Parents' Guide to

Gilligan's Island

By Nik Dessle, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Unique characters and situations drive classic sitcom.

TV CBS, Syndicated Comedy 1964
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Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 1 parent review

age 8+

We love the Gilligan's Gang!

We have been watching GI as a family for about six months now and it never fails to crack my son up. Some of the storylines are dated, but it gives us a chance to talk about stereotypes.

Is It Any Good?

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This classic sitcom is beloved by generations of kids and nostalgic adults. Social and political issues of the time (the late '60s were a volatile age) are largely absent due to the characters' isolation. However, many of the period's common media stereotypes are clearly visible through the dominance of its male characters, the homogeneous casting (only the "natives" aren't white), and the appearance of Russians as sinister spies (this was, after all, the middle of the Cold War.) Still, despite corny jokes and ridiculous situations -- or perhaps because of them -- Gilligan's Island stands the test of time as an oft-quoted favorite alongside The Brady Bunch, The Flintstones, I Dream of Jeannie, and Gomer Pyle.

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