Gilligan's Island (Dvd) Review

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Nominated for zero Emmys in its short three-season stint, Gilligan’s Island nonetheless has carved itself a notable niche in the television hall of fame. The brainchild of TV icon Sherwood Schwartz, longtime TV writer and creator of The Brady Bunch, Gilligan’s Island quickly gathered a strong cult following, reaching successive generations of fans via syndication following its cancellation and even spawning a cable TV reality show four decades later. An original CBS series, the show was shuffled between time slots (much like its contemporary program Star Trek), but later became more popular than ever in its syndicated reruns. With a memorable theme song the average viewer will find stuck in his head for days, Gilligan’s Island is classic family-friendly television entertainment the way it used to be…

Gilligan’s Island follows the adventures of a tour group of varying personalities whose boat, the SS Minnow, falls victim to a torrential rain storm during a three hour tour. Shipwrecked upon a deserted Pacific island, the seven guests and crew spend their days and nights trying to escape the island or be rescued by passersby. In addition to Gilligan (Bob Denver) who is the SS Minnow’s first mate, the island plays host to the Skipper (Alan Hale, Jr.), millionaire couple Thurston (Jim Backus) and Eunice Howell (Natalie Schafer), college professor Roy Hinkley (Russell Johnson), movie star Ginger Grant (Tina Louise), and Mary Ann Summers (Dawn Wells). Most every episode revolves around the group’s feeble attempts to escape the island, undertakings usually thwarted and foiled by Gilligan’s trademark buffoonery…

The Gilligan’s Island DVD features a number of hilarious episodes including the season premiere “Two on a Raft” in which the cast is initially stranded on the island. Crafting a homemade raft, the Skipper and Gilligan set sail to find help. Along the way, they face dangerous sharks, the relentless sun, and hunger pains, until they eventually land on an island (not knowing it’s the very one they set sail from). But Gilligan and the Skipper think the island is inhabited by unfriendly natives, while the rest of the cast believes that Gilligan and the Skipper are unfriendly natives themselves… Other notable episodes from Season 1 include “So Sorry, My Island Now” in which Gilligan’s Island is captured by a Japanese Admiral who thinks World War II is still in full swing, and “My Fair Gilligan” in which Mr. Howell declares Gilligan his adopted son after Gilligan saves Mrs. Howell’s life…

Below is a list of episodes included on the Gilligan’s Island (Season 1) DVD:

Episode 1 (Two on a Raft) Air Date: 09-26-1964
Episode 2 (Home Sweet Hut) Air Date: 10-03-1964
Episode 3 (Voodoo Something To Me) Air Date: 10-10-1964
Episode 4 (Goodnight Sweet Skipper) Air Date: 10-17-1964
Episode 5 (Wrongway Feldman) Air Date: 10-24-1964
Episode 6 (President Gilligan) Air Date: 10-31-1964
Episode 7 (The Sound of Quacking) Air Date: 11-07-1964
Episode 8 (Goodbye Island) Air Date: 11-21-1964
Episode 9 (The Big Gold Strike) Air Date: 11-28-1964
Episode 10 (Waiting for Watubi) Air Date: 12-05-1964
Episode 11 (Angel on the Island) Air Date: 12-12-1964
Episode 12 (Birds Gotta Fly, Fish Gotta Talk) Air Date: 12-19-1964
Episode 13 (Three Million Dollars More or Less) Air Date: 12-26-1964
Episode 14 (Water, Water Everywhere) Air Date: 01-02-1965
Episode 15 (So Sorry, My Island Now) Air Date: 01-09-1965
Episode 16 (Plant You Now, Dig You Later) Air Date: 01-16-1965
Episode 17 (Little Island, Big Gun) Air Date: 01-23-1965
Episode 18 (X Marks the Spot) Air Date: 01-30-1965
Episode 19 (Gilligan Meets Jungle Boy) Air Date: 02-06-1965
Episode 20 (St. Gilligan and the Dragon) Air Date: 02-13-1965
Episode 21 (Big Man on Little Stick) Air Date: 02-20-1965
Episode 22 (Diamonds are an Ape’s Best Friend) Air Date: 02-27-1965
Episode 23 (How to Be a Hero) Air Date: 03-06-1965
Episode 24 (The Return of Wrongway Feldman) Air Date: 03-13-1965
Episode 25 (The Matchmaker) Air Date: 03-20-1965
Episode 26 (Music Hath Charm) Air Date: 03-27-1965
Episode 27 (New Neighbor Sam) Air Date: 04-03-1965
Episode 28 (They’re Off and Running) Air Date: 04-10-1965
Episode 29 (Three to Get Ready) Air Date: 04-17-1965
Episode 30 (Forget Me Not) Air Date: 04-24-1965
Episode 31 (Diogenes, Won’t You Please Go Home?) Air Date: 05-01-1965
Episode 32 (Physical Fatness) Air Date: 05-08-1965
Episode 33 (It’s Magic) Air Date: 05-15-1965
Episode 34 (Goodbye, Old Paint) Air Date: 05-22-1965
Episode 35 (My Fair Gilligan) Air Date: 06-05-1965
Episode 36 (A Nose By Any Other Name) Air Date: 06-12-1965


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