Cast & Characters
- Bob Denver as Gilligan
- Alan Hale, Jr. as Jonas Grumby (The Skipper)
- Jim Backus as Thurston Howell III
- Natalie Schafer as Mrs. Lovey Howell
- Tina Louise as Ginger Grant
- Russel Johnson as Roy Hinkley (The Professor)
- Dawn Wells as Mary Ann Summers
Broadcast HistoryFirst Telecast: September 26, 1964
Last Telecast: September 4, 1967
Original Network: CBS
Number of Seasons: 3
Number of Episodes: 98
Gilligan's Island Episode Guide
Original Primetime TV Schedule:
- September 1964- September 1965, CBS, Saturday 8:30-9:00pm
- September 1965- September 1966, CBS, Thursday 8:00-8:30pm
- September 1966- September 1967, CBS, Monday 7:30-8:00pm
Theme Song Lyrics & Opening Credits
"The Ballad of Gilligan's Isle" by George Wyle and Sherwood Schwartz
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Gilligan's Island TriviaCarroll O'Connor (Archie Bunker on "All In the Family) tested for the role of the skipper, Dabney Coleman (Mr. Drysdale in the Beverly Hillbillies Movie) tested for the role of the professor, and Jayne Mansfield was offered the role of Ginger but turned it down.
The theme song for Gilligan's Island refers to Mr. Howell as a Millionaire, but in several episodes he's referred to as a Billionaire.
Bob Denver (Gilligan) was cast in a major role on another TV show 5 years before Gilligan's Island. He played the part of Maynard Krebs in "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis".
The original pilot episode never aired due to changes made after it was shot. The professor, Ginger and Mary Ann were all replaced with new actors. Ginger and Mary Ann were changed from secretaries to a movie star and a farmer's daughter.
The Gilligan's Island theme song lyrics originally went: ... The movie star, and the rest ... and was changed to ... The movie star ... The Professor and Mary Ann ... After all, it wasn't fair that all of the actors except the professor and Mary Ann were referred to in the song!
Jim Backus (Mr. Howell) provided the voice for the well-known cartoon charachter Mr. Magoo.
Gilligan was the only character that never had his full name mentioned on the TV show. Some of the people associated with Gilligan's Island say his first name was supposed to be "Willy" but Bob Denver insists that he always believed that Gilligan was his first name!