Bring Gilligan's Island Home!

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 Gilligan's Island Cast 8x10 Photo

Gilligan's Island - Two on a Raft & Home Sweet Hut (TV Premiere)

 Gilligan's Island - The Complete First Season

 Gilligan's Island - The Complete Second Season

 Gilligan's Island - The Complete Third Season

 Rescue From Gilligan's Island

 Surviving Gilligan's Island

 Inside Gilligan's Island: A Three-Hour Tour Through The Making Of A Television Classic

 Mary Ann's Gilligan's Island Cookbook

 TV Treasures: A Companion Guide to Gilligan's Island (TV Treasures, No 1)


Show Type: Sitcom

First Telecast: September 26, 1964

Last Telecast: September 4, 1967

Theme Music: "The Ballad of Gilligan's Island," by George Wyle & Sherwood Schwartz

Broadcast History:

September 1964 - September 1965, Saturday 8:30-9:00 on CBS

September 1965 - September 1966, Thursday 8:00-8:30 on CBS

September 1966 - September 1967, Monday 7:30-8:00 on CBS


Gilligan..... Bob Denver

Jonas "The Skipper" Grumby..... Alan Hale, Jr.

Thurston Howell, III..... Jim Backus

Mrs. Lovey Howell..... Natalie Schafer

Ginger Grant..... Tina Louise

Roy "The Professor" Hinkley..... Russell Johnson

Mary Ann Summers..... Dawn Wells


The small charter boat, Minnow, had been on a sight-seeing party when it was caught in a storm and wrecked on the shore of an uncharted South Pacific island. Marooned together on the island were: the good-natured Skipper; a somewhat blustery millionaire and his vacuous wife; a sexy movie star named Ginger; a high-school science teacher known as The Professor; a sweet, naive country girl named Mary Ann; and Gilligan. Gilligan was the boat's sole crew member, aside from the skipper. He was well-meaning but inept in his attempts to find a means of returning to civilization. As a result, and perhaps even more because this simple-minded farce became a top hit, the little band was stranded on that island for three full seasons. One question that never got answered, however, concerned the luggage. In the first episode, and in the theme song, it was pointed out that the cruise was only supposed to be for three hours. How, then, did the passengers have enough clothing to last three years?

Gilligan's biggest fans were kids, and when the series finally went into repeats on local stations they made it one of the biggest rerun hits of the 1960's and 1970's. An animated cartoon version called The New Adventures of Gilligan was produced for ABC, and ran on on the network's weekend daytime schedule from 1974-1977. A second cartoon version, Gilligan's Planet, aired on CBS' weekend daytime lineup from 1982-1984.

Then in 1978 NBC had the bright idea of bringing the original cast back together for a reunion special, in which they were finally rescued. All agreed to appear except Tina Louise (who wanted too much money, and so was replaced by Judith Baldwin). "Rescue from Gilligan's Island" aired in October 1978 as a two-part special, and was a phenomenal hit. They did finally get off the island, and returned to a triumphant homecoming. But they made the mistake of going on a reunion cruise on the Minnow II, only to wind up stranded back on the same island - the result of another freak storm! "Castaways on Gilligan's Island," a follow-up special aired in 1979, had them converting the island into a tourist resort. And in still another sequel in 1981, The Harlem Globetrotters dropped in. There was talk of reviving the series, but audiences for the 1979 and 1981 sequels were not very large, and the idea never materialized.

One of TV's great bits of trivia is Gilligan's first name. None was ever revealed on the show, but years later on a talk show Bob Denver claimed that he had talked the matter over with the show's creator/producer Sherwood Schwartz, and they had decided that if Gilligan ever did need a first name, it would be "Willie".