The BEST Episodes of Fantasy Island

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Feb 29, 2020

Network: ABC (US)

Smiles everyone, Smiles! So began this long-running (7 season) series which was one of the ABC Network's anthology/guest-cast series (along with The Love Boat) that proved wildly popular. Each week two guests came to "Fantasy Island" to get their wish/fantasy fulfilled. Their mysterious host, the debonair and suave white-suited Mr. Roarke, would do the sometimes impossible and grant them their wishes...but there was always some twist to the fantasy, letting the guest learn something about themselves or get something they weren't expecting. Best remembered for the presence of Herve Villechaize as the diminuitive "Tattoo" and his cry of "De plane! De plane!" the show proved popular enough to go the distance and then spawn a brief revival/remake in the 1990s. A remake, Fantasy Island (1998)in the late 1990's was not as successful as its predecessor.

Daddy's Little Girl / The Whistle

#1 - Daddy's Little Girl / The Whistle

Season 5 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 30, 1982

In "Daddy's Little Girl" Christa Ackland wishes to find her real father, a man she has never laid eyes on, so that he may give her away at her wedding. And in "The Whistle" Scientist, Adrian Brilles wishes to make a famous discovery at any cost, comes face to face with a terror he has never known before.

star 10.00
1 votes
Writers: Don Ingalls, Leigh Vance
The Invisible Woman / The Snow Bird

#2 - The Invisible Woman / The Snow Bird

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 6, 1980

In "The Invisible Woman" Harriet Winkler wishes to become invisible so she can spy on her philandering fiancee and finds that the one thing their relationship doesn't have is trust. And in "The Snowbird" Ned Pringle falls in love with one of the Flying Ferinis', a trapeze act, and in order for him to get close to her he takes on the challenge to become a trapeze artist himself.

star 9.33
3 votes
Directors: Don Weis
Writers: Larry Forrester, Ron Friedman
A Very Strange Affair / The Sailor

#3 - A Very Strange Affair / The Sailor

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 2, 1982

In "A Very Strange Affair" Ron Price gets some very unusual help in obtaining the needed funds for an orphanage. And in "The Sailor" Mr. Roarke successfully arranges a love match but in order for the couple to have a future happiness together, Laura Myles must forfeit her life.

star 9.00
2 votes
Directors: Cliff Bole
Writers: Arthur Rowe, Don Ingalls
Crescendo / Three Feathers

#4 - Crescendo / Three Feathers

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 20, 1980

In "Crescendo" singing star Susan Lohman hopes for romance with the brilliant composer of her songs. Not knowing that the mysterious and elusive composer is cursed her hopes are shockingly dashed when they meet. And in "Three Feathers" Alan Colshaw is unjustly accused of cowardice, having abandoned his three flight mates in the crash and disappearing. Not knowing what happened to him, he is in desperate need to exonerate himself.

star 8.80
5 votes
Directors: Michael Preece
Writers: Larry Forrester, Worley Thorne
My Late Lover / Sanctuary

#5 - My Late Lover / Sanctuary

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Jan 3, 1981

In "My Late Lover" the widow Anastasia Dexter has three perspective suitors and is flabergasted by her husband's ghostly interference with choosing one of them. And in "Sanctuary" Thomas Henshaw has been poisoned for some unknown reason, and with only hours to live, searches for the identity of his killer in a place called Gull Island Rest Home a sanctuary for known criminals.

star 8.67
6 votes
Writers: Leigh Vance, Ron Friedman
High Off the Hog / Reprisal

#6 - High Off the Hog / Reprisal

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 10, 1981

In "High Off the Hog" the Boggs a hillbilly family from the Ozarks become millionaires for the weekend and they fall prey to unscrupulous con men. And in "Reprisals" Trudy Brown abuses the power Mr. Roarke grants her to gain confidence and self esteem when her jealousy over her cousins' success in the Fantasy Island Athletic Competition nearly destroy her.

star 8.50
4 votes
Directors: Mike Vejar
Writers: Margaret Armen, Skip Webster
Mr. Nobody / La Liberatora

#7 - Mr. Nobody / La Liberatora

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 7, 1981

In "Mr. Nobody" A man who wishes for inner strength and confidence is accidentally made into another Hercules when Julie gives him the wrong type of strength. And in "La Liberatora" a young woman of Spanish descent wishes to go back to the hard times of old California in order to help liberate the poor and oppressed.

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: Cliff Bole
Writers: Larry Forrester, Skip Webster
The Ghost's Story / The Spoilers

#8 - The Ghost's Story / The Spoilers

Season 5 - Episode 22 - Aired May 8, 1982

In "The Ghost's Story" a young woman must face being alone in a terrifying haunted mansion in order to gain notoriety as an expert of the occult. And in "The Spoilers" a famous and fair-minded bounty hunter goes after the only man who has ever eluded him.

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: Don Chaffey
Writers: Arthur Rowe, Don Ingalls
Baby / Marathon: Battle of the Sexes

#9 - Baby / Marathon: Battle of the Sexes

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 5, 1979

In 'The Baby' Tattoo becomes enamored of the little baby Patrick, whose parents were killed and Tattoo wishes to adopt him, but fears that because of his difference that he cannot give the baby the life he deserves. In 'Marathon: Battle of the Sexes" Olaf, Bunny and Gretchen enter the marathon in order to save their hometown, meanwhile the race has been sabotaged by Dr. Bunk and Bruno. The tables turn when Mr. Roarke throws in a few curves.

star 8.33
6 votes
Directors: George McCowan
Writers: Robert Brennan, Ron Friedman
Hard Knocks / Lady Godiva

#10 - Hard Knocks / Lady Godiva

Season 4 - Episode 22 - Aired May 9, 1981

In "Hard Knocks" an ambitious young man gets some helpful pointers from Bogey himself as he sets out to become one of those hard-boiled private eyes of the 1940's. And in "Lady Godiva" Sheila Godfrey wants to be an accomplished equestrienne gets much more than she bargained for when she becomes Lady Godiva.

star 8.33
3 votes
Directors: Don Weis
Writers: Frank Cardea, George Schenck, Linda Elstad
The Devil and Mr. Roarke / Ziegfeld Girls / Kid Corey Rides Again

#11 - The Devil and Mr. Roarke / Ziegfeld Girls / Kid Corey Rides Again

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 17, 1981

In "The Devil and Mr. Roarke" Mephistopheles, the devil himself has come with a very specific purpose in mind -- to capture the immortal soul of Mr. Roarke. In "Ziegfeld Girls" two ex-showgirls wish to return to their youth when they were Ziegfeld Girls. And in "Kid Corey Rides Again" Ned Plummer who is enamored with the outlaws of the old west wishes to go back in time to ride with one of the legendary and deadly lawbreakers of that era.

star 8.33
3 votes
Directors: Don Chaffey
Writers: Arthur Rowe, Don Ingalls, Ruel Fischmann
Hit Man / The Swimmer

#12 - Hit Man / The Swimmer

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 7, 1979

In "Hit Man" a desperate man hires a hit man to eliminate him, so his family can inherit his lucrative insurance money. When suddenly an unexpected sales offer comes to him, is it too late or will Johnny Detroit do him in. In "The Swimmer" Olympic swimmer Terry Summers is paralyzed in an accident and comes to the island seeking a cure.

star 8.29
14 votes
Directors: Earl Bellamy
Writers: Skip Webster, Tim Maschler
The Devil and Mandy Breem / Instant Millionaire

#13 - The Devil and Mandy Breem / Instant Millionaire

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 25, 1980

In "The Devil and Mandy Breem" Amanda Breem who sold her soul to Satan in order to save the life of her husband, seeks Mr. Roarke's help in saving her from the devil's grasp. And in "The Millionaire" Tattoo takes on a Fred Catlett's fantasy to become an instant millionaire which could end up getting him killed.

star 8.22
9 votes
Directors: Vincent Edwards
Writers: Ruel Fischmann, Skip Webster
Charlie's Cherubs / Stalag 3

#14 - Charlie's Cherubs / Stalag 3

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 9, 1978

In "Charlie's Cherubs" three secretaries want to be like their heroines-Charlie's Angels. In "Stalag 3" four World War II veterans relive their days in a German prison camp.

star 8.17
6 votes
Directors: Cliff Bole
Writers: Skip Webster, Steve Fisher
Don Quixote / The Sex Symbol

#15 - Don Quixote / The Sex Symbol

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 15, 1980

In "Don Quixote" Texas millionaire Donald Quick wishes to become the heroic Don Quixote and find his Dulcinea encountering trouble along his journey. And in "The Sex Symbol" plain Jane, Helen Hendrix wishes to become adored and desired by men, as a sexy Marilyn Monroe type. She finds out that being a sex symbol gets her far more than she bargained for.

star 8.14
7 votes
Directors: Mike Vejar
Writers: Don Ingalls, Pat Dunlop
Nona / One Million B.C.

#16 - Nona / One Million B.C.

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired Mar 1, 1980

In "Nona" a blind man uses his gift of sight for 48 hours to search for the Nona, woman of his dreams. And in "One Million B.C. two women who wish for the days when men were expected to be macho find themselves being fought over by two tribes of cavemen.

star 8.00
3 votes
Directors: Earl Bellamy
Writers: Don Ingalls, Steve Fisher
Flying Aces / The Mermaid Returns

#17 - Flying Aces / The Mermaid Returns

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 1, 1980

In "Flying Aces" airline pilot Tony Chilton goes back to World War II to experience the thrill of combat flying with his father who died in that war. And in "The Mermaid Returns" Princess Nyah desires to learn what human love is like and becomes enamored with Mr. Roarke.

star 8.00
6 votes
Directors: Earl Bellamy
Writers: Don Ingalls, Ron Friedman
The Skater's Edge / Concerto of Death / The Last Great Race

#18 - The Skater's Edge / Concerto of Death / The Last Great Race

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 8, 1980

In "The Skater's Edge" untrained farm girl Charlie Girl from Minnesota fantasizes about competing as a world-class figure skater. In "Concerto of Death" piano player Jeremy Hale comes to believe that his famous concert pianist brother was murdered and is tormented by his memory. And in "The Last Great Race" a couple agree to a winner-take-all race to decide the property settlement for their divorce.

star 8.00
8 votes
Writers: Arthur Rowe, Judy Burns, Skip Webster
Elizabeth's Baby / The Artist and the Lady

#19 - Elizabeth's Baby / The Artist and the Lady

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 17, 1981

In "Elizabeth's Baby" terminally ill and very expectant Elizabeth Blake wishes to look ahead into her unborn baby's future. And in "The Artist and the Lady" an untalented artist wishes to possess the talent to paint a great masterpiece, ends up becoming enamored of his muse.

star 8.00
4 votes
Directors: Mike Vejar
Writers: A. Bass, Don Ingalls
The Man from Yesterday / World's Most Desirable Woman

#20 - The Man from Yesterday / World's Most Desirable Woman

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 31, 1981

In "The Man from Yesterday" William T. Keating posing to be a photo-journalist arrives with the intent to kill, not interview, his subject the famed Mad Major Calvin Doyle, deserter and murderer. And in "World's Most Desirable Woman" middle-aged Marsha Garnett is transformed into Carla Baines, the sexy beauty she was twenty years ago in order to get revenge on her soon-to-be-ex husband.

star 8.00
5 votes
Writers: Larry Forrester, Skip Webster
The Chateau / White Lightning

#21 - The Chateau / White Lightning

Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 7, 1981

In "The Chateau" Vicky Lee, a journalist wishes to spend the weekend with the man her grandmother, famed Silent Screen actress Becky Lee was in love with in order to complete her biography. But everything isn't what it seems to be and Vicky falls for the same trickery her grandmother did. And in "White Lightning" ehe McAllisters' and the Scoggins are feuding families from Eagle Mountain, Tennessee. They enter a contest to find homemade whiskey, aka White Lightning.

star 8.00
4 votes
Writers: Don Ingalls, Steve Fisher
Chorus Girl / Surrogate Father

#22 - Chorus Girl / Surrogate Father

Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 21, 1981

In "Chorus Girl" when a dance teacher Franklin Adams gives his deaf pupil the gift of hearing, he runs the risk of losing her forever. And in "Surrogate Father" if the loving father Evan Watkins of a precocious 8-year-old daughter Amy fails to conquer his addiction to gambling, his daughter will be taken away.

star 8.00
3 votes
Writers: Ron Friedman, Skip Webster
Also Rans / Portrait of Solange

#23 - Also Rans / Portrait of Solange

Season 4 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 28, 1981

In "Also Rans" shy shoesalesman Jerome Pepper hopes to catch the attention of the girl he's loved from afar for seven years. By helping her to successfully race her horse Pomona Prince. And in "Portrait of Solange" Mr. Roarke grants Tattoo a birthday wish to become an artist like Francois Toulouse-Latrec, which ends up becoming bittersweet since Tattoo falls in love with Solange the girl he is painting.

star 8.00
2 votes
Writers: Judy Burns, Ron Friedman
Show Me a Hero / Slam Dunk

#24 - Show Me a Hero / Slam Dunk

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 10, 1981

In "Show Me a Hero" Helen Ross a romantic woman must confront the love of her past, John Day before she can experience real love in her present, Ted Kingman. And in "Slam Dunk" a successful sports writer Matt Kane wishes to become a super-star basketball player in hopes in winning over Ginger Donovan the girl he loves.

star 8.00
8 votes
Directors: Philip Leacock
Writers: Don Ingalls, Ron Friedman
The Perfect Husband / Volcano

#25 - The Perfect Husband / Volcano

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 21, 1981

In "The Perfect Husband" a wealthy young woman learns that looking for perfection can mean looking for a lot of unpredictable trouble. And in "Volcano" a successful young seismologist, more concerned with science than with humanity, finds his life and the lives of others threatened by a volcano.

star 8.00
5 votes
Directors: Philip Leacock
Writers: Chester Krumholz, Leigh Vance