Can you tell if these fun facts about Gilligan's Island are real or not?

The next time there's a Gilligan's Island trivia night, you'll know the island better than its castaways!


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Gilligan's Island premiered in 1964 and three seasons later, the show had a total of 99 episodes. That's quite awhile for seven castaways to be stranded on an uncharted island! 

Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Tina Louise and Dawn Wells were just a few stars that gave Gilligan's Island its success. During the show's 99 episodes, a lot of memorable moments came from both on and off the screen. 

Today, we want to put your TV trivia knowledge to the test with the ultimate true or false Gilligan's Island quiz! We give you a fun fact and you decide whether it's true or false. Good luck!

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  1. Bob Denver is the only 'Gilligan's Island' cast member to not appear on Gunsmoke.
  2. Season three, episode 15 is the only time blood is shown on the series.
  3. Zamba the lion and Bob Denver never worked together before 'Gilligan's Island.'
  4. Mary Ann is modeled after Dorothy Gale from 'The Wizard of Oz'.
  5. As of 2023, there are only three surviving cast members from 'Gilligan's Island'.
  6. Sherwood Schwartz wrote the 'Gilligan's Island' theme song in just one week.
  7. The lagoon set was the same one used to make 'Creature from the Black Lagoon'.
  8. The ship's name, the S.S. Minnow was named after a Minnow fish.
  9. The seven castaways were archetypes of the seven deadly sins.
  10. Gilligan is the character who breaks the fourth wall most often.
  11. The original pilot for 'Gilligan's Island' was originally titled 'Marooned'.
  12. In the first season the cast used cups that were made from real coconuts.
  13. The Skipper's real name is never said in the series.
  14. The producers had an extremely hard time casting The Skipper.

Can you tell if these fun facts about Gilligan's Island are real or not?

Your Result...

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Randall 11 months ago
Don't forget about the episode When there was an official investigation about the loss of THE MINOW, ( The cast a ways heard it on the radio) The Skippers name is mentioned NOAH JONAS QUIMBY and he was blamed for the loss! One of My favorite episodes Because He and Gilligan Wind up on the other side of the Island! Gilligan, When you through out the anchor was the anchor line attached? They both had honor, something missing in today's world! Gilligan Forever !
paulgad Randall 11 months ago
It's Jonas Grumby. Not what you said
grandpa5741 17 months ago
11 of 14, who cares with Ginger and Maryann memories to keep me smiling. 😃
Heck even Mrs. Howell was a cutie too.
OldTimePreacher 17 months ago
#1 was False. None of the 3 ladies ever appeared on Gunsmoke. The Skipper, The Professor and Mr. Howell are the 3 men who’ve appeared on Gunsmoke.
Stoney 17 months ago
10 for 14. I thought the seven deadly sins thing was just a fan theory on the Internet. Didn't know it was an actual thing.
LoveMETV22 Stoney 17 months ago
I think Sherwood Schwartz had mentioned it at (somewhere/someplace) in time. A couple of articles say he said it to "NPR." So for the purpose of the quiz the answer was/is correct. However outside of that it's really not research/debate worthy. LOL😃
timothys71 17 months ago
I am glad to see Gilligan's Island and a couple other shows return to the regular schedule, but I hope they will still do Sunday block parties from time to time also. That is a great way to showcase programs that have been off the regular schedule for a while (or had too short of an original run to maintain a regular slot).
timothys71 17 months ago
I have nothing against the colorized Season 1 episodes, but I thought it was kind of cool to see 2 of them in their original black-and-white format last Sunday. I don't think MeTV has shown them that way since they ran the show on weekday evenings, and that has been quite a while.
Wenatchee7 17 months ago
13/14 Don't remember Bob Denver on Gunsmoke.
r2004bert 17 months ago
I remember seeing Dawn Wells in a production of the musical, "They're Playing our Song," in Providence, RI, in the early 80's.
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Lojagu 17 months ago
I know, it’s the announcer on the radio!
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KMT6600 17 months ago
Love that show as a kid still funny to me as a grown HA HA !!
JHP 17 months ago
first of many comments to come

what in the heck is the 4th wall?
LoveMETV22 JHP 17 months ago
" what in the heck is the 4th wall?'
It's when the actor acknowledges the audience ( Live or viewing) by looking at them or the camera, and sometimes accompanied with a comment.
JHP LoveMETV22 17 months ago
thanks for the info

never in an eon would I have know that:)
JeffPaul76 17 months ago
"You got 10 out of 14" ----------Better luck next time! You may not have the score to get you off the island, but you can always try again! ---I got 1, 6, 9 and 14 wrong.
pony 17 months ago
Hard to believe there was ever a doubt that Alan Hale Jr. was not the perfect Skipper!
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Beatseeker 17 months ago
and the bottom of her bra... yummy!
JHP 17 months ago
ginger and mary ann - the first time I saw them I saw a swarm of bees and a flock of birds

(get it?)
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