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Test pattern schedule showing "Gilligan's Test Patterns."

Gilligan's Island (1964-1967) was a sitcom about a group of people who became shipwrecked on a deserted island. The show aired on CBS for three seasons, for a total of 98 episodes. Although the series only aired for three seasons, it enjoyed high ratings, and through syndication became iconic to multiple generations. It also spawned several TV reunion movies and two Filmation animated series (one of which, Gilligan's Planet, inevitably sent the castaways into space).

The same studio backlot watertank that served as the lagoon on Gilligan's Island would later be used as Kermit's Swamp in the "Rainbow Connection" opening of The Muppet Movie.[1]


  • Episode 304 of Dinosaurs features two references. The Antediluvian Broadcasting Company's network schedule board includes Gilligan's Test Pattern. Later, after watching The Professor Show, when Earl thinks that there should be a show with a professor on an island with a millionaire and a movie star.


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  1. Interview with Ed Christie for The Archive of American Television