List of Gilligan's Island episodes

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Gilligan's Island is an American sitcom created and produced by Sherwood Schwartz and originally produced by United Artists Television. The series aired for three seasons on the CBS network from September 26, 1964, to September 4, 1967.

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 36 September 26, 1964 (1964-09-26) June 12, 1965 (1965-06-12)
2 32 September 16, 1965 (1965-09-16) April 28, 1966 (1966-04-28)
3 30 September 12, 1966 (1966-09-12) April 17, 1967 (1967-04-17)
Television films 4 October 14, 1978 (1978-10-14) October 14, 2001 (2001-10-14)


Pilot (1992)[edit]

Title Original air date
"Marooned"October 16, 1992 (1992-10-16) (on TBS)
The pilot episode, titled "Marooned", was filmed in November 1963. On November 22, the day of the John F. Kennedy assassination, the crew continued to work after hearing the shocking news.[1] The departure of the Minnow was filmed on November 26, and all the flags in that sequence can be seen flying at half-staff. The episode eventually aired on TBS twenty-nine years later on October 16, 1992.

Season 1 (1964-65)[edit]

The first season aired Saturdays at 8:30-9:00 pm (EST). All episodes were filmed in black-and-white.

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01 01 Two on a Raft John Rich Lawrence J. Cohen & Fred Freeman

September 26, 1964 (1964-09-26)

Following a violent storm that maroons crew and passengers on an uncharted island, the Skipper (Alan Hale Jr.) and Gilligan (Bob Denver) sail for help on a raft, only to wind up back on the same island—an important fact of which they are unaware.

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02 02 Home Sweet Hut Richard Donner Bill Davenport & Charles Tannen

October 3, 1964 (1964-10-03)

The castaways build a hut for all, but tensions mount and soon they all build their own huts.

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03 03 Voodoo Something to Me John Rich Austin Kalish & Elroy Schwartz

October 10, 1964 (1964-10-10)

Skipper believes the island is under the spell of Voodoo and that Gilligan has been turned into a chimp.

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04 04 Goodnight, Sweet Skipper Ida Lupino Dick Conway & Roland MacLane

October 17, 1964 (1964-10-17)

Skipper turns the radio into a transmitter. The catch is that he can only do it when he sleepwalks. With June Foray as the voice of aviatrix Alice McNeil.

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05 05 Wrongway Feldman (Episode) Ida Lupino Fred Freeman & Lawrence J. Cohen

October 24, 1964 (1964-10-24)

Famed aviator Wrongway Feldman is discovered living on the island. The castaways help him fix his plane so he can fly for help. Wrongway gets back to civilization after nearly 30 years, but his directions are so inexact that "Gilligan's Island" is located anywhere from the Bay of Naples to the Arctic Ocean!

06 06 President Gilligan Richard Donner Roland Wolpert

October 31, 1964 (1964-10-31)

When Mr. Howell and the Skipper square off over who is in charge, the castaways decide they need to elect a leader.

07 07 The Sound of Quacking Thomas Montgomery Lawrence J. Cohen & Fred Freeman

November 7, 1964 (1964-11-07)

A duck lands on the island. Food is scarce, but Gilligan is determined to protect the duck. Mel Blanc voices the duck. Ironically, the dream sequence was filmed on the set of Gunsmoke, which replaced Gilligan's Island in its time slot for season 4, cancelling the show.

08 08 Goodbye Island John Rich Albert E. Lewin & Burt Styler

November 21, 1964 (1964-11-21)

Gilligan discovers the perfect, permanent glue when trying to make pancake syrup. His goofy glue, however, turns out to be temporary instead of permanent and the Minnow breaks apart.

09 09 The Big Gold Strike Stanley Z. Cherry Roland Wolpert

November 28, 1964 (1964-11-28)

Mr. Howell and Gilligan discover a gold mine on the island. Soon everyone has "gold fever".

10 10 Waiting for Watubi Jack Arnold Fred Freeman & Lawrence J. Cohen

December 5, 1964 (1964-12-05)

Skipper finds a tiki idol, a small statue of Kona, the god of evil. Skipper believes he is cursed. Only a visit from Watubi can lift the spell.

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11 11 Angel on the Island Jack Arnold Herbert Finn & Alan Dinehart

December 12, 1964 (1964-12-12)

Mr. Howell agrees to back Ginger's off-Broadway, on-island show. However, his wife soon believes that she should be the star of her husband's show.

12 12 Birds Gotta Fly, Fish Gotta Talk Rod Amateau Sherwood Schwartz and Austin Kalish and Elroy Schwartz

December 19, 1964 (1964-12-19)

It's the first Christmas on the island and the castaways remember their first days on the island. Soon Santa visits to remind them of what they have to be thankful for, but is he really Skipper in disguise?

13 13 Three Million Dollars More or Less Thomas Montgomery Teleplay by: Bill Davenport & Charles Tannen
Story by: Sam Locke & Joel Rapp

December 26, 1964 (1964-12-26)

Gilligan wins $3 million from Mr. Howell in a putting contest.

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14 14 Water, Water Everywhere Stanley Z. Cherry Tom Waldman & Frank Waldman

January 2, 1965 (1965-01-02)

Drinking water is suddenly scarce. Gilligan doesn't seem to do anything right until he finds a frog that comes to the rescue. Mel Blanc voices Froggy.

15 15 So Sorry, My Island Now Alan Crosland, Jr. David P. Harmon

January 9, 1965 (1965-01-09)

A Japanese sailor (Vito Scotti in his first of four guest appearances) captures everyone except Gilligan and the Skipper. They then try to use his submarine to return to civilization.

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16 16 Plant You Now, Dig You Later Lawrence Dobkin Elroy Schwartz & Oliver Crawford

January 16, 1965 (1965-01-16)

Gilligan uncovers a treasure chest while digging a pit for Mr. Howell. A court is held, with the professor as the judge to decide rightful ownership.

17 17 Little Island, Big Gun Abner Biberman Dick Conway & Roland MacLane

January 23, 1965 (1965-01-23)

Trying to evade the police after a heist, a gangster (Larry Storch) is dropped off on the island, planning to hide out for a while. Discovering that the island is occupied, he poses as a doctor. When he is found out, the castaways get a firsthand taste of gangster culture.

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18 18 'X' Marks the Spot Jack Arnold Sherwood Schwartz & Elroy Schwartz

January 30, 1965 (1965-01-30)

The island is the target of a new Air Force missile, but it doesn't explode when it lands. Now Gilligan is the only one who can defuse it.

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19 19 Gilligan Meets Jungle Boy Lawrence Dobkin Al Schwartz and Howard Merrill & Howard Harris

February 6, 1965 (1965-02-06)

Kurt Russell is the Jungle Boy, a lad found living in the jungle. They accidentally send him back to civilization alone in a homemade balloon before they get finished teaching him English.

20 20 St. Gilligan and the Dragon Richard Donner Arnold & Lois Peyser

February 13, 1965 (1965-02-13)

The women tire of being held subservient to the men and decide to separate and build their own camp. The men realize how much they need the women, and so they try to scare the women back.

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21 21 Big Man on a Little Stick Tony Leader Charles Tannen & Lou Huston

February 20, 1965 (1965-02-20)

Super Surfer Duke Williams rides a tsunami onto the island, and off again.

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22 22 Diamonds Are an Ape's Best Friend Jack Arnold Elroy Schwartz

February 27, 1965 (1965-02-27)

A gorilla is loose on the island, and he likes Mrs. Howell because of her perfume.

23 23 How to Be a Hero Tony Leader Herbert Finn & Alan Dinehart

March 6, 1965 (1965-03-06)

Gilligan has to be rescued while he is rescuing Mary Ann. This failure leaves him feeling down in the dumps so the other castaways devise ways to try to make him feel like a hero. However he has the chance to be a real hero when a headhunter arrives on the island.

24 24 The Return of Wrongway Feldman Ida Lupino and Gene Nelson Lawrence J. Cohen & Fred Freeman

March 13, 1965 (1965-03-13)

Wrongway is back, this time trying to escape the hustle and bustle of the modern world. So now the castaways must convince him that civilization is better than life on the island. They try various schemes to get him to return to civilization and rescue them.

25 25 The Matchmaker Tony Leader Joanna Lee

March 20, 1965 (1965-03-20)

Mrs. Howell misses the busy social season of civilization, so she tries to pair up Gilligan and Mary Ann. This ends up creating trouble in the family between Mr. and Mrs. Howell resulting in a temporary battle between all the group until the castaways decide to recreate the scene of Mr. Howell's proposal: a fancy French restaurant called the Tour D'Argent.

26 26 Music Hath Charms Jack Arnold Al Schwartz & Howard Harris

March 27, 1965 (1965-03-27)

Mrs. Howell wants to civilize the island with an orchestra. But the sounds attract the wrong kind of audience.

27 27 New Neighbor Sam Thomas Montgomery Charles Tannen & George O'Hanlon

April 3, 1965 (1965-04-03)

The castaways are hearing voices of gangsters, but it turns out to be a parrot. Mel Blanc voices the parrot.

28 28 They're Off and Running Jack Arnold Walter Black

April 10, 1965 (1965-04-10)

The Skipper loses Gilligan to Mr. Howell wagering on turtle races.

29 29 Three to Get Ready Jack Arnold David P. Harmon

April 17, 1965 (1965-04-17)

Gilligan finds a lucky stone, "The Eye of the Idol", that entitles him to three wishes before the end of the day. But, he loses it and they have to find it before sundown.

30 30 Forget Me Not Jack Arnold Herbert Margolis

April 24, 1965 (1965-04-24)

The Skipper has amnesia and the Professor resorts to hypnosis to cure him. However, trouble ensues as he keeps missing the moment of memory at which the Skipper should be.

31 31 Diogenes, Won't You Please Go Home? Christian Nyby David P. Harmon

May 1, 1965 (1965-05-01)

Gilligan is keeping a diary, and everyone wants to know what he has to say. When he refuses everyone writes their own diary. Everyone remembers the day the Japanese sailor came differently.

32 32 Physical Fatness Gary Nelson Herbert Finn & Alan Dinehart

May 8, 1965 (1965-05-08)

When rescue looks imminent Gilligan helps the Skipper lose enough weight to get back into the navy once they are rescued. Also, they help Gilligan gain weight so he too can return to navy life.

33 33 It's Magic Jack Arnold Al Schwartz & Bruce Howard

May 15, 1965 (1965-05-15)

A magician's trunk washes ashore and the castaways learn tricks to scare away natives. But after Gilligan caused trouble with a magic trick, he hides out in a cave and the castaways try to get him back.

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34 34 Goodbye, Old Paint Jack Arnold David P. Harmon

May 22, 1965 (1965-05-22)

Dubov, a reclusive, snobbish painter, is found on the island. To convince him to return to civilization, they set up Gilligan as a rival avant-garde artist. (This episode was not broadcast in syndication during the 1970s)

35 35 My Fair Gilligan Tony Leader Joanna Lee

June 5, 1965 (1965-06-05)

Gilligan saves Mrs. Howell's life and the Howells decide to adopt him, and change him into "Gilligan Thurston Howell IV"—an endeavor which results in problems for all concerned.

36 36 A Nose by Any Other Name Hal Cooper Elroy Schwartz

June 12, 1965 (1965-06-12)

Gilligan's nose swells and his ego fades after he falls out of a coconut tree. He insists that the professor perform plastic surgery on his now deformed nose.

Season 2 (1965-66)[edit]

The second season aired Thursdays at 8:00-8:30 pm (EST).

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37 01 Gilligan's Mother-in-Law Jack Arnold Budd Grossman

September 16, 1965 (1965-09-16)

A native family arrives on the island looking for a husband for their ample (overweight) daughter. They choose Gilligan, but soon a native suitor shows up to challenge Gilligan to a duel. Jim Backus's real-life wife has a cameo as the wife of the chief. Jim Backus impersonates entertainer Ted Lewis in this episode.

38 02 Beauty Is as Beauty Does Jack Arnold Joanna Lee

September 23, 1965 (1965-09-23)

After each of the other men nominate a different woman as the fairest on the island, Gilligan suggests a beauty contest to decide Miss Castaway. With the other three men each backing a different woman, Gilligan finds himself in the uncomfortable position of judge. The men attempt to sabotage the other women's chances by pouring glue on the stage, blowing sneezing powder towards the contestants, and spitting spit balls. Gilligan chooses an island ape as Miss Castaway, as she is the only truly qualifying island native.

39 03 The Little Dictator Jack Arnold Bob Rodgers & Sid Mandel

September 30, 1965 (1965-09-30)

When El Presidente Pancho Hernando Gonzales Enrico Rodriguez of Ecuarico is exiled on the island, he foments a revolution and convinces Gilligan to become his puppet leader. This episode is in effect a satire of the military politics of many Latin American countries during the 1960s, and is series creator Sherwood Schwartz's personal favorite. Nehemiah Persoff guest stars.

40 04 Smile, You're on Mars Camera Jack Arnold Al Schwartz & Bruce Howard

October 7, 1965 (1965-10-07)

A Mars Lander accidentally crashes on the island instead of landing on Mars. However the camera doesn't work until -thanks to Gilligan-the castaways are covered in glue and feathers. The castaways are then mistaken for chicken people on Mars. As punishment for messing up another rescue, Gilligan becomes a human cuckoo clock bird!

41 05 The Sweepstakes Jack Arnold Walter Black

October 14, 1965 (1965-10-14)

Gilligan wins the lottery, joins the Howells' club, and then loses the ticket.

42 06 Quick Before It Sinks George Cahan Stan Burns & Mike Marmer

October 28, 1965 (1965-10-28)

The Professor mistakenly believes that the island is sinking when Gilligan uses the Professor's high water measuring stick to mark the lobster traps.

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43 07 Castaways Pictures Presents Jack Arnold Herbert Finn & Alan Dinehart

November 4, 1965 (1965-11-04)

Gilligan discovers a sunken ship in the lagoon. The ship is only half there, but the cargo is intact: two crates of movie production equipment and costumes from Exit South Seas Film Productions and Castaways Pictures. The group uses the equipment to make a movie about themselves and their predicament in hopes that it will spark a rescue. Instead, the film wins a Cannes Film Festival Award.

44 08 Agonized Labor Jack Arnold Roland MacLane

November 11, 1965 (1965-11-11)

The Howells are broke, or so the radio says. After the rest of the group stops Mr. Howell's suicide attempts, they try to train them for other lines of work for after they are rescued.

45 09 Nyet, Nyet, Not Yet Jack Arnold Adele T. Strassfield & Robert Riordan

November 18, 1965 (1965-11-18)

Two Russian Cosmonauts land on the island. The castaways hope it will lead to a rescue. For once Gilligan does something right when he switches water for vodka, but in the end he still messes things up as usual.

46 10 Hi-Fi Gilligan Jack Arnold Mary C. McCall, Jr.

November 25, 1965 (1965-11-25)

Gilligan's mouth becomes a radio when a filling in a tooth is knocked loose. Just in time too, as the regular radio is broken and a monster typhoon is on its way.

47 11 The Chain of Command Leslie Goodwins Arnold & Lois Peyser

December 2, 1965 (1965-12-02)

The Skipper wants to train Gilligan to take charge should anything happen to him. Gilligan's mettle is tested when the Skipper disappears, apparently kidnapped by natives.

48 12 Don't Bug the Mosquitoes Steve Binder Brad Radnitz

December 9, 1965 (1965-12-09)

In a parody of The Beatles and Beatlemania, the music sensation "The Mosquitoes" land on the island for much needed peace and quiet. What they get instead are the girls having formed a group of their own, "The Honeybees".

49 13 Gilligan Gets Bugged Gary Nelson Jack Gross, Jr. & Michael R. Stein

December 16, 1965 (1965-12-16)

Gilligan has been bitten by the dreaded, and deadly, Mantis Khani. Now he has 24 hours to live. The problem is, the Mantis Khani only travels in swarms of thousands of bugs. Soon everyone is bitten.

50 14 Mine Hero Wilbur D'Arcy David Braverman & Bob Marcus

December 23, 1965 (1965-12-23)

Gilligan catches a WWII mine while fishing. Now they must get rid of it before it destroys them all.

51 15 Erika Tiffany Smith to the Rescue Jack Arnold David P. Harmon

December 30, 1965 (1965-12-30)

Socialite Erika Tiffany-Smith (Zsa Zsa Gabor) arrives on the island, looking for a place to build a resort. But instead she falls in love with, and becomes engaged to, the Professor. Once she returns to civilization, however, Smith's logbook can't help the castaways - not only are the directions hopelessly vague, but it's written in Hungarian.

52 16 Not Guilty Stanley Z. Cherry Roland MacLane

January 6, 1966 (1966-01-06)

Who killed Randolph Blake? According to a newspaper that washed ashore, one of the castaways did it the night before the fateful 3-hour tour. So they recreate the crime in order to find out who among them is the murderer. Well-known Cincinnati news anchor Al Schottelkotte has a off-screen cameo as himself as the radio announcer.

53 17 You've Been Disconnected Jack Arnold Elroy Schwartz

January 13, 1966 (1966-01-13)

A storm washes an international underwater telephone cable onto the shore of the lagoon. So naturally they try to call for help.

54 18 The Postman Cometh Leslie Goodwins Herbert Finn & Alan Dinehart

January 20, 1966 (1966-01-20)

Gilligan and the Skipper hear on the radio that Mary Ann's boyfriend is getting married. Wondering how to break the news to her, the two go to the Professor and Mr. Howell. Gilligan, Skipper, and the Professor attempt to woo her, but Mary Ann believes they are trying to tell her she has eaten poisonous mushrooms!

55 19 Seer Gilligan Leslie Goodwins Elroy Schwartz

January 27, 1966 (1966-01-27)

Gilligan has found a bush that provides seeds that enable anyone who eats the seeds to read people's minds.

56 20 Love Me, Love My Skipper Tony Leader Herbert Finn & Alan Dinehart

February 3, 1966 (1966-02-03)

The Howells are planning a cotillion, but Mr. Howell accidentally loses the Skipper's invitation.

57 21 Gilligan's Living Doll Leslie Goodwins Bob Stevens

February 10, 1966 (1966-02-10)

A robot lands on the island, and the castaways must figure out how to use him to get rescued. Watch out for Gilligan's lucky rabbit's foot, which will magically reappear in episode 3.05.

58 22 Forward March Jerry Hopper Jack Raymond

February 17, 1966 (1966-02-17)

Someone is shelling the castaways with hand grenades. It turns out that a gorilla has found a stash of WWII weapons in a cave.

59 23 Ship Ahoax Leslie Goodwins Charles Tannen & George O'Hanlon

February 24, 1966 (1966-02-24)

When "Island Madness" threatens to destroy harmony on the island, Ginger uses a crystal ball to give everyone something to hope for. NFL Films narrator John Facenda has an off-screen cameo as himself as a radio announcer.

60 24 Feed the Kitty Leslie Goodwins J.E. Selby & Richard Sanville

March 3, 1966 (1966-03-03)

A cage carrying a lion washes off a ship and onto the island. Gilligan befriends it by pulling a thorn from its paw. The castaways then decide to stage a circus. Note: During filming of this episode, the lion tried to attack Bob Denver. The lion's trainer asked the cast to keep this a secret from his employer, fearing he would be fired.

61 25 Operation: Steam Heat Stanley Z. Cherry Terence & Joan Maples

March 10, 1966 (1966-03-10)

Gilligan finds a thermal vent and soon everyone has piping hot water. But the Professor isn't so excited because this means there is an active volcano on the island.

62 26 Will the Real Mr. Howell Please Stand Up? Jack Arnold Budd Grossman

March 17, 1966 (1966-03-17)

Mr. Howell has a double back home spending his money. When the gent goes on a cruise, guess where he lands? The real Mr. Howell twice attempts to swim the Pacific to stop the impostor. Jim Buckus played both Mr Howell and the imposter

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63 27 Ghost a Go-Go Leslie Goodwins Roland MacLane

March 24, 1966 (1966-03-24)

A ghost is terrorizing the castaways, so the castaways decide to terrorize the ghost. Richard Kiel guest-stars as the "Ghost"

64 28 Allergy Time Jack Arnold Budd Grossman

March 31, 1966 (1966-03-31)

First the Skipper, then the rest of the castaways develop an allergy to Gilligan.

65 29 The Friendly Physician Jack Arnold Elroy Schwartz

April 7, 1966 (1966-04-07)

Mad scientist Dr. Boris Balinkoff (Vito Scotti) "rescues" the castaways. But in reality he kidnaps them to his own nearby island for mind transfer experiments.

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66 30 "V" For Vitamins Jack Arnold Barney Slater

April 14, 1966 (1966-04-14)

Gilligan must guard the last precious orange when the Professor determines that the castaways are in need of vitamins. (Bob Denver's real-life son Patrick plays small Gilligan in the dream sequence.)

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67 31 Mr. and Mrs. ??? Gary Nelson Jack Gross, Jr. & Michael R. Stein

April 21, 1966 (1966-04-21)

The radio announces that the minister who married the Howells was a phony, so they aren't really married. When they attempt to get remarried by the Skipper in a ceremony "at sea" in the middle of the lagoon, havoc ensues and they break up instead. So Mr. Howell takes Ginger on a date, while Miss Wentworth dates the Professor; each in an effort to make the other jealous.

68 32 Meet the Meteor Jack Arnold Elroy Schwartz

April 28, 1966 (1966-04-28)

A meteor crashes into the island making everything near it age very rapidly, including people. Can the Professor, the Skipper and Gilligan find a solution before the castaways age 50 years in a week?

Season 3 (1966-67)[edit]

The third season aired Mondays at 7:30-8:00 pm (EST).

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69 01 Up At Bat Jerry Hopper Ron Friedman

September 12, 1966 (1966-09-12)

Gilligan is bitten by a bat, and he believes he is turning into a vampire. This invokes a dream by Gilligan that he is Dracula; Ginger is his vampire "wife"; Mary Ann is old woman housekeeper; Mr and Mrs Howell are travelers; Skipper is Dr Watson and Professor is a dimwitted Sherlock Holmes Detective!

70 02 Gilligan vs. Gilligan Jerry Hopper Joanna Lee

September 19, 1966 (1966-09-19)

Gilligan has a double - a Soviet agent sent to discover the true mission of the castaways. Bob Denver played both Gilligan and his double

71 03 Pass the Vegetables, Please Leslie Goodwins Elroy Schwartz

September 26, 1966 (1966-09-26)

A crate of radioactive experimental vegetable seeds washes ashore. The castaways plant them, and they grow remarkably fast. Then they begin to sit down to a garden banquet, each castaway feasting on his or her favorite veggie, before they discover the "radioactive experimental" part of the crate they came in. Most notably, Mary Ann gets incredible eyesight (from eating carrots); Gilligan gets super strength (from eating spinach) and Mrs. Howell gets unlimited energy (from eating sugar beets). Can the Professor find a cure before the castaways become the healthiest dead people on the Island?

72 04 The Producer Ida Lupino Gerald Gardner & Dee Caruso

October 3, 1966 (1966-10-03)

Egocentric Hollywood producer Harold Hecuba lands on the island for some rest and solitude. The castaways convince him to return to civilization by staging a musical production of Hamlet. Phil Silvers of Gladtaseya Productions (which filmed Gilligan's Island) guests stars as Harold Hecuba.

In 1997, TV Guide ranked this episode #52 on its list of the 100 Greatest Episodes.[2]

73 05 Voodoo George Cahan Herbert Finn & Alan Dinehart

October 10, 1966 (1966-10-10)

A witch-doctor has come to the island and stolen a personal item from each castaway and is now casting voodoo spells over them. Gilligan and the Skipper cannot stop laughing. Mary Ann and Ginger cannot get apart from each other. Everyone's feet burn. The Professor, who does not believe in voodoo, is turned into a zombie.

74 06 Where There's a Will Charles Norton Sid Mandel & Roy Kammerman

October 17, 1966 (1966-10-17)

Mr. Howell decides to put the castaways into his will. Grateful, they try to plan a surprise party for him, but a number of unfortunate happenstances convince Mr. Howell they want to murder him for the money.

75 07 Man With a Net Leslie Goodwins Budd Grossman

October 24, 1966 (1966-10-24)

Lord Beasley, a world famous butterfly collector, comes to the island in search of the world's rarest butterfly, the pussycat swallowtail. The castaways pull out all the stops to help him find one.

76 08 Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow Tony Leader Brad Radnitz

October 31, 1966 (1966-10-31)

Gilligan wakes up with white hair, then he wakes up bald. It is not long before the Skipper becomes afflicted too.

77 09 Ring Around Gilligan George Cahan John Fenton Murray

November 7, 1966 (1966-11-07)

Mad scientist Dr. Boris Balinkoff (Vito Scotti) is back. This time his scheme is to turn the castaways into hypnotized robots he will use to assist him in looting Fort Knox. "Igor" is represented by a monkey.

78 10 Topsy-Turvy Gary Nelson Elroy Schwartz

November 14, 1966 (1966-11-14)

Gilligan bumps his head and sees everything upside down. The Professor concocts a potion to cure him but instead Gilligan sees multiple images. To make matters worse, headhunters come to the island and capture everyone but Gilligan. Los Angeles Rams quarterback Roman Gabriel plays one of the headhunters.

79 11 The Invasion Leslie Goodwins Sam Locke & Joel Rapp

November 21, 1966 (1966-11-21)

When a locked official briefcase washes ashore, the castaways are dying to find out what is inside. Gilligan dreams that he is Good Guy Spy 0014-can he outwit Mr. Evil (Mr Howell); Evil agent Lovey (Mrs. Howell); Evil agent 1 (Skipper); Evil Agent 5 (Ginger); Evil agent 10 (Mary Ann). A spoof of James Bond 007.

80 12 The Kidnapper Jerry Hopper Ray Singer

November 28, 1966 (1966-11-28)

A kidnapper is loose on the island, holding first one, then another castaway for ransom. They set out to trap him at his own game.

81 13 And Then There Were None Jerry Hopper Ron Friedman

December 5, 1966 (1966-12-05)

The castaways are disappearing one by one. Inspired by a comment of the Professor's, Gilligan begins to wonder if some mental dysfunction could be turning him into another Mr. Hyde.

82 14 All About Eva Jerry Hopper Joanna Lee

December 12, 1966 (1966-12-12)

A plain Jane named Eva Grubb comes to the island to escape society. But when the girls give her a makeover, it turns out that Ginger has a double. And soon it is trouble for all when she knocks out Ginger and tries to be her. Eva fools everyone during a party but is exposed when Ginger escapes. She later escapes on her power boat, leaving behind a message saying she was going back to Hollywood to resume Ginger's career. Tina Louise played a duel role as Ginger and Grubb.

83 15 Gilligan Goes Gung-Ho Robert Scheerer Bruce Howard

December 26, 1966 (1966-12-26)

The castaways decide to establish law and order on the island, with the Skipper as the island Sheriff and Gilligan as his deputy. Unfortunately Deputy Gilligan takes his new responsibility too seriously, and, as a result, everyone ends up in jail...including, eventually, himself! {A similar story takes place on The Andy Griffith Show when acting Sherriff of the Day Barney Fife locks up the entire town of Mayberry!}

84 16 Take A Dare Stanley Z. Cherry Roland MacLane

January 2, 1967 (1967-01-02)

The Take-A-Dare radio show has put a contestant on a deserted island to survive for one week without any help from anyone. If he can do this he will win $10,000. Trouble is, the island the contestant is on is not exactly deserted. Strother Martin guest stars.

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85 17 Court-Martial Gary Nelson Roland MacLane

January 9, 1967 (1967-01-09)

When they hear on the radio that the Maritime Board has pinned the loss of the Minnow on the Skipper, the castaways recreate the shipwreck to uncover the truth. When the blame seems to shift to Gilligan, he runs away.

86 18 The Hunter Leslie Goodwins Ben Gershman & William Freedman

January 16, 1967 (1967-01-16)

Big game hunter Jonathan Kincaid lands on the island. Disappointed to discover no game to hunt, he decides to hunt "the Most Deadly Game", also known as Gilligan. If Gilligan can elude him for 24 hours then he will rescue them. Gilligan survives but there is no rescue, Kincaid is fearful of going to jail if they told anyone about the hunt so he leaves them on the island. Later the castaways hear about how Kincaid shoots 100% at a trap shoot but has a mental breakdown and has to be taken away in a straitjacket to a mental hospital mumbling "Gilligan". A spoof of The Most Dangerous Game.

87 19 Lovey's Secret Admirer David Orrick McDearmon Herbert Finn & Alan Dinehart

January 23, 1967 (1967-01-23)

Mrs. Howell has a secret admirer, to Mr. Howell's outrage. So the Professor invents a lie detector, and this and a trap combine to reveal the truth. All the attention causes her to dream that she is Cinderella.

88 20 Our Vines Have Tender Apes David Orrick McDearmon Sid Mandel & Roy Kammerman

January 30, 1967 (1967-01-30)

Tongo the Ape Man, actually a movie actor researching a role, visits the island. He tries to fool the castaways into believing he is really a "savage" jungle lord (a la Tarzan), but the island's resident gorilla gives him away.

89 21 Gilligan's Personal Magnetism Hal Cooper Bruce Howard

February 6, 1967 (1967-02-06)

Gilligan and his bowling ball are magnetically attached to each other after Gilligan is struck by lightning. The Professor's cure turns Gilligan invisible.

90 22 Splashdown Jerry Hopper John Fenton Murray

February 20, 1967 (1967-02-20)

The Professor determines that a manned American spacecraft will pass directly over their island. They set out to build a signal to let the astronauts know they are there. The unmanned spacecraft that the astronauts are to rendezvous with accidentally lands on the island. The Castaways decide that Gilligan and Skipper will use the spacecraft to try to get help-but they do not know that the spacecraft will self destruct!

91 23 High Man on the Totem Pole Herbert Coleman Brad Radnitz

February 27, 1967 (1967-02-27)

Skipper and Gilligan find a totem pole in the jungle, and the head at the top of the pole is a dead ringer for Gilligan, leading him to believe he is a Kupakai headhunter. Trouble begins when real Kupakai warriors show up and discover that someone has defaced their sacred pole.

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92 24 The Second Ginger Grant Steve Binder Ron Friedman

March 6, 1967 (1967-03-06)

Mary Ann bumps her head, and now she thinks she is Ginger. So now, it's a mix up for the castaways. Ginger is Mary Ann, and Mary Ann is Ginger. But when the Professor hypnotized Mary Ann, she still thinks she is Ginger, but Gilligan thinks he is Mary Ann.

93 25 The Secret of Gilligan's Island Gary Nelson Teleplay by: Bruce Howard
Story by: Bruce Howard & Arne Sultan

March 13, 1967 (1967-03-13)

Gilligan finds a stone map that tells how to get "off" the island.

94 26 Slave Girl Wilbur D'Arcy Michael Fessier

March 20, 1967 (1967-03-20)

Gilligan rescues Kalani, a Matoba native girl, from drowning, and she vows to be his slave for life. When her ex, Ugundi, shows up on the island and challenges Gilligan to a duel to the death, "for life" may be a short stint.

95 27 It's a Bird, It's a Plane Gary Nelson Sam Locke & Joel Rapp

March 27, 1967 (1967-03-27)

A James Bond-like jet pack lands on the island. The castaways believe they can use it to signal the Navy search party looking for it. Even with the jet pack Gilligan as usual messes up any rescue attempts.

96 28 The Pigeon Michael Kane Teleplay by: Brad Radnitz
Story by: Jack Raymond & Joel Hammil

April 3, 1967 (1967-04-03)

When a homing pigeon comes to the island, the castaways begin to correspond with the bird's owner, who is an inmate at Alcatraz. Naturally he doesn't take their messages seriously. Sterling Holloway guest stars as Bert the Convict.

97 29 Bang! Bang! Bang! Charles Norton Leonard Goldstein

April 10, 1967 (1967-04-10)

A crate full of modeling clay washes ashore and the castaways waste no time in molding it into things they need, including fillings for Gilligan's teeth. A playful monkey shows them that, once hardened, the clay is a deadly explosive, set off by the slightest bump.

98 30 Gilligan, the Goddess Gary Nelson Jack Paritz & Bob Rodgers

April 17, 1967 (1967-04-17)

A Chief from a nearby island, King Killiwani, comes in search of a 'White Goddess' to take back to his island to marry. Will he settle for "Gillianna"?

Follow-up films[edit]

There were 3 sequel films.The first (1978) had them rescued and proved so successful that it spawned a second (1979) and third (1981). By the third film, the charm was lost, ratings were down, and no more were made.

In 2001, Dawn Wells co-produced a television film bio-pic, where she, Bob Denver, and Russell Johnson appear as themselves as hosts and remember what life was like during the series. In the memory scenes, they and the rest of the cast and crew are played by actors, while Dawn narrates.

Title Original air date
Rescue from Gilligan's IslandOctober 14 & 21, 1978 (October 14 & 21, 1978)

The castaways turn the huts into rafts and are finally rescued, to great fanfare. On the first anniversary of their rescue they all meet in Hawaii for a reunion, and decide to take a short cruise. The weather starts to get rough, and they get stranded on the same island again.

Notable for the absence of Tina Louise, who refused to join any reunion. She was replaced by Judith Baldwin.
The Castaways on Gilligan's IslandMay 3, 1979 (1979-05-03)

The castaways are once again rescued from the island, but this time they return voluntarily to build a resort on the island.

Judith Baldwin is Ginger once again.
The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's IslandMay 15, 1981 (1981-05-15)

The Harlem Globetrotters crashland on the island. When a millionaire tries to take over the resort, the rivalry is settled by a game between the Globetrotters and the rival's robot team.
Jim Backus (Thurston Howell) has only a walk-on part at the end of the film as he was suffering the advanced stages of Parkinson's disease by then. His role on the island was filled by creating "Thurston Howell IV", played by David Ruprecht, the couple's supposed son. (Conflict with the first season episode in which Gilligan was adopted by the Howells after saving Lovey's life. He was said at that time to be their only son.)

Constance Forslund takes over the role of Ginger Grant.
Surviving Gilligan's IslandOctober 14, 2001 (2001-10-14)
A behind-the-scenes look at life as member of the Gilligan's Island cast. Dawn Wells, who was the co-executive producer; Bob Denver, and Russell Johnson reminisce about the trials and tribulations associated with making the show. These memories come to life as the cast and crew are portrayed by actors.

Home media[edit]

This series has been released on DVD by Warner Home Video, in three season box sets (the first of which includes the pilot episode) and in a complete series set. There has also been a single-disc release containing only the first two episodes.[3]

DVD set Episodes Release date
Gilligan's Island: The Complete 1st Season 37 February 3, 2004 (2004-02-03)
Gilligan's Island: TV Premiere DVD 2 June 8, 2004 (2004-06-08)
Gilligan's Island: The Complete 2nd Season 32 January 11, 2005 (2005-01-11)
Gilligan's Island: The Complete 3rd Season 30 July 26, 2005 (2005-07-26)
Gilligan's Island: The Complete Series Collection 98 November 6, 2007 (2007-11-06)


  1. Sylvia Stoddard "TV Treasures – A Companion Guide to Gilligan's Island"; May 1996 ISBN 0-312-95797-1 pg. 10
  2. "Special Collector's Issue: 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time". TV Guide (June 28-July 4). 1997. {{cite journal}}: |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  3. Gilligan's Island Archived September 28, 2013, at the Wayback Machine. at

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