The BEST Episodes of Gilligan's Island
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Sep 15, 2021
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.
#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!
#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!
#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.
#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.
#5 - 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!
#6 - 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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#10 - 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.
#11 - 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.
#12 - 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.
#13 - 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.
#14 - 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.
#15 - 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?
#16 - 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.
#17 - 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.
#18 - 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.
#19 - 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.
#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.
#21 - Love Me, Love My Skipper
Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired Feb 3, 1966
The Howells plan a party, and Mr. Howell accidentally loses the Skipper's invitation. The others refuse to attend, believing that the Howells have intentionally snubbed the Skipper.
#22 - The Sweepstakes
Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 14, 1965
Gilligan has the winning ticket for a South American sweepstakes.
#23 - St. Gilligan and the Dragon
Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired Feb 13, 1965
Angry because the men haven't kept their promise to build them private houses, the women decide to move to the other side of the island in protest. Gilligan and the Skipper dress as a monster, in an attempt to frighten the girls and cause them to come running back.
#24 - 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!
#25 - Diogenes, Won't You Please Go Home?
Season 1 - Episode 31 - Aired May 1, 1965
The Castaways discover that Gilligan has been keeping a secret diary. When they read it, they all seem to disagree with how certain events unfolded and tell their side of the story.