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There was a variation of the Gilligan's Island theme song between seasons.

In the first season, the theme song lists the castaways as

{...} Gilligan, the Skipper too; the millionaire and his wife; the movie star, and all the rest {...}

In subsequent seasons, the theme song was changed to

{...} Gilligan, the Skipper too; the millionaire and his wife; the movie star; the Professor and Mary Ann {...}

Why did the song change, and were there other variations?

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+1 Nice question. I always wondered that myself, but just assumed it was either because in the beginning The Professor and Mary Ann were considered small parts, and later officially became "main characters", or because the actors got mad about it. –  druciferre Oct 16 '13 at 12:07
    
@druciferre - That was my original theory as well. –  JoshDM Oct 16 '13 at 13:00
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According to TV Series Finale, due to a stipulation in Tina Louise's contract (she was Ginger, "the movie star"), Tina was to be the last person billed in the opening credits. After Louise's contract was signed, the parts now known as "Mary Ann" and "The Professor" were re-cast to Dawn Wells and Russell Johnson respectively. This late casting change combined with Tina's contract had them placed in the end credits.

According to this Today Show interview (YouTube, @ 3m 30s), Bob Denver explains how his contract stipulated he could choose his own billing. He declared that unless Wells and Johnson were moved to the beginning, he would put himself in the end credits for season two. Tina Louise either agreed to change the credit sequence, or her contract was reworked. This interview was the first time Dawn Wells was made aware of the deal Bob had demanded.


Another variation of the song took place during re-runs, and I witnessed it. Some syndicates re-running the show manipulated the second half of the theme song, the part which ran during the credits. The audio broadcast during the words "each week" was silenced, transforming

{...} so join us here each week, my friends {...}

into

{...} so join us here {SILENCE FOR TWO BEATS}, my friends {...}

I presume this was done since the re-runs were broadcast on more frequent intervals than weekly, and the associated networks questioned the intelligence of the viewership.


Additionally, The Gilligan's Island fan site hosts an alternate theme song played during the pilot episode.

I know of no other variants.

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