Skip to comments.Gilligan's Island And The 7 Deadly Sins
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
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!
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.
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
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”.
Maybe, but Mary Anne was far prettier.
” 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.
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?
Yea but that because equal looks but Mary Ann = low maintenance vs Ginger = high maintenance
Put me in the minority who preferred Ginger.
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...
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.
“Put me in the minority who preferred Ginger.”
Why not...both? :)
Special Directors Cut of Gilligans Island, previously unreleased scenes ...
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?)
“And to make it more interesting, Leonard Cohen tweeked the song for Gilligans Island ( making it more singable) and played various minor roles in the show...”
Making him..... the Archangel Michael???
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.
“Mike Brady Pride
Greg Brady - Greed (dreams of Johnny Bravo)
Marcia - Lust
Jan - Envy (of Marcia)
Alice the cook - Gluttony
Sam the Butcher - Anger (hes a butcher, after all)
Carol Brady (What does she do all day?)”
Mr. Brady? Buggery? Is that one of the 7?
Hamlet. Spoken by Polonius to his son Laertes. Incidentally, the music used in that episode came from the opera Carmen.
Stares at the camera, something no star is supposed to do but they let her get away with 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..."
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.
Produced by Harold Hecuba
Directed by Harold Hecuba
Written by Harold Hecuba
Music by Harold Hecuba
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!”
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...
You sir are a gentleman and a procurer!
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!
I thought I saw them all...but I don't remember that one. Strange...
One of the greats. Been listening/reading him since I first heard of him in ‘69.
You can also sing everything Emily Dickinson ever wrote to the tune of the Gilligan’s Island theme. Drove my English teacher nuts....
Yes. I have sung it to my children. Amazingly, I am still alive.
It's "to The Yellow Rose of Texas"!
“Think twice and take this good advice from me”
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.
No, Mary Ann was better looking and had a better figure and personality. Maintenance wasn't an issue on the island.
I used to think Mary Ann was best until I was about 25 years old. Then I saw clearly that Ginger was actually better.
Ha ha Ha!
And The “Seven Deadly Sins” are from the writings of Thomas Aquinus, a Catholic!
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!
Being stranded on an island, I would take the country girl over the actress. Odds of survival would be better.
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
The whole song. I’m going to add it to my song list.
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.
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.