Thirsty Howl III


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


"Bearigan's Island" on Muppet Babies.

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]


  • The Muppet Meeting Films "Executives' Island" video parodies the series, with stranded boardroom executive Mulligan riffing on Gilligan's name.
  • 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, Earl thinks that there should be a show with a professor on an island with a millionaire and a movie star.
  • In a "welcome back" scene for The Muppet CD-ROM: Muppets Inside, Kermit and Fozzie are seen watching Gilligan's Island while waiting for the player to return. Fozzie calls Kermit his "little buddy."
  • The Muppet Babies episode "Muppet Island" features a parody of this show entitled "Bearigan's Island" with Fozzie as a parody of Gilligan (named Bearigan), with Kermit as the Skipper (called Skipper Kermit) and the others (excluding Animal) as the rest (Piggy as Ginger, Scooter as Thurston Howell III, Skeeter as Mrs. Howell, Gonzo as the Professor, and Rowlf as Mary Ann).


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