Gilligan's Island facts for kids
|Created by||Sherwood Schwartz|
|Directed by||Rod Amateau
Stanley Z. Cherry
|Opening theme||"The Ballad of Gilligan's Isle"|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||98 plus a 1963 pilot (first broadcast in 1964) (List of episodes)|
|Camera setup||Film; Single-camera|
|Running time||25 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Gladasya Productions
United Artists Television
|Distributor||United Artists Television
Warner Bros. Television Distribution
|Picture format||Black and white (1964–1965)
|Original run||September 26, 1964– April 17, 1967|
|Followed by||The New Adventures of Gilligan|
Gilligan's Island is a 1964 American television series. The series is about seven people (two crew members and five tourists) who take a 3-hour sightseeing tour from a marina in Hawaii. This occurs on the boat, S.S. Minnow. An unexpected storm sends the boat to an uncharted island. Now, the passengers of the boat have to live on the island and try to find a way home. Most of the episodes involved the characters trying to survive a problem or trying to contact help.
Gilligan's Island ran for a total of 98 episodes. The first season, consisting of 36 episodes, was filmed in black and white. These episodes were later colorized for syndication. The show's second and third seasons (62 episodes) and the three television movie sequels (aired between 1978 and 1982) were filmed in color.
The show received solid ratings during its original run, then grew in popularity during decades of syndication, especially in the 1970s and 1980s when many markets ran the show in the late afternoon. Today, the title character of Gilligan is widely recognized as an American cultural icon.
The two-man crew of the charter boat SS Minnow and five passengers on a "three-hour tour" from Honolulu run into a tropical storm and are shipwrecked on an uncharted island somewhere in the Pacific Ocean.
- Gilligan (Bob Denver) - Dimwitted sailor; title character; wears trademark hat.
- Jonas "The Skipper" Grumby (Alan Hale, Jr.) - The skipper of the boat; calls Gilligan his "little buddy"
- Thurston Howell III (Jim Backus) - Eccentric millionaire
- "Lovey" Howell (Natalie Shaffer) - Thurston's wife
- Ginger Grant (Tina Louise) - A movie actress
- Roy "The Professor" Hinkly (Russell Johnson) - High school teacher/inventor
- Mary Anne Summers (Dawn Wells) - Kansas farm girl
Gilligan's Island Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.