Gilligan's Island

10 Best Episodes of Gilligan's Island - Season 1

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.

Written by Sophie and last updated on jun 26, 2022.

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Gilligan's Island - S1E10

#15 - Waiting for Watubi (Season 1 - Episode 10)

While digging, the Skipper uncovers a carved statue of a Tiki God. He then believes a curse has fallen on him for disturbing the resting-place of Watubi, and that his days are numbered. Gilligan dresses up as Watubi, and performs a special ritual dance that the Skipper believes will lift the curse. It is an earth-shaking experience!

The episode was rated 7.35 from 60 votes.

Gilligan's Island - S1E29

#14 - Three to Get Ready (Season 1 - Episode 29)


The Skipper insists a stone found by Gilligan will grant the finder three wishes before sundown. The professor, of course, insists it is just superstition. Two gallons of ice cream later, Gilligan has only one wish left.....and the sun is going down!

The episode was rated 7.37 from 35 votes.

Gilligan's Island - S1E5

#13 - Wrongway Feldman (Season 1 - Episode 5)

When Gilligan finds an old airplane hidden in the jungle, the Castaways discover a long-forgotten aviator living on the island.

The episode was rated 7.38 from 76 votes.

Gilligan's Island - S1E13

#12 - Three Million Dollars More or Less (Season 1 - Episode 13)


Mr. Howell loses $3 million to Gilligan in a golfing contest. Mr. Howell then tricks Gilligan into trading for a worthless oil well that he owns. When the radio announces that the oil well is a gusher, Mr. Howell sets his sights on winning it back. However, just as he succeeds in winning it back, the radio announces that the gusher was a mistake!

The episode was rated 7.39 from 56 votes.

Gilligan's Island - S1E7

#11 - 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 7.40 from 77 votes.

Gilligan's Island - S1E6

#10 - 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 7.42 from 83 votes.

Gilligan's Island - S1E8

#9 - 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 7.46 from 69 votes.

Gilligan's Island - S1E14

#8 - 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 7.48 from 58 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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.

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