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“A three-hour tour…”

Turns out, “Gilligan’s Island” wasn’t as simple as we thought it was:

Sherwood Schwartz, the creator of Gilligan’s Island, said he patterned the ‘seven stranded castaways’ after the seven deadly sins but he didn’t admit it until years later in his book about the show.

I’m sure you can attribute the sins to the proper characters but here they are:
The Professor – Pride
Thurston Howell III – Greed
Ginger – Lust
Mary Ann – Envy (of Ginger’s looks)
Mrs. Lovey Howell – Gluttony
The Skipper – Anger or wrath
 Gilligan – Sloth


All together now, let’s sing the theme song:

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Paula Gonzales Rohrbacher

posted July 1, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Not to mention that you can sing “Amazing Grace” to the tune of the Gilligan’s Island Theme Song. Try it!

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Civitas Occiduus

posted July 1, 2010 at 4:14 pm

As a child, this was the first song I learned. And my dog howled, in tune, right along with it. My mother actually got Spot and me on video one time singing it together and she sent it in to Bob Saget and his America’s Funniest Home Videos.
And yeah, a lot of the plots make sense now in that context. It also explains why Thurston brought all that money on a three hour tour; and why the Professor could make a radio from coconuts, but not fix the stupid hole in the boat.

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Father Don

posted July 1, 2010 at 11:41 pm

I agree with the following:
The Professor – Pride
Thurston Howell III – Greed
Ginger – Lust
Mary Ann – Envy (of Ginger’s looks)
The Skipper – Anger or wrath
However, it makes more sense to have
Mrs. Lovey Howell – Sloth (she never lifts a finger to help the castaways get off the island. She always wants to have a party like the country club gatherings back home.)
Gilligan – Gluttony (he is always hungry…eating mounds of bananas, eating Mary Ann’s Coconut cream pies, and just about every thing the professor makes (e.g. glue, florescent paint, etc).

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Judith Raczko

posted July 2, 2010 at 7:21 am

Paula, I did try singing it–amazing! And isn’t it something how we all watched that show and laughed at the characters, most of us probably never putting any negative spin on it….how clever the devil can be to disguise sin in an attractive package making it appear cute or funny….hmmmmm.

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posted July 2, 2010 at 7:48 am

Father Don –
I quite agree. Mrs. Howell would be Sloth, Gilligan would be Gluttony. I wonder how much of Gilligan’s formidable hunger would’ve been attributable to Bob Denver getting ” the munchies ” after partaking of marijuana ?
Just thinkin’ about it…..

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posted July 2, 2010 at 8:59 am

“Amazing Grace works with “The House of the Rising Sun”. Also works the other way, too!

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posted July 2, 2010 at 12:27 pm

It was just fun…never really needed to know about the true origins of the charactors…though it was interesting.

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