The second season of Gilligan’s Island has some of the funniest episodes of the series, with hapless Gilligan (Bob Denver) alternately rescuing and ruining the rescue of his fellow castaways.
Editorial review of Gilligan’s Island: The Complete Second Season courtesy of Amazon.com
Forget about a three-hour tour–Gilligan’s Island fans can sit right back and enjoy all 32 episodes of the much-loved television comedy and even a few extras with this three-disc set. GI aficionados will probably argue which episode deserves to be called the best in the series’ three-year history until the end of time, but few will disagree that its sophomore season (1965-66) contains some of its funniest and best-remembered episodes. For starters, season 2 marks the show’s debut in color, as well as the first time the Professor (Russell Johnson) and Mary Ann (Dawn Wells) were mentioned in the opening theme song (all of this occurs in the season opener, “Gilligan’s Mother-in-Law“). But it also includes such classic episodes as “Hi-Fi Gilligan” (Gilligan picks up radio signals in his mouth), “Don’t Bug the Mosquitos” (faux Brit rockers land on the island), “Mine Hero” (a WWII mine washes up on the beach), “Meet The Meteor” (space debris makes the castaways age prematurely), and “The Friendly Physician” (a mad scientist’s experiments cause the castaways to swap bodies), all of which have lost none of their laughs or pure entertainment value. The supplemental features, though slight, include an introduction by Johnson and series creator Sherwood Schwartz, as well as commentary by Schwartz on his favorite episode, “The Little Dictator.” –Paul Gaita