The BEST episodes of Fantasy Island

Every episode of Fantasy Island ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Fantasy Island!

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. In 2020 it was made into a movie with Michael Pena in the title role.

Last Updated: 1/18/2023Network:ABC (US)
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Also Rans / Portrait of Solange
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9.50
2 votes

#1 - Also Rans / Portrait of Solange

Season 4 - Episode 17 - Aired 2/28/1981

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.

Baby / Marathon: Battle of the Sexes
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9.33
3 votes

#2 - Baby / Marathon: Battle of the Sexes

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/5/1979

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.

Directors: George McCowan
The Invisible Woman / The Snow Bird
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9.25
4 votes

#3 - The Invisible Woman / The Snow Bird

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired 12/6/1980

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.

Directors: Don Weis
My Late Lover / Sanctuary
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9.00
5 votes

#4 - My Late Lover / Sanctuary

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired 1/3/1981

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.

Loving Strangers / Something Borrowed, Something Blue
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9.00
1 votes

#5 - Loving Strangers / Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired 2/14/1981

In "Loving Strangers" a couple Tom & Marge Wilkerson, who have been happily married for 25 years wish to become strangers to fall in love all over again. And in "Something Borrowed, Something Blue" a young bride-to-be Pamela Archer's future happiness threatens to be destroyed when an element from her past makes an unexpected and threatening appearance.

Directors: Cliff Bole
Hard Knocks / Lady Godiva
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9.00
3 votes

#6 - Hard Knocks / Lady Godiva

Season 4 - Episode 22 - Aired 5/9/1981

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.

Directors: Don Weis
God Child / Curtain Call
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9.00
1 votes

#7 - God Child / Curtain Call

Season 7 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/29/1983

In "God Child" little Laurie Shannon who lost her parents in an accident wishes to ask God why he took them. And in "Curtain Call" a once-famous comedian whose TV show was canceled wishes to do one last shot.

Crescendo / Three Feathers
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8.83
6 votes

#8 - Crescendo / Three Feathers

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired 12/20/1980

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.

Directors: Michael Preece
The Wedding
star
8.75
4 votes

#9 - The Wedding

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/3/1979

Mr. Roarke marries his longtime love Helena Marsh, knowing that their time together will be very short. Helena has been diagnosed with a brain tumor and her last wish is become Mrs. Roarke.

Directors: Earl Bellamy
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The Dancer / Nobody's There
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8.67
3 votes

#10 - The Dancer / Nobody's There

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/17/1979

In "The Dancer" a Texas millionaire sponsors the comeback of a famous ballerina, so that he can declare his love for her. And in "Nobody's There", a well-intentioned but bumbling lady private eye gets the chance to crack her first big case.

Directors: Gene Nelson
High Off the Hog / Reprisal
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8.67
3 votes

#11 - High Off the Hog / Reprisal

Season 4 - Episode 10 - Aired 1/10/1981

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.

Directors: Mike Vejar
Flying Aces / The Mermaid Returns
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8.60
5 votes

#12 - Flying Aces / The Mermaid Returns

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired 11/1/1980

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.

Directors: Earl Bellamy
Lillian Russell / The Lagoon
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8.50
2 votes

#13 - Lillian Russell / The Lagoon

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/28/1981

In "Lillian Russell" Lillian Martin goes back in time and becomes a famous singer in order to accurately write a biography of the performer. And in "The Lagoon" a man seeking a peaceful, nostalgic weekend is forced to come face to face with some events of his secret, tormented past.

Directors: Don Weis
Remember...When?
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8.50
2 votes

#14 - Remember...When?

Season 6 - Episode 21 - Aired 5/7/1983

Tattoo has an auto accident and suffers a serious head injury. Mr. Roarke helps him through the surgery and to overcome his depression by reminiscing about their favorite fantasies. In flashback scenes there are appearances by: Anne Jeffreys, Richard Lineback, James Steward, Mabel King, Raymond St. Jacques, Cleavon Little, Berlinda Tolbert, Kedren Jones, Samantha Eggar, Joseph Cotton, John Brandon, Linda Thompson Jenner, Don Ho, Laraine Day, Dick Fair, Sam Melville, Tom Wopat, Robert Mandan, John Fiedler, Lynda Day George, Victor Buono, Michael Hadlow, Angela Slater, Philece Sampler, Rosemary Lord, Paul John Balson, Tom Bailey.

Directors: Philip Leacock
Writer: Don Ingalls
Edward / The Extraordinary Miss Jones
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8.50
2 votes

#15 - Edward / The Extraordinary Miss Jones

Season 6 - Episode 19 - Aired 4/9/1983

In "Edward" a successful man comes to the Island to restore his acquaintance with his ex-wife and son. And in "The Extraordinary Miss Jones" Melanie Jones has a terminal blood disorder and she wishes to make a scientific contribution.

Directors: Don Ingalls
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The Ghost's Story / The Spoilers
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8.50
2 votes

#16 - The Ghost's Story / The Spoilers

Season 5 - Episode 22 - Aired 5/8/1982

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.

Directors: Don Chaffey
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The Magic Camera / Mata Hari / Valerie
star
8.50
2 votes

#17 - The Magic Camera / Mata Hari / Valerie

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired 1/16/1982

In "The Magic Camera" a man who wishes to take pictures no other photographer ever has is shocked when his pictures begin telling the future. In "Mata Hari" a woman who wants to know what Mata Hari's life was really like finds her life in grave danger when she actually becomes the famous spy.

Directors: Don Chaffey, Don Weis
The Perfect Husband / Volcano
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8.50
4 votes

#18 - The Perfect Husband / Volcano

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/21/1981

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.

Directors: Philip Leacock
Cyrano / The Magician
star
8.50
2 votes

#19 - Cyrano / The Magician

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/24/1981

In "Cyrano" Marjorie Denton travels back in time to the days of Cyrano de Bergerac in order to find the world's most chivalrous and romantic man. And in "The Magician" Timothy Potter a likable amateur magician learns his craft the hard way when he accidentally makes the girl he loves vanish into thin air.

Directors: Don Chaffey
Amusement Park / Rock Stars
star
8.33
3 votes

#20 - Amusement Park / Rock Stars

Season 2 - Episode 25 - Aired 5/13/1979

In "Amusement Park" a boy wants to run the park in order to have the opportunity to hire his dad whom he hasnt seen in a long time. In "Rock Stars" four kids whose parents are believed dead seek fame and fortune to remain a family and not be separated by childrens aid.

Directors: Cliff Bole
Hit Man / The Swimmer
star
8.33
9 votes

#21 - Hit Man / The Swimmer

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/7/1979

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.

Directors: Earl Bellamy
The Inventor / On the Other Side
star
8.33
3 votes

#22 - The Inventor / On the Other Side

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired 12/15/1979

In "The Inventor" absent-minded professor Professor Clebe finds himself in big trouble when his secret invention is revealed to the world. And in "On the Other Side" widow Irma Gideon wishes to travel through the doors of death to see what it is really like and contact her deceased husband.

Directors: Earl Bellamy
Chorus Girl / Surrogate Father
star
8.33
3 votes

#23 - Chorus Girl / Surrogate Father

Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired 2/21/1981

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.

Directors: Richard Benedict
Don Quixote / The Sex Symbol
star
8.29
7 votes

#24 - Don Quixote / The Sex Symbol

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired 11/15/1980

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.

Directors: Mike Vejar
Elizabeth's Baby / The Artist and the Lady
star
8.25
4 votes

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

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired 1/17/1981

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.

Directors: Mike Vejar

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