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13 Things You Didn't Know About “Gilligan's Island”

Gallagher's Island is almost well-known to everyone. But these following 13 things about this classic TV show you may never have heard of. Click to check out these unknown secrets.

1. The TV show's name "Gilligan" was picked at random from a phone book. Otherwise, it could have been named something completely different.

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2. Gilligan played by Bob Denver is now an iconic character, but the role could have gone to Jerry Van Dyke, who was the first choice of this character.

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3. Most characters on the show are addressed by titles, not names, such as Professor and Skipper. But they all had full names which you wouldn't know by watching the show.

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4. The ill-fated ship S.S. Minnow is not named after the fish, but the Federal Communications Commission president Newton Minow, who once described television as a "vast wasteland."

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5. To air the show, the creator and co-producer Sherwood Schwartz made a deal with CBS president Jim Aubrey who thought it was a mistake not to rescue the group stranded on the island that when the rating slipped, the group would be rescued.

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6. Mrs Howell's player Natalie Schafer, like Aubrey, also thought the show didn't have a chance. But it only turned out that she took the job on the pilot for the easy paycheck and a trip to Hawaii.

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7. In the fist season, Russell Johnson and Dawn Wells, who respectively played the Professor and Mary Ann, were meant to be background players, so their names only appeared on "...and the rest" during the opening of the show.

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8. During the opening of the first season, an American flag flying at half-staff can be seen because the show's pilot finished filming on Nov. 22, 1963, the day when President Kennedy was assassinated.

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9. During the first season, Hunt Sromberg, Jr., a producer on the show, wanted Gilligan to find a dinosaur on the island and even kept it as a pet. Schwartz horrified asked if an animated dinosaur would put the production over budget, and thankfully, the Gilligan's Island spared becoming another Jurassic Park.

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10. The U.S. Coast Guard once informed Schwartz that they received mail from "Gilligan's Island." Funnily, some viewers thought it was real and even asked the Coast Guard to rescue the group.

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11. Gilligan, though lovable, seems incapable of doing anything right, and yet Skipper keeps him around all the way because Gilligan saved the Skipper's life on a destroyer during World War II.

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12. "Gilligan's Island" was canceled after only three seasons for the reason to make room for "Gunsmoke" which expectedly would become a long-running western series.

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13. Though only ran for three seasons, the show enjoyed great popularity. As a result, three TV movies were produced and also garnered high ratings, namely "Rescue From Gilligan's Island" in 1978, "Castaways on Gilligan's Island" in 1979 and "The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island" in 1981.

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