Remembering Gilligan’s Island

By Goodness M

The sitcom Gilligan’s Island was created and produced by Sherwood Schwartz. For three seasons, it was broadcast on the CBS network in the 1960s. The TV show’s concept arose from a college class that Schwartz once attended. A professor had asked a question regarding the one item one would like to have when stranded on an island.

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The cast consisted of Bob Denver (Gilligan), Alan Hale Jr (The Skipper), Jim Backus (The Millionaire), Natalie Schafer (The Millionaire’s Wife), Tina Louise (Ginger Grant), Russell Johnson (The Professor), and Dawn Wells (Mary Ann). The sitcom’s 98 episodes showcased a memorable tropical journey on an island after a shipwreck.


Viewers enjoyed watching Gilligan ruining people’s chances of rescue. We were also captivated by other characters such as the Skipper, Ginger, and the Professor. Mary Ann was a joy to watch, including the Millionaire and his wife.


Gilligan prevented people from leaving the Island because he wanted Mary Ann and Ginger all to himself. Every man’s dream is to be trapped with two beautiful women on an island. Gilligan is no exception, hence his evil plan to achieve this. However, the ladies were too classy for Gilligan, who had no swagger. So his chances to mate with these ladies or anyone for that matter did not exist.


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The Skipper fell from a coconut tree while filming and broke his arm. However, he concealed his injury from the crew because he did not want filming to stop. He was so dedicated to his job. He went to the extent of lifting Gilligan and heavy coconuts with a broken arm.


Proctor & Gamble and Phillip Morris made it possible for Gilligan’s Island to be aired on television. As sponsors of the show, they had every right to advertise to viewers. They could advertise anything, including cleaning products, toothpaste, and cigarettes. This was a significant thing in those days. It was also normal to show someone smoking in a television advertisement.