The Best Episodes of Gilligan's Island

Waiting for Watubi

#1 - Waiting for Watubi 8.52

Season 1 - Episode 10

While digging, the Skipper uncovers a carved statue of a Tiki God. He then believes a curse has fallen on him for disturbing the resting-place of Watubi, and that his days are numbered. Gilligan dresses up as Watubi, and performs a special ritual dance that the Skipper believes will lift the curse. It is an earth-shaking experience!

The Big Gold Strike

#2 - The Big Gold Strike 8.52

Season 1 - Episode 9

Mr. Howell discovers a gold mine on the island. He then hires Gilligan to work in the mine. When gold fever strikes the castaways and Mr. Howell is unwilling to share the gold, they begin to charge outlandish prices for the supplies and food that Mr. Howell needs. When the professor repairs the life raft from the Minnow, they all climb in hoping to reach civilization. However, the combined weight of the gold that everyone smuggles on-board the raft causes it to sink. Another rescue foiled!

The Sound of Quacking

#3 - The Sound of Quacking 8.29

Season 1 - Episode 7

The Castaways are faced with running out of food, when a blight threatens to destroy many of their plants. When Gilligan finds a duck in the lagoon, a difficult decision must be made. Should they eat the duck, or tie a rescue note to it and let it fly away?

Goodnight Sweet Skipper

#4 - Goodnight Sweet Skipper 8.28

Season 1 - Episode 4

The castaways hear on the radio that a plane is going to be flying over their island, but they will be unable to contact them because their transmitter is broken. Gilligan overhears the Skipper dreaming about repairing a transmitter as he sleeps. The Skipper is unable to remember how he fixed the transmitter from his Navy days, so he attempts to have the dream again, but is unable to fall asleep. Each castaway attempts to help by sneaking two tranquilizers into Skippers mango juice. When Gilligan hits the transmitter out of frustration, it suddenly works! However, when he hits it again in an effort to show the other castaways how he fixed it, it falls completely apart just as the plane flies overhead.

Erika Tiffany Smith to the Rescue

#5 - Erika Tiffany Smith to the Rescue 8.25

Season 2 - Episode 15

Erika Tiffany Smith lands on the island looking for a place to start a new resort, and a new husband.

Directors: Jack Arnold
X Marks the Spot

#6 - X Marks the Spot 8.15

Season 1 - Episode 18

In a test of a deadly new missile, called ""Operation Powder Keg,"" the Air Force chooses an ""uninhabited island"" which just happens to be Gilligan's Island. When the rocked lands and does not explode, Gilligan is chosen to crawl inside to defuse it, because he is the only one that can fit inside.

Directors: Jack Arnold
Mr. and Mrs.???

#7 - Mr. and Mrs.??? 8.13

Season 2 - Episode 31

A radio bulletin states that the minister who married Thurston and Lovey Howell (the Reverend Buckley Norris of Boston) was a fraud, and that the Howell's marriage is actually null and void. The stress causes disagreements and separations between the Howells. In the end, it turned out that the radio announcer was at fault. While he mistakenly reported that ""Buckley Norris"" was the fraud minister, he was supposed to say ""Borris Nuckley.""

Agonized Labor

#8 - Agonized Labor 8.09

Season 2 - Episode 8

Gilligan and the Skipper hear a radio broadcast telling of the collapse of the Howell financial empire. The castaways attempt to help them develop skills in order to compete in the working world.

Directors: Jack Arnold
Ghost a Go-Go

#9 - Ghost a Go-Go 8.08

Season 2 - Episode 27

A ghost appears on the island and tries to scare the Castaways off. The castaways turn the tables by dressing in sheets and roaming around the island to scare the visitors off the island.

Directors: Leslie Goodwins
Not Guilty

#10 - Not Guilty 8.08

Season 2 - Episode 16

A crate containing coconuts is wrapped in an old Honolulu newspaper that read that one of the Castaways are being sought in a murder investigation. The castaways become suspicious of each other and decide to recreate the events of the night before they sailed, in order to solve the Randolph Blake murder case.

Gilligan Meets Jungle Boy

#11 - Gilligan Meets Jungle Boy 8.07

Season 1 - Episode 19

Gilligan discovers a jungle boy living on the island. He shows them a hole in the ground that causes objects to float, and the professor theorizes that it is expelling either helium or hydrogen. He immediately sets to work building a large balloon, with the hopes of carrying one of them back to civilization.

Directors: Lawrence Dobkin
President Gilligan

#12 - President Gilligan 8.05

Season 1 - Episode 6

The castaways decide that they need someone to be the leader on the island, and so they hold elections. As you might imagine, both Mr. Howell and the Skipper imagine themselves to be the natural choice to lead the Castaways in their island society. However, when the votes are counted Gilligan is elected president of the island!

Three Million Dollars More or Less

#13 - Three Million Dollars More or Less 8.04

Season 1 - Episode 13

Mr. Howell loses $3 million to Gilligan in a golfing contest. Mr. Howell then tricks Gilligan into trading for a worthless oil well that he owns. When the radio announces that the oil well is a gusher, Mr. Howell sets his sites on winning it back. However, just as he succeeds in wining it back, the radio announces that the gusher was a mistake!

Wrongway Feldman

#14 - Wrongway Feldman 8.04

Season 1 - Episode 5

When Gilligan finds an old airplane hidden in the jungle, the Castaways discover a long-forgotten aviator living on the island.

Directors: Ida Lupino
Birds Gotta Fly, Fish Gotta Talk

#15 - Birds Gotta Fly, Fish Gotta Talk 8.01

Season 1 - Episode 12

During Christmas, the Castaways get homesick and remember the first day they were shipwrecked. When Santa Claus ""appears"" on the island, many suspect he is the Skipper in costume. However, just as Santa departs while wishing the Castaways a Merry Christmas, the Skipper appears from the other direction.

Big Man on a Little Stick

#16 - Big Man on a Little Stick 8.00

Season 1 - Episode 21

Handsome surfer Duke Williams rides a giant tsunami to the island. At first, the castaways are excited as Duke thinks he will turn around and surf back to Hawaii (and send help). However, after seeing Mary Ann and Ginger, he decides he may want to stay for a while. The castaways must come up with a plan to make him want to leave for Hawaii.

Directors: Tony Leader
Seer Gilligan

#17 - Seer Gilligan 8.00

Season 2 - Episode 19

Gilligan discovers an island bush that produces seeds which, when eaten, give a person the ability to read the minds of others. This leads to disaster when everyone insults each other through their honesty and thoughts.

It's a Bird, It's a Plane

#18 - It's a Bird, It's a Plane 8.00

Season 3 - Episode 27

A U.S. Air Force jetpack washes ashore in the lagoon. After close inspection of the jetpack, the Professor determines that the tanks contain just enough fuel to carry Gilligan to Hawaii. However, that determination was made before Gilligan wasted most of the fuel while proceeding to goof-up several attempts to be discovered and rescued. While flying the jetpack near where Navy search vessels are reported to be lurking, Gilligan is so scared by a radio report of an ""Unidentified Flying Object in the area"" that he blasts higher and hides in a cloud, not realizing that the UFO the Navy ships see is actually him with the jetpack!

Directors: Gary Nelson
Nyet, Nyet - Not Yet

#19 - Nyet, Nyet - Not Yet 8.00

Season 2 - Episode 9

Two Russian Cosmonauts land on the island in their space capsule. Since the cosmonauts keep a tight guard on the space capsule, the castaways must come up with a way to smuggle one of them into the capsule in order to send back help after the cosmonauts are rescued.

Directors: Jack Arnold
The Sweepstakes

#20 - The Sweepstakes 8.00

Season 2 - Episode 5

Gilligan has the winning ticket for a South American sweepstakes.

Directors: Jack Arnold
Music Hath Charms

#21 - Music Hath Charms 8.00

Season 1 - Episode 26

Mrs. Howell decides to form a symphony orchestra, to make up for the lack of culture on the island. Gilligan's drum beats, as they drift across the water, hold special meaning to angry natives on a nearby island.

Directors: Jack Arnold
Goodbye Island

#22 - Goodbye Island 7.97

Season 1 - Episode 8

Gilligan discovers a special tree sap that can be used to make a good tasting pancake syrup. Then the professor discovers that the same tree sap also makes a super glue, that may allow the castaways to repair the Minnow. Could it be that the Castaways may finally escape from the island?

The Postman Cometh

#23 - The Postman Cometh 7.92

Season 2 - Episode 18

The Castaways hear on the radio that Mary Ann's boyfriend in Kansas is getting married. Mary Ann overhears the others talking about her, and mistakenly believes that she has been poisoned by the mushrooms she recently ate, and has only a short while left to live. A hilarious dream sequence follows, featuring the Professor sounding a lot like Cary Grant.

How to Be a Hero

#24 - How to Be a Hero 7.92

Season 1 - Episode 23

After Gilligan is unable to save Mary Ann from drowning in the lagoon, the Skipper must jump in and rescue both of them. The Castaways then devise schemes to boost Gilligan's ego, and help him feel like a hero.

Smile, You're on Mars Camera

#25 - Smile, You're on Mars Camera 7.91

Season 2 - Episode 4

A NASA satellite with a TV camera, accidentally lands on the island instead of the intended target: Mars. The castaways try to communicate their S.O.S. when the camera is operational. However, with the help of a Gilligan goof-up, the castaways are covered with glue and feathers, and the NASA scientists mistakenly believe they are seeing the first proof of life on Mars.

Directors: Jack Arnold