Don't get lost. Take this "Gilligan's Island" quiz and test your castaway knowledge.
Here's a blast from the past! "Gilligan's Island" was a sitcom that ran from September 26, 1964 to April 17, 1967, although it seems like it ran longer. The show ran for three seasons and a total of 98 episodes, 99 if you count the pilot. The show ran in black and white in 1964 and 1965 9the first season) and in color for the remainder of the show. But, whether the castaway's adventures were in black and white or color, the show was entertaining and engaging. Viewers couldn't wait for the next week's episode.
The show was about the SS Minnow, but you knew that. You probably also know that the Skipper, played by Alan Hale Jr., and First Mate Gilligan, played by Bob Denver, tried their best to keep the Minnow from running aground on an uncharted island, but thank goodness that bit of land was there or they all would have drowned. Of course, since the island was uncharted, rescuers would never know where to find them... at least for three years. Still, even after all that time, the castaways were in good shape because of their diverse talents of finding food, making shelter, and developing technology well enough to survive.
If you think you know all there is to know about "Gilligan's Island," take this quiz now.
The SS Minnow is the The Skipper's boat.
Skipper would call Gilligan “Little Buddy”.
The beautiful Ginger was played by Tina Louise.
Only Russell Johnson, as The Professor, had the intelligence to help the castaways survive (but not get off the island).
The first season was filmed in black and white. The second and third season were filmed in color.
Gilligan’s full name was never said in the TV series. He was simply known as “Gilligan”.
According to fans, most of the clues within three of the TV shows pointed to Honolulu, Hawaii, however in one episode, "Big Man On Little Stick," the clues point to Acapulco. In this quiz, the majority rules.
Jerry Van Dyke was first offered the role as Gilligan but turned it down. Too bad; he could have been an American cultural icon.
Gilligan’s Island grew in popularity during syndication, especially when the show aired after school hours.
On November 22, the day of the John F. Kennedy assassination, filming continued despite the shocking news.
Gilligan’s Island was popular even when made into spin-offs and film sequels.
“To make the others comfortable, in a way that they do best” is incorrect lyric. The correct lyric is “To make the others comfortable, in the tropic island nest."
All of the above are spinoffs of the popular TV series.
In moments of exasperation, the Skipper would swat Gilligan on the head with his cap.
Jim Backus reused some of the voice inflections and mannerisms of Mr. Magoo.
The Skipper is lovable but is irritated continually by the clumsiness and ineptitude of his "little buddy" Gilligan.
The actress who played Mrs. Howell had it written into her contract that there were to be no close-ups of her.
For the New Adventures of Gilligan, the voices were done by the original cast except for Ginger and Mary Ann (both were voiced by Jane Webb). Gilligan’s Planet used the voices of the original Gilligan's Island cast, except for Tina Louise (Dawn Wells voiced both Mary Ann and Ginger).
Gilligan, Ginger and Mr. Howell all had doubles show up on the island, wreak havoc and leave the island without rescuing the others.
Louise clashed with producer Sherwood Schwartz because of all of the above.
Fish and coconut cream pies were staples for the castaways. They also had citrus fruit and fresh water available.
The Professor was in fact a high school science teacher, not a university professor.
Mary Ann was a simple farm girl from Winfield, Kansas.
Other great inventions included a washing machine and a battery charger.
Still more inventions: a lie detector machine, a roulette wheel, and a pool table!
In :Gilligan Meets Jungle Boy," featuring a young Kurt Russell, lil’ Tarzan gets off the island but no one else does.
The United States Coast Guard occasionally received telegrams pleading for them to rescue the people on the deserted island. The Coast Guard would simply forward these telegrams to producer Sherwood Schwartz.
The Monkees aired at the same time on NBC.
Gilligan’s Island: The Musical was first produced in the early 1990’s. Since 2001, after extensive revisions, it has been seen at various theaters across the U.S.
According to Bob Denver in a 2001 interview, Mary Ann had more fan mail than Ginger by a more than 2 to 1 ratio.
98 episodes aired during the three seasons of the show.
The show was cancelled at practically the last minute, so the writers did not know that they had written the final episode in the third season. Hence, the castaways never made it home.