Gilligan's Island, one of my favorite television shows growing up, while not a comic book series, had many aspects that would make it appealing to comic readers (much in the same way Scooby Doo did, but that will be another post.)
For one thing, the characters were identifiable as archetypes because of their rarely changing clothes. (I think only the Howells, Ginger and Mary Ann got to change clothes. Gilligan, Skipper and The Professor were almost always in the same clothes. Also, each character had some sort of unique skill or gimmick that helped them function as a team. And like many comics at the time, there was a one and done feel to each episode, but the bigger question of will they they escape the island? always lingered in the background - like a good comic book subplot.
There was also the element of the fantastic in the series, whether it was robots, giant spiders, mysterious spies or strange meteors. Where the series really stepped out of the box of normal comedy shows was in its use of Dream episodes. Yeah, the Brady Bunch or Dick Van Dyke may have had one or two dream episodes, but they were usually subdued versions of the regular show with one minor plot twist (like Dick Van Dyke's It May Look Like A Walnut episode.)
So today, allow me to refresh your memory with a rundown of all the Gilligan Island Dream episodes:
The Sound of Quacking (7 Nov. 1964)
The plot center's around Gilligan's desire to protect a pet duck. This leads to Gilligan imagining himself in a high noonish Western setting. This is the only alternate set dream episode of the first season which may be due to budget constraints or writers unsure how dream episodes would be received by the producers. (Going with a western themed one was a safe bet as Westerns still had a good bit of popularity on television at this time.)
Note: There is some dreaming in episode 20, St. Gilligan and the Dragon , but it doesn't involve an alternate set or new costumes for any of the characters, so it just gets a honorable mention here.
The Little Dictator (30 Sep. 1965)
Dream: Puppet Government
The Sweepstakes (14 Oct. 1965)
Dream: Prospector's Gold Strike
The Postman Cometh (20 Jan. 1966)
An attempt by Gilligan, Skipper and the Professor to give Mary Ann more attention leads to her having a dream where they are all doctors treating her for a fatal disease. I suspect this episode was inspired by Dr. Kildare which was popular at the time. The title, I believe, is a play on the James M. Cain book The Postman Always Rings Twice
V for Vitamins (14 Apr. 1966)
Dream: Jack & the Beanstalk
Meet the Meteor (28 Apr. 1966)
Dream: Old Castaways
Up at Bat (12 Sep. 1966)
Dream: The Vampire
The Invasion (21 Nov. 1966)
Dream: Secret Agent
Gilligan finds himself handcuffed to a top secret military briefcase. This leads him to dream about life as a spy in a James Bondian setup with Mr. Howell showing up as a bald headed Ernst Blofeld homage.
This dream, like The Vampire dream sequence is one of the best because of the time spent on it. It's obvious it was the focus of the episode.
S3E13 - And Then There Were None (5 Dec. 1966)
Dream: Jeckyll & Hyde
Court-Martial (9 Jan. 1967)
Lovey's Secret Admirer (23 Jan. 1967)
The Secret of Gilligan's Island (13 Mar. 1967)
Dream: Stone Age Cavemen
Synopsis: Many fans of the series do not like the dream episodes and see them as a gimmicky filler that takes away from the main theme of the series. I can empathize with them, but wholeheartedly disagree. To me, the dream sequences allowed the actors to often stretch their thespian legs. As mentioned above, several episodes had the actors playing different character types altogether which is something you rarely saw on comedy shows. I would actually like to see the gimmick employed more often on comedy shows.
Now, I have to ask commenters: Did you have a favorite Gilligan's Island episode?