History YMMV / GilligansIsland

24th Jun '17 10:10:54 PM omnicritic
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* NeverLiveItDown: Gilligan is so infamous for "always" accidentally ruining the Castaways' plans to get off the island that JustEatGilligan became a meme and then a trope. But a dedicated fan decided to watch every episode and make note of the number of episodes the castaways tried to get off the island and the number of those episodes where their plans were ruined by Gilligan. It turns out Gilligan bungles their plans in exactly 17 episodes. Which is still a lot, but it's less than half of the number of episodes the Castaways tried to escape, 37. More importantly, there were 98 episode total. So Gilligan botched the Castaways rescue/escape attempts less than half the time they tried and in only a little more than a sixth of all episodes.

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* NeverLiveItDown: Gilligan is so infamous for "always" accidentally ruining the Castaways' plans to get off the island that JustEatGilligan became a meme and then a trope. But a dedicated fan decided to watch every episode and make note of the number of episodes the castaways tried to get off the island and the number of those episodes where their plans were ruined by Gilligan. It turns out Gilligan bungles their plans in exactly 17 episodes. Which is still a lot, but it's less than half of the number of episodes the Castaways tried to escape, 37. More importantly, there were 98 episode episodes total. So Gilligan botched the Castaways rescue/escape attempts less than half the time they tried and in only a little more than a sixth of all episodes.
10th May '17 8:28:05 AM Kyrillion
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** Which is not quite as out-there as it sounds: it's a commonly taught piece of sitcom-writing advice that main characters should embody as many of the seven sins as possible, because it gives them something to want and work for (driving the plot) but also a reason we enjoy seeing them fail (because their desires are ignoble). For example, ''[[LiveActionTV/Frasier]]'' is constantly motivated by lust, envy and, above all, pride.

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** Which is not quite as out-there as it sounds: it's a commonly taught piece of sitcom-writing advice that main characters should embody as many of the seven sins as possible, because it gives them something to want and work for (driving the plot) but also a reason we enjoy seeing them fail (because their desires are ignoble). For example, ''[[LiveActionTV/Frasier]]'' is constantly motivated by lust, envy and, above all, pride.
10th May '17 8:27:49 AM Kyrillion
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** Which is not quite as out-there as it sounds: it's a commonly taught piece of sitcom-writing advice that main characters should embody as many of the seven sins as possible, because it gives them something to want and work for (driving the plot) but also a reason we enjoy seeing them fail (because their desires are ignoble). For example, ''Series/Frasier'' is constantly motivated by lust, envy and, above all, pride.

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** Which is not quite as out-there as it sounds: it's a commonly taught piece of sitcom-writing advice that main characters should embody as many of the seven sins as possible, because it gives them something to want and work for (driving the plot) but also a reason we enjoy seeing them fail (because their desires are ignoble). For example, ''Series/Frasier'' ''[[LiveActionTV/Frasier]]'' is constantly motivated by lust, envy and, above all, pride.
10th May '17 8:27:04 AM Kyrillion
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** Which is not quite as out-there as it sounds: it's a commonly taught piece of sitcom-writing advice that main characters should embody as many of the seven sins as possible, because it gives them something to want and work for (driving the plot) but also a reason we enjoy seeing them fail (because their desires are ignoble). For example, ''Series/Frasier'' is constantly motivated by lust, envy and, above all, pride.
11th Feb '17 7:51:09 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory

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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory
19th Nov '16 4:32:53 AM Green_lantern40
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* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory: The popular theory that the seven castaways represent the seven deadly sins, and that the island is a purgatory for them to work off their bad karma, or a hell constructed specifically to torture them.

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* EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory: The popular theory that the seven castaways represent the seven deadly sins, sins (which was [[WordOfGod actually confirmed by Sherwood Schwartz]]), and that the island is a purgatory for them to work off their bad karma, or a hell constructed specifically to torture them.
13th Jul '16 3:03:14 PM Snarf
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* HollywoodHomely: Mary Ann. Dawn Wells was Miss Oklahoma and was the first runner-up in the 1961 Miss America contest. She's also aged [[GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave insanely well.]] Even {{lampshaded}} on ''TheSimpsons'' when the network executive wanted someone "ugly" like Mary Ann, not "ugly ugly" like Moe. (Even though none of the other ''Gilligan'' characters ever referred to Mary Ann as homely; more the shy, GirlNextDoor type.)

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* HollywoodHomely: Mary Ann. Dawn Wells was Miss Oklahoma Nevada 1959 and was the first runner-up participated in the 1961 1960 Miss America contest. She's also aged [[GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave insanely well.]] Even {{lampshaded}} on ''TheSimpsons'' when the network executive wanted someone "ugly" like Mary Ann, not "ugly ugly" like Moe. (Even though none of the other ''Gilligan'' characters ever referred to Mary Ann as homely; more the shy, GirlNextDoor type.)
3rd Jul '16 11:32:29 PM Green_lantern40
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* EnsembleDarkHorse: Ginger was advertised as the celebrity sex symbol, and Mary Ann was the plain Kansas farm girl, yet the fans preferred her.

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* EnsembleDarkHorse: EnsembleDarkHorse:
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Ginger was advertised as the celebrity sex symbol, and Mary Ann was the plain Kansas farm girl, yet the fans preferred her.her.
** On the non-sexual side, Mr. and Mrs. Howell.



** In "St. Gilligan and the Dragon", Gilligan mistakes a weather balloon for a ferocious monster. A few years later, ''Series/ThePrisoner'' featured a vicious monster that just happened to look like a weather balloon.

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** In "St. Gilligan and the Dragon", Gilligan mistakes a weather balloon for a ferocious monster. A few years later, ''Series/ThePrisoner'' ''Series/{{The Prisoner|1967}}'' featured a vicious monster that just happened to look like a weather balloon.
3rd Jul '16 11:30:10 PM Green_lantern40
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* HilariousInHindsight: The BeautyContest episode "Beauty Is As Beauty Does" actually poses the question "Ginger or Mary Ann?"

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* HilariousInHindsight: HilariousInHindsight:
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The BeautyContest episode "Beauty Is As Beauty Does" actually poses the question "Ginger or Mary Ann?"



** In "St. Gilligan and the Dragon", Gilligan mistakes a weather balloon for a ferocious monster. A few years later, another TV show, "The Prisoner" featured a vicious monster that just happened to look like a weather balloon.

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** In "St. Gilligan and the Dragon", Gilligan mistakes a weather balloon for a ferocious monster. A few years later, another TV show, "The Prisoner" ''Series/ThePrisoner'' featured a vicious monster that just happened to look like a weather balloon.



* HollywoodHomely: Mary Ann. Even {{lampshaded}} on ''TheSimpsons'' when the network executive wanted someone "ugly" like Mary Ann, not "ugly ugly" like Moe. (Even though none of the other ''Gilligan'' characters ever referred to Mary Ann as homely; more the shy, GirlNextDoor type.)
** For what it's worth, Dawn Wells was Miss Oklahoma and was the 1st runner-up in the 1961 Miss America contest and then there is the issue with Mary Anne's VagueAge, as she's implied to be very young (so of course the adult Ginger is a more viable option)

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* HollywoodHomely: Mary Ann. Dawn Wells was Miss Oklahoma and was the first runner-up in the 1961 Miss America contest. She's also aged [[GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave insanely well.]] Even {{lampshaded}} on ''TheSimpsons'' when the network executive wanted someone "ugly" like Mary Ann, not "ugly ugly" like Moe. (Even though none of the other ''Gilligan'' characters ever referred to Mary Ann as homely; more the shy, GirlNextDoor type.)
** For what it's worth, Dawn Wells was Miss Oklahoma and was the 1st runner-up in the 1961 Miss America contest and then there is the issue with Mary Anne's VagueAge, as she's implied to be very young (so of course the adult Ginger is a more viable option)
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3rd Jul '16 9:52:37 PM NyukNyuk2000
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**In "St. Gilligan and the Dragon", Gilligan mistakes a weather balloon for a ferocious monster. A few years later, another TV show, "The Prisoner" featured a vicious monster that just happened to look like a weather balloon.
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