Gilligan's Island

Gilligan's Island
Gilligans Island title card.jpg
Created bySherwood Schwartz
Directed byRod Amateau
Ida Lupino
Stanley Z. Cherry
Opening theme"The Ballad of Gilligan's Isle"
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes98 plus a 1963 pilot (first broadcast in 1964) (list of episodes)
Camera setupFilm; Single-camera
Running time25 minutes
Production company(s)Gladasya Productions
CBS Productions
United Artists Television
DistributorUnited Artists Television
Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original networkCBS
Picture formatBlack and white (1964–1965)
Color (1965–1967)
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 26, 1964 (1964-09-26) – April 17, 1967 (1967-04-17)
Followed byThe New Adventures of Gilligan
Bob Denver as Gilligan
Alan Hale Jr. as the Skipper
Dawn Wells as Mary Ann

Gilligan's Island is an American sitcom created and produced by Sherwood Schwartz. The show had an ensemble cast that featured Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus, Natalie Schafer, Russell Johnson, Tina Louise, and Dawn Wells. It aired for three seasons on the CBS network from September 26, 1964, to April 17, 1967. The series followed the comic adventures of seven castaways as they attempted to survive the island on which they had been shipwrecked. Most episodes revolve around the dissimilar castaways' conflicts and their unsuccessful attempts, for whose failure Gilligan was frequently responsible, to escape their plight.[1]

Gilligan's Island ran for a total of 98 episodes. The first season, consisting of 36 episodes, was filmed in black and white. These episodes were later colorized for syndication. The show's second and third seasons (62 episodes) and the three television movie sequels (aired between 1978 and 1982) were filmed in color.

The show received solid ratings during its original run, then grew in popularity during decades of syndication, especially in the 1970s and 1980s when many markets ran the show in the late afternoon. Today, the title character of Gilligan is widely recognized as an American cultural icon.


The two-man crew of the charter boat SS Minnow and five passengers on a "three-hour tour" from Honolulu run into a tropical storm and are shipwrecked on an uncharted island somewhere in the Pacific Ocean.

Uncharted island

The island was close enough to Hawaii to clearly pick up Hawaiian AM radio transmissions on a portable receiver. The location given in the series varies.

In the first-season episode "'X' Marks the Spot", the radio warns that the Air Force will test launch an armed missile to strike a location near 140° latitude, 10° longitude. The Skipper calculates this as their island's location, based on their starting point when the storm hit before they "... drifted for that three days ... with the prevailing western current ...", meaning the deadly missile will hit the island.

Later in the first season, the episode "Big Man on Little Stick" has the Professor giving the position as "approximately 110° longitude and 10° latitude" without specifying which hemispheres.

In the third-season episode "The Pigeon", the island is placed about 300 miles (480 km) southeast of Honolulu.

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