One of my favorite sitcoms growing up was Gilligan’s Island. We watched that show and its reruns so many times, my brother and I had a contest to see who could guess what the episode was about. Often, we would correctly guess while the opening credits were still rolling.
This week is the 50th anniversary of the first episode of Gilligan’s Island (September 26, 1964). Earlier I heard a radio DJ make a comment about the origin of the show that fascinated me. He said that according to the show’s producer, Sherwood Schwartz in his book Inside Gilligan’s Island, the seven lovable castaways on Gilligan’s Island were modeled after the seven deadly sins.
So for your reflection, let me share with you the comparison…
The Professor – Pride (he comes across as a know-it-all)
Thurston Howell III – Greed (no explanation needed if you’ve watched the show)
Ginger – Lust (she always wears skimpy clothes & obsessed with her looks)
Mary Ann – Envy (of Ginger’s looks)
Mrs. Lovey Howell – Gluttony (she was always eating)
The Skipper – Anger or wrath (he always hit Gilligan on every show)
Gilligan – Sloth
Some have even speculated that the island was a ‘type’ of Hell. Nobody on the island wants to be there, yet none are able to leave.
And think about this….
Gilligan (who always wore red!!!!!) is the one who put them there and did everything he could to ensure they stayed there making Gilligan “Satan.” Remember, it’s called his island.
Just something to think about the next time you’re watching the reruns. But it is true that ‘sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay and cost you more than you want to pay.’