Gilligan’s Island - American intellectual comedy

Eli’sComing

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My favorite American comedy is gilligan’s island
Not quite up to typical British standards of wit, nonetheless a worthy and reliable source of deeply intellectual comedy.

Seven people set sail on what is scheduled to be a three-hour sightseeing tour on the charter boat The Minnow, get caught in a storm and end up stranded on an uncharted tropical island together. The comedy comes from the failed attempts at escaping the island
 

tommy

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Gilligan's Island is ingrained in my childhood. I still regularly grab an episode of it and the revivals. There were 2 Filmation animated spin-offs. The New Adventures of Gilligan (1974) featured voices of the original cast except Tina Louise who never appeared in any Gilligan revivals and Dawn Wells who was on road with a play at the time so Jane Webb played both parts. Dawn Wells joined for the 2nd series Gilligan's Planet (1982) where she voiced both Mary Ann and Ginger.

There were also 3 TV movies, Rescue from Gilligan's Island (1978), The Castaways on Gilligan's Island (1979) and The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island (1981). Judith Baldwin played Ginger in the first 2 and Constance Forslund in the 3rd.
 
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Onslow

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This series came with its own set of "make you wonder"s. Among them:
  • So many sets of clothes (usually the passengers) packed for a three-hour excursion?
  • Laundry (especially for Gilligan and Skipper)?
  • The volume of structures and apparatuses built from bamboo would have required several machetes with a means to sharpen frequently. I always keep both in the car in case I'm marooned so I guess a charter/hire boat would be understandable.
  • The number of guests who could have alerted the Coast Guard for rescue. I would be notifying the authorities of immediately during the first rescue movie to request charges of failure to render aid (I'm sure there would be a jurisdictional loopholes but still, very bad form).
I could go on but yes, suspension of disbelief goes a long way.
 

tommy

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This series came with its own set of "make you wonder"s. Among them:
  • So many sets of clothes (usually the passengers) packed for a three-hour excursion?
  • Laundry (especially for Gilligan and Skipper)?
  • The volume of structures and apparatuses built from bamboo would have required several machetes with a means to sharpen frequently. I always keep both in the car in case I'm marooned so I guess a charter/hire boat would be understandable.
  • The number of guests who could have alerted the Coast Guard for rescue. I would be notifying the authorities of immediately during the first rescue movie to request charges of failure to render aid (I'm sure there would be a jurisdictional loopholes but still, very bad form).
I could go on but yes, suspension of disbelief goes a long way.
Half of the guests were bad people who would have been in trouble if anyone found out about their time with the castaways, the others were dingbats. :)
 
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