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Gilligan's Island

Gilligan's Island

CBS 1964

A group of castaways are stranded on a desert island, left there after a boat trip got caught in a storm. In each episode the eclectic group of castaways attempt an escape from the island, but are frequently foiled by infighting and bitter recriminations breaking out between the crew.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Gilligan's Island

Gilligan's Island - S1E2

#1 - Home Sweet Hut (Season 1 - Episode 2)

A hurricane is coming, so the Castaways must quickly build one large community hut in which to weather the storm. However, they soon get on each-others nerves, so they later decide to branch out and build individual huts.

The episode was rated 7.63 from 180 votes.

Gilligan's Island - S1E4

#2 - Goodnight Sweet Skipper (Season 1 - Episode 4)

The castaways hear on the radio that a plane is going to be flying over their island, but they will be unable to contact them because their transmitter is broken. Gilligan overhears the Skipper dreaming about repairing a transmitter as he sleeps. The Skipper is unable to remember how he fixed the transmitter from his Navy days, so he attempts to have the dream again, but is unable to fall asleep. Each castaway attempts to help by sneaking two tranquilizers into Skippers mango juice. When Gilligan hits the transmitter out of frustration, it suddenly works! However, when he hits it again in an effort to show the other castaways how he fixed it, it falls completely apart just as the plane flies overhead.

The episode was rated 7.61 from 109 votes.

Gilligan's Island - S1E18

#3 - X Marks the Spot (Season 1 - Episode 18)

In a test of a deadly new missile, called "Operation Powder Keg," the Air Force chooses an "uninhabited island" which just happens to be Gilligan's Island. When the rocket lands and does not explode, Gilligan is chosen to crawl inside to defuse it, because he is the only one that can fit inside.

The episode was rated 7.57 from 49 votes.

Gilligan's Island - S1E12

#4 - Birds Gotta Fly, Fish Gotta Talk (Season 1 - Episode 12)

During Christmas, the Castaways get homesick and remember the first day they were shipwrecked. When Santa Claus ""appears"" on the island, many suspect he is the Skipper in costume. However, just as Santa departs while wishing the Castaways a Merry Christmas, the Skipper appears from the other direction.

The episode was rated 7.56 from 55 votes.

Gilligan's Island - S1E3

#5 - Voodoo Something to Me (Season 1 - Episode 3)

The Skipper fears that the island is full of 'voodoo' when he thinks that Gilligan has been turned into a monkey.

The episode was rated 7.55 from 128 votes.

Gilligan's Island - S1E9

#6 - The Big Gold Strike (Season 1 - Episode 9)

Mr. Howell discovers a gold mine on the island. He then hires Gilligan to work in the mine. When gold fever strikes the castaways and Mr. Howell is unwilling to share the gold, they begin to charge outlandish prices for the supplies and food that Mr. Howell needs. When the professor repairs the life raft from the Minnow, they all climb in hoping to reach civilization. However, the combined weight of the gold that everyone smuggles on-board the raft causes it to sink. Another rescue foiled!

The episode was rated 7.51 from 76 votes.

Gilligan's Island - S1E1

#7 - Two on a Raft (Season 1 - Episode 1)

The shipwrecked castaways awaken to find themselves marooned on an uncharted island, so Gilligan and Skipper set out on a flimsy raft to find civilization.

The episode was rated 7.50 from 287 votes.

Gilligan's Island - S3E20

#8 - Our Vines Have Tender Apes (Season 3 - Episode 20)

An loin-cloth clad ape-man (Tongo) comes to the island, and makes off with their food and supplies. Actually, he is an out of work actor, who tries to convince the Castaways that he is a real uncivilized ape-man while studying for an upcoming role. After he cowers when confronted by a ""real"" gorilla, he leaves the island and the Castaways behind.

The episode was rated 7.50 from 28 votes.

Gilligan's Island - S3E27

#9 - It's a Bird, It's a Plane (Season 3 - Episode 27)

A U.S. Air Force jetpack washes ashore in the lagoon. After close inspection of the jetpack, the Professor determines that the tanks contain just enough fuel to carry Gilligan to Hawaii. However, that determination was made before Gilligan wasted most of the fuel while proceeding to goof-up several attempts to be discovered and rescued. While flying the jetpack near where Navy search vessels are reported to be lurking, Gilligan is so scared by a radio report of an ""Unidentified Flying Object in the area"" that he blasts higher and hides in a cloud, not realizing that the UFO the Navy ships see is actually him with the jetpack!

The episode was rated 7.50 from 28 votes.

Gilligan's Island - S3E6

#10 - Where There's a Will (Season 3 - Episode 6)

Mr. Howell revises his will, and leaves a large chunk of his estate to each castaway. They decide to throw him a party to show their appreciation, but when he overhears them talking about which one of them is going to have to ""cut the pigs throat"" he thinks they are planning to kill him in order to collect their inheritance. Later, he discovers that they have actually trapped a wild boar in an effort to serve him bar-b-que spareribs as a surprise.

The episode was rated 7.48 from 33 votes.

Gilligan's Island - S1E14
#11 - Water, Water Everywhere
Season 1 - Episode 14

Talk about a painful irony: though surrounded by water, the Castaways suddenly discover that their supply of fresh drinking water is running out. When they pool all available drinking water together and decide to ration it, they discover that they will each receive only a few drops per day. Of course, most of the castaways sneak water from the community supply when Gilligan is standing watch, but return it when the Skipper catches them. Just when all seems lost, Gilligan saves the day!

The episode was rated from 58 votes.
Gilligan's Island - S2E8
#12 - Agonized Labor
Season 2 - Episode 8

Gilligan and the Skipper hear a radio broadcast telling of the collapse of the Howell financial empire. The castaways attempt to help them develop skills in order to compete in the working world.

The episode was rated from 36 votes.
Gilligan's Island - S1E8
#13 - Goodbye Island
Season 1 - Episode 8

Gilligan discovers a special tree sap that can be used to make a good tasting pancake syrup. Then the professor discovers that the same tree sap also makes a super glue, that may allow the castaways to repair the Minnow. Could it be that the Castaways may finally escape from the island?

The episode was rated from 69 votes.
Gilligan's Island - S2E17
#14 - You've Been Disconnected
Season 2 - Episode 17

A storm washes up a Trans-continental telephone cable up into the lagoon. Once again the Castaways are given hope for a rescue, as the Professor manages to break into the cable and rig up a telephone so they can dial out for help.

The episode was rated from 33 votes.
Gilligan's Island - S2E4
#15 - Smile, You're on Mars Camera
Season 2 - Episode 4

A NASA satellite with a TV camera, accidentally lands on the island instead of the intended target: Mars. The castaways try to communicate their S.O.S. when the camera is operational. However, with the help of a Gilligan goof-up, the castaways are covered with glue and feathers, and the NASA scientists mistakenly believe they are seeing the first proof of life on Mars.

The episode was rated from 53 votes.
Gilligan's Island - S2E31
#16 - Mr. and Mrs.???
Season 2 - Episode 31

A radio bulletin states that the minister who married Thurston and Lovey Howell (the Reverend Buckley Norris of Boston) was a fraud, and that the Howell's marriage is actually null and void. The stress causes disagreements and separations between the Howells. In the end, it turns out that the radio announcer was at fault: While he mistakenly reported that "Buckley Norris" was the fraudulent minister, he was supposed to say "Borris Nuckley."

The episode was rated from 31 votes.
Gilligan's Island - S2E16
#17 - Not Guilty
Season 2 - Episode 16

A crate containing coconuts is wrapped in an old Honolulu newspaper that read that one of the Castaways are being sought in a murder investigation. The castaways become suspicious of each other and decide to recreate the events of the night before they sailed, in order to solve the Randolph Blake murder case.

The episode was rated from 35 votes.
Gilligan's Island - S1E6
#18 - President Gilligan
Season 1 - Episode 6

The castaways decide that they need someone to be the leader on the island, and so they hold elections. As you might imagine, both Mr. Howell and the Skipper imagine themselves to be the natural choice to lead the Castaways in their island society. However, when the votes are counted Gilligan is elected president of the island!

The episode was rated from 83 votes.
Gilligan's Island - S3E3
#19 - Pass the Vegetables, Please
Season 3 - Episode 3

Gilligan finds a crate of radioactive vegetable seeds. The plants grow quickly and grossly misshapen, but the Castaways are so hungry for new items in their diet that they consume them quickly. The plants, when eaten, give the castaways super-human powers. Of course, after he realizes that the vegetables are radioactive, the Professor saves the day by making a homemade soup to absorb the radioactivity.

The episode was rated from 51 votes.
Gilligan's Island - S1E7
#20 - The Sound of Quacking
Season 1 - Episode 7

The Castaways are faced with running out of food, when a blight threatens to destroy many of their plants. When Gilligan finds a duck in the lagoon, a difficult decision must be made. Should they eat the duck, or tie a rescue note to it and let it fly away?

The episode was rated from 77 votes.

Last updated: jun 26, 2022



One of the better shows in TV history, and I say that with tongue only slightly in cheek. Silly, fun, weird, unique; it had these qualities in spades.


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