The New Adventures of Gilligan

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The New Adventures of Gilligan
The New Adventures of Gilligan title card.jpg
Created by Sherwood Schwartz
Creative director(s) Don Christensen
Voices of Bob Denver
Alan Hale, Jr.
Russell Johnson
Jim Backus
Natalie Schafer
Jane Webb
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 24 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Sherwood Schwartz
Producer(s) Norm Prescott
Lou Scheimer
Running time approx. 30 min. (per episode)
Production company(s) Filmation
Original network ABC
Original release September 7, 1974 – October 6, 1975
Preceded by Gilligan's Island
Followed by Rescue from Gilligan's Island

The New Adventures of Gilligan is an American Saturday morning animated series produced by Filmation and was aired on ABC during the 1974–1977 seasons.


It was based on the 1964–1967 CBS television series Gilligan's Island and featured all of the actors from the show, with the exception of Tina Louise, who was determined to distance herself from the role of Ginger Grant (the animated Ginger became a platinum blonde in case Louise objected to Filmation using her image), and Dawn Wells, who was on the road in a play and was unavailable (Jane Webb voiced both Ginger and Mary Ann; she was credited as Jane Edwards for the latter). Added to the cast was a sidekick for Gilligan, Snubby the Monkey. Much like other Filmation series at the time, many of the episodes concluded with Skipper and Gilligan talking about whatever lesson they had learned that day.

Like the original series and most Saturday-morning animated series of the era, The New Adventures of Gilligan contained an adult laugh track.

The show debuted on ABC Saturday morning on September 7, 1974. After 24 episodes over two seasons, ABC relegated the show to Sunday mornings for a third and final season of repeats in 1976–77, as the network, still reeling from the ratings disaster in 1975–76 which was Uncle Croc's Block, was reluctant to order another season of animated Gilligan installments or anything new from Filmation Associates.

Another Gilligan's Island-based Filmation animated series called Gilligan's Planet was made in 1982. The premise for that series centers around the castaways creating a spaceship and winding up on a deserted planet.


The New Adventures of Gilligan follows the same plot as the original sitcom Gilligan's Island. A first mate and his skipper set out on a three-hour tour with five passengers, a science professor, a rich couple, a movie star and a farm girl. All of the passengers and the ship crew get stranded on an uncharted desert isle, facing troubles throughout the series. Gilligan befriends a monkey named Stubby.


Season 1 (1974)[edit]

No. Title Original air date Production
1 "Off Limits" September 7, 1974 (1974-09-07) GI-1
Mr. Howell tricks the other castaways (except the Professor) into building him a private beach club with the promise of membership, but upon completion, he decides that they are not qualified to join. Lovey and he soon grow bored by themselves, and when a typhoon destroys their club, they are forced to re-evaluate their snobbery.
2 "Looney Moon" September 14, 1974 (1974-09-14) GI-2
Gilligan and the Skipper discover a pirate's treasure chest, and the other castaways all fight over the gold inside. They soon come to believe a pirate ghost is after them, and become paranoid. The Professor uses Gilligan and some glowing paint to trick them and bring them back to their senses.
3 "Raven Mad" September 21, 1974 (1974-09-21) GI-3
The castaways begin to notice that many of their personal possessions are missing, and start accusing one another of being the thief, unaware that the actual culprit is a raven.
4 "Father of His Island" September 28, 1974 (1974-09-28) GI-4
The castaways decide that life on the island is too chaotic, and that better leadership is needed. After a long series of arguements and an election, they end up with Gilligan as president.
5 "Wrong Way Robot"
"Yeah, Would You Want Your Sister to Marry One?"
October 5, 1974 (1974-10-05) GI-5
A geological sampling robot, launched from Cape Kennedy, and meant to explore other planets, ends up crashing on the island. With the Professor busy on the other side of the island, the other castaways become convinced that the robot is an alien, and soon let their prejudices about the "alien" and each other cause havoc. When the Professor returns and explains things to them, they realize that the robot could end up saving them, and that they had been bigoted toward it the whole time.
6 "Opening Night" October 12, 1974 (1974-10-12) GI-6
Ginger feels her acting career is over, because she has been trapped on the island for so long. The other castaways decide to pretend they are filming a TV special to raise her spirits, unaware that the fake camera Gilligan builds is actually transmitting signals to a nearby aircraft carrier.
7 "Lollipop Casserole" October 19, 1974 (1974-10-19) GI-7
The castaways, feeling lazy, force all their chores upon Gilligan, but when they eat the dessert he prepares for them after dinner (using strange beans he found on the other side of the island), they all revert to a childlike mentality, leaving Gilligan stumped as to how to change them back.
8 "The Loners" November 2, 1974 (1974-11-02) GI-8
The castaways are all craving some solitude, and they decide to live on their own, leaving Gilligan confused and alone at the compound, with only various animals for company. Things get more complicated when Gilligan digs up an old hot air balloon.
9 "The Ego Trip"
October 26, 1974 (1974-10-26) GI-9
Famous explorer Lars Hyerback arrives on the island, and finds the castaways, and they believe rescue is at hand, but unfortunately, Lars is such an egotistical scatterbrain that he cannot remember where his boat is. Meanwhile, the Professor's seismic equipment falsely indicates an incoming disaster, adding to the chaos.
10 "The Olympiad" November 9, 1974 (1974-11-09) GI-10
The Professor determines that the island will sink in 25,000 years, but the rest of the castaways mistake the disaster as being imminent. The Skipper builds a raft, and they hold an athletic contest to determine who will command the vessel.
11 "Their Own Image" November 16, 1974 (1974-11-16) GI-11
The Skipper misunderstands a conversation, and believes Mary Ann is in love with Gilligan, so he sets about to turn Gilligan into a real man. This eventually leads to Gilligan accidentally saving the Howells' lives, and they then adopt Gilligan as their son. Mr. Howell then proceeds to try to turn Gilligan into G. Howell, the first, but is almost too successful, and Gilligan becomes a snob, too good for anyone.
12 "The Disappearing Act" November 23, 1974 (1974-11-23) GI-12
Ginger begins to feel unappreciated, and after overhearing the Professor explaining ESP, decides to pretend she has the ability to see the future. This backfires, and the castaways decide she is a liar who cannot be trusted. Meanwhile, a trunk full of magic gear washes up on one part of the island, and a pair of escaped convicts washes up on another. Gilligan decides he wants to put on a show for everyone, while Ginger tries in vain to convince everyone that she has seen the convicts and their boat.
13 "A Sinking Feeling" November 30, 1974 (1974-11-30) GI-13
Mr. Howell hears a story on the radio that leads him to believe lead will soon be more valuable than gold, so he lies to Gilligan to get his help in mining it. Meanwhile, a whaling boat washes ashore, and the rest of the castaways work on getting it seaworthy, unaware that Mr. Howell's lead stockpile will soon ruin their plans.
14 "The Reluctant Hero" December 7, 1974 (1974-12-07) GI-14
After a misunderstanding involving a lion, the other castaways are convinced they have to teach Gilligan to be more brave. Their plans repeatedly backfire, but eventually they learn being a man is more than heroics.
15 "The Same Old Dream" December 14, 1974 (1974-12-14) GI-15
Gilligan has a dream about a mysterious stranger who teaches him how to turn the radio into a transmitter, so the castaways can send a rescue message. Everyone gets so involved in trying to get Gilligan to remember his dream, they do not notice an actual mystetious stranger is on the island, spying on them.
16 "Sputtering Eagle" December 21, 1974 (1974-12-21) GI-16
While flying a toy airplane, Gilligan causes the Professor to hit his head, and he develops amnesia. While only temporary, this ends up being a serious problem when Gilligan discovers the wreckage of a real plane in the jungle, because the Professor is the only one who knows how to fly it.

Season 2 (1975)[edit]

No. Title Original air date Production
17 "Super Gilligan" December 7, 1975 (1975-12-07) GI-17
Tired of seeing his fellow castaways becoming apathetic about their daily chores, the Skipper begins bullying everyone into action. While out searching for food, Gilligan is kissed by a strange flower, which gives him super powers. The other castaways enlist Gilligan's help to end the Skipper's bullying, unaware that they should be using his powers to try to escape the island.
18 "Marooned Again" September 6, 1975 (1975-09-06) GI-18
Mr. Howell decides that he wants to build a resort on the island, so that once rescued, he can add to his fortune. The other castaways are initially skeptical until he butters them up with promises of lucrative positions once the resort is open. While working on the resort, Gilligan digs up a boat, but shortly thereafter it is found in pieces, leading to suspicion among the castaways.
19 "Live and Let Live" September 13, 1975 (1975-09-13) GI-19
Frustration with the animals on the island (especially Gilligan's new elephant friend) leads the castaways to attempt relocate them to the other side of the island. Meanwhile, two jewel thieves show up on the island, looking for a place to temporarily hide a priceless gem.
20 "Wheels on Parade" September 20, 1975 (1975-09-20) GI-20
Dissatisfaction with the island car leads the castaways to fixing it up, but afterwards they cannot decide whose turn it is to use it. They solve the problem by all building their own cars, leading to traffic and chaos, and eventually the island's first courtroom trial.
21 "The Movie Makers" September 27, 1975 (1975-09-27) GI-21
Gilligan and Snubby find a crate full of old naval movie equipment, and the castaways decide it would be fun to make a film. They get so busy arguing over what it should be about, and who the star is, that they ignore Snubby, that repeatedly tries to show them a film with instructions on how to build a rescue boat.
22 "Silence Is Leaden" October 4, 1975 (1975-10-04) GI-22
A series of pratical jokes leads to the Skipper and Mr. Howell refusing to talk to one another. Their feuding complicates the Professor's plan to build a radio tower to help them communicate with a satellite scheduled to fly over the island.
23 "The Great Train Robbery" October 11, 1975 (1975-10-11) GI-23
With typhoon season approaching, the Professor draws up plans for a train, and tracks leading to a cave, so the castaways can get to shelter quickly and safely. No one follows his plans properly, however, leading to chaos when an actual typhoon approaches, and Mr. Howell steals the train to ferry his valuables to safety first.
24 "Moderation" October 18, 1975 (1975-10-18) GI-24
The Professor's instruments predict prolonged drought, and with food supplies dwindling, the castaways decide to build an irrigation system and start a farm. Mr. Howell cheats, though, using the Professor's photo-enlarging fluid as fertilizer. The others discover this, and begin doing it, too, resulting in giant, but inedible, crops.


Production credits[edit]

  • Creative Director: Don Christensen
  • Directed by: Don Towsley, Rudy Larriva, Lou Zukor, Bill Reed
  • Storyboard Supervisor: Kay Wright
  • Storyboard: Sherman Labby, Mike Goodwich, Paul Fessell, Phil Hasey
  • Educational Advisors: Dr. Nathan Cohen, Sylvia Cohen
  • Layout Supervision: Alberto De Mello, Herb Hazleton, Robert Kline
  • Key Assistants: Mike Hazy, David West, Ed Hasey
  • Layout: Tom Burton, George Goode, Wes Hersechsohn, Les Kaluza, Mel Kiefer, Ken Leonard, Carol Lindberg, John Perry, Mario Filuso, Lorna Smith, Cliff Voorhees, Wendell Washer, Jim Willoughby
  • Director of Color: Ervin L. Kaplan
  • Background Artists: Paul Xander, Don Peters, Fay Keppler, Rolly Oliva, Doug Stevenson, Tom O'Loughlin, Janey Brown, Barbara Benedetto
  • Animators: Jim Brummett, Zion Davush, Otto Feuer, Ed Friedman, Fred Grable, Dick Hall, Lou Kachivas, Marsh Lamore, Bob Matz, Fred Meyers, Casey Onaitis, Jack Ozark, Bill Pratt, Virgil Raddatz, Len Rogers, Virgil Ross, Louise Sandoval, Larry Silverman, Hank Smith, Ed Soloman, Estuben Timmers, Ron Westlund
  • Checking Supervision: Marion Turk, Jane Philippi
  • Xerography and Paint Supervision: John Remmel, Betty Brooks
  • Camera Supervision: R.W. Pope
  • Camera: Thane Berti, F.T. Ziegler, John D. Aardal, Joe Ponticelle, William Koyler, Dean G. Teves, Don Dinehart
  • Editorial Supervision: Joseph Simon
  • Film Editing: Doreen Dixon, Jim Blodget
  • Film Coordinator: June Gilham
  • Music and Sound Effects: Horta-Mahana Corporation
  • Color by: Technicolor
  • The Gilligan Theme and Background Music by: Yvette Blais, Jeff Michael
  • Created by: Sherwood Schwartz, Executive Consultant
  • Produced by: Lou Scheimer, Norm Prescott
  • © 1974 Filmation Associates, Inc. – Sherwood Schwartz

DVD release[edit]

The premiere episode of The New Adventures of Gilligan, "Off Limits," was released as part of Warner Home Video's Saturday Morning Cartoons – 1970s Volume 2 on October 27, 2009. The complete series was originally scheduled to be released on DVD for the first time in the spring of 2011, but was pushed back.[1]

On April 26, 2016, The New Adventures of Gilligan: The Complete Series was released on DVD in region 1 as part of the Warner Archive Collection. This is a manufacture-on-demand release, available exclusively through Warner's online store.[2]

Related animated shows[edit]

  • Gilligan's Planet was released in 1982 with a single season of 13 episodes, acting as a "sequel of sorts" to this show.
  • In May 2013, FinalBlendTV announced that they would be releasing an animated Gilligan's Island web series starting in the fall of 2013.[3][4] The first season will consist of four episodes lasting 7–10 minutes each.[3][4]

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