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Q: How did Gilligan finally get off the island?

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Adam Thomlison / TV Media

Spoiler alert! They never got off the island -- at least not during the regular series.

The original "Gilligan's Island" series ran on CBS from 1964 to 1967, but at the end of that run, Gilligan and company were still marooned.

It took 11 more years, and the made-for-TV reunion film "Rescue From Gilligan's Island," before they finally made it off the island. Sadly, the end of the film saw them back on it again.

They made it off again in the next TV special, "The Castaways on Gilligan's Island," in 1979, and though they incredibly ended up back on the island once more, it was by choice this time. The end of that film saw the Howells turn the island into a resort, with the others joining in as partners.

"The others," though, looked a little bit different -- at least one of them did.

Tina Louise, who played Ginger on the original series, didn't return for any of the specials. She was replaced in "Rescue" and "Castaways" by Judith Baldwin, a bit-part actress who went on to create the role of Beth Logan on "The Bold and the Beautiful" (three others have played the role after her). Baldwin and Louise actually starred together in the 1975 sci-fi classic "The Stepford Wives."

 

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