Gilligan's Island: Season 3 (1966 - 1967)

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Air date: Sep 12, 1966

In the opening episode of Gilligan's Island's third and final season, those seven castaways are still stranded on that uncharted desert isle (if they weren't, course, there would be no series!) On this occasion, Gilligan (Bob Denver) is certain that he has been transformed into a vampire after being bitten by a bat. This calamity is the catalyst for yet another of the series' bizarre dream sequences, replete with "Sherlock Holmes" and "Dr. Watson" clones, and a slam-bang-pow finale reminiscent of the like-vintage TV actioner Batman.

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Air date: Sep 19, 1966

Logic is not the strong suit in this episode, in which a foreign spy who has been surgically altered to look just like Gilligan (Bob Denver) washes up on the island. As part of his secret mission, the Gilligan lookalike (also played by Bob Denver, albeit with a dubbed voice) begins spreading trouble and dissension amongst the other Castaways. Naturally, the real Gilligan is blamed for all the skullduggery--but unfortunately, he can't convince anyone that there are two of him on the same island (after all, isn't one Gilligan enough?)

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Air date: Sep 26, 1966

Gilligan (Bob Denver) comes across a crate full of vegetable seeds, which the other Castaways quickly cultivate as a food supply. The seeds yield a crop of mutated plants, which when eaten endow the Castaways with super-strength. Unfortunately, Gilligan didn't notice that the side of the crate was marked with the word "RADIOACTIVE"--and now the Professor (Russell Johnson) must come up with a formula to de-radioactivate the Castaways before disaster befalls them.

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Air date: Oct 3, 1966

Phil Silvers, whose own Gladasya Productions held a controlling interest in Gilligan's Island, appears in this classic episode as celebrated Hollywood producer Harold Hecuba. While on a world-wide talent search for his latest epic, Hecuba lands on the Castaways' island. Hoping to persuade the producer to rescue them, Gilligan (Bob Denver), the Skipper (Alan Hale Jr.) et. al. mount their own stage production, a musical version of "Hamlet" (sung to the tune of "Carmen"!) The climactic scene, in which Phil Silvers assumes control of the production and plays all the roles himself, is one of the great moments in TV Sitcom History.

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Air date: Oct 10, 1966

The power of Voodoo once more rears its ugly head on the island, as a sinister Witch Doctor (played by veteran Native American actor Eddie Little Sky) begins stealing items from the Castaways' huts. He then uses this items to fashion voodoo dolls in the shapes of the seven Castaways, for the purpose of turning them all into mindless zombies. But Gilligan (Bob Denver) saves the day with a neat bit of table-turning.

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Air date: Oct 17, 1966

While briefly under the the weather, Mr. Howell (Jim Backus) draws up a new will, making the other Castaways beneficiaries of his multi-million dollar estate. To show their gratitude, the Castaways decide to hold a luau in Howell's honor, complete with a roast suckling pig. Overhearing these plans, a suddenly paranoiac Howell jumps to the wrong conclusion, convinced that it his goose that will be cooked instead of the pig!

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Air date: Oct 24, 1966

John McGiver guest stars in this episode as famed British butterfly collector Lord Beasley Waterford. Thanks to the ingenuity of the scriptwriter, Lord Waterford has arrived on the Castaways' island, in pursuit of the elusive pussycat swallowtail. Of course, the Castaways hope that his Lordship will rescue them and take them back to civilization--but he refuses to leave the island until he has added the aforementioned rare specimen to his collection.

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Air date: Oct 31, 1966

Gilligan (Bob Denver) awakens one morning to discover that his hair has turned completely white overnight. The Professor (Russell Johnson) is worried that Gilligan is suffering from "follicular albinism", which brings about premature ageing. Helpful Mrs. Howell (Natalie Schafer) provides Gilligan with her own special hair dye--which renders him totally bald, forcing the other Castaways to spare Gilligan's feelings by pretending not to notice his, er, condition.

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Air date: Nov 7, 1966

Vito Scotti returns as Dr. Boris Balenkoff, who during his last visit to the island conducted a series of diabolical experiments resulting in some severe personality changes amongst the Castaways. This time, the mad doctor has come bearing gifts--namely, a collection of attractive-looking rings. Unfortunately, when the Castaways slip on the rings, they leave themselves vulnerable to Balenkoff's latest mind-controlling experiment...which, if successful, will culminate in the robbing of Fort Knox!

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Air date: Nov 14, 1966

After a bump on the head, Gilligan (Bob Denver) sees two of everything. The Professor (Russell Johnson) declares that the only cure for Gilligan's double vision is the rare captivora berry, sending the other Castaways on a wild berry hunt. Unfortunately, once he's consumed the "cure", Gilligan sees FOUR of everything--and worse, the Castaways have ventured into Headhunter territory! (Incidentally, one of the "ferocious" headhunters is played by LA Rams football star Roman Gabriel, one of several professional athletes making cameo appearances during Season Three).

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Critic Reviews for Gilligan's Island Season 3

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

Wells always maintained that the show's innocent humor was what made it a classic.

Nov 12, 2018 | Full Review…

The classic sitcom about six stock characters marooned off the coast of Hawaii only ran three seasons but became a TV staple in syndication. Tina Louise, 81, still thinks of Ginger as the role of her career.

Nov 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Gilligan's Island is a classic sitcom whose popularity doesn't match its critical reputation. It's a silly show, and silliness has a way of alienating anyone searching for greatness.

Nov 12, 2018 | Full Review…

At its best, the series-despite its isolated setting-was a warm, inviting world that felt like a great break from the banal mundaneness of life.

Nov 12, 2018 | Full Review…

But like many of the wilder sitcoms of the 1960s, the series had exhausted every reasonably plausible story situation that could be derived from its limited premise, of seven castaways shipwrecked on an uncharted island in the Pacific.

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Audience Reviews for Gilligan's Island: Season 3

  • Apr 18, 2018
    It is highly likely that this final season of the classic hit TV series from the 60's, is the absolute pinnacle of the show's rather short, but nonetheless very enduring run.

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