Gilligan's Island: Season 2 (1965 - 1966)

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Air date: Sep 16, 1965

In the first episode of Gilligan's Island's second season--which is also the first one filmed in color, and the first to include regulars Russell Johnson (The Professor) and Dawn Wells (Mary Ann) in the opening credits--the castaways remain firmly ensconsed on their deserted island, still hoping and dreaming to be rescued. This week, Gilligan (Bob Denver) finds himself the reluctant fiancé of a rotund native girl (Mary Foran), whose parents may well prove dangerous if he refuses the honor. In order to qualify for matrimony, Gilligan must pass a rigorous test dreamed up by his prospective father-in-law (Russ Grieve)...but our hero figures out a method whereby he can not only survive the test but also keep his bachelorhood intact. Henny Backus, the real-life wife of series regular Jim Backus (Mr. Howell), is seen as the Native mom.

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Air date: Sep 23, 1965

When an argument breaks out over which of the female castaways is the prettiest, the Professor (Russell Johnson) offers to settle the matter by emceeing a "Ms. Castaway" beauty contest. With three of the men having already selected a favorite, it is necessary to select a completely impartial judge--namely, Gilligan (Bob Denver). At length, Gilligan grows weary of the dirty tricks perpetrated by the menfolk in their efforts to rig the contest, thus he bestows the crown on a long shot--a REEEEEAL long shot!

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Air date: Sep 30, 1965

Nehemiah Persoff guest stars as Pancho Rodriguez, exiled dictator of the banana republic of Equario. Invading the island with his own personal firing squad, Rodriguez immediately proclaims himself ruler over the castaways--and to prove he's not kidding, he sentence Gilligan (Bob Denver) to be shot. However, Rodriguez' plans go awry, and before long he has changed his tune and is offering Gilligan the opportunity to become dictator in his place...thereby setting up a terrific, and oddly disturbing, dream sequence. This is producer-creator Sherwood Schwartz's favorite Gilligan's Island episode.

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Air date: Oct 14, 1965

NASA sends a camera-equipped space probe to mars, but the rocket misses its target a by a couple million miles and lands on Gilligan's island. Naturally, the Castaways hope to use the camera to alert the authorities as to their location, but unfortunately the apparatus is damaged. By the time the Professor (Russell Johnson) has fixed the camera, Gilligan (Bob Denver) has somehow managed to cover everyone on the island with feathers and glue--so guess to which conclusion the NASA scientists immediately leap when they gaze upon these seven "strange creatures"?

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Air date: Oct 21, 1965

The Castaways pick up a radio broadcast announcing the winning number in the $1,000,000 South American sweepstakes. Perhaps inevitably, Gilligan turns out to hold the winning ticket--or at least he would be holding it if it could remember where it is. Even so, in anticipation of Gilligan attaining millionaire status, the Howells (Jim Backus, Natalie Schafer) invite our hapless hero to join their exclusive country club--bringing the membership roster up to three people! The episode ends with another classic dream sequence lensed on the standing sets for the CBS western series Gunsmoke.

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Air date: Oct 28, 1965

According to the trusty measuring stick created by the Professor (Russell Johnson), the island is rapidly sinking into the ocean. Hoping to avoid the inevitable immersion, the Castaways immediately set about to build an ark that will keep them afloat until help arrives. A great deal of frenzy and panic stirried up until it is discovered that the "sinking feeling" is only a false alarm--and guess which Castaway whose last name begins with a "G" is responsible?

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Air date: Nov 4, 1965

While salvaging the cargo from a vessel that has obviously been submerged for decades, the Castaways come across several crates containing silent-movie equipment: Hand-cranked cameras, makeup, costumes etc. Hoping that this treasure trove will enable them to alert the authorities to their whereabouts, the Castaways produce a movie detailing their adventures since being shipwrecker, with Mr. Howell (Jim Backus) directing the epic. (Wonder how he got that long-distance establishing shot of the island which opens the film?). Some time later, the movie is indeed discovered by someone on the "outside"--but the results are not quite what the Castaways were expecting!

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Air date: Nov 11, 1965

There's bad news tonight when Gilligan (Bob Denver) and the Skipper (Alan Hale Jr.) picking up a radio broadcast announcing that Mr. Howell (Jim Backus) has gone broke. Once they've broken the news to the Howells, the Castaways helpfully attempt to train the couple to do "real" work for the first time in their lives. But Mr. Howell is too proud to lower himself in this manner, and before long Gilligan is desperately trying to talk the ex-millionaire out of jumping off a cliff!

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Air date: Nov 18, 1965

Danny Klega and Vincent Beck portray a pair of Russian Cosmonauts whose space capsule has crash-landing on the island (and who speak exclusively in thickly accented English for the benefit of the folks at home). The good news is that the Cosmonauts are willing to rescue the Castaways: the bad news is that they intend to take the Castaways back to the U.S.S.R as prisoners. A great deal of suspicion, mistrust and ill-will follows before everyone involved has learned a valuable lesson about their Fellow Man (though, of course, not everyone leaves the island at episode's end!)

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Air date: Nov 25, 1965

After he is accidentally struck on the mouth by the Skipper (Alan Hale Jr.), Gilligan (Bob Denver) discovers that one of his loose tooth fillings has been transformed into a radio receiver (at one point, he evidently picks up the audio feed from the CBS television network--plug, plug!) This freak occurrence proves to be invaluable when the Castaways' radio dies just as a typhoon approaches the island. With vital weather reports continuously emanating from his bridgework, Gilligan becomes indispensable to his companions--until the filling goes on the fritz.

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Critic Reviews for Gilligan's Island Season 2

All Critics (2) | Top Critics (1)

Of all the season-two changes (color cinematography, naming "the rest" in the theme song), what stands out the most is an embrace of outright fantasy.

Nov 12, 2018 | Full Review…

[It's] even more outlandish and outrageous than the first.

Nov 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Gilligan's Island: Season 2

  • Apr 18, 2018
    A minor improvement over the first season.

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