Gilligan's Island

Gilligan's Island Cast

Series Description

The Gilligan's Island TV show was a 30 minute comedy series on CBS about seven people who set sail on a 3-hour boat ride and got caught in a terrible storm. They were shipwrecked on an uncharted island. Each episode they would try some new, crazy scheme that they hoped would get them back to civilization but the 1st mate Gilligan always managed to goof things up.

Gilligan's Island Cast

Bob Denver .... Willy Gilligan
Alan Hale Jr. .... Skipper Jonas Grumby
Natalie Schafer .... Lovey Wentworth Howell
Jim Backus .... Thurston Howell III
Dawn Wells .... Mary Ann Summers
Tina Louise .... Ginger Grant
Russell Johnson .... Professor Roy Hinkley

Gilligan's Island Trivia

Most diehard fans will be surprised to learn that CBS executives didn't really want to put Gilligan's Island on the air all that much. It got it's time slot only because the network didn't really have anything else available that they considered to be better.

Carroll O'Connor (Archie Bunker on "All In the Family) tested for the role of the skipper, Dabney Coleman (Mr. Drysdale in the Beverly Hillbillies Movie) tested for the role of the professor, and Jayne Mansfield was offered the role of Ginger but turned it down.

The theme song for Gilligan's Island refers to Mr. Howell as a Millionaire, but in several episodes he's referred to as a Billionaire.

Bob Denver (Gilligan) was cast in a major role on another TV show 5 years before Gilligan's Island. He played the part of Maynard Krebs in "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis".

The original pilot episode never aired due to changes made after it was shot. The professor, Ginger and Mary Ann were all replaced with new actors. Ginger and Mary Ann were changed from secretaries to a movie star and a farmer's daughter.

The Gilligan's Island theme song lyrics originally went: ... The movie star, and the rest ... and was changed to ... The movie star ... The Professor and Mary Ann ... After all, it wasn't fair that all of the actors except the professor and Mary Ann were referred to in the song!

Jim Backus (Mr. Howell) provided the voice for the well-known cartoon charachter Mr. Magoo.

Gilligan was the only character that never had his full name mentioned on the TV show. Some of the people associated with Gilligan's Island say his first name was supposed to be "Willy" but Bob Denver insists that he always believed that Gilligan was his first name!

Theme Song

Title: The Ballad of Gilligan's Island

By: George Wyle and Sherwood Shwartz

Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale,
A tale of a fateful trip,
That started from this tropic port,
Aboard this tiny ship.

The mate was a mighty sailing man,
The skipper brave and sure.
Five passengers set sail that day,
For a three hour tour, a three hour tour.

The weather started getting rough,
The tiny ship was tossed,
If not for the courage of the fearless crew,
The minnow would be lost, the minnow would be lost.

The ship set ground on the shore of this uncharted desert isle,
With Gilligan,
The Skipper too,
The millionaire and his wife,
The movie star,
And The Rest,
Here on Gilligans Isle.

Episodes List With Original Air Dates

TV Pilot Episode

Pilot (Not Originally Aired)

Season 1

1... Two On A Raft (9/26/1964)
2... Home Sweet Hut (10/3/1964)
3... Voodoo Something To Me (10/10/1964)
4... Good Night, Sweet Skipper (10/17/1964)
5... Wrongway Feldman (10/24/1964)
6... President Gilligan (10/31/1964)
7... Sound Of Quacking (11/7/1964)
8... Good-Bye Island (11/21/1964)
9... The Big Gold Strike (11/28/1964)
10. Waiting For Watubi (12/5/1964)
11. Angel On The Island (12/12/1964)
12. Birds Gotta Fly, Fish Gotta Talk (12/19/1964)
13. Three Million Dollars More Or Less (12/26/1964)
14. Water, Water Everywhere (1/2/1965)
15. So Sorry, My Island Now (1/9/1965)
16. Plant You Now, Dig You Later (1/16/1965)
17. Little Island, Big Gun (1/23/1965)
18. X Marks The Spot (1/30/1965)
19. Gilligan Meets Jungle Boy (2/6/1965)
20. St. Gilligan And The Dragon (2/13/1965)
21. Big Man On Little Stick (2/20/1965)
22. Diamonds Are An Ape's Best Friend (2/27/1965)
23. How To Be AHero (3/6/1965)
24. The Return Of Wrongway Feldman (3/13/1965)
25. The Matchmaker (3/20/1965)
26. Music Hath Charm (3/27/1965)
27. New Neighbor Sam (4/3/1965)
28. They're Off And Running (4/10/1965)
29. Three To Get Ready (4/17/1965)
30. Forget Me Not (4/24/1965)
31. Diogenes, Won't You Please Go Home? (5/1/1965)
32. Physical Fatness (5/8/1965)
33. It's Magic (5/15/1965)
34. Good-Bye, Old Paint (5/22/1965)
35. My Fair Gilligan (6/5/1965)
36. A Nose By Any Other Name (6/12/1965)

Season 2

37. Gilligan's Mother-In-Law (9/16/1965)
38. Beauty Is As Beauty Does (9/23/1965)
39. The Little Dictator (9/30/1965)
40. Smile, You're On Mars Camera (10/7/1965)
41. The Sweepstakes (10/14/1965)
42. Quick Before It Sinks (10/28/1965)
43. Castaway Pictures Presents (11/4/1965)
44. Agonized Labor (11/11/1965)
45. Nyet, Nyet -- Not Yet (11/18/1965)
46. Hi-Fi Gilligan (11/25/1965)
47. The Chain Of Command (12/2/1965)
48. Don't Bug The Mosquitoes (12/9/1965)
49. Gilligan Gets Bugged (12/16/1965)
50. Mine Hero (12/23/1965)
51. Erika Tiffany Smith To The Rescue (12/30/1965)
52. Not Guilty (1/6/1966)
53. You've Been Disconnected (1/13/1966)
54. The Postman Cometh (1/20/1966)
55. Seer Gilligan (1/27/1966)
56. Love Me, Love My Skipper (2/3/1966)
57. Gilligan's Living Doll (2/10/1966)
58. Forward March (2/17/1966)
59. Ship Ahoax (2/24/1966)
60. Feed The Kitty (3/3/1966)
61. Operation: Steam Heat (3/10/1966)
62. Will The Real Mr. Howell Please Stand Up? (3/17/1966)
63. Ghost A Go-Go (3/24/1966)
64. Allergy Time (3/31/1966)
65. The Friendly Physician (4/7/1966)
66. "V" For Vitamins (4/14/1966)
67. Mr. And Mrs. ?? (4/21/1966)
68. Meet The Meteor (4/28/1966)
69. Up At Bat (5/5/1966)

Season 3

70. Gilligan vs. Gilligan (9/12/1966)
71. Pass the Vegetables Please (9/26/1966)
72. The Producer (10/3/1966)
73. Voodoo (10/10/1966)
74. Where There's A Will (10/17/1966)
75. Man With A Net (10/24/1966)
76. Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow (10/31/1966)
77. Ring Around Gilligan (11/7/1966)
78. Topsy-Turvy (11/14/1966)
79. The Invasion (11/21/1966)
80. The Kidnapper (11/28/1966)
81. And Then There Were None (12/5/1966)
82. All About Eva (12/12/1966)
83. Gilligan Goes Gung Ho (12/26/1966)
84. Take A Dare (1/2/1967)
85. Court-Martial (1/9/1967)
86. The Hunter (1/16/1967)
87. Lovey's Secret Admirer (1/23/1967)
88. Our Vines Have Tender Apes (1/30/1967)
89. Gilligan's Personal Magnetism (2/6/1967)
90. Splashdown (2/20/1967)
91. High Man On The Totem Pole (2/27/1967)
92. The Second Ginger Grant (3/6/1967)
93. The Secret Of Gilligan's Island (3/13/1967)
94. Slave Girl (3/20/1967)
95. It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's Gilligan! (3/27/1967)
96. The Pigeon (4/3/1967)
97. Bang! Bang! Bang! (4/10/1967)
98. Gilligan, The Goddess - Part 1 (4/17/1967)
99. Gilligan, The Goddess - Part 2 (4/17/1967)

TV Reunion Movies

Rescue From Gilligan's Island (10/14/1978 And 10/21/1978)
The Castaways On Gilligan's Island (5/3/1979)
The Harlem Globetrotters On Gilligan's Island (5/15/1981)

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