Gilligan's Island: Season 1 (1964 - 1965)

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Air date: Sep 26, 1964

A convenient radio broadcast introduces each of the seven castaways by name in the debut episode of Gilligan's Island. Once it is firmly established who is on the island and how they got there, the Skipper (Alan Hale Jr.) and Gilligan (Bob Denver) set sail on their hand-built raft, hoping to locate someone who will rescue them. After a treacherous voyage, the two mariners end up back on the same island whence they came--where the other castaways mistake the Skipper and Gilligan for invading Marubi Headhunters!

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Air date: Oct 3, 1964

As a hurricane approaches the island, the seven castaways build a community hut to shield them from the storm. Unfortunately, being under the same roof for a lengthy period of time results in everybody getting on everybody else's nerves. By the time the episode arrives at its conclusion, it's a toss-up as to whether the hurricane or the hostility poses the greatest threat to the castaways!

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Air date: Oct 10, 1964

The fact that the Skipper (Alan Hale Jr.) is a firm believer in the power of voodoo dictates the action in this episode. While on watch over the castaways' island settlement, Gilligan dozes off, whereupon a chimpanzee steals our hero's clothes. Thus it is that, when the simian shows up in camp in a Gilligan outfit, the Skipper has everyone believing that voodoo magic has transformed his first mate into a monkey!

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Air date: Oct 17, 1964

The only person on the island who knows how to repair the radio transmitter is the Skipper (Alan Hale Jr.). Unfortunately, the Skipper can only rememeber the instructions when he's asleep and dreaming. As the possibility of rescue in the form of the famous aviatrix "The Vagabond Lady" looms large, everyone does everything within their power to keep the Skipper in dreamland, with the Professor (Russell Johnson) working hardest of all as an amateur hypnotist.

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Air date: Oct 24, 1964

Hans Conried has the honor of being Gilligan's Island's first guest star in the role of "Wrongway" Feldman, a fabled aviator who disappeared while flying around the world in 1931. Turns out that, for the past 33 years, Feldman has been living on the same island where the castaways currently reside. When Gilligan (Bob Denver) rediscovers "Wrongway", hope for a speedy rescue arises amongst the seven stranded souls--but alas, Feldman intends to remain a solo flyer on his trip back to civilization.

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Air date: Oct 31, 1964

The island needs a well, but no one has the authority to order any sort of digging. Thus, the castaways decide to hold an election to appoint a "president" of the island. As the front-running candidates, the Skipper (Alan Hale Jr.) and Mr. Howell (Jim Backus) resort to every underhanded trick in the book to win the election. As a result of this skullduggery, the race is won by a surprise write-in candidate--namely, Gilligan (Bob Denver)! This episode was originally telecast four days before the 1964 Presidential Election, which of course went to Lyndon Johnson by a landslide.

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Air date: Nov 7, 1964

At the same time Gilligan (Bob Denver) has adopted a pet duck named Burton, the castaways' food supply has run dangerously low. Some of the islanders are all for eating Burton, while others would rather spare the duck in hopes that the mallard will be able to fly for help. Jealously protecting his new pet from his predatory fellow castaways, Gilligan dreams that he is a frontier sheriff slated for elimination by a hired gunman--played by Mr. Howell (Jim Backus). The familiar Gunsmoke sets are given a good workout during the dream sequence.

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Air date: Nov 21, 1964

As the castaways prepare to take advantage of an upcoming high tide, the Professor (Russell Johnson) races against time to stir up a formula for making nails in order to repair the "Minnow". At the same time, Gilligan (Bob Denver) is using sap from one of the island's trees to make pancake syrup. As it turns out, the sap is the main ingredient for a powerful glue--but will it be powerful enough to hold the "Minnow" together and help the castaways make a break for freedom?

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Air date: Nov 28, 1964

This week, the castaways are on a lucky streak: Gilligan (Bob Denver) and Mr. Howell (Jim Backus) have unearthed a gold mine, while Ginger (Tina Louise) and Mary Ann (Dawn Wells) have stumbled upon a life raft. Unfortunately, the gold deposit takes center stage, as all of the castaways except Gilligan are consumed by greed. As a result of this "gold fever", the seven castaways blow yet another chance to get off the island!

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Air date: Dec 5, 1964

The Skipper (Alan Hale Jr.) comes across a statue of the Tiki god Watubi. Shortly thereafter, the island is rocked by a small earthquake, leading the Skipper to conclude that his discovery of the statue has exposed him to the "Curse of Kona." Gilligan (Bob Denver) is forced to convince the Skipper that no such curse exists by donning a clever--and rather ridiculous--disguise.

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Critic Reviews for Gilligan's Island Season 1

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

In season one, the writers were still taking the castaway premise relatively seriously (as a launchpad for slapstick, at least), but several of the season's scripts read like social experiments:

Nov 12, 2018 | Full Review…

"Gilligan's Island" isn't just a wacky old TV series, it's an industry.

Sep 17, 2018 | Full Review…

A sampling of nautical nonsense that promised gags, gals, guffaws also helped set stage, hopefully, for success while novelty song lyrics, voiced over picture, chorused the series idea, where it was going, why, and identified each castmember.

Feb 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Still, despite corny jokes and ridiculous situations -- or perhaps because of them -- Gilligan's Island stands the test of time.

Sep 17, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The heart of the show, though, is the superb chemistry among the cast, especially Alan Hale and Bob Denver, who are like a TV version of Laurel and Hardy.

Nov 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Gilligan's Island: Season 1

  • Oct 23, 2019
    Lot's of nostalgia for me here. I love the black and white season one for it's atmosphere and hilarious characters. Gilligan is a clown.
  • Apr 23, 2018
    Classic comedy, lovable characters, great soundtrack. Everything about this season is perfect.
  • Apr 18, 2018
    Slightly worse than the other seasons because they are in color and this is not.

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