What are some interesting facts about "Gilligan's Island"?


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"Gilligan's Island" was a television show about seven castaways who were stranded on an island. The show aired on CBS from 1964 to 1967. Bob Denver played the role of Gilligan.

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During the three seasons "Gilligan's Island" was on the air, the cast and crew made 98 episodes. Two characters, Mary Ann (played by Dawn Wells) and Ginger (played by Tina Louise), were attractive young women, and a common question for men during and after the show's run regarded their preference for Ginger or Mary Ann.

The cast and crew made the pilot in Honolulu in November 1963. The assassination of President John F. Kennedy delayed the completion of the pilot due to a period of mourning, which closed Honolulu Harbor for several days. The opening scene of the pilot episode includes a shot with an American flag at half-mast in the background.

Although "Gilligan's Island" was a popular show, CBS unexpectedly cancelled it in the spring of 1967. Babe Paley, the wife of CBS's president, was a fan of "Gunsmoke," but there was no room in the schedule for it until CBS cancelled "Gilligan's Island."

"Gilligan's Island" was popular in syndication during the 1970s and 1980s. The cast, with the exception of Tina Louise, reunited for three made-for-television movies in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

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