Gilligan's Island

1964, TV Show


The Biz: Television Takes Center Stage on CNN's The Sixties

John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon at the Nixon-Kennedy debate

If you were to put 1960s television on a psychiatrist's couch, it would be diagnosed as schizophrenic. Primetime was loaded with frothy, high-concept sitcoms, such as Gilligan's Island and I Dream of Jeannie, that became baby boomer favorites, while network news delivered grim images of the Vietnam War, social unrest, and assassinations.

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Gilligan's Island Star Russell Johnson Dies at 89

Russell Johnson

Russell Johnson, who played The Professor on Gilligan's Island, died Thursday at his home in Washington of kidney failure, ABC News reports. He was 89.

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Report: Gilligan’s Island Is Coming to Broadway

Gilligan' s Island

Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale... in cushy seats on Broadway.

Gilligan's Island may soon be coming to the Great White Way, according to Producer Dianne Fraser has acquired the rights to Gilligan's Island: The Musical, based on the classic 1960s sitcom. The book was written by... read more

Sherwood Schwartz, Gilligan's Island and Brady Bunch Creator, Dies at 94

Sherwood Schwartz

Sherwood Schwartz, the Emmy-winning creator of Gilligan's Island and The Brady Bunch, has died. He was 94.

Schwartz died Tuesday of natural causes in his sleep, surrounded by his family, TMZ reports.

A New Jersey native, Schwartz got his start writing for Bob Hope's radio program in 1939 before ...
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Celebrity Watchlist: Joe Bastianich Sings the Praises of Glee, Idol and Charlie Sheen!

Joe Bastianich

Joe Bastianach knows the culinary world. Not only is he a judge on Fox's MasterChef — which returns for a second season on Monday at 8/7c — he operates three wineries in Italy and 18 restaurants across the country with business partner-celebrity chef Mario Batali. But Bastianich isn't only about food. If necessary, he claims he could make a living by singing for his supper.

The restauranteur can carry a tune and is drawn to shows that feature singing like Glee. "Those kids are fantastic," he tells "I love it because I sing, so I sing along with them." As for fellow Fox reality show American Idol, he boasts, "I'd go on there and win if I wasn't so damn old."

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Ask Matt: Go, Peggy! Plus White Collar, Big Bang, NCIS, and More!

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Question: I'm starting to think Elisabeth Moss is going to have a major problem to deal with next summer: deciding which Mad Men episode to submit for Emmy consideration! Peggy has always been one of Mad Men's most complex and intriguing characters, but this season it just feels like Moss and the writers providing her material have been stepping it up more and more in each episode. I can't decide which Peggy moment has been my favorite so far this season: her dabblings in '60s counterculture, her moving reaction to the news of Trudy Campbell's pregnancy, her clever takedown of the horrid new art director, or any of her scenes with Don in the heartbreaking "The Suitcase" episode. What really is blowing my mind is that we're only about halfway through this season of Mad Men. If it's this good already, I can't even imagine how great the climactic episodes are going to be! I just wanted to check in and see if you have been enjoying Peggy lately as much as I have been... read more

Who Should Be Cast in the Gilligan's Island Movie?

Bob Denver

Hey, little buddies: Ready to play casting director? With Gilligan's Island headed to the big screen, it's time to choose your favorite castaways.

Gilligan's Island adaptation headed to the big screen

Brian Dennehy is a natural for The Skipper, but what about red-headed beauty Ginger? Perhaps ... read more

Gilligan's Island Adaptation Headed to the Big Screen

Bob Denver

Hollywood is gearing up for another three-hour tour: A film adaptation of Gilligan's Island in the works, Variety reports.

Gilligan's Island followed the misadventures of seven people stranded on a desert island. The memorable castaways included... read more

Baby Kurt Russell as Jungle Boy on Gilligan’s Island

Gilligan's Island courtesy Turner Home Entertainment

Today’s Video Break: Gilligan’s IslandEpisode Title: “Gilligan Meets the Jungle Boy”Season: 1Year: 1965Why we love this episode: In light of Mary Ann (now 69) being caught with some ganja and locked up, we had to share our favorite Gilligan’s episode. But in our search for the perfect episode, we stumbled upon a bite-size Kurt Russell guest-starring as a jungle boy Gilligan meets on the island. Daww…he looks so cute in his little leopard skirt. Watch the video now!Your take: What do you think of little Kurt's performance? Thoughts on Mary Ann being a pothead at 69? Any other favorite episodes? read more

Gilligan's "Mary Ann" to Serve Six Months Probation

Dawn Wells by Barry King/

Dawn Wells — aka Mary Ann of Gilligan's Island — is serving six months of unsupervised probation for allegedly having marijuana in her car.The former Islander, now 69, had her sentencing Feb. 29, which included five days in jail, a fine of $410.50 and probation. She pleaded guilty to one count of reckless driving, but, under a plea deal, three misdemeanor counts were dropped. Wells was found with the drugs when she was stopped for erratic driving in October. There are several different accounts, however, of how the pot and paraphernalia ended up in her vehicle, starting with Wells' assertion that she'd picked up some hitchhikers who left it behind. They were, perhaps, on a three-hour tour, which Wells should know has its hazards. — Anna DimondWatch video: Find your fave Gilligan's Island episodes in our Online Video Guide.Related:• What's Your Favorite Brady Bunch Episode?• Locke Pulled a Gilligan! read more

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Premiered: September 26, 1964, on CBS
Rating: TV-G
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Premise: An inexplicably enduring sitcom about seven stranded castaways on an uncharted desert isle. Despite a critical bashing, the show became a pop-culture phenomenon after it was released in syndication; and spun off three TV movies (including the immortal `Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island') and two Saturday-morning cartoons, one set in outer space (`Gilligan's Planet'). Gilligan's first name was never mentioned in the nearly 100 episodes.



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