A Three Hour Tour (Echo *A Three Hour Tour . . .*)

When I was growing up, we used to love watching Gilligan's Island. I like that kind of goofy humor, and everything used to be so innocent and fun. Not like TV shows today.

Gilligan and Maryanne were always my two favorites. My sister and I (ever the matchmakers), thought they should get together. We couldn't really make up our minds if Ginger should go with the Professor or the Skipper though.

My favorite episode is probably the one where they find "super seeds", and the vegetables they grow give them amazing abilities - Gilligan becomes super strong because his favorite vegetable is spinach, Mrs. Howell becomes hyper because she likes sugar beets, and I think it was Maryanne who got great eyesight because she likes carrots!

Of course, in many of the episodes, their attempts to get rescued are ruined by Gilligan. Poor Gilligan. It's not like he means to mess up. He's just trying to help.

This all came back to me, because I've been borrowing movies from my mom lately, and I borrowed an old season of Gilligan's Island.

Watching it as an adult, it struck me how many times someone finds them on the island, promises to help them get off, then gets off the island themselves but never sends anyone back for the castaways!

You know it must be intentional, because how do you forget that you met seven people marooned on a little island? They usually intentionally decide not to mention it, because it would somehow be detrimental to their interests if the passengers of the Minnow were rescued.

How can these people live with themselves, I ask you?

Though, if you had to be marooned on an island, Gilligan's would be the one. They have fresh water, plenty of food, a variety of animals, a volcano that provides hot water, natural gas, plenty of good fishing.

Not to mention you'd be marooned with the Professor, who can pretty much make anything out of the resources available on the island. You wouldn't be without a radio, because they rescued that from the ship. And fun stuff is washing up on the shore all the time.

Sounds like a great place for a vacation, really.

Did any of you watch Gilligan's Island, or am I the only one? What is your favorite old show?

P.S. Click on the pictures for the sources of the images. And if you are a Gilligan's Island fan, you should click on the second picture for an article on "What Gilligan's Island Taught Me About Life". I enjoyed it.
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Rachel and John said...

I LOVED Gilligan's Island! Thanks for the reminder!

hi-d said...

Oh yes! I too watched this show growing up. I also loved, Different Strokes, Facts of Life, The Cosby Show, The Donnie & Marie Show (waaay before your time),...I could go on and on...TV was so much better back then!

Erin said...

Leave It to Beaver was a family favorite when I was growing up. Now, I enjoy watching The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Dick Van Dyke Show. I love how older shows didn't always transition to a new scene after 5 seconds. It seems these days, nothing can hold our attention for much longer.

Anne said...

I LOVE Gilligan's Island. I was just thinking about it the other day, although I'm not sure why. I want to watch it now!

Katie said...

We used to watch Gilligans Island too! We also liked I Love Lucy, The Andy Griffith Show, My Three Sons, and Leave it to Beaver. Oh, and can't forget the Brady Bunch! We were all about old school TV in our house!

Lauren said...

I wasn't a Gilligan watcher, mainly because I think it was only reruns on cable when I was growing up...and we only had 5 tv stations! ha!

Anonymous said...

We used to watch Gilligan! Loved it! Mr.Ed was another fav, along with Petticoat Junction and Green Acres.

Melanie said...

Oh I loved Gilligan too!!! Also loved The Cosby Show, Cheers, Family Ties, Punky Brewster, My Two Dads (remember that one?), and a bunch of others!

Felicia said...

Oh I love Gilligan's Island! That's the show I pop in the dvd player when I'm sick on the couch. I love the cheesiness of it. My favorite episode is where they find the attache case, and then Gilligan dreams that he's 0014 (Right? Twice as good as 007?). I thought it was so great the way they brought in dream sequences so that they would have episodes "off" the island as well.

Jessica and Stephan said...

LOVE gilligan's island too! Also love "I love Lucy".

Amber said...

LOVED that show. Along with I Love Lucy and The Cosby Show.

Dove of Snow said...

Callie Nicole! I absolutely loved Gilligan's Island as a kid! My brother and I watched it regularly, one of just a small handful of shows that my parents were okay with us watching as it was decent and funny and family-friendly! My hubs and I were just talking about this show I think last week. How we'd like to watch it again! :) Good memories .... -- Rachel

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