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Goofy Gilligan’s Island turns 50

Posted by elegant On September - 12 - 2014

First aired on CBS on September 26, 1964, Gilligan’s Island ran on TV for three seasons until April 17, 1967. Gilligan’s Island will turn 50 this September. The American sitcom is known for some of its goofy characters and for its comic adventures. The cast included Bob Denver, Alan Hale, Jr., Jim Backus, Natalie Schafer, Russell Johnson, Tim Louise, and Dawn Wells. The seven castaways’ comic survival (they later escape from the island in a movie) treated TV viewers young and old for decades. Their marooned island life made people laugh for a half a century. The show paved the way for later comedies on TV such as Hogan’s Heroes.

Some critics say that when the show was debuted in 1965, America has gone through social unrest due to Cuban missile crisis and assassination of John F. Kennedy giving the prominence to the show more than it deserve. Whatever the reason, the war weary Americans latched onto the show immediately after its first telecast. Its impact goes beyond the initial three seasons run due to rebroadcast when children were coming home from school. The first episode shows that Gilligan and the Skipper going on a raft to find help and the last episode (Gilligan and Goddess) ends the show still the castaways stranded on the island.

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