* Although popular during its three-year run, Gilligan's Island became a phenomenon only after it was syndicated. It is one of the longest-running syndicated TV shows.
* Critics hated Gilligan's Island. The San Francisco Chronicle proclaimed: "It (Gilligan's Island) marks a new low in the networks' estimate of public intelligence."
* Many famous actors wanted to board the S.S. Minnow. Raquel Welch auditioned for Mary Ann; Carroll O' Connor and Jerry Van Dyke were considered for the Skipper and Gilligan, respectively; and Dabney Coleman tried out for the Professor.
* Two cartoons based on Gilligan's Island -- The New Adventures of Gilligan's Island on ABC (1974) and Gilligan's Planet on CBS (1982) -- featured the castaways in outer space.
* Many unanswered questions exist: Why did the Howells have so much luggage if the cruise was only three hours long? If the Professor could make a radio from a coconut, why was he unable to fix the boat? How could the Howells bribe other castaways with money if there was nothing to buy on the island?
* In 1992, a 1200-member Gilligan's Island fan club petitioned the governor of Hawaii to rename the island of Maui, Gilligan's Island. It is yet to happen.
* The other TV-movies based on the show were The Castaways on Gilligan's Island (1979) and The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island (1981).
(Posted by Stephen Strong)