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While every new TV series has to face some problems, no show had to overcome greater obstacles than Gilligan's Island. In spite of that, no series has achieved greater success, as measured by the fact that Gilligan's Island has given rise to three TV movies, two animated series, and is the most rerun program in the entire history of television. Now, Sherwood Schwartz, creator, writer, and producer of Gilligan's Island, tells the life story of the show: from the labor pains of scripting, casting, and production to its golden years of afternoon reruns. Fascinating history that could be known only by the show's creator is enhanced by wonderful photos, sketches, and other illustrations from the author's personal collection, as well as the guest forewords by all seven "Castaways." An appendix lists plots, writers and directors for every episode. All this behind-the-scenes information makes the book a special treat, not only for fans, but for anyone interested in an inside look at the television industry.
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Sherwood Schwartz lives in Beverly Hills, California.

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"one can't help but like this man...his anecdotes are told with charming panache...there aren't many better story tellers than Schwartz. An excellent acquisition"--Library Journal; "rewarding...a...memoir from one of the most successful writer-producers...important...sparklingly written...warmly recommended"--Choice; "tells a classic tale of the television process and its difficulties"--USA Today; "what's really useful about 'Gilligan's Island' are the book's two appendices...marvelous synopses"--Variety; "one of TV's most popular series...tells the life story of the show"--New Books in the Communications Library; "traces the problems in establishing the series through to its success on network television and even greater success in syndication"--Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media; "easy, entertaining reading...excellent collection of photos"--The Tab (Boston); "may be the most engrossing book we have ever had in our hands...witty...fascinating firsthand account...an episode index that points out the basic themes or morals behind each plot"--The TV Collector; "the entire life story of the show...fascinating"--Wilson Library Bulletin; "[among] the most popular syndicated shows of all time...part of a flowering of wacky television humor that took place in the early Sixties...interesting information"--Rolling Stone.

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