Monday, July 14, 2008

I miss Gilligan's Island

Today we going to talk about one the great show I enjoy watching during my yesteryears.

Gilligan's Island is an American TV sitcom originally produced by United Artists Television.

It aired for three seasons on the CBS network, from September 26, 1964 to September 4, 1967.

It was sponsored by Philip Morris & Company and Procter & Gamble.

The show followed the comic adventures of seven castaways as they attempted to survive and ultimately escape from a previously uninhabited island where they were shipwrecked.

Gilligan's Island ran for a total of 98 episodes. The first season (comprising 36 episodes) was filmed in black-and-white (later colorized in syndication) and the remaining 62 episodes throughout the next two seasons and three TV movie sequels were filmed in color.

Enjoying solid ratings during its original run, the show grew enormously in popularity during decades of syndication. Today, the title character of Gilligan is widely recognized as a comedic American popular culture icon, ranked, for example, at 122nd place in the July 2003 list of 200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons compiled by VH-1 and People magazine.

The two-man crew of the charter boat S.S. Minnow and five passengers on a "three hour tour" run into a tropical storm and are shipwrecked on an uncharted, uninhabited island somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. (The episode "The Pigeon" places the island approximately 300 miles southeast of Hawaii, while "X Marks the Spot" gives a location near 140° longitude, 10° latitude, which puts it about 1200 miles to the southeast.)

Executives were concerned that first-time viewers might not understand the premise of the show, so the sea shanty-style theme song, "The Ballad of Gilligan's Isle", was written as a capsule summary of the castaways' predicament.

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