The BEST Episodes of Gilligan's Island

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 23, 2021

Network: CBS

A group of castaways are stranded on a desert island, left there after a boat trip got caught in a storm. In each episode the eclectic group of castaways attempt an escape from the island, but are frequently foiled by infighting and bitter recriminations breaking out between the crew.

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Waiting for Watubi

#1 - Waiting for Watubi

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 5, 1964

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!

star 8.12
181 votes
The Big Gold Strike

#2 - The Big Gold Strike

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 28, 1964

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!

star 8.11
226 votes
Plant You Now, Dig You Later

#3 - Plant You Now, Dig You Later

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Jan 16, 1965

While working for Mr. Howell, Gilligan unearths a chest. The castaways think it must contain a pirate's treasure. When ownership of the chest is disputed, the case goes to court, with the Professor presiding as judge.

star 7.93
142 votes
X Marks the Spot

#4 - X Marks the Spot

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Jan 30, 1965

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 rocket lands and does not explode, Gilligan is chosen to crawl inside to defuse it, because he is the only one that can fit inside.

star 7.85
171 votes
Directors: Jack Arnold
Writers: Elroy Schwartz, Sherwood Schwartz
So Sorry, My Island Now

#5 - So Sorry, My Island Now

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 9, 1965

The Castaways are captured by a Japanese sailor who thinks that WWII never ended. When the other castaways are captured, it is up to Gilligan to save them.

star 7.83
196 votes
Writers: David P. Harmon
Water, Water Everywhere

#6 - Water, Water Everywhere

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 2, 1965

Talk about a painful irony: though surrounded by water, the Castaways suddenly discover that their supply of fresh drinking water is running out. When they pool all available drinking water together and decide to ration it, they discover that they will each receive only a few drops per day. Of course, most of the castaways sneak water from the community supply when Gilligan is standing watch, but return it when the Skipper catches them. Just when all seems lost, Gilligan saves the day!

star 7.82
208 votes
Writers: Frank Waldman, Tom Waldman
Little Island, Big Gun

#7 - Little Island, Big Gun

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Jan 23, 1965

A well known crook tries to evade police after a heist and is dropped off on the island by his henchmen to be picked up later after the heat cools down. After being discovered by Gilligan he poses as a doctor but the truth is soon revealed. Now he must keep the castaways at bay and get off the island with his money. Of course with Gilligan on the island this is much easier said than done.

star 7.81
162 votes
Directors: Abner Biberman
Writers: Dick Conway, Roland MacLane
Voodoo Something to Me

#8 - Voodoo Something to Me

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 10, 1964

The Skipper fears that the island is full of 'voodoo' when he thinks that Gilligan has been turned into a monkey.

star 7.77
340 votes
Two on a Raft

#9 - Two on a Raft

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 26, 1964

The shipwrecked castaways awaken to find themselves marooned on an uncharted island, so Gilligan and Skipper set out on a flimsy raft to find civilization.

star 7.72
487 votes
Directors: John Rich
Writers: Fred Freeman, Lawrence J. Cohen
Not Guilty

#10 - Not Guilty

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired Jan 6, 1966

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.

star 7.65
69 votes
The Friendly Physician

#11 - The Friendly Physician

Season 2 - Episode 29 - Aired Apr 7, 1966

A mad scientist lands on the island and takes the Castaways to his castle . . . on a nearby island . . . to perform experiments on them.

star 7.65
43 votes
Directors: Jack Arnold
Writers: Elroy Schwartz
Goodbye Island

#12 - Goodbye Island

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 21, 1964

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?

star 7.64
220 votes
Home Sweet Hut

#13 - Home Sweet Hut

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 3, 1964

A hurricane is coming, so the Castaways must quickly build one large community hut in which to weather the storm. However, they soon get on each-others nerves, so they later decide to branch out and build individual huts.

star 7.63
393 votes
Directors: Richard Donner
Writers: Bill Davenport, Charles Tannen
Goodnight Sweet Skipper

#14 - Goodnight Sweet Skipper

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 17, 1964

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.

star 7.62
262 votes
Angel on the Island

#15 - Angel on the Island

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 12, 1964

Mr. Howell decides to put on a play, starring Ginger, after she begins to suffer from home-sickness. But trouble begins when Mrs. Howell decides she wants to play the starring role.

star 7.61
208 votes
Directors: Jack Arnold
Writers: Herbert Finn
Gilligan Meets Jungle Boy

#16 - Gilligan Meets Jungle Boy

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Feb 6, 1965

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.

star 7.60
138 votes
Directors: Lawrence Dobkin
Writers: Al Schwartz (I) (1910–1988), Howard Harris, Howard Merrill
Birds Gotta Fly, Fish Gotta Talk

#17 - Birds Gotta Fly, Fish Gotta Talk

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 19, 1964

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.

star 7.54
206 votes
How to Be a Hero

#18 - How to Be a Hero

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired Mar 6, 1965

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.

star 7.54
127 votes
Diamonds Are an Ape's Best Friend

#19 - Diamonds Are an Ape's Best Friend

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired Feb 27, 1965

A gorilla is enchanted by Mrs. Howell's perfume and kidnaps her. After Gilligan accidentally spills the perfume all over his shirt, the gorilla decides to release Mrs. Howell and exchange prisoners.

star 7.48
100 votes
Directors: Jack Arnold
Writers: Elroy Schwartz
Erika Tiffany Smith to the Rescue

#20 - Erika Tiffany Smith to the Rescue

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Dec 30, 1965

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

star 7.46
61 votes
Directors: Jack Arnold
Writers: David P. Harmon
Operation: Steam Heat

#21 - Operation: Steam Heat

Season 2 - Episode 25 - Aired Mar 10, 1966

Hot water spurting from beneath the island pleases the castaways as they can now have hot water piped to their huts. However, the hot water also concerns the professor since it means that increased volcanic activity may be imminent. The Professor saves the day by making a bomb from ingredients found on the island (of course!) to spike the volcano.

star 7.44
39 votes
Our Vines Have Tender Apes

#22 - Our Vines Have Tender Apes

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired Jan 30, 1967

An loin-cloth clad ape-man (Tongo) comes to the island, and makes off with their food and supplies. Actually, he is an out of work actor, who tries to convince the Castaways that he is a real uncivilized ape-man while studying for an upcoming role. After he cowers when confronted by a ""real"" gorilla, he leaves the island and the Castaways behind.

star 7.42
33 votes
Directors: David McDearmon
Writers: Roy Kammerman, Sid Mandel
Where There's a Will

#23 - Where There's a Will

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 17, 1966

Mr. Howell revises his will, and leaves a large chunk of his estate to each castaway. They decide to throw him a party to show their appreciation, but when he overhears them talking about which one of them is going to have to ""cut the pigs throat"" he thinks they are planning to kill him in order to collect their inheritance. Later, he discovers that they have actually trapped a wild boar in an effort to serve him bar-b-que spareribs as a surprise.

star 7.42
38 votes
You've Been Disconnected

#24 - You've Been Disconnected

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired Jan 13, 1966

A storm washes up a Trans-continental telephone cable up into the lagoon. Once again the Castaways are given hope for a rescue, as the Professor manages to break into the cable and rig up a telephone so they can dial out for help.

star 7.42
69 votes
Directors: Jack Arnold
Writers: Elroy Schwartz
President Gilligan

#25 - President Gilligan

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 31, 1964

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!

star 7.41
265 votes