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17. 'Gilligan's Island'
Similar to the “Brady Bunch” opening, the theme here was created by Sherwood Schwartz who also created both series. As for this one in particular, in the annals of television theme songs, “Gilligan’s Island” might go down as the single most memorable one of all time. Everybody knows the “Gilligan’s Island” theme song, all you have to do is say “a three hour tour” and everyone knows what you’re talking about. Fifty years later, the song remains a cultural touchstone for multiple generations. The visuals are, perhaps, not quite as unique (though we love the spinning wheel followed by the whole screen spinning), but the song is without equal, especially once they altered it for season two and made it “The Professor and Mary Anne” instead of “and the rest.”
- Josh Lasser