaired pilot.

      • That should have been 1 hour, 2 hour, 3 hour, half day and full day cruises....ooops.

      • Actually the Howell's luggage isn't HARD to explain. When I worked in the Florida Keys our hotel had a large marina. We had 1,2, 3, half day and full day cruises of the keys. If someone came to check in and the room wasn't ready if they were mad enough we would hold their luggage and give them a free tour of the keys while they waited. Perhaps this is what happened to the Howells and seeing their luggage was SO valuable and full of money they chose to take it with them rather than leave it at the hotel, while they took their cruise.

      • If you look closly as the Skipper gets up out of the boat right in the beginning, you can see three of the original characters from the pilot episode sleeping in the backround--John Gabriel(as the professor), Kit Smythe(Ginger), and Nancy McCarthy(as Bunny). Of course all off these characters were later changed and recasted for the true episodes.

      • Why would the Howells take millions and millions of dollars with them in huge luggage cases on a three hour boat tour?

      • When the Skipper wakes up, in the wide shot, you can see Sherwood Shwartz's car (or maybe another crew member)

      • Might as well begin with this goof from the start-why would the Howells take a cruise on a little boat with a bunch of commoners when they can afford a fleet of yachts? Finding goofs on this show is like finding sand on the beach!

    • QUOTES (17)

      • 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.

      • Professor: You and Gilligan have got to give up this crazy scheme.
        Skipper: It's not crazy to try and reach civilization in order to bring back help.

      • Radio: Now, the latest from Wall Street. The Dow Jones Industrial Average...
        (Professor turns off the radio)
        Thurston: Don't shut that off. That's the best part.

      • Skipper: The Minnow's been beached.
        Gilligan: Beached? When the storm was over, you said we'd be home in no time.
        Skipper: It may take longer.

      • Skipper: Where's that shark repelant? Didn't the professor say he was going to make some?
        Gilligan: Oh yea, it was delicous.

      • Gilligan: It says "Help were marooned on a desert island."
        Skipper: Let me see that!....Gilligan this is the note you wrote!
        Gilligan: Oh yea, I don't know how to spell marooned.

      • Skipper: Mr. Howell, you don't know what its like being out there, you could get bitten by a shark!
        Mr. Howell: A shark bight a Howell!? They wouldn't dare!

      • Gilligan: Professor, those Marubi's, what do they do?
        Professor: They're collectors.
        Gilligan: Oh, that doesn't sound so bad. What do they collect?
        Professor: Heads.

      • Gilligan: Alright Skipper, I'm finished
        Skipper: You call that finished!?
        Gilligan: Not the raft, the sign!

      • Gilligan: Oh my gosh, am overboard -- I'll save you skipper!!!!!!!!

    • NOTES (12)

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

      • Alan Hale who plays The Skipper was in the Coast Guard during World War II.

      • Creator Sherwood Schwartz made sure that every episode had a theme. Theme for this episode: Imagined dangers are often worse than real dangers.

      • The island seen near the end of each episode with the title Gilligan's Island is actually a tiny Hawaiian island called Coconut Island. In the late 1980s it was up for sale for $8.75 million. This island was used in Seasons 2 and 3. The much smaller island used in season 1 was Sandy Cay in the Bahamas.

      • The lagoon set was located on the CBS studio property near a major highway. Because of the noise during rush hour filming would have to be delayed. The lagoon was also only four feet deep. In the 1990s it was paved over to make a parking lot.

      • The theme song was recorded in Sherwood Schwartz's friend's garage during a dinner party.

      • Interestingly enough, the words and music to the theme song from this show can be switched with the words and music of Amazing Grace. Both were aired on the National Public Radio show Wha'd Ya Know. The effect is quite comical.


        1. Raft with sail
        2. Shark Repellent
        3. Bow & Arrow
        4. Conch shell warning signal
        5. Mr Howell's golf clubs (Clam shells tied to bamboo poles with an avacado pit for a ball)

      • We don't learn where they sleep for the three days they are there

      • Actually, while it's true they weren't mentioned by name in the 1st season theme, Russell & Dawn were referred to as "the rest", a term the actors still call themselves today.

      • Russell Johnson (Professor Hinkley) and Dawn Wells (Mary-Ann Summers) do not appear in the opening credits, but instead are listed at the closing of each episode. They are also not mentioned in the theme song. This would be corrected at a later time, at the personal insistence of Bob Denver.

      • First aired episode ever.

    • ALLUSIONS (0)