"All 3 seasons in one package! it doesn't get any better than this. These are complete and unedited unlike some sets that are being released with different music, or edited episodes. season 1 is in black and white as originally aired, seasons 2 and 3 are in color as aired. I have watched reruns for years and when i saw that the complete series was available as one set, i couldn't pass it. Bonus footage includes interviews with Russell Johnson and Sherwood Schwartz, also included is the pilot episode with a different 'professor' 'Ginger' and 'Mary Ann' and different opening and closing music. A great treat for fans and someone that wants it all! Quality is excellent! I don't purchase many tv shows on dvd, but this was a must for me! 5 stars without a doubt!!!"
Oh no....flipper discs!
C. Stockton | Las Vegas, Nevada | 04/04/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Normally I wouldn't pay this much money for an old TV series, especially one this silly. From a nostalgic point of view however this series is quite entertaining. It helps growing up with a crush on Ginger and Mary Ann. :-O
The audio may be mono but it sounds much better than the old transfers you heard on broadcast tv years ago.
The only negative so far is the flipper discs. You should be very carefull when handling. The only discs I've ever had go bad after a couple of years were flippers."
M. A. Stevenson | Kane, IL | 03/23/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's so great to have all of the Gilligan's Island episodes, and the commentary by Sherwood Schwartz on each season. They have taken GI off all my satellite stations, so I had to get the DVD's to see the episodes. But it was worth it, clear pictures, and no commercial interruptions!!! I like to laugh, so this series is the perfect medicine for me. Well worth the price!!"
The world's longest three-hour tour!
Timothy Swan | Boring, Oregon USA | 03/05/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Many people who I have known through the years, myself included, have always enjoyed the comical exploits of the classic television sitcom "Gilligan's Island". While I was much too young to remember this show during its original run on the CBS network during the 60s, I was always fascinated of being able to watch reruns of this program after school in the afternoons, on the weekends, during holidays and throughout Summer vacation. Sometimes it confused me as to why a black-and-white episode would be shown one day and a color episode would be on the next day. However, there is no denying the universal appeal of this timeless program. Now, all 3 complete seasons of this show have been gathered together into this handy boxed set, containing every single episode of the entire series. The first season was aired in black-and-white, with a total of 36 episodes; seasons 2 and 3 were both in full color, for 62 more half-hours. This brings the total to 98 shows. Creator and producer Sherwood Schwartz was responsible for bringing this show to life. He was able to assemble a first-rate, top-knotch cast together to portray the 7 castaways who are stranded on an uncharted deserted island, somewhere in the South Pacific. This great cast includes Bob Denver as Gilligan, Alan Hale, Jr. as The Skipper, Jim Backus as Thurston Howell III, Natalie Schafer as Mrs. Lovey Howell, Tina Louise as Ginger Grant, Russell Johnson as The Professor and Dawn Wells as Mary Ann. Together, this group must learn how to survive, while managing to still keep alive, in spite of the many hardships that they would eventually have to face each time. Also included in this set is the original, unaired pilot episode that first introduced the world to these zany folks. In this pilot, the Professor was played by John Gabriel; with Kit Smythe as Ginger and Nancy McCarthy as Bunny. While the Professor served the same purpose in the pilot and the series, Ginger was not even a glamorous movie star the first time around; both she and Bunny were secretaries. The series eventually brought the castaways in the way that we have all come to know and appreciate, after all these years. This show ranks as one of the ten best comedies in television history. And now, with this 9-disc DVD set containing all 98 classic episodes together into one complete package, this is the perfect way to relive the great memories of a comedy classic."
Wonderful series, excellent value
T. Davis | Seattle, WA | 12/13/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"My children love this series just as much as I did when I was young, yet it has humor for adults, too. The show offers a delightful variety of character types, played by superb comic actors, thrown into fast-paced slapstick situations. There are jokes about academic eggheads (the always-inventive but rather obtuse Professor), movie stars (Marilyn Monroe channeler Ginger), simple farm folk (the sweet girl-next-door Mary Ann), and rich people (the hilarious Mr. & Mrs. Howell). At the center of the action, mixing things up, are a modern Laurel & Hardy duo (the bumbling sadsack Gilligan & his longsuffering Skipper).
Every episode has different complications: wild animals, hostile natives, personal and social conflicts, supply shortages, visiting eccentrics, each one conspiring to prevent the castaways' escape. (Guest stars include well-known character actors like Hans Conreid, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Strother Martin, Don Rickles, Phil Silvers, Larry Storch, and even a young Kurt Russell.) There are also witty comments on modern life in microcosm: elections, economics, superstitions, feminism, medicine, materialism, and many others.
All three seasons of this classic series as well as several bonus featurettes are packed onto nine double-sided discs for the bargain price of only $35 (as of this writing). There are 99 episodes, the first 37 in black and white, including the rarely-seen pilot; the remainder of the shows are in color. Perfect sound and picture, as well as subtitles in English, French, and Spanish. Commentaries for several episodes are provided by creator/producer Sherwood Schwartz. Snap up this great set for hours of family entertainment!"