In September 1964 the S.S. Minnow set sail on a three-hour tour that would last three years in primetime. Although Gilligan's Island is the brainchild of Brady Bunch creator Sherwood Schwartz (and was one of the worst-reviewed shows ever broadcast) it was always a favorite with the viewing public. Millions of people tuned in to see the comic antics of the inept Gilligan and watch each week as the castaways inevitably failed to get off the island.
Despite its brief time on air, the show has lived on through reruns, reunions, and even a musical. Dawn Wells (Mary Ann) executive produced Surviving Gilligan's Island: The Incredibly True Story of the Longest Three-Hour Tour in History in 2001. The documentary was a behind-the-scenes look into the making of the series and featured many of the original cast members. It often seems that Gilligan's Island will live forever -- and the tour will never end. Unlike that other certain popular, stranded-on-an-island show (cough, Lost)!