'Gilligan's Island' Was Cancelled in Favor of 'Gunsmoke'

Gilligan’s Island is a beloved classic TV show. The series about seven stranded castaways ran on the CBS network from 1964 to 1967. However, the comedy would’ve run longer if fate had worked out differently.

'Gilligan's Island' cast members dressed in costumes and standing on an island set from the sitcom.
Gilligan’s Island cast I CBS via Getty Images

‘Gilligan’s Island’ ran for three seasons on CBS

In Sept. 1964, Gilligan’s Island premiered on the CBS network. The series about seven shipwrecked passengers living on a deserted island seemed like a far-fetched idea. However, the show became an instant success.

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