Gilligan's Island

The WORST episodes of Gilligan's Island

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

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.

Last Updated: 5/26/2022Network: CBS
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Big Man on Little Stick
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6.47
165 votes

#1 - Big Man on Little Stick

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired 2/20/1965

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
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New Neighbor Sam
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6.47
128 votes

#2 - New Neighbor Sam

Season 1 - Episode 27 - Aired 4/3/1965

The Castaways overhear the voices of gangsters discussing buried treasure and threatening their lives. The voices turn out to belong to a parrot, who then leads the castaways to the ""treasure"" .... a box of crackers!

Directors: Ray Montgomery
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The Return of Wrongway Feldman
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6.56
136 votes

#3 - The Return of Wrongway Feldman

Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired 3/13/1965

The castaways are revisited by 'Wrongway' Feldman.

Directors: Ida Lupino
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Feed the Kitty
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6.77
35 votes

#4 - Feed the Kitty

Season 2 - Episode 24 - Aired 3/3/1966

A cage containing a lion washes ashore in the lagoon. After Gilligan removes a thorn from his paw, the two become pals. When the Castaways run out of food, however, Gilligan thinks the lion has consumed the Skipper.

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Meet the Meteor
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6.79
73 votes

#5 - Meet the Meteor

Season 2 - Episode 32 - Aired 4/28/1966

A huge meteor lands on the island, causing everything nearby to age very rapidly. The Professor determines the rapid aging is being caused by strong cosmic rays (he makes this determination by using his bamboo Geiger counter!).

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Bang! Bang! Bang!
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6.87
39 votes

#6 - Bang! Bang! Bang!

Season 3 - Episode 29 - Aired 4/10/1967

A crate that washes ashore contains a top secret plastic explosive developed by the US Government. The Castaways make use of the plastic in a variety of objects, including nails for the Skipper, dishes for Mary Ann, jewelry for Ginger, golf balls for Mr. Howell, and even fillings for Gilligan's teeth, unaware that once hardened it becomes a dangerous explosive which will detonate on impact!

Directors: Charles Norton
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Slave Girl
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6.90
61 votes

#7 - Slave Girl

Season 3 - Episode 26 - Aired 3/20/1967

After Gilligan saves a beautiful native girl from drowning, she vows to be his slave forever. Later, her ex-boyfriend comes to the island and challenges Gilligan to a duel to the death. The Professor concocts a drug to cause Gilligan to fall into a catatonic state, so that the natives will think he is dead, but they then insist on a native funeral . . . by burning the body!

Directors: Wilbur D'Arcy
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Gilligan, the Goddess
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6.92
36 votes

#8 - Gilligan, the Goddess

Season 3 - Episode 30 - Aired 4/17/1967

King Killiwani and two other natives come to the island looking for a 'White Goddess.' Ginger and Mary Ann are likely candidates, until the Castaways discover that the natives plan to take the ""White Goddess"" back to their island to marry a volcano and then be sacrificed into it. After seeing Gilligan in a wig and heels, the natives choose him as the ""White Goddess.""

Directors: Gary Nelson
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It's Magic
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6.92
125 votes

#9 - It's Magic

Season 1 - Episode 33 - Aired 5/15/1965

The Castaways discover a trunk belonging to a magician. They use a magician's props to scare away unfriendly natives from nearby islands.

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Allergy Time
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6.92
66 votes

#10 - Allergy Time

Season 2 - Episode 28 - Aired 3/31/1966

The Skipper begins to itch and sneeze whenever he is around Gilligan. Soon all of the Castaways appear to be allergic to him. The Professor develops a vaccine, but it doesn't seem to work. It turns out that everyone is allergic to the papaya oil used in Gilligan's hair tonic.

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Mine Hero
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6.94
95 votes

#11 - Mine Hero

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired 12/23/1965

While fishing, Gilligan pulls a WWII mine out of the lagoon. When the Professor is unable to deactivate the mine, Gilligan tows it back into the lagoon, where it harmlessly explodes.

Directors: Wibur D'Arcy
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The Chain of Command
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6.94
32 votes

#12 - The Chain of Command

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired 12/2/1965

The Skipper worries that something is going to happen to him, so he begins to train Gilligan to be a leader. The Skipper then disappears leaving Gilligan in charge, with predictable results!

Directors: Leslie Goodwins
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Forward March
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6.95
37 votes

#13 - Forward March

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired 2/17/1966

The Castaways are frightened as the sounds of battle, including hand grenades and machine guns, rock the island. The culprit turns out to be a gorilla who has found an old WWII weapons cache.

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Three to Get Ready
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6.95
127 votes

#14 - Three to Get Ready

Season 1 - Episode 29 - Aired 4/17/1965

The Skipper insists a stone found by Gilligan will grant the finder three wishes before sundown. The professor, of course, insists it is just superstition. Two gallons of ice cream later, Gilligan has only one wish left.....and the sun is going down!

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Take a Dare
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6.95
42 votes

#15 - Take a Dare

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired 1/2/1967

George Barkley enters the ""Take a Dare Contest"". He will receive $10,000 if he can spend a week alone on an island, fending for himself. However, he is not alone on the island on which they drop him. Once again, however, rescue eludes the castaways as Mr. Barkley deduces that he can not tell anyone about the castaways without having to forfeit the $10,000 for not spending the week alone.

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The Pigeon
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7.00
31 votes

#16 - The Pigeon

Season 3 - Episode 28 - Aired 4/3/1967

The Professor sees the arrival of a homing pigeon on the island as an opportunity to be rescued, and immediately begins to feed it a special diet designed to strengthen it so that it can fly again. In an attempt to speed the recovery time, the other Castaways also feed the pigeon, causing it to become too fat to fly. The pigeon is also trapped for a short while in a cave by a ""deadly six-foot black morning spider.""

Directors: Michael Kane
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Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow
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7.02
64 votes

#17 - Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired 10/31/1966

Gilligan wakes up with white hair, and thinks he overhears the Professor say that he has a rare disease that has made him age quickly (the disease? ""follicular albinism""). When Mrs. Howell attempts to fix the problem by dyeing Gilligan's hair brown, the dye causes his hair to fall out. A classic line occurred as the other Castaways tried to act as though they don't notice Gilligan's baldness with Mrs. Howell's famous breakfast order: ""I think I'll have a hard-bald egg."" Later, the Skipper exhibits the same symptoms. The Professor determines the problems are caused by the crude bleach that Gilligan and the Skipper have been using while washing the castaways clothing.

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My Fair Gilligan
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7.02
122 votes

#18 - My Fair Gilligan

Season 1 - Episode 35 - Aired 6/5/1965

After Gilligan saves Mrs. Howell's life, Mr. Howell decides to make him his son. He immediately puts Gilligan through basic training to be a millionaire's socialite son (dream sequence), changing the way he walks, talks and dresses. However, Gilligan and the rest of the castaways miss the ""old Gilligan.""

Directors: Tony Leader
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Splashdown
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7.03
34 votes

#19 - Splashdown

Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired 2/20/1967

The Professor determines that a manned space craft will pass over the island, and attempts to fashion a telegraph machine. When that fails, the Castaways try to spell out SOS using burning logs as a rescue signal, but Gilligan catches fire and runs into the logs, causing them to spell out SOL, the name of one of the astronauts! Blooper watch: as Gilligan is lighting the logs, you can see his pants smoking before he backs up into the flaming logs!

Directors: Jerry Hopper
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High Man on the Totem Pole
star
7.04
25 votes

#20 - High Man on the Totem Pole

Season 3 - Episode 23 - Aired 2/27/1967

Gilligan and the Skipper find an ancient Kupaki totem pole which is topped with a head that looks just like Gilligan. When fierce Kupaki headhunters come to the island, Gilligan must convince them that he is their ""mashuka"" or sacred ancestor.

Directors: Herbert Coleman
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Ship Ahoax
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7.05
38 votes

#21 - Ship Ahoax

Season 2 - Episode 23 - Aired 2/24/1966

The Castaways begin to suffer from 'island madness' due to the isolation. The Professor attempts to come up with a plan to lift everyone's spirits.

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Lovey's Secret Admirer
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7.06
35 votes

#22 - Lovey's Secret Admirer

Season 3 - Episode 19 - Aired 1/23/1967

Mrs. Howell starts receiving mysterious love notes, and the source remains a mystery until Mr. Howell is caught in the act. Mrs. Howell dreams that she is Cinderella, and Gilligan is her fairy godfather. The Professor rigs up a lie detector using the ship's horn and batteries from the radio.

Directors: David McDearmon
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Ring Around Gilligan
star
7.06
32 votes

#23 - Ring Around Gilligan

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/7/1966

A mad scientist lands on the island, and makes the castaways work for him through the use of rings that, when placed on their fingers, cause them to fall under a hypnotic trance. What are his evil plans? To use the hypnotized castaways to rob Fort Knox!

Directors: George Cahan
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Voodoo
star
7.07
46 votes

#24 - Voodoo

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/10/1966

A witch doctor makes voodoo dolls from the Castaways' personal objects, which he has stolen from their huts. Gilligan stumbles upon the hidden voodoo dolls and brings them back to the Castaways. He then fashions a voodoo doll in the likeness of the witch doctor, to fight fire with fire! Even though the Professor was turned into a motionless zombie for a short time, he refuses to acknowledge a scientific acceptance of voodoo.

Directors: George Cahan
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Seer Gilligan
star
7.10
71 votes

#25 - Seer Gilligan

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired 1/27/1966

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.

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