Gilligan's Island
The Complete First Season
Region 1 Edition

Starring: Bob Denver and Alan Hale
Warner Home Video
RRP $39.98
Certificate: Not Rated
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Skipper Jonas Grumby and his first mate, Gilligan, have been providing a three- hour tour aboard their vessel, the S.S. Minnow. In September 1964, the Minnow left the Honolulu harbour carrying five additional passengers. The radio operator accidentally read out weather reports from the previous day, making no mention of the approaching tropical storm. Once the Minnow was at sea, the storm approached and stranded the Minnow on an uncharted island - one that couldn't be found on any of the Skipper's Navy charts...

Gilligan's Island is something we Brits probably won't appreciate as much as our American cousins. That's not to say that we can't enjoy it as much. This collection does offer great value for money - you get all 36 episodes of the first season as well as the previously unaired pilot.

The pilot is interesting as the cast changed in the time it took the first episode to be commissioned. Ginger is a lot more in love with herself - the way she acts you'd think she had a been a huge Hollywood star before being stranded. Not only that, but the fact she is constantly flirting with Gilligan gets a little tired after a while.

The show is made up from your typical stereotypes. The Skipper and Gilligan represent the workers, the Howell's represent upper-class society, Ginger is the sexy element, Mary Ann is the sweet girl-next-door and the professor represents the intellectual element of society.

You'll be ashamed of yourself when you laugh at some of these very old slapstick gags, but you won't be able to help yourself. This has aged remarkably well.

Grab yourself a glass of coconut milk and settle down with this for some old school humour.

Pete Boomer

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