8 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Gilligan’s Island’
It is no secret that TV has changed a lot in a short period of time, but thanks to syndication, fans can still enjoy their favorite series of decades past. Despite a fairly short run, Gilligan’s Island is one of the most iconic series from the ’60s and is a show many have enjoyed again and again in re-runs. The show ran from September 26, 1964 to September 4, 1967 for 98 black and white episodes, which were later colorized for syndication in following years. Fifty years since the iconic show came to an end, here are 8 things many never knew about Gilligan’s Island.
8. Casting Alan Hale Jr.
Alan Hale Jr. was iconic as Jonas “The Skipper” Grumby, but as it turns out it was not easy for Sherwood Schwartz to cast the role. After many auditions, he finally decided upon Alan Hale Jr. and asked him to do a screen test. Unfortunately, at the time Hale was filming in Utah so he snuck off set, rode a horse to the highway, then hitchhiked to the airport in order to get to L.A. The very next day he did it again to get back to Utah in order to continue filming Bullet for a Bad Man.
7. Actual Location
While many assumed the series was shot in Hawaii, it actually began by being filmed in Malibu. After two episodes, however, the fog caused too much of a disruption in filming so they returned to L.A. and shot at CBS studio, and when not in use, the lagoon was drained and used as a parking lot. While the fog issue was taken care of, filming in L.A. meant that if they filmed too early or too late, microphones would pick up on all the traffic noise of the nearby Ventura Freeway.