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The set-up is well known (and critically reviled) by the theme song alone: a charter boat with a captain and his first mate welcome five passengers on a three-hour tour when the boat is tossed around by a violent storm at sea. The boat--the S.S. Minnow--is beached on a deserted island, leaving the seven castaways to fend for themselves and find a way to get off the island.
Given that critics hated the show with a passion, it ran a remarkable three seasons and went into endless reruns in syndication thereafter. Viewers have made a number of questions regarding incongruities (such as the crew's wardrobe considering they were only supposed to be out for three hours, how much battery power is in the Professor's radio, etc.), but given the broad, cartoonish manner in which the show plays, it would be useless to answer those questions.
Following the show, two animated spin-offs were produced featuring most of the original cast returning to voice. The New Adventures of Gilligan was basically an animated version of this show while Gilligan's Planet had a similar premise, but the characters were deserted on a whole different planet instead of just an island. There were also three live-action reunion telefilms.
Gilligan's Island was produced by Gladasya Productions and United Artists Television in association with CBS. The series copyright is now co-owned by Turner Entertainment (which briefly owned UATV's successor-in-interest, MGM/UA Television [now MGM Television] after purchasing it in 1986) and the estate of Phil Silvers (the successor-in-interest to Gladasya), with distribution handled by Warner Bros. Television.
|Alan Hale, Jr.||Jonas "Skipper" Grumby||1||2||3|
|Jim Backus||Thurston J. Howell III||1||2||3|
|Natalie Schafer||Eunice "Lovey" Wentworth Howell||1||2||3|
|Tina Louise||Ginger Grant||1||2||3|
|Russell Johnson||Roy "Professor" Hinkley, Jr.||1||2||3|
|Dawn Wells||Mary Ann Summers||1||2||3|
|Season One||September 26, 1964||June 12, 1965||36 + 1|
|Season Two||September 16, 1965||April 28, 1966||32|
|Season Three||September 12, 1966||April 17, 1967||30|
|Rescue from Gilligan's Island||NBC||October 14, 1978|
|The Castaways on Gilligan's Island||NBC||May 3, 1979|
|The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island||NBC||May 15, 1981|
- At a Glance: Additional information about the series
|The Complete Series||November 6, 2007||9||purchase|
|The Complete First Season||February 3, 2004||3||purchase|
|The Complete Second Season||January 11, 2005||3||purchase|
|The Complete Third Season||July 26, 2005||3||purchase|