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[[caption-width-right:350:It's not ''really'' Gilligan's island, but don't tell him that.[[note]]\\
Clockwise from bottom center: Gilligan (Bob Denver), the Professor (Russell Johnson), Thurston Howell III (Jim Backus), Lovey Howell (Natalie Schafer), Ginger Grant (Tina Louise), the Skipper (Alan Hale Jr.), Mary Ann (Dawn Wells)[[/note]] ]]
->''"Just sit right back''\\
''And you'll hear a tale''\\
''A tale of a fateful trip,''\\
''That started from this tropic port,''\\
''Aboard this tiny ship.''\\
''The mate was a mighty sailin' man,''\\
''The Skipper brave and sure,'' \\
''Five passengers set sail that day,''\\
''For a three hour tour,''\\
'''''[[{{Irony}} A three hour tour]]..."'''''

Iconic "stupid sitcom" from the 1960s, filled with {{Idiot Plot}}s, WhatAnIdiot moments galore, a LaughTrack, and a great cast of actors. The show featured seven stereotyped characters a millionaire, his snobby wife, a famous actress, a farm girl, a college professor, an innocent misfit klutz, and the captain of the charter boat on which all of them had sailed trapped on a DesertedIsland. Their little colony of survivors was usually awash in schemes, alliances, betrayals, and petty manipulations, usually over the most minor of things. Their own foibles and blind spots frequently sabotaged any chance of rescue or escape, and nobody ever seemed to learn anything from their mistakes.

...Wait, did we get mixed up with the article on ''Series/{{Survivor}}''? No? Okay, just checking.

''Gilligan's Island'' was created in 1963 by veteran TV writer/producer Creator/SherwoodSchwartz (who would later make a career out of ''Series/TheBradyBunch''). Schwartz was an academic with degrees in zoology and psychology, and originally intended for the program to be a meaningful examination of American life. Inspired by ''Literature/RobinsonCrusoe'', Schwartz intended to create a microcosm of American society by stranding representative members of different subcultures and seeing how they interact. He chose his representatives carefully, claiming later that "Anybody who is watching can identify with someone." How this ostensibly academic and rather intriguing concept turned into the show that actually aired is anyone's guess. It lasted three years on Creator/{{CBS}} (1964-67), then became a perennial favorite in [[VindicatedByReruns daily syndication]].

At least four TV movies and two cartoon series followed, first rescuing, then re-stranding, then re-rescuing the castaways, who then turned the island into a resort. In the strangest twist, though, 2004 saw ''Gilligan's Island'' become the first (and maybe only) SitCom ever revived as a RealityShow, with the broadcast of ''The Real Gilligan's Island'' on Creator/{{TBS}}...a show which combined the original series with ''Series/{{Survivor}}'' in a bizarre blend.

Some of the cast reportedly disliked the show. The actress that portrayed Ginger (the movie star), Tina Louise, refused to do either the cartoons or the [[ReunionShow reunion]] movies because she considered the show "silly" and the concept ridiculous while also resenting that she'd ended up being typecast.

A [[TheFilmOfTheSeries big-screen adaptation]] is currently trapped in DevelopmentHell after an initial release date of March 30, 2012.

NotToBeConfusedWith ''GullahGullahIsland''.

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!!This show provides examples of:

* ActingForTwo:
** In both animated series, Ginger and Mary Ann were both voiced by one actress -- Dawn Wells (the original Mary Ann) in "[[RecycledInSpace Gilligan's Planet]]," and Jane Webb in "The New Adventures Of Gilligan".
** In one episode, Tina Louise played both Ginger and IdenticalStranger [[BeautifulAllAlong Eva Grubb]].
* AdaptationDyeJob: Ginger was changed from a redhead to a blonde for the animated shows in order to avoid any complaints from Tina Louise over using her likeness.
* AmnesiaEpisode: There were actually two of these, one with the Skipper ("Forget Me Not") and the other with Mary Ann ("The Second Ginger Grant"), who thinks she's Ginger. When the Professor tries to snap her out of it with hypnosis, Gilligan ends up thinking he's Mary Ann. Obviously PlayedForLaughs.
* AndTheAdventureContinues: 'So join us here each week, my friends, you're sure to get a smile'.
* AndTheRest: TropeNamer.
* AnimatedAdaptation: ''The New Adventures of Gilligan'' (1974-77) and ''Gilligan's Planet'' (1982-83).
* AsideGlance: The Skipper's brief look to the camera after Gilligan does something stupid again (a ShoutOut to [[Creator/LaurelAndHardy Oliver Hardy]] from Alan Hale, Jr.) Ginger occasionally does the same and shrugs when an attempt to seduce someone into doing what she wants fails.
* TheBadGuyWins: Harold Hecuba and Eva Grubb not only get the usual KarmaHoudini, but also successfully steal the Castaways' idea for a musical ''{{Hamlet}}'' and Ginger Grant's identiy and movie career, respectively.
* BagOfHolding / GreatBigBookOfEverything: The Professor always had the facts he needed in a book that was conveniently at the top of his backpack.
* BambooTechnology: TropeCodifier. The Professor was able to create some kind of battery substitute for their radio, build a fully-functioning hot air balloon, and also could fill Gilligan's cavities. It's been frequently lampshaded in almost every parody about how he can do all this, but can't fix a hole in a boat.
** That last sentence is a MemeticMutation, in that there were at least two separate occasions where the Professor concocted a means to repair the Minnow using material available on the island. In both cases, the repairs not only failed but left the boat worse off (needless to say, because of Gilligan).
** Actually, they only tried to repair the boat once. Gilligan found a tree sap to make syrup with, to put on pancakes, but it turned out to be incredibly sticky. The professor got the idea to use it to glue boards onto the boat. However, the adhesive was only temporary and the whole boat (that had been treated) fell apart before launching. So, that one was NOT Gilligan's fault.
** When Russell Johnson was asked why the Professor couldn't seem to repair the Minnow, he replied "If you were living on a tropical island with Ginger and Mary-Ann, would you be in a hurry to fix the boat?"
* BeautyContest: The castaways hold one in "Beauty Is As Beauty Does." What do you think -- Ginger or Mary Ann or [[TakeAThirdOption Mrs. Howell]]?
* BettyAndVeronica: Mary-Ann the former, Ginger the latter. A well-known enough example that "GingerOrMaryAnn" is an alternative title for that trope.
* BottleEpisode
* BreakingTheFourthWall: In "Where There's a Will", when Mr. Howell thinks the castaways are trying to kill him after he includes them in his will, Mrs. Howell looks directly into the camera and says, "I'm going to get to the bottom of this."
* BrokenAesop: The show was supposed to show the need to work together, but who gets off the island? The guest stars, by betraying the regulars. (Among said guest stars, [[ThePhilSilversShow Phil Silvers]], whose production company Gladasya co-produced the series.)
** To be fair, the deposed dictator who escaped the island (in Season 2 episode ''The Little Dictator'') ''did'' attempt to send a rescue mission once he regained power, but nobody believed him and he was overthrown again when the opposition painted him as having gone insane for continuing to bring up "a deserted island with people on it."
** Wrong-Way Feldman also tried his best to get them rescued, but his total incompetence at anything related to directions and navigation resulted in the location he gave for the island not even being wrong.
** And the pro surfer who washed up in the lagoon suffered a case of amnesia when he made it back to Hawaii, so it's not really his fault. [[LaserGuidedKarma Karma just really hates the castaways for whatever reason.]]
** And Gilligan accidentally damaged the message recorded in the robot they sent walking (along the sea floor) back to Hawaii.
** The castaways think they'll be rescued when they find rare butterflies for renowned collector Lord Beasley, who (of course) then leaves without them. Unfortunately he's too obsessed with his lepidopterian pursuits to even mention them once he returns to the mainland.
** Erika Tiffany Smith, played by Zsa Zsa Gabor, explained about the island and the Castaways, but couldn't offer the exact longitude nor latitude, plus no one could decipher her diary (which was written in Hungarian, which nobody in the Navy could read.). The sailor who brought her could have told people but according to WordOfGod, he "suffered a major coronary and died."
** The big-game hunter who'd been trying to shoot Gilligan was so spazzed out over his failure to do this that he sank into a catatonic state (after slinking off the island in secret), and when found, was just mumbling, "Gilligan... Gilligan...," endlessly, with no one able to figure out what he meant.
** Inverted with the episode where the Russian cosmonauts accidentally land on the island. They're more than willing to help the castaways get off the island, but the price for being rescued would be detention in the Soviet Union (as the Soviets don't want to admit their capsule landed off-course, and the castaways would be living proof of that). Given the choice between a lush tropical island and a Siberian ''gulag'', this was one incidence where they worked to ''keep'' from being rescued by the wrong people!
* CaliforniaDoubling: The harbor the Minnow is seen sailing from in the opening credits is really the harbor at Newport Beach. The cave Gilligan sometimes hid in is located a little south from there, at Corona del Mar, and is still known today as 'Gilligan's Cave' by locals.
* TheCameo: In the third reunion movie, Jim Backus reprises his role for one scene. This was due to his suffering from Parkinson's disease. He was originally going to be left out altogether for this reason, but Backus felt up to doing one scene and was welcomed by production.
** Which lead to an offscreen Heartwarming Moment as Backus completed his scene and walked over to Dawn Wells (Mary Ann) and asked "Was I funny?". She hugged him and assured him he was. To this day the incident makes her tear up as she recounts it for interviews.
* CatchPhrase: "D'OH!" ([[WeirdAlEffect predating]] [[TheSimpsons Homer Simpson]] [[OlderThanTheyThink by over two decades]].)
** "GILLIGAN!!!"
*** Also, "SKIP-PER!"
* CelebritySurvivor: Ginger and the Howells.
* ChristmasEpisode: "Birds Gotta Fly, Fish Gotta Talk".
* ClothingDamage: Suffered frequently by the Skipper (usually as a result of something stupid Gilligan has done). Gilligan gets it sometimes as well. The Professor and Mary Ann have had it happen at least once each. Good thing they have that UnlimitedWardrobe.
* {{Costumer}}: The dream episodes tended to be these.
* CowboyEpisode: "The Sweepstakes"
* CriminalDoppelganger: Happened three times. Gilligan had a Russian spy double, Mr. Howell had a freeloader double, and Ginger had a...well, she wasn't a criminal until she went back and started using Ginger's fame.
* DescendedCreator: Harold Hecuba was played by Phil Silvers, whose production company Gladasya ("Glad to see ya," do you see?) made the series.
* DesertedIsland
* DisasterDemocracy: "President Gilligan".
* DistinguishedGentlemansPipe: The Professor, in the beginning. Sometimes other characters, in {{Dream Sequence}}s.
* TheDitz
* DreamSequence: Often the most imaginative part of the series, and the cast loved doing them.
* DruggedLipstick: Ginger wears it in a Bond-parody dream sequence in "The Invasion".
* EditedForSyndication: Syndicated repeats in the 1970s-80s had the ending theme with "each week" edited out, leaving "So join us here my friends, you're sure to get a smile..." Supposedly people would be fooled into not knowing the show would be on again the next day, otherwise.
** In the late 1980s, Ted Turner colorized the black and white Season 1 for airing on TBS. Both versions are shown in syndication and cable.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: The Skipper and the Professor.
* EveryoneMeetsEveryone
* ExecutiveMeddling: One documentary made about the show reveals that the higher-ups had no idea why the show was popular and kept making changes; at one stage, they wanted Gilligan to gain a pet dinosaur.
* ExpositoryThemeTune
* ExpospeakGag: a lot of episodes would have the Professor and Gilligan do this.
* {{Expy}}: Gilligan and the Skipper were designed to be a modern day Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.
** Mary Ann is based on Dorothy from TheWizardOfOz; if being a pig-tailed girl trapped in a mysterious land is not enough, she used to live with her aunt and uncle in Kansas.
** In 1990, the Fox Network presented ''Whoops!'', a sitcom about the last six people to survive a nuclear bomb. Sherwood Schwartz threatened to sue, but since the show only lasted a few episodes before being canceled, the point became moot.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: Carried over into the first reunion movie, but subverted for good in the second.
* FastForwardGag: A few examples. Once was when the castaways were performing a series of repetitive actions and the film sped up, showing them doing the things really fast.
* TheFool: Gilligan
* FramedFaceOpening
* FreakyFridayFlip
* GenreBlindness
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: [[Radar/GilligansIsland See here.]]
* GilliganCut: TropeNamer.
* GirlNextDoor: Mary Ann, although in real life Dawn Wells was in the Miss America Pageant.[[note]]Miss Nevada 1959[[/note]] Yet another case of "If she's the girl next door, I want to live on that block."
* TheGreatRepair: Averted.
* HappilyMarried: The Howells.
* HollywoodNatives: Played painfully straight with the various tribes who appear throughout the series' run. For example, the episode "Gilligan's Mother-In-Law" has a native family complete with grass skirts, feathered headdresses, and bad language skills choosing Gilligan to be a husband for their overweight daughter.
* HollywoodVoodoo: The witch doctor in "Voodoo".
* HotScientist: TheProfessor. Just ask the EstrogenBrigade.
* IAmNotSpock: Happened to many of the regulars, Bob Denver especially, but Tina Louise (Ginger) never got over it. To this day, she pretty much refuses to speak about the show. Averted with Alan Hale Jr. who embraced his character and made numerous public appearances as the Skipper. Having already had a long distinguished career as a character actor, he was generally appreciative of a role that brought him recognition, especially among children.
* IOweYouMyLife: A final-season episode has a native girl offering herself as Gilligan's slave after he rescues her from drowning in the lagoon.
* IslandOfMystery: A plot-sensitive volcano, cannibals from neighboring islands, giant spiders, mysterious caves, and seemed to be a magnet for eccentric-characters-of-the-week.
* ImagineSpot
* IslandHelpMessage
* IvyLeagueForEveryone
* JustEatGilligan: TropeNamer, by way of ''MST3K''.
* KarmaHoudini: For such a seemingly innocent kids' show, it was '''loaded''' with these. Of all the many, many guest stars who would show up on the island and meet the Castaways, nearly ''all'' of whom would deliberately, maliciously choose to not only leave the Castaways on the island, but also tell ''nobody'' about them. Sometimes, the Castaways would hear over their radio that some of these jerks faced some LaserGuidedKarma. But not that often.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Jonathan Kinkaid from "The Hunter". After spending an episode trying ([[LikeYouWouldReallyDoIt and failing]]) to [[HuntingtheMostDangerousGame hunt down]] Gilligan, he snaps and has to be packed off to a mental hospital, muttering the [[MadnessMantra name of his intended victim]] the whole time.
* LargeHam - In one of the [[HamAndCheese hammiest shows]] in television history, it really says something that Jim Backus as Thurston Howell III wins "Largest Ham" in a walk.
* LaughTrack
* LeftHanging: The original series was summarily cancelled; two of the reunion movies are about the gang finally getting off the island.
* LicensedPinballTable: Released by Williams in 1991; [[Pinball/GilligansIsland click here]] for details.
* LimitedWardrobe: Gilligan, the Skipper, and the Professor pretty much always wore the same outfits outside of the "dream" episodes. And yet the ladies all seem to have a never-ending supply of clean and fashionable outfits to wear.
** Although this was explained (Gilligan, Skipper, and the Professor only having the clothes off their backs, but Ginger and the Howells brought multiple outfits)
** Although Gilligan and the Skipper could plausibly have kept a couple changes of clothes on board, so they had something to change into when they inevitably got their clothes dirty doing maintenance chores. These, however, would also quite plausibly be identical to their other work clothes. The Professor appears to have brought a spare shirt (a common enough thing for a professional man to have with him at all times) that Mary-Ann appears to have acquired as sleepwear.
* LotsOfLuggage: Thurston Howell the Third, his wife Lovey and Ginger all took along much more luggage (mostly clothing) than they should have needed for a "three hour cruise". On one of the occasions where they had a chance to escape the island, they insisted on taking all of their luggage with them.
** How insane their luggage is takes multiple episodes to understand. At one point, there is a plan to use what is by then an ''empty'' steamer trunk of theirs as a bathtub. Another episode shows that they brought an entire steamer trunk of ''cash'' with them (on a cruise on a boat with no indication of anywhere on board to buy anything).
* LysistrataGambit: The girls move to the other side of the island in one episode in an attempt to force the men to build more huts. This wouldn't even count as a G-rated example if Mrs. Howell didn't ''specifically cite the TropeNamer!''
* MacGyvering: The Professor.
* MadScientist: Dr. Boris Balinkoff in "The Friendly Physician".
* TheMatchmaker: Mrs. Howell spends one episode trying to get Gilligan and Mary Anne together because she's bored and wants something to plan, like a wedding.
* MeaningfulName: In interviews, Sherwood Schwartz has (perhaps jokingly) said that the S.S. Minnow was named as a TakeThat to Newton N. Minow, famous for his vast wasteland speech.
* TheMillstone
* MistakenForPrankCall: The castaways once try tapping into a transoceanic telephone cable to call for help and, later, sending a homing pigeon with a message for help. The operator and the pigeon's owner both assume it's a prank.
* TheMusical: Adapted as a stage musical by Sherwood Schwartz and his son Lloyd.
* NegativeContinuity: Sometimes. Continuity was actually fairly good at first, but was relaxed as time went on.
** Mrs. Howell claims to be fluent in French in "You've Been Disconnected". In "All About Eva", she says she doesn't speak French.
** In "Pass the Vegetables, Please", Gilligan's favorite vegetable is spinach. In "Lovey's Secret Admirer", Gilligan's statement that he likes spinach causes the Professor's lie detector to go off.
* NeverWinTheLottery: In "The Sweepstakes", Gilligan has a winning sweepstakes ticket. Or so he thinks. It isn't until the end of the episode that he realizes the ticket is from last year's sweepstakes and thus is worthless. (It was a second season episode, after all.)
* NoNameGiven: It was never established whether "Gilligan" was the character's first or last name, or what his other name was. Pre-production materials for the {{pilot}} indicate that the character was to be called Willy Gilligan, but the name never appeared in canon.
* NothingIsTheSameAnymore: In ''Castaways on Gilligan's Island'', the Castaways are permanently rescued at last, make sure the island's location is properly recorded and turn it into a resort.
* OlderThanTheyLook: A real-life example in the form of Natalie Schafer, who was 63 when the series began. She kept her true age a secret, and it only became known after she died. The other cast members subsequently expressed surprise.
** Possibly not a good example, as the character indicated she already knew Mr. Howell in 1929, more than 30 years before the series (although given that the Howells come from an extremely exclusive social circle, they might have been formally introduced as early as their teens).
* OldShame: Tina Louise was ''not'' on this show. Don't even try to talk to her about it. She was the only surviving cast member to refuse to participate in a 1999 TV movie about the show, which naturally resulted in her being portrayed as a vapid bitch while everyone else had no negative traits at all.
** Louise seems to have mellowed out though over the years. On Twitter she occasionally makes jokes and references to the show, and she did occasionally attend reunion specials, and seemed to be having a good time. It's been theorized that the real reason she didn't take part in the biography special was because it was co-produced by Dawn Wells. The two actresses never got along well.
** For many years, the entire first season was an OldShame in regards to syndication, since it was in black & white (Seasons 2 & 3 were in color) and thus episodes from it were rarely aired because of a perceived preference for the later color episodes. TBS' efforts to "colorize" the first season episodes allowed many viewers to see them for the first time.
* OmnidisciplinaryScientist: The Professor.
* OnceInABlueMoon: The episode "Ship Ahoax". When Ginger tells Gilligan's fortune, she says to look for a ship when "the moon is blue". Sure enough, that night the moon is colored blue and a ship passes by the island.
* TheOperatorsMustBeCrazy: In "You've Been Disconnected", an undersea cable washes up on the island, and the castaways rig up a phone to tap into it, getting a very uncooperative operator who does things like ask them to insert ten cents without listening when told there's no place to put money in an undersea cable.
* TheOtherDarrin: Ginger in the reunion movies was recast with Judith Baldwin, and then Constance Forslund. She was played by Jane Webb on ''The New Adventures of Gilligan'' and Dawn Wells in ''Gilligan's Planet''.
* {{Pilot}}: the originally unaired pilot has different theme music, different actors playing slightly different versions of the Professor and Ginger, and an entirely different character in the Mary Ann role. A small amount of footage from the pilot was used in the first broadcast episode "Two on a Raft", and later on in the Christmas episode "Birds Gotta Fly, Fish Gotta Talk" the entire plot was recycled with scenes featuring the original actors re-shot with the series regulars.
* PowerUpFood: In "Pass the Vegetables, Please", the castaways gain superpowers after eating a shipment of radioactive vegetables. In "Seer Gilligan" they eat seeds that gave them telepathic powers.
* TheProfessor
* PoorlyDisguisedPilot: The second reunion movie, ''The Castaways on Gilligan's Island'', was an obvious [[AfterShow attempt to turn the show into]] a combination ''TheLoveBoat''/''FantasyIsland'' with Mr Howell building a resort on the island so random Special Guest Stars can experience the Castaway life.
* RealityChangingMiniature: A witch doctor uses the HollywoodVoodoo doll version to control the castaways in the episode "Voodoo".
* RecycledINSPACE: ''Gilligan's Planet'' is one of the quintessential examples of this trope.
** The syndicated 1970s sitcom ''Series/DustysTrail'' was essentially ''Gilligan's Island'' on an Old West wagon train. It even starred Bob Denver with [[CounterpartComparison a burly wagonmaster as his boss, a millionaire and his wife, a saloon-girl dancer, a "book-smarts" Easterner, and a farmer's daughter]].
* RealityShow: A very ''strange'' case. A reality show was made where they would round up several millionaires, movie stars, sailors, idiots, professors, and what have you, and do a ''Gilligan's Island'' version of ''Survivor'' to see who best represented the original characters. It had two seasons.
* RealLifeRelative: Bob Denver's son played Gilligan in a dream sequence version of Jack and the Beanstalk.
* ReedRichardsIsUseless: TheProfessor can do miracles with BambooTechnology, but he can't build a raft or fix the ''Minnow'', which would solve the single most pressing problem in that little microcosmic society. {{Lampshaded}} in the movie ''Back to the Beach'', when Bob Denver (playing an {{Expy}} of Gilligan) laughed that he knew "a guy who could build a nuclear reactor out of coconuts but couldn't fix a two-foot hole in a boat."
** They attempted to repair the Minnow in a first season episode using tree-sap which had super-glue like properties. They found out too late that the adhesion was temporary, and had already coated the Minnow with it, causing the boat to fall apart.
** There were also multiple attempts to make nails out of various metals refined from ores inexplicably found on the island. (Later on the Professor mentions that there cannot be iron ore on the island because of what this type of island is composed of.) All fail in some way (on-screen failures included shattering like glass or exploding when hit with a hammer).
** They did build a handful of rafts over the course of the show. The HandWave explanation for why they couldn't sail home was that prevailing ocean currents couldn't get a small raft into the shipping lanes.
* ReunionShow: The TV movies ''Rescue from Gilligan's Island'' (1978), ''The Castaways on Gilligan's Island'' (1979), and ''The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island'' (1981).
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: The Howells, even when ''their wealth is meaningless on a deserted island''.
* ScrewedByTheNetwork: Originally intended to have a fourth season, the show was cancelled at the last minute to make room for ''Series/{{Gunsmoke}}''. The latter was supposed to be cancelled, but was renewed at the last minute at the insistence of then CBS chairman William S. Paley, as it was the favorite program of Paley and his wife, Barbara Mortimer.
* SeriesGoal: Getting off the damn island.
* SevenDeadlySins: Gilligan is Sloth, the Skipper is Wrath, Ginger is Lust, Mary-Anne is Envy, the Professor is Pride, and Mr. & Mrs. Howell represent Greed and Gluttony. WordOfGod says this is intentional.
* ShipTease: A RunningGag for the Professor in Season 2, where, in 4 different episodes, he's teased with Mary Anne, Ginger, visitor Erika Tiffany Smith, and even helps Mrs. Howell pull an OperationJealousy.
* ShrunkenHead: In more than one episode the castaways, and especially Gilligan himself, are worried that the cannibal tribes from nearby islands will eat them and shrink their heads as souveniers.
* TheSixties: This show could only have been made in that decade.
* SpringtimeForHitler
* StatusQuoIsGod: No matter what situation they're in or who visits the island, every episode ends the same way the castaways are still stranded and nobody learns a damn thing.
* StrangerInAFamiliarLand: In the first reunion movie, the characters suffered from this somewhat after being rescued -- Ginger is upset that raunchy movies have replaced the glamorous ones from her time, the Professor's inventions have been created in his absence and he's being pressured to spend all his time fundraising for the university, the Howells have moved beyond their wealthy society friends, and Mary Ann has outgrown her fiance.
* SuperstitionEpisode: A common theme in Gilligan's Island. The Skipper was extremely superstitious regarding voodoo and island curses, which manifested itself in the series frequently. Examples: In "Waiting for Watubi", Skipper unearths a tiki idol which he is convinced will bring him bad luck. In "Voodoo Something to Me", The Skipper is convinced that a voodoo witch doctor has turned Gilligan into a chimp. In "Voodoo", Skipper believes that a witch doctor has stolen some of the castaways' personal possessions so he can taunt them from afar. And in this last instance, [[RealAfterAll he's actually proven correct]].
** Guest characters, specifically the rarely seen natives visiting from nearby islands, were also not above this. One instance had a depiction of an ancient tribal hero who happened to look exactly like Gilligan. They discover Gilligan isn't really their returned hero, but then panic and run away when, while chasing him, he drops the head of the statue he was carrying for humorous reasons and it looks rather like his head just fell off.
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: Thurston Howell IV for his father in the third reunion movie.
* [[TalkingToHimself Talking To Herself]]: Dawn Wells voicing both Mary Ann and Ginger in ''Gilligan's Planet''.
* TakeThat: The Minnow wasn't named after the fish, but after then-FCC chairman Newton N. Minow, who had described television as a "vast wasteland".
* ThemeTuneRollCall
* ThisIsMySide: Between Gilligan and the Skipper in "Ship Ahoax".
%%* TheThreeFacesOfEve: Mrs. Howell is the wife, Ginger is the seductress, and Mary Ann is the innocent. Commented out for being a ZeroContextExample. Do not uncomment out without saying how they each fit the archetypes.
* UnfortunateImplications: Pretty much invoked by ''every'' episode featuring the natives.
* UnlimitedWardrobe: The Howells, Ginger, and Mary Ann. Induces lots of FridgeLogic. In the alternate theme song for the unaired (until 1992) pilot, the Howells brought "just enough bags for a six-hour ride (six hours?)". Why they felt it necessary to bring these things is never mentioned, but they both had lots of clothes...and apparently Ginger and Mary-Ann are the same size as Mrs. Howell.
** Which tends to undercut some of the rationale behind events like Mary-Ann chopping rather a lot off of Ginger's dresses when she had amnesia and thought she was Ginger.
* VoicesAreMental: As a result of MadScientist Dr. Boris Balinkoff's mind-transfer experiments.
* VoodooDoll: Used by the witch doctor in "Voodoo".
* WaxingLyrical: The Skipper once quotes the closing theme song when he says, following the most recent failed escape, "I get the feeling we're gonna be here for a long, ''long'' time."
* WeirdnessMagnet: You know, for an "uncharted desert isle" that island is a pretty busy place.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Carroll O'Connor tried out for the Skipper.
* WhoWearsShortShorts: Mary Ann.
* WorldOfHam: Even for TheSixties, this was one hammy show.
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: They finally escape...and find they'd rather be back on the island. Thankfully, they retain contact with the mainland and turn it into a resort. Then invite the HarlemGlobetrotters with [[MissionImpossible Rolland Hand and Cinnamon Carter]] coming along for the ride.
* YouLookFamiliar:
** Vito Scotti played both the Japanese sailor and Dr. Boris Balinkoff.
** Denny Scott Miller played Duke the surfer as well as Tongo the ape-man actor.
** Eddie Little Sky appeared in three unrelated episodes portraying island natives.
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-->''Now, this is the tale of our castaways, they're here for a long, long time\\
They'll have to make the best of things, it's an uphill climb\\
The first mate and his skipper, too, will do their very best\\
To make the others comfortable in their tropic island nest\\
No phone! No lights! No motorcar! Not a single luxury!\\
Like [[Literature/RobinsonCrusoe Robinson Ca-rusoe]], it's primitive as can be!\\
So join us here each week, my friends, you're sure to get a smile\\
From seven stranded castaways, here on Gilligan's isle!''
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