Gilligan's Island (season 1)

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Gilligan's Island (season 1)
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes36
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 26, 1964 (1964-09-26) –
June 12, 1965 (1965-06-12)
Season chronology
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List of Gilligan's Island episodes

The first season of the American comedy television series Gilligan's Island was shown in the United States on September 26, 1964 and concluded on June 12, 1965 on CBS. The season introduced the comic adventures of seven castaways as they attempted to survive and escape from an island on which they had been shipwrecked. Most episodes revolved around the dissimilar castaways' conflicts and their failed attempts—invariably Gilligan's fault—to escape their plight. The season originally aired on Saturdays at 8:30-9:00 pm (EST).


Executive producers for the first season included William Froug and series creator Sherwood Schwartz.[1] Filming took place at the CBS Radford Studios complex in Studio City, Los Angeles California.[2] This complex contained 17 sound stages, as well as special effects and prop departments.[3] On one stage, a lagoon had been constructed by the production company "at great expense".[4] According to Bob Denver, the crew would spend half their days filming scenes in the lagoon. Shots and sequences involving the characters were filmed in a different soundstage.[4] After the series was cancelled, the show's lagoon was not dismantled, and it remained in place until 1995, when it was converted into a parking lot.[2][4]


The series employed an ensemble cast of seven main actors and actresses.[5] Denver played the role of the titular First Mate Gilligan, a bumbling, naive, and accident-prone crewman who often messes up the castaways chances of rescue. Alan Hale, Jr. portrayed The Skipper, captain of the S.S. Minnow and the older friend of Gilligan. Jim Backus appeared as Thurston Howell III, a millionaire, and Natalie Schafer played his wife, Eunice Lovelle Wentworth Howell. Tina Louise played the role of Ginger Grant, a famous movie star. Russell Johnson portrayed Professor Roy Hinkley, Ph.D., a high school science teacher who often used his scientific background for ways to get the castaways off the island. Dawn Wells played Mary Ann Summers, a wholesome farm girl from Kansas.[6] Charles Maxwell was the uncredited voice of the radio announcer, to whom the castaways would often listen.

Broadcast history[edit]

The season aired Saturdays from 8:30-9:00 pm (EST) on CBS. It was the only season filmed in black-and-white.

DVD release[edit]

The DVD was released by Warner Home Video.


No. in
TitleDirected by [7]Written by [7]Original air date [8]
11"Two on a Raft"John RichLawrence J. Cohen & Fred FreemanSeptember 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.

Note: Part of this episode was filmed in Moloaa Bay, Kaua'i, Hawaii.
22"Home Sweet Hut"Richard DonnerBill Davenport & Charles TannenOctober 3, 1964 (1964-10-03)
Before the storm season starts the castaways must build a community hut, but as tensions mount they all quickly decide to build their own huts.
33"Voodoo Something to Me"John RichAustin Kalish & Elroy SchwartzOctober 10, 1964 (1964-10-10)
After a robbery of their supplies, the castaways believe a convict is loose on the island, while Skipper thinks it's voodoo.
44"Goodnight, Sweet Skipper"Ida LupinoDick Conway & Roland MacLaneOctober 17, 1964 (1964-10-17)
Skipper is able to turn the radio into a transmitter. The catch is that he can only do it when he sleepwalks. Will he be able to in time to make contact with aviatrix Alice McNeil on her around the world flight? With June Foray as the voice of aviatrix Alice McNeil.
55"Wrongway Feldman"Ida LupinoFred Freeman & Lawrence J. CohenOctober 24, 1964 (1964-10-24)
Famed aviator Wrongway Feldman is discovered living on the island with a damaged plane, so the castaways offer to help fix it.
66"President Gilligan"Richard DonnerRoland WolpertOctober 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.
77"Sound of Quacking"Thomas MontgomeryLawrence J. Cohen & Fred FreemanNovember 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.
88"Goodbye Island"John RichAlbert E. Lewin & Burt StylerNovember 21, 1964 (1964-11-21)
Gilligan discovers the perfect, permanent glue from tree sap when trying to make pancake syrup. The castaways decide to use this "glue" to patch the wreckage of the Minnow.
99"The Big Gold Strike"Stanley Z. CherryRoland WolpertNovember 28, 1964 (1964-11-28)
Mr. Howell and Gilligan discover a gold mine on the island and soon greed and 'gold fever' overcome the castaways.
1010"Waiting for Watubi"Jack ArnoldFred Freeman & Lawrence J. CohenDecember 5, 1964 (1964-12-05)
Skipper finds a tiki idol, a small statue of Kona, the god of evil. Skipper believes he is cursed as he disturbed his resting place. Only a visit from Watubi can lift the spell.
1111"Angel on the Island"Jack ArnoldHerbert Finn & Alan DinehartDecember 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.
1212"Birds Gotta Fly, Fish Gotta Talk"Rod AmateauSherwood Schwartz and Austin Kalish and Elroy SchwartzDecember 19, 1964 (1964-12-19)
It's Christmas on the island and the castaways recall their first days of being shipwrecked whilst waiting for the believed oncoming rescue ship.
1313"Three Million Dollars More or Less"Thomas MontgomeryTeleplay 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, but Mr. Howell schemes to get it back.
1414"Water, Water Everywhere"Stanley Z. CherryTom Waldman & Frank WaldmanJanuary 2, 1965 (1965-01-02)
When the water supply runs short, the castaways are forced to ration. Skipper believes a divining rod is the answer.
1515"So Sorry, My Island Now"Alan Crosland, Jr.David P. HarmonJanuary 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.
1616"Plant You Now, Dig You Later"Lawrence DobkinElroy Schwartz & Oliver CrawfordJanuary 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.
1717"Little Island, Big Gun"Abner BibermanDick Conway & Roland MacLaneJanuary 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.
1818"'X' Marks the Spot"Jack ArnoldSherwood Schwartz & Elroy SchwartzJanuary 30, 1965 (1965-01-30)
The Air Force intends testing a new missile directly aimed at the island.
1919"Gilligan Meets Jungle Boy"Lawrence DobkinAl Schwartz and Howard Merrill & Howard HarrisFebruary 6, 1965 (1965-02-06)
Gilligan finds a jungle boy (Kurt Russell) who takes him to a rock depositing helium.
2020"St. Gilligan and the Dragon"Richard DonnerArnold & Lois PeyserFebruary 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 soon realise how much they need the women, and so they try to scare the women back.
2121"Big Man on Little Stick"Tony LeaderCharles Tannen & Lou HustonFebruary 20, 1965 (1965-02-20)
Super Surfer Duke Williams rides a tsunami onto the island, but when the chance arrives for him to leave on another tsunami, his attraction to Ginger and Mary Ann keeps him wanting to stay there.
2222"Diamonds Are an Ape's Best Friend"Jack ArnoldElroy SchwartzFebruary 27, 1965 (1965-02-27)
A gorilla is loose on the island, and he likes Mrs. Howell because of her perfume.
2323"How to Be a Hero"Tony LeaderHerbert Finn & Alan DinehartMarch 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.
2424"The Return of Wrongway Feldman"Ida Lupino and Gene NelsonLawrence J. Cohen & Fred FreemanMarch 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.
2525"The Matchmaker"Tony LeaderJoanna LeeMarch 20, 1965 (1965-03-20)
Mrs. Howell plays matchmaker to Gilligan and Mary Ann, which ironically leads to a separation between the Howells.
2626"Music Hath Charm"Jack ArnoldAl Schwartz & Howard HarrisMarch 27, 1965 (1965-03-27)
Mrs. Howell wants to civilize the island with an orchestra. But the sounds attract the wrong kind of audience.
2727"New Neighbor Sam"Thomas MontgomeryCharles Tannen & George O'HanlonApril 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.
2828"They're Off and Running"Jack ArnoldWalter BlackApril 10, 1965 (1965-04-10)
The Skipper and Mr.Howell wager items on the outcome of their turtle races.
2929"Three to Get Ready"Jack ArnoldDavid P. HarmonApril 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.
3030"Forget Me Not"Jack ArnoldHerbert MargolisApril 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.
3131"Diogenes, Won't You Please Go Home?"Christian NybyDavid P. HarmonMay 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.
3232"Physical Fatness"Gary NelsonHerbert Finn & Alan DinehartMay 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. Gilligan must also gain weight so he too can return to navy life.
3333"It's Magic"Jack ArnoldAl Schwartz & Bruce HowardMay 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.
3434"Goodbye, Old Paint"Jack ArnoldDavid P. HarmonMay 22, 1965 (1965-05-22)
Dubov (Harold J. Stone), 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.
3535"My Fair Gilligan"Tony LeaderJoanna LeeJune 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.
3636"A Nose by Any Other Name"Hal CooperElroy SchwartzJune 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 surgery on his now deformed nose.


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  5. ^ Tucker (2010), p. 89.
  6. ^ Schwartz (2009), pp. 49–64.
  7. ^ a b Schwartz (1988), pp. 278–291.
  8. ^ Gilligan's Island: The Complete Second Season (booklet). Rich, John, et al. Warner Home Video.CS1 maint: others (link)