Starting in season 2.Part of it is that theme song that name checks every character. I just find this interesting.
Starting in season 2.
Remember, originally The Professor and Mary Ann were "and the rest", which was kind of dumb. I mean, there were only two more to name, it's not like there were half a dozen more castaways to mention.
Though on second thought, maybe that was a contractual thing the first year.
Natalie Schafer and Russell Johnson were quite open about their concerns that Gilligan's Island would never last as a full-time series. Schafer especially said she took the job because it was a free trip to Hawaii to film the pilot and because she was assured in herself that the show would "never go". Knowing his history, I'm sure Jim Backus, who was a popular film and television actor, felt the same way. Apparently, Backus quipped that his part was so secondary that the registry at the Beverly Hilton (or some other hotel) was longer.From what I've read, I'm not sure any of the actors were really happy to be on the show when it went on for multiple seasons. Most every account I've read of the beginnings of the show and the casting choices contain some variation of: they took the job because they were sure the show would be cancelled quickly. It would be a quick and easy paycheck between "real" jobs.
Oh, almost all of them said (except for Tina) that they ended up enjoying their time on the show. Alan Hale Jr., in particular, was so proud of the show that the Skipper practically became his alter ego as he aged. He always wore the Skipper's hat and enjoyed being recognized from being on the show.Well was it in their contract for the pilot that if it were picked up they were obligated to continue? I kind of doubt that. I bet they actually enjoyed it(except for Tina) and how often does a successful series come along? Considering all the people trying for one almost never. The worst thing to happen to TV was the hayseed purge and the arrival of Norman Lear's everybody screaming at everyone else and won't shut up sitcoms.