The Trouble With Gilligan‘s Island

Updated on February 27, 2019
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Kenneth is a rural citizen of Hamilton, Ala., and has begun to observe life and certain things and people helping him to write about them.

The seven cast-aways (L-R), kneeling, Russell Johnson; Bob Denver; (Back row), Jim Backus; Natalie Shaefer; Tina Louise, Alan Hale, Jr. and Dawn Wells.
The seven cast-aways (L-R), kneeling, Russell Johnson; Bob Denver; (Back row), Jim Backus; Natalie Shaefer; Tina Louise, Alan Hale, Jr. and Dawn Wells. | Source

Notice:

The following text below is NOT a review of "Gilligan's Island."

Just thought you would like to know.

~~~~~~~~~~ Kenneth

The Show, Gilligan‘s Island

was not a fluke, it was a well-produced production that appealed (even today in reruns) to I dare say, every American in almost-every walk of life—and even in a handful of foreign countries. I cannot say this about all of the CBS comedies. But if you will look at the facts, you will not be surprised at the body of work by: Sherwood Schwartz (November 14, 1916 – July 12, 2011) and how he knew how to create (a) certain show for whatever state our society was evolving, and it worked. Well. Schwartz is also credited for creating The Brady Bunch. And Schwartz wrote the screenplays for these successful shows because this was his main occupation.

Gilligan‘s Island ran on The CBS network from September 26, 1964, to April 17, 1967.Three successful seasons. Pretty good for a handful of actors who were mostly unheard of. 98 – 25 minute programs, directed by Ida Lupino (YES! That actress in the 1950s); Stanley Z. Cherry and Rod Amateau.(This paragraph contains a major question in the “trouble” I had with Gilligan’s Island, but not now.)t

I Liked Both

Gilligan’s Island as well as The Brady Bunch, but for the element of time, and your patience, I will just keep (this piece) to the things that I have wondered about for many years concerning the cast-aways of Gilligan’s Island. I loved those actors. Especially Dawn Wells, “Mary Ann,” and who could blame me?

  • The first piece of trouble I had with this show is the theme song. Pray tell why the 10-verse song, that told the entire plot in the singing? Not even CBS’ Beverly Hillbillies theme song could hold a light to Gilligan’s Island. But there is one exception: The Brady Bunch . . .”Here’s story of a lovely lady,” ya-da, ya-da, ya-da.
  • Secondly, the show, Gilligan’s Island shows one image of The U.S.S. Minnow, the cruise boat that held “Skipper” Alan Hale, Jr., and “Gilligan” Bob Denver, and the other five passengers and after a horrendous storm, the boat was seen with a hole at the bottom of the hull. My thinking is that why didn’t “Professor” Russell John, use some of his very high I.Q., and use the materials available on the island, then repair the Minnow and get home?
  • The cast on Gilligan’s Island always had an ample supply of food, but in “The Skipper’s” food allotment must have been fantastic! In the “years” he was on the island with the six other castaways, he never lost any weight, but by the same token, I can say the same thing about the rest of the crew. I had a theory about “Skipper’s” wide girth: with everyone tucked into their beds, it would not be impossible for him to sneak away and enjoy the cache of food that he had stashed the week prior to his “Food Raid.”
  • Notice the faces of “Professor” Russell Johnson; “The Skipper” Alan Hale, Jr.; “Little Buddy/Gilligan” Bob Denver and “Thurston Howell, III” Jim Backus and you will see these men’s faces being slick-shaven just as if they used razors in their suitcases or purses that “Lovie” Natalie Shaeffer; “Ginger” Tina Louise and “Mary Ann” Dawn Wells carried with them. . .but what about when their razors were worn out? Even if “The Professor” Russell Johnson were to sharpen the edges of a sea shell, that work would not give the men’s faces and women’s legs with such a slick shave.
  • And if “If The Professor” with his superior-intellect could have invented a Communications System like he did by inventing batteries for their transistor radio . . .the crew could have went home and lived out their lives happy as clams.
  • “The Skipper” and “Little Buddy” not only had ONE suit of clothing, but their clothes must have been made with indestructible material because the two of them have had clothing that was worn and thread-bare.
  • The island had many visitors over the years, but not one of them ever convinced the stranger(s) to help them fix The U.S.S. Minnow or help them to build a raft big enough for all of them to sail to freedom---which was how the cast-aways finally used their ingenuity (plus “The Professor’s help) and made this huge raft to get back home.
  • If you are a die-hard “Gilligan” fan, let me ask: did you ever see the cast-aways dine on the many types of fish that were available in the waters near their island? I know. Fruits are great, but like any food, eating the same thing day after day can grow old. Right?

Summary

I have shared a lot of the unanswered questions that I have had with “Gilligan’s Island,” and if you know the answer(s), you can share them with me. The reason that I did not go further is I do not want to be the cause of “Reader Burn-Out,” and upset you. I need all of the friends that I can get.

And now hind-sight being 20/20, even with the obvious questions about “Gilligan’s Island,” we can assume that over the years, the seven cast-aways had bonded with each other so much that “if” they were to ever get home, they realized, although to themselves, that their lives would be so empty and listless, so staying on the island made good sense.

I did see the “Rescue From Gilligan’s Island,” and they had built a huge raft and were all waving good-bye to the island, and what would be just an island, but when they reached their homes, life and what went with it all changed so much that all of them were uncomfortable . . .so

All of them booked voyage again with “The Skipper”and “Gilligan,” and yes, history repeated itself, because a similar storm hit in the same place sending the cast-aways, you guessed it, back to their island and they were all so happy—hugging and crying with joy.

Tell me something. Why didn't anyone just have "Dorothy's" Ruby Slippers to be shipped to them and they could take turns . . ."Home. There's no place like home . . ."

February 27, 2019_______________________________

Care to Learn More About Gilligan’s Island. . .

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilligan%27s_Island

https://gilligan.fandom.com/wiki/Gilligan

https://gilligan.fandom.com/wiki/Season_1

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0057751/



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    © 2019 Kenneth Avery

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        Ken Avery 

        8 weeks ago

        Hi, Liz -- thank you for your comment, and you pose a very interesting question as to why networks do not film shows like Gilligan's Island anymore and the only thing that I can think of is the USA society does not like wholesome, clean shows. They, the society, want bloodshed, violence, and sex openly. No use telling lies.

        Sadly, unless Bill Gates were to turn loose of his few millions, he could buy CBS and have a remake of Gilligan or the other shows that used to be on the air.

        My best to you, Liz, and come back anytime.

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        Ken Avery 

        8 weeks ago

        Umesh -- thank you so much. Write me anytime.

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        Ken Avery 

        8 weeks ago

        Hey, Ellison -- thank you for stopping by and leaving me such a warm thank you. You are welcome. I ask that you come back anytime.

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        Ken Avery 

        8 weeks ago

        Hi, James -- I liked Ginger, but Mary Ann had that pure, down home image, but on one episode, Ginger had to perform in some talent something or other, I guess to keep ratings up-- so long story short, she wore this slinky gown and when she sang, Skipper and Gilligan were frozen. I did wonder why the Professor and Mr. Howell looked as if they could care less.

        Hmmmmm.

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        Ken Avery 

        8 weeks ago

        DW --- my friend, you opened a can of Controversy. Good question. But I have to confess that Mary Ann was my favorite. Girls who looked this great did not exist in my hometown.

        Write me soon.

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        DW Davis 

        2 months ago from Eastern NC

        My question about Gilligan's Island has always been, "How is it that neither Mary Anne nor Ginger ever wound up pregnant?"

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        James A Watkins 

        2 months ago from Chicago

        I enjoyed your article. All the boys were either Mary Ann guys or Ginger guys. I was the former.

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        Ellison Hartley 

        2 months ago from Maryland, USA

        I just binge watched a bunch of episodes of Gilligan's Island! Great article!

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        Liz Westwood 

        2 months ago from UK

        I have a vague recollection of the Brady Bunch. Did that star David Cassidy? But Gilligan's Island is new to me. Some would say that they don't make shows like this anymore. What's your opinion?

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        Umesh Chandra Bhatt 

        2 months ago from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India

        Very interesting.

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