My little sister and I spent a solid five years during elementary school during which our afternoons were spent stationed in front of my grandparents’ television set watching cartoons and re-runs. Barney Miller, M*A*S*H, Diff’rent Strokes, Superfriends, and Scooby Doo were in heavy rotation. And – every now and then, though it felt like blasphemy to us because we were Star Wars fans – Star Trek. One of my favorites was always Gilligan’s Island.
I remember getting so upset one time when Gilligan (once again) screwed them all out of a chance at rescue that I refused to watch the show for weeks. I loved the coconut gadgets the Professor was always making and tried to memorize how they were built in case I ever found myself marooned. My lifelong disdain for the ignorant rich likely stems from the Howells.
My favorite characters from the show:
- The Professor
- Mary Ann
- The Skipper