Gilligan's Island (1964–1992)
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Gilligan, the Goddess 

A king from a nearby island comes to the island in search of a "White Goddess" to sacrifice to a volcano, but the castaways offer Gilligan to him instead to protect the women.


Gary Nelson


Sherwood Schwartz (created by), Jack Paritz | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview:
Bob Denver ... Gilligan
Alan Hale Jr. ... Jonas 'The Skipper' Grumby
Jim Backus ... Thurston Howell III
Natalie Schafer ... Mrs. Lovey Howell
Tina Louise ... Ginger Grant
Russell Johnson ... Professor Roy Hinkley
Dawn Wells ... Mary Ann Summers
Stanley Adams ... King Kaliwani


A king from a nearby island comes to the island in search of a "White Goddess" to sacrifice to a volcano, but the castaways offer Gilligan to him instead to protect the women.

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Comedy | Family

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Release Date:

17 April 1967 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Stanley Adams (King Kaliwani) would go on to play the iconic character Cyrano Jones in the Star Trek: The Original Series fan favorite episode "The Trouble With Tribbles" (1967). He would reprise the character's voice in the Star Trek: The Animated Series episode "More Tribbles, More Troubles" (1973). See more »


Thurston Howell III: Gilligan, you dunce, you've done it again! These savages are civilized!
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Referenced in Dazed and Confused (1993) See more »

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Stanley Adams in the final episode
15 June 2016 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"Gilligan, the Goddess" was never intended to be the final episode, the series having been renewed for a fourth season, but the apparent demise of the long running GUNSMOKE was too much for CBS to contemplate, so its return to the fall schedule meant the loss of a show they never really appreciated. Judging by the finale there's no reason to believe that another season wouldn't have been just fine, the third year actually improving on the second. In this one, Stanley Adams guest stars as King Kaliwani, civilized native chief in search of a white goddess to come to his island for a wedding ceremony. All three women are ready to play the part, until they learn that the groom is a volcano, into which the goddess will be thrown! All four men decide to dress up and play goddess in order to spare the ladies, but only Gilligan looks 'positively ravishing,' according to Mr. Howell! Unfortunately, it isn't long before the amorous king laments having 33 wives who don't understand him, making the moves on a perplexed Gilligan. Perhaps best remembered for his turn on STAR TREK's "The Trouble with Tribbles," Stanley Adams manages to broker a full complement of laughs with various asides with his two guards (Mickey Morton and Robert Swimmer), his introduction a classic - Emperor of eternal night, Night of eternal day, Seeker of eternal truth, Lord of eternal eternities, Keeper of eternal flame. The Professor finds his 'eternal flame,' actually a cigarette lighter, and learns that the King's island occasionally is visited by a ship: "captain give me eternal flame, plus one can eternal lighting fluid!" Everyone gets laughs for this final time, with the Professor asking Mary Ann's honest opinion of his appearance as a potential goddess: "how dark the night and how bad their eyesight!" The Skipper sadly makes a confession to Ginger in his female guise: "I'm afraid I just killed your living girdle!" Jim Backus, standing between Alan Hale and Russell Johnson while all in drag, comes out with a reference to The Andrews Sisters, sadly poignant due to the unexpected death of Laverne mere weeks after this broadcast (name dropping Maxene and Laverne). GILLIGAN'S ISLAND had much to offer viewers, virtually something for everyone, no matter what age.

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