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Gilligan's Island And The 7 Deadly Sins
Creative Minority Report ^ | 6/30/10

Posted on 06/30/2010 11:35:52 AM PDT by marshmallow

If I described to you a hit television show with deep Christian underpinnings and hidden meanings about a bunch of people being stranded on a strange island which had some audience speculating that the characters were in "Hell," what show would you say we were discussing?

Gilligan's Island, of course.

Sherwood Schwartz, the creator of Gilligan's Island, said he patterned the ’seven stranded castaways’ after the seven deadly sins but he didn't admit it until years later in his book about the show.

I'm sure you can attribute the sins to the proper characters but here they are:

The Professor – Pride
Thurston Howell III - Greed
Ginger - Lust
Mary Ann - Envy (of Ginger's looks)
Mrs. Lovey Howell - Gluttony
The Skipper - Anger or wrath
Gilligan – Sloth

Take that LOST!

Some have even speculated that the castaways were in Hell and Gilligan (who always wore red!!!!!) did everything he could to ensure they stayed there making Gilligan "Satan."

And you thought it was just a silly show!


TOPICS: Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: 7deadlysins; gilligansisland; sevendeadlysins
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1 posted on 06/30/2010 11:35:54 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

Wow.. If I knew that show had such deep meaning, I would’ve taken notes!

And by the way, Mary Ann rated higher among male watchers than Ginger.


2 posted on 06/30/2010 11:41:14 AM PDT by ScottinVA (The West needs to act NOW to aggressively treat its metastasizing islaminoma!)
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To: marshmallow

Hilarious. Actually I’ve read the Chronicles of Narnia are based on the 7 deadly sins too:

Lion Witch and Wardrobe: Gluttony
Prince Caspian: Envy
Dawn Treader: Greed
Horse and His Boy: Lust
Silver Chair: Sloth
Magician’s Nephew: Anger
Last Battle: Pride


3 posted on 06/30/2010 11:42:41 AM PDT by MNDude
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To: marshmallow

Hey that’s interesting! And although they could make all kinds of cool devices out of Bamboo and Coconuts, none of their “Works” could get them out of “Hell”.


4 posted on 06/30/2010 11:46:52 AM PDT by left that other site (Your Mi'KMaq Paddy Whacky Bass Playing Biker Buddy)
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To: marshmallow

Maybe, but Mary Anne was far prettier.


5 posted on 06/30/2010 11:49:35 AM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: left that other site

” And although they could make all kinds of cool devices out of Bamboo and Coconuts, none of their “Works” could get them out of “Hell””

Very Martin Luther.

But Sherwood Shwartz, the creator of Gilligan’s Island, is Jewish.


6 posted on 06/30/2010 11:53:51 AM PDT by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: marshmallow

I learned a valuable lesson from Gilligan’s Island, besides how to make a radio out of a coconut.

“Neither a borrower nor a lender be and don’t forget, stay out of debt.”

Does anyone else remember the Shakespeare play?


7 posted on 06/30/2010 11:56:54 AM PDT by stansblugrassgrl
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To: ScottinVA
And by the way, Mary Ann rated higher among male watchers than Ginger.

Yea but that because equal looks but Mary Ann = low maintenance vs Ginger = high maintenance

8 posted on 06/30/2010 11:57:02 AM PDT by tophat9000 (.............................. BP + BO = BS ...........................Formula for a disaster...)
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To: tophat9000

Put me in the minority who preferred Ginger.


9 posted on 06/30/2010 11:59:18 AM PDT by Clemenza (Remember our Korean War Veterans)
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To: marshmallow

And to make it more interesting, Leonard Cohen tweeked the song for Gilligan’s Island ( making it more singable) and played various minor roles in the show...


10 posted on 06/30/2010 11:59:49 AM PDT by GOPJ (More people are killed every year by falling vending machines than by holders of concealed-weapons)
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To: marshmallow
And to make it more interesting, Leonard Cohen tweaked the song for Gilligan's Island ( making it more singable) and played various minor roles in the show...
11 posted on 06/30/2010 12:00:25 PM PDT by GOPJ (More people are killed every year by falling vending machines than by holders of concealed-weapons)
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To: ScottinVA
“And by the way, Mary Ann rated higher among male watchers than Ginger.”

I was a Ginger kid myself. As an adolescent with hormones working overtime Ginger and Jeannie were my TV sweethearts.

As for the seven deadly sins connection, I don't know. I have read a few books on the show and that's the first I heard of that. It was however my favorite show in the 60s and into the 70’s on reruns. I even now own the complete series on DVD which my 8-year old likes to watch.

12 posted on 06/30/2010 12:03:32 PM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: Clemenza

“Put me in the minority who preferred Ginger.”

Why not...both? :)


13 posted on 06/30/2010 12:05:04 PM PDT by Levante
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To: Jewbacca
Very true. But then, there was always...


14 posted on 06/30/2010 12:06:47 PM PDT by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: GOPJ

Special Directors Cut of Gilligans Island, previously unreleased scenes ...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TW3WWCXDT_0


15 posted on 06/30/2010 12:08:25 PM PDT by Scythian
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To: marshmallow

Mike Brady – Pride
Greg Brady - Greed (dreams of “Johnny Bravo”)
Marcia - Lust
Jan - Envy (of Marcia)
Alice the cook - Gluttony
Sam the Butcher - Anger (he’s a butcher, after all)
Carol Brady – (What does she do all day?)


16 posted on 06/30/2010 12:09:46 PM PDT by P.O.E. ("Danger is My Beer" - Rev. Dr. Fred Lane)
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To: GOPJ

“And to make it more interesting, Leonard Cohen tweeked the song for Gilligan’s Island ( making it more singable) and played various minor roles in the show...”

Making him..... the Archangel Michael???


17 posted on 06/30/2010 12:10:44 PM PDT by PetroniusMaximus
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To: marshmallow

Also, you can sing the words of Gilligan’s Island to the tune of Amazing Grace, and vice-versa....

Seriously..... try it!!!! Got me kicked out of Sunday School.


18 posted on 06/30/2010 12:12:18 PM PDT by CaptainPhilFan
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To: Scythian

LOL


19 posted on 06/30/2010 12:14:13 PM PDT by GOPJ (More people are killed every year by falling vending machines than by holders of concealed-weapons)
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To: PetroniusMaximus
Leonard Cohen's the Jewish Buddhist monk who wrote the song Hallelujah ( first Shrek movie ) - and is known for songs that mix sex and religion... seems fitting for the show.
20 posted on 06/30/2010 12:17:53 PM PDT by GOPJ (More people are killed every year by falling vending machines than by holders of concealed-weapons)
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To: P.O.E.

“Mike Brady – Pride
Greg Brady - Greed (dreams of “Johnny Bravo”)
Marcia - Lust
Jan - Envy (of Marcia)
Alice the cook - Gluttony
Sam the Butcher - Anger (he’s a butcher, after all)
Carol Brady – (What does she do all day?)”

Mr. Brady? Buggery? Is that one of the 7?


21 posted on 06/30/2010 12:19:49 PM PDT by TheThirdRuffian (Nothing to see here. Move along.)
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To: stansblugrassgrl
“Neither a borrower nor a lender be and don’t forget, stay out of debt.” Does anyone else remember the Shakespeare play?

Hamlet. Spoken by Polonius to his son Laertes. Incidentally, the music used in that episode came from the opera Carmen.

22 posted on 06/30/2010 12:22:13 PM PDT by Humbug (we regret to inform you that this freeper is too busy at the moment to bother with taglines)
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To: P.O.E.
Carol Brady – (What does she do all day?)

Stares at the camera, something no star is supposed to do but they let her get away with it.

23 posted on 06/30/2010 12:23:33 PM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult
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To: marshmallow

Fan Bump


24 posted on 06/30/2010 12:28:31 PM PDT by VastRWCon
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To: marshmallow
Sherwood Schwartz, the creator of Gilligan's Island, said he patterned the ’seven stranded castaways’ after the seven deadly sins but he didn't admit it until years later in his book about the show.

He denies it.

"A lot of people have written to me saying they understand that's the seven deadly sins. That was never in my mind, but they've explained it to me..."

25 posted on 06/30/2010 12:33:24 PM PDT by EveningStar (Karl Marx is not one of our Founding Fathers.)
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To: GraceG

Full Metal Alchemist has antagonists based off and named after the seven deadly sins, the big bag guy is the Fureher of the country of Amestris and his name is Pride. There is also Glottony, Sloth, Lust, Greed, Wrath, and Envy.

Pretty interesting series about the consequences of trying to play god, the protagonist loses his bother’s body and literally an arm and a leg trying to bring their dead mother back to life using forbidden alchemy. After paying the price for his mistake he spends the rest of the series trying to get his and his brother’s body back and fighting the Homoculi named after the seven deadly sins.


26 posted on 06/30/2010 12:35:12 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: stansblugrassgrl

Produced by Harold Hecuba
Directed by Harold Hecuba
Written by Harold Hecuba
Music by Harold Hecuba


27 posted on 06/30/2010 12:36:19 PM PDT by P.O.E. ("Danger is My Beer" - Rev. Dr. Fred Lane)
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To: stansblugrassgrl

Hey, I first learned some Shakespeare (the lyrics) and opera (the Toreador’s Song music) from Gilligan’s Island, and producer Harold Hecuba:
“There’s just one other thing, you ought to do, to thine own self be truuuuuue!

I also learned about opera from Bugs Bunny:
“Kill the wabbit! Kill the wabbit!”


28 posted on 06/30/2010 12:39:56 PM PDT by drjimmy
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To: marshmallow

I loved that show. My favorite episode was the one where Professor thought that he found a way off the island, and then Gilligan messed it up...


29 posted on 06/30/2010 12:51:32 PM PDT by LearnsFromMistakes (Yes, I am happy to see you. But that IS a gun in my pocket.)
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To: drjimmy

Phil Silvers?


30 posted on 06/30/2010 12:55:05 PM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: Dr. Ursus

None other.


31 posted on 06/30/2010 12:57:29 PM PDT by drjimmy
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To: drjimmy

You sir are a gentleman and a procurer!


32 posted on 06/30/2010 12:59:51 PM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: LearnsFromMistakes
I loved that show. My favorite episode was the one where Professor thought that he found a way off the island, and then Gilligan messed it up...

Do you remember that one episode of Three's Company where Janet overheard Jack and Chrissy and totally jumped to the wrong conclusion?

That was a hoot!

33 posted on 06/30/2010 12:59:58 PM PDT by Lazamataz ("We beat the Soviet Union. Then we became them." -- Lazamataz, 2005)
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To: LearnsFromMistakes
I loved that show. My favorite episode was the one where Professor thought that he found a way off the island, and then Gilligan messed it up...

I thought I saw them all...but I don't remember that one. Strange...

34 posted on 06/30/2010 1:09:21 PM PDT by Onelifetogive (I never make the mistake of arguing with people for whose opinions I have no respect.)
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To: GOPJ

One of the greats. Been listening/reading him since I first heard of him in ‘69.


35 posted on 06/30/2010 1:17:45 PM PDT by stuartcr (Everything happens as God wants it to...otherwise, things would be different)
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To: marshmallow

LOL!


36 posted on 06/30/2010 1:27:05 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: CaptainPhilFan

You can also sing everything Emily Dickinson ever wrote to the tune of the Gilligan’s Island theme. Drove my English teacher nuts....


37 posted on 06/30/2010 1:28:57 PM PDT by Eepsy (www.pioacademy.org)
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To: stansblugrassgrl

Yes. I have sung it to my children. Amazingly, I am still alive.


38 posted on 06/30/2010 2:15:08 PM PDT by Excellence ("A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals and you know it.")
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To: Eepsy
You can also sing everything Emily Dickinson ever wrote to the tune of the Gilligan’s Island theme

It's "to The Yellow Rose of Texas"!

39 posted on 06/30/2010 2:44:50 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (a 16 year old Australian girl already did it. And she did it right. - WWJD)
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To: stansblugrassgrl

“Think twice and take this good advice from me”


40 posted on 06/30/2010 2:50:21 PM PDT by pbear8 (the Lord is my light and my salvation)
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To: LearnsFromMistakes

Kind of like my favorite episode of Bewitched. You know, the one where Endora casts a spell on Darrin and he acts real crazy until Sam figures it out.


41 posted on 06/30/2010 2:50:42 PM PDT by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: tophat9000
Yea but that because equal looks but Mary Ann = low maintenance vs Ginger = high maintenance

No, Mary Ann was better looking and had a better figure and personality. Maintenance wasn't an issue on the island.

42 posted on 06/30/2010 2:54:51 PM PDT by jimt
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To: Clemenza

I used to think Mary Ann was best until I was about 25 years old. Then I saw clearly that Ginger was actually better.


43 posted on 06/30/2010 2:56:48 PM PDT by Codeflier (Bush, Clinton, Bush, Obama - 4 democrat presidents in a row and counting...)
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To: Jewbacca

Ha ha Ha!
Good Catch!
And The “Seven Deadly Sins” are from the writings of Thomas Aquinus, a Catholic!


44 posted on 06/30/2010 4:12:21 PM PDT by left that other site (Your Mi'KMaq Paddy Whacky Bass Playing Biker Buddy)
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To: stansblugrassgrl

Neither a borrower nor a lender be.
Do not forget. Stay out of debt.
Think twice, and take this good advice from me,
guard that old solvency!

There is one other thing you ought to do:
to thine own self be true!


45 posted on 06/30/2010 5:10:54 PM PDT by scrabblehack
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To: tophat9000

Being stranded on an island, I would take the country girl over the actress. Odds of survival would be better.


46 posted on 06/30/2010 5:17:20 PM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: marshmallow

I thought Lost in Space resembled Gilligan’s Island

Will Robinson (& the Robot) = the Professor
Penny & Judy = Mary Ann & Ginger
John & Maureen = Mr. & Mrs. Howell
Don West = the Skipper
Dr. Smith = Gilligan


47 posted on 06/30/2010 5:21:13 PM PDT by scrabblehack
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To: scrabblehack

The whole song. I’m going to add it to my song list.


48 posted on 06/30/2010 5:24:56 PM PDT by stansblugrassgrl
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To: ScottinVA; Jewbacca
The whole Ginger vs Maryanne thing takes on a new and scary aspect once a man passes a certain age...Lovey Howell becomes a contender....here's why....

Ginger would kill you.

Maryanne starts to remind you of your daughters's HS friends.

Lovey falls into the "Won't tell, won't swell and grateful as hell" category with the added attraction of Thurston's money when he kicks off.

49 posted on 06/30/2010 5:35:13 PM PDT by wtc911 ("How you gonna get down that hill?")
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To: marshmallow
People frequently come back and create meanings for pieces of entertainment that weren't intended by the original creator. I read another piece on this that was closer to what Schwartz said he intended when he created the show, which was to put a cross section of people together and make them have to work together. This one broke down the castaways as:

Mr. & Mrs. Howell -- Wealth and leisure class
Professor -- Academia
Ginger -- Entertainment and media
Mary Ann -- The heartland of America
Skipper -- Government management
Gilligan -- Incompetent civil servants

His premise was that Mary Ann was the only one on the island that actually made things work, while everyone else did little that actually mattered, but thought they were important, except for Gilligan, who did his best but screwed up everything.

In the pilot, The skipper, Gilligan and the Howells were supposed to be the main characters. The professor, Ginger and Bunny were minor characters. Ginger and Bunny were secretaries, and Bunny was supposed to be a sex bomb bimbo with a good heart. The professor was supposed to be a hunk. Those three parts were recast after the pilot, and the professor, who was originally a high school teacher, was made a college professor, and the two other female parts were remade.

The appeal of Gilligan's island, I thought, was pretty simple. All the characters were likable. The two girls were pretty, but not slutty. The plots were simple and anyone could understand it. The actors were all excellent at playing very broad, shallow characters in a way that gave them personality and depth. With only three networks, a show only had to beat out two other shows to capture eyeballs.

Gilligan's Island was an odd little show that wasn't quite like anything else on television. The network didn't want to run it, but decided they had to because the pilot tracked well in testing. Even then, they continued to interfere. The network insisted on the guest stars, and tried to give Gilligan a pet dinosaur.

50 posted on 06/30/2010 5:37:11 PM PDT by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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