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Just sit right back and you’ll hear some tales about what went on behind the scenes of Gilligan’s Island. The beloved sitcom only ran for three seasons from 1964 to 1967, but it has lived on in rerun syndication for decades. Generations of fans have been amused by the silly antics of this motley group of castaways on an uncharted island, and the show has become a cultural icon of American television. Here’s some Gilligan trivia you never knew you wanted to know.

1. How it Got the Name Gilligan’s Island

We wish we could tell you that the name had a significance, like an homage to the producer’s dog or something. Nope, nothing deep or meaningful here. The show’s creator, Sherwood Schwartz, simply picked the name out of the phone book at random. A few pages over and it could easily have been Grover’s Island.

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