Gilligan’s Island

Who could ever forget ‘Gilligan’s Island’!   I used to love this show and often used to dream of visiting the island and meeting all the characters. My favourites were Gilligan and Mary-Ann.  Who were yours?

Gilligan’s Island  first signed on the CBS schedule in the fall of 1964, the weekly half-hour series nonetheless struck a responsive chord with the viewing public, who were thoroughly amused and delighted by the premise of seven diverse personalities shipwrecked on an uncharted tropical island, managing to make the best of things while never giving up hope of being rescued.

The series’ premise was laid out each and every week by the theme song “The Ballad of Gilligan’s Island,” co-written by producer Sherwood Schwartz and performed by the singing group the Wellingtons. Caught in a sudden storm at sea, the S.S. Minnow, a tiny charter boat manned by “Skipper” Jonas Grumby (Alan Hale Jr.) and his daffy first mate, Gilligan (Bob Denver), was washed up on the shore of a flyspeck island somewhere in the South Pacific.

Marooned along with Gilligan and the Skipper were five tourist passengers: voluptuous movie star Ginger Grant(Tina Louise); multimillionaire Thurston Howell III (Jim Backus) and his wife, Lovey (Natalie Schafer); high-school teacher Roy Hinkley (Russell Johnson), better known as “The Professor”; and wholesomely sexy secretary Mary Ann Summers (Dawn Wells). With the Minnow damaged beyond repair, the seven castaways resourcefully transformed their island into a home away from home, replete with solid shelters, handmade eating and kitchen utensils, jerry-built furniture, and even a farming and irrigation system. Even so, our heroes and heroines yearned to go back to civilization, but they never quite managed to make it, usually thanks to the ineptitude of the feckless Gilligan.

The Cast

The Cast

2 comments to Gilligan’s Island

  • mordiboy

    This show,however entertaining, had more holes than Swiss cheese.
    For instance – If this really was a three day tour then 1.Why did Thurston Howell III.need to carry so much cash with him? Was he secretly off to the Cayman islands to do his laundry? 2.Howcome so many other people could get onto the island-but they could never get off? 3.What was a professor doing on a pleasure cruise with all of his lab gear? From what I can gather from watching “the big bang theory” your average scientist never went to sleep let alone go on a three day tour.4.For “Luvey” Howell to carry this many outfits she would have needed a steamer trunk the size if Rhode Island. No matter how many ‘Holes’ I like to pick in this show – I still think Dawn Wells is one of the most gorgeous women on T.V. in the sixties.

  • mordiboy

    Before anybody takes the opportunity to correct me – yes I made a mistake. It was actually a three HOUR tour. But I belive this makes my points even more valid, by 69 hours.

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