Gilligan's Planet is based on the premise that the Professor had managed to build an operational interplanetary spaceship to get the castaways of the original series off the island. True to form of the castaways' perpetual bad luck, they rocketed off into space and crash-landed on an unknown planet that supported human life. In many ways the planet was like the island but with a strangely colored and cratered surface with more land to get around. The rocket was severely damaged in the crash, thus the castaways were still stranded, and the Professor resumed his attempts to repair their only way home.
Overall, Gilligan's Planet re-presented the source material of the original live-action series with "space" and "alien" themes. Encounters with "headhunters" and other shipwrecked people became encounters with alien creatures. A new character named Bumper was added, who appeared as a cute, reptilian alien pet/sidekick for Gilligan and company.
|Natalie Schafer||Mrs. Howell||1|
|Russell Johnson||The Professor||1|
|Dawn Wells||Mary Ann||1|
|Alan Hale, Jr.||The Skipper||1|
|Jim Backus||Mr. Howell||1|
|Season One||September 18, 1982||December 11, 1982||13|
- At a Glance: Additional information about the series
|The Complete Series||July 22, 2014 (WA)||2||
WA--Through Warner Archive.