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->''"The plane! Boss! Boss! It's the plane!"''

The original ''Fantasy Island'' was introduced to viewers via two made-for-TV {{Pilot Movie}}s in 1977. Those went on to spawn a highly popular series that ran on Creator/{{ABC}} from 1978 to 1984. Ricardo Montalban starred as Mr. Roarke, the mysterious, charming, white-suited figure who ran the eponymous island. Assisting Mr. Roarke was his earnest, vertically (and verbally) challenged sidekick, Tattoo (played by Hervé Villechaize, also famous for playing [[Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun Nick Nack]]), who kicked off every episode by running up to the island's bell tower, ringing the bell and loudly exclaiming "Da plane! Da plane!"

The plane he was talking about, of course, was the one that was delivering new arrivals to the island, each of whom had lain down a sizable sum of money to have his or her personal fantasies fulfilled. Mr. Roarke would take it upon himself to greet every guest as they stepped onto the island and then [[MrExposition describe]] to Tattoo in an AsYouKnow fashion, the nature of their fantasy request. Of course, being a supernaturally-powered TricksterMentor, Mr. Roarke very rarely allowed his guests' fantasies to play out in the way ''they'' expected them to. And quite often the fantasies themselves were used to teach each guest an important moral -- one intended to open their eyes to some facet of their own lives they might have been neglecting. Or to teach them to appreciate what they have. Or just simply, to BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor. But rather often, everybody just had a good time, even if it wasn't what they were expecting.

The source of Mr. Roarke's strange powers and the reason behind his island's existence are never really revealed, although it is implied that he is a supernatural force for Good. (Perhaps even one of the PowersThatBe. At one point, he battles [[{{Satan}} The Devil]], played to creepy perfection by Roddy [=McDowall=], who is portrayed as a dapper foil for Mr. Roarke himself, dressed like a photographic negative of Roarke.)

In 1998, ABC hosted a ''FantasyIsland'' revival series that put Creator/MalcolmMcDowell into the role of Mr. Roarke. [=McDowell=]'s take on the character was a bit darker, as was the tone of the series. Gone were Tattoo and his antics. Instead, Mr. Roarke had a team of assistants, most of whom were compelled to serve on the island as a form of metaphysical punishment for their past sins. One of the assistants was a beautiful shape-shifting woman named Ariel (a ShoutOut to a character of the same name in Shakespeare's ''The Tempest.'') She was Mr. Roarke's right-hand woman and a source for much of the series' {{Fanservice}}. Mr. Roarke also employed an elderly couple as travel agents, who would book the fantasies at the beginning of each show. As mentioned before, [=McDowell=]'s take on the Mr. Roarke character was a bit on the dark side, and he seemed to take more delight in watching the guests squirm under his treatment, but he was basically a decent fellow/omnipotent Trickster Being, and most guests came away better for their experiences. Of course, it was canceled after only half a season.
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!!This series provides examples of:
* AbsentMindedProfessor: In "The Inventor", an AMP and his lab assistant (Artie Johnson and Marsha Wallace) arrive on the island to perfect a formula .... which has already blown up eight separate labs.
* AnAesop: The guests typically get one apiece.
* AlohaHawaii: One episode of ''TheLoveBoat'' had a Hawaii-themed episode take place here. Not surprising, since the two shows aired during the same time block.
* AsHimself: Tattoo arranges for Don Ho to sing at Mr Roarke's wedding, and a sixth season episode finds Mickey Gilley playing himself pre fame looking for stardom and getting his real life club Gilley's.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Employed many times throughout the series.
* BlandNameProduct: An actress lists among her credits a movie called [[Film/TheToweringInferno ''The Towering Disaster'']].
* TheBoxingEpisode: In an episode entitled "The Boxer" a boxer (Ben Murphy) arrives on Fantasy Island to clobber an opponant who beat him in the past.
* CatchPhrase: "Smiles, everyone! Smiles!" "The plane, the plane!"
** Dunkin' Donuts once had a commercial where Tattoo runs into a donut shop and exclaims "The plain, the plain! Nonono, the chocolate, the chocolate! Nonono, the Boston cream..."
* TheCastShowoff: Herve Villechaize once took art lessons at Paris' Beaux-Arts. In later episodes, Tattoo was sometimes shown painting landscapes, and one guest admired a painting in Mr. Roarke's office, which Mr. Roarke said Tattoo had painted.
* ''Literature/AConnecticutYankeeInKingArthursCourt'': As the episode title would suggest, "King Arthur in Mr Roarke's Court" reverses the Twain tale, bringing King Arthur (Robert Mandan) into the 1970s, leaving a hapless guest whose fantasy was to meet the King (Tommy Smothers) to keep him out of trouble for the weekend.
* Series/CouchPotatoes: Hervé Villechaize appeared in one episode to ask questions about ''FantasyIsland''.
* CrossOver: Apparently among Mr Roark's magical, mystical abilities is the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_g_4C7-2Dg power to CrossOver with other Aaron Spelling series]].
* {{Fanservice}}: Lots and lots of hot guys and pretty girls, all in swimwear/skimpy clothing. Also, Mr. Roarke had a couple of [[ShirtlessScene Shirtless Scenes]]. Believe it or not, Ricardo Montalban was [[HeroicBuild seriously built]] in RealLife. Remember ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan''? Yeah. That was ''allll'' him, baby!.
* EvilTwin: In "Look Alikes", a guest (Ken Berry) wishes to meet his non-related twin (Ken Berry).
* FishOutOfTemporalWater: Many guests are sent back in time -- and sometimes figures such as King Arthur, Don Juan and Jack the Ripper ended up in the 70s.
* AFoolForAClient: "Innocent" featured this in the 1998 revival: A lawyer wished to represent "one innocent client" rather than his usual criminal scumbag. [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor He's arrested promptly for the murder of one of his guilty clients]] and made to represent himself. Played with that he doesn't entirely represent himself, he has Roarke acting as co-council. But Roarke plays the role of a laughably incompetent attorney, as he's sandbagging the case to teach Sam a lesson. (Sam had previously failed to properly defend another innocent client and Roarke wanted him to own up to his mistake.)
* FreakyFridayFlip: One episode finds a bickering couple (Vic Tayback and Katherine Helmond) swapping bodies for the weekend.
* FunctionalMagic: After a few episodes that tried to play the fantasies straight as elaborate set-pieces and full-immersion games run somewhere on the island, the writers just gave up and made everything magical.
* GenderBender: In 1998's "Estrogen"
* GenderFlip: Also in "Estrogen"
* GuileHero: Mr. Roarke, and how.
* HandWave: The explanation for just about anything that Roarke does.
* HulaAndLuaus
* HumphreyBogart: Bogie helps an ex-law student be a private eye for a weekend in one episode.
* HuntingTheMostDangerousGame: In the {{Pilot}} episode, believe it or not.
* InexplicablyAwesome
* InvisibleStreaker: Elaine Joyce becomes one.
* IslandOfMystery : Well, it's not Fantasy Peninsula.
* JackTheRipper: In "With Affection, Jack the Ripper", criminologist Lorraine Peters uses a time portal to confirm her suspicion that Jack the Ripper was a doctor, Albert Fell. Fell follows her back through the portal, grabs Peters and takes her back to 1888, where the enigmatic Mr. Roarke intervenes fortuitously, and Fell dies moments later while fleeing.
* LimitedWardrobe: In the original series, Mr. Roarke never deviated from his white suit, nor did Tattoo when he was on duty. The revival series tried to distance itself from its predecessor and emphasize its DarkerAndEdgier nature by putting Mr. Roarke in a ''black'' suit. He also orders all his white suits burned.
* LittlePeopleAreSurreal
* ManInWhite: Mr Roarke's wardrobe in the original, subverted in the Remake (See LimitedWardrobe above).
* MrExposition: Mr Roarke, explaining the guests' backstories to Tattoo.
* MysteriousPast: Rourke's full past was never revealed, but we know he's several centuries old, counts Camelot's Merlin as 'a dear old friend', that he can be killed if he willingly suspends his powers, and that The Devil wants his soul very badly. Fan theories are that he's either an angel or a man granted powers by a {{God}} to help people by granting their wishes.
* OurMermaidsAreDifferent: Michelle Phillips as Mermaid Princess Naya in three separate episodes.
* RecognitionFailure: One episode featured a fictional starlet who had the fantasy of being somewhere where nobody knew who she was. She was sent to the wilds of [Africa/South America], where she fell in love with an explorer who didn't know who she was. {{Subverted}} though in that it turns out he ''did'' know, he just didn't care about her celebrity.
* RecycledInSpace: ''TheLoveBoat'' [-ON A MYSTERIOUS ISLAND WHERE WISHES COME TRUE!-]
* {{Sidekick}}: Tattoo in the early seasons. He was joined later on by Mr. Roarke's goddaughter, Julie, and later replaced by Lawrence the Butler.
* SecretTestOfCharacter: This is what most of the Fantasies granted actually were; the customers learned an important lesson whether they wanted it or not.
* ShakespeareInFiction: In the episode "Room and Bard" William Shakespeare (Robert Reed) is brought to the 70s to write a play for a horror film star wanting to become a serious actress.
* Franchise/SherlockHolmes: "In "Save Sherlock Holmes!" a security guard (Ron Ely) gets to work with The Great Detective (Peter Lawford) and Dr Watson (Donald O'Conner).
* ShoutOut: In one episode three secretaries want to be their favorite detectives - ''Series/CharliesAngels'' (Both shows were produced by Aaron Spelling).
** In the 1998 series, one guy's fantasy wife complained about him almost breaking her Ricardo Montalban plate.
* SpinOff: For a few weeks ABC tried a Children's version of "Fantasy Island" aired in the 'Family Hour' of Sunday @ 7pm Est time slot. The only differences between it and the 'Saturday @ 10pm' version were that kids had requested the fantasies, and they arrived and departed via Hot Air balloon instead of De Plane. These episodes were syndicated with the parent show.
* TakeThat: The pilot for the revival had two to the original show - first Mr. Roarke demanded his white suits be burnt on account of their "getting a little dated"; then when Cal shouted "The plane! The plane!" Mr. Roarke told him never to do that again.
* TimeTravel: Often, guests would think it was a simulation, but learn they had traveled back in time for real. Sometimes they even found themselves [[BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy taking over the role of a famous historical figure]] (which could be a real ''bad'' thing if that figure was, oh, say, ''Marie Antoinette'' or - for totally different reasons - ''Lady Godiva'').
* TricksterMentor: Mr. Roarke
* TwoLinesNoWaiting: The hour-long episodes followed the exploits of two separate Guests. Most of the time, the A Story and the BStory had nothing to do with one another; in fact, the two plot threads were usually written by ''two different scriptwriters'' (as was also the case with ''TheLoveBoat'', except there it was three).
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: During the Tattoo/Julie year we see Julie see the plane and run off to greet it. While some of the episodes with Tattoo give a short mention that Julie is busy with another fantasy, others show her leave to greet the plane, then disappear completely from that episode without explanation.
** Also we never find out why Julie and Tattoo leave before the Lawrence episodes.
* WoobieOfTheWeek: New guests are brought in every week to learn some sort of lesson.
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne: A bumbling locksmith and Boy Scout troop leader (Don Adams, in full [[Series/GetSmart Maxwell Smart]] mode) wants to experience World War I and ends up fighting the Red Baron.
* YouLookFamiliar: Wendy Schaal played different characters in two separate stories before returning the next year to play Tattoo substitute Julie.