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Gilligan's Island - The Complete First Season

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Broadcast History:

First Telecast: September 26, 1964
Last Telecast: September 4, 1967

Sep 1964-Sep 1965, CBS Sat 8:30-9:00
Sep 1965-Sep 1966, CBS Thu 8:00-8:30
Sep 1966-Sep 1967, CBS Mon 7:30-8:00

Total number of episodes: 98 (36 black and white, 62 color, plus 3 sequels)


Cast:

Bob Denver as Gilligan - Bob Denver Photo Gallery
Alan Hale, Jr.
as Jonas Grumby (The Skipper) - Alan Hale, Jr. PHoto Gallery
Jim Backus
as Thurston Howell III - Jim Backus Photo Gallery
Natalie Schafer
as Mrs. Eunice Wentworth "Lovey" Howell - Natalie Schafer Photo Gallery
Tina Louise
as Ginger Grant - Tina Louise Photo Gallery
Russell Johnson
as Roy Hinkley (The Professor) - Russell Johnson Photo Gallery
Dawn Wells
as Mary Ann Summers - Dawn Wells Photo Gallery


Theme Songs:

"The Ballad of Gilligan's Island," by George Wyle and Sherwood Schwartz

Download the Gilligan's Island theme song from the pilot episode
Download the Gilligan's Island theme song (1st)

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Download the Gilligan's Island ending theme song (1964 version)
Download the Gilligan's Island ending theme song (1966 version)
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Download The Honeybees singing You Need Us
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Television's Greatest Hits, Vol. 1

Television's Greatest Hits, Vol. 1

Includes the Gilligan's Island theme song - 65 total tv themes

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Theme Song Lyrics:

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
The professor and Mary Ann,
Here on Gilligan's Isle.

* Note: During the 1st season, the 2nd to last line was "and the rest" - this was because Russell Johnson and Dawn Wells didn't have it specified in their contracts that they would be credited up front with the rest of the cast. ----

(closing credits)

So this is the tale of the castaways,
They're here for a long, long time,
They'll have to make the best of things,
It's an uphill climb.

The first mate and the Skipper too,
Will do their very best,
To make the others comfortable,
In the tropic island nest.

No phone, no lights no motor cars,
Not a single luxury,
Like Robinson Crusoe,
As primitive as can be.

So join us here each week my friends,
You're sure to get a smile,
From seven stranded castaways,
Here on "Gilligan's Isle."


Video Clips:

Download the Gilligan's Island opening credits from the unaired pilot episode (black & white)
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Download the Gilligan's Island ending credits from the 1st season (black & white)
Download the Gilligan's Island opening credits from the 2nd season (color)
Download the Gilligan's Island ending credits from the 2nd season (color)


Series Summary:

Gilligan's Island logo

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 1960s and 197s. An animated cartoon version called The New Adventures of Gilligan was produced for ABC, and ran on that network's weekend daytime schedule from 1974 to 1977.

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 then 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 folow-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 a talk of reviving the series, but audiences for the 1979 and 1981 sequels were not very large, and the plans 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."

Series summary from The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows: 1946-Present


Did You Know?

Jayne Mansfield turned down the role of "Ginger"; Carroll O'Connor tested for the role of The Skipper; Dabney Coleman tested for the role of The Professor.

Raquel Welch auditioned for the role of Mary Anne.

Jerry Van Dyke turned down the role of Gilligan.

The first season had the cast using cups that were made from real coconuts. However, they found that the cups were porous and soaked through like they were sweating. Thus in the later seasons, the coconut cups were plastic replicas.

The characters' full names:

The Skipper: Jonas Grumby

The Professor: Roy Hinkley

Mr. Howell: Thurston Howell III

Mrs. Howell: Eunice Howell

Ginger: Ginger Grant

Mary Ann: Mary Ann Summers Gilligan's first name, the subject of some debate ever since the series first aired.

'Williams, John' (then known as Johnny) wrote the theme song for the unaired 1964 pilot.

The ship's name, S. S. Minnow, was not named for the fish but rather for Newton Minow, head of the FCC in 1961. Minow was the one who called television "America's vast wasteland". Sherwood Schwartz did not care for Minow so he named the soon-to-be shipwrecked ship after him.

The original pilot was filmed in November on 1963 but never aired until October of 1992. In the original pilot, the characters of the Professor and Ginger were player by a different actor and actress. There was no character of Mary Ann. In the pilot, there was a character called Bunny. Bunny was the buxom blonde and Ginger was a practical brunette. In the pilot, Ginger and Bunny were both secretaries. The music for the original pilot's theme song was written by (a young) John Williams. This music had a Latin sound and the lyrics were sung with a Spanish accent. In the pilot, it was a six-hour trip, not a three-hour tour.

Originally slated to return for the 1967-68 television season but canceled at the last minute by CBS head William Paley, to make room for the long-running "Gunsmoke" (1955).

The three man folk singing group, The Wellingtons, sang the theme song for the first season, but were replaced by a similar sounding group, The Eligibles, for the following seasons.

The Wellingtons (plus one) also portrayed 'The Mosquitoes' in a classic episode of the series.

The opening credits for the first season were shot shortly after the assassination of U.S. president, John F. Kennedy. A flag at half mast can be seen in the background.

The character of the Professor was supposedly a graduate from SMU, TCU and UCLA, Thurston Howell III went to Harvard. Howell would call an inferior a "Yale Man".

In the credits, 'Johnson, Russell' and Dawn Wells were relegated to being simply "The Rest". That changed in the second season when Bob Denver demanded that they be given an equal share in the credits thus changing the lyrics to "The Professor and Mary Ann." Sherwood Schwartz, who composed both themes, has said it didn't' occur to him the Professor and Mary Ann would turn into prominent characters.

According to series creator Sherwood Schwartz, Gilligan's full name was Willy Gilligan. Bob Denver says he never heard the name Willy Gilligan until long after the show was off the air.

The lagoon set was located at the CBS lot in Studio City, CA. If sequences there were filmed too early or too late in the day, microphones would record rush hour traffic noise from a nearby freeway.

Phil Silvers was cast as a producer in a episode partly because his production company was actually producing the show.

Creator Sherwood Schwartz said that he dreamed up the idea of the show because he wanted the castaways to represent a microcosm of society and he wanted to show how they worked together to help each other when in trouble.

As the show progressed, producers planned to introduce a new character - a pet dinosaur - but decided against it because of the cost of special effects.

The Skipper and Gilligan both were friends from the navy. The Skipper saved Gilligan after he fell overboard from the ship they were serving on.

The premise required that the characters use various devices that had to be constructed from only the various materials found on a tropical island. Thus the props had to be specially made and the prop department enjoyed the challenge which was a change of pace from simply bringing in the standard props from storage. The bamboo foot pedal-powered car used in one episode was a particular favorite with the cast queuing up to try it out.

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Videos:

Two on a Raft / Home Sweet Hut

Two on a Raft/Home Sweet Hut (1964)

This two episode set contains the first episode of Gilligan's Island the first episode is titled Two on a Raft and involves the castaways trying to get of the island. The Professor tells the Skipper and Gilligan to watch out for headhunters on nearby islands. The bumbling crew set out, but a shark attack and a sudden storm cause them to land on an island(the same one they left)! remembering what the Professor told them, the Skipper and Gilligan think the other castaways are headhunters, and vice versa. The second episode involves the castaways trying to build a hut on the island. They do, but they all get on each others nerves so they decide to build individual huts however a set of minor disasters(Gilligan), causes the destruction of the huts. the castaways all have to try to build one major hut before a hurricane hits.

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3 Million Dollars More Or Less / Water, Water Everywhere

3 Million Dollars More Or Less/Water, Water Everywhere(1966)

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So Sorry, My Island Now / Plant You Now, Dig You Later

So Sorry, My Island Now/Plant You Now, Dig You Later (1966)

Excellent true-to-life colorized version of episode #15 (first aired on January 9, 1965) and #16 (first aired on January 16, 1965). Contains original music and scenes not shown in re-runs.

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Voodoo Something to Me / The Big Gold Strike

Voodoo Something to Me/The Big Gold Strike (1964)

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Waiting for Watubi/Angel on The Island

Waiting for Watubi/Angel on The Island (1964)

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Wrongway Feldman / President Gilligan

Wrongway Feldman/President Gilligan (1964)

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Rescue From Gilligan's Island

Rescue From Gilligan's Island (1978 movie)

All of the castaways from the S.S. Minnow are finally heading back to civilization in this follow-up feature to the long-running series.

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Books:

Inside Gilligan's Island

Inside Gilligan's Island

The creator of Gilligan's Island takes readers on a three-hour tour through the show's complete history, from its creation through its syndication to the upcoming off-Broadway musical. 105 black-and-white photos. 8 pages of color photos.

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Gilligan, Maynard and Me

Gilligan, Maynard & Me

The definitive, inside story of two of the most enduring and popular characters in TV history--the hapless mate stranded forever on Gilligan's Island and the beatnik Maynard G. Krebs of The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. Photos.

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Mary Ann's Gilligan's Island Cookbook

Mary Ann's Gilligan's Island Cookbook

Mary Ann serves her favorite coconut pie, and the rest of the castaways share their favorite recipes in this wonderful illustrated trip to "Gilligan's Island." Actress Dawn Wells hosts a nostalgic cookbook filled with 350 island recipes, from Castaway Casserole to Ginger's Snaps. Photos. For more information and to purchase from Amazon.com:

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Sunday : A Memoir (by Tina Louise)

Sunday : A Memoir (by Tina Louise)

A poignant, true story of a lost childhood, as seen through the eyes of a young girl who became a celebrated actress, Sunday offers a poetic expression of the power of memory and the bittersweet legacy of childhood.

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TV Treasures : A Companion Guide to Gilligan's Island

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

Sit right back and you'll hear a tale about one of the most popular TV shows of all time. In this wonderfully wacky tour of America's favorite sitcom, you'll find fascinating anecdotes and behind-the-scene tidbits, exclusive interviews with the stars and the show's creators, complete biographies and filmographies of the stars and their characters, and more. This is the first title in a new series about "Classic TV" shows. Original.

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Collectors Guide to TV Toys and Memorabilia : 1960s & 1970s (2nd Ed)

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The following shows are included: Beverly Hillbillies, Bewitched, Bionic Woman, Brady Bunch, Bugaloos, Charlie's Angels, CHiPs, Donny & Marie, Eight is Enough, Family, Family Affair, Fantasy Island, Flipper, The Flying Nun, Gidget, Gilligan's Island, Good Times, Green Acres, H.R. Pufnstuf, Happy Days, Hardy Boys Mysteries, I Dream of Jeannie, Josie & the Pussycats, Julia, The Krofft Supershow, Kung Fu, Land of the Lost, Laverne & Shirley, Lidsville, Life & Times of Grizzly Adams, Little House on the Prairie, The Love Boat, Mod Squad, Mork & Mindy, Nancy Drew Mysteries, Nanny & the Professor, New Zoo Revue, Partridge Family, Patty Duke Show, Sigmund & the Sea Monsters, Six Million Dollar Man, Starsky & Hutch, That Girl, Three's Company, The Waltons, Welcome Back Kotter, Wonder Woman.

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Music:

It's Time For Tina

It's Time For Tina (CD)

It's clear from this record that Tina Louise's talent has a range that extends beyond "Gilligan's Island." Her voice is honest, fresh, and lovely to listen to, and the material is classic enough to stand on its own. I was most surprised by the competence of the orchestra--A-list backing here. Great dinner music, romance music, cocktail party music, too. Tina Louise earns her legendary icon status with this kind of evidence. highly recommended.

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Toys:

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Links:

Official Gilligan's Island Fan Club

Gilligan's Island Episode Guide (TV.com)

Gilligan Fan Club (Bob Denver's Web Site)

Official Dawn Wells Site

The Professor's Place - Russell Johnson's Site

Gilligan's Island page (Tim's TV Showcase)

Gilligan's Island (ClassicTVHits.com)

Gilligan's Island (Take Me to TV Land)

WWWF Grudge Match: Gilligan vs. Pee-Wee Herman

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