‘Gilligan’s Island’ Star Dawn Wells Explained Why a ‘Silly Plot’ Didn’t Ruin the Show

by Quentin Blount

If you ask Gilligan’s Island star Dawn Wells, she could tell you the exact reason why the classic show was so successful.

As fans of classic television, we all know and love Dawn Wells. She, of course, rose to fame as being the actress who played Mary Ann Summers in the CBS sitcom. And while she was stranded on the tropical island with the rest of the cast for three years, Wells got to know her co-stars very well.

Well’s and her co-stars were always a blast to watch. Despite the premise of the show not being all that deep, the cast and crew had a chemistry that could make up for that. She told Studio 10 in a 2019 interview that Gilligan’s Island truly had a “great cast.”

“It was a great cast. Ya know that takes it,” Wells admits. “It was a silly plot but the chemistry between all of us was wonderful.”

If you are interested in watching the entire six-minute video of Wells looking back on her time in Gilligan’s Island, you can click down below:

Even now, more than 50 years later, Gilligan’s Island is still on the air and still available to watch on streaming services.

A ‘Gilligan’s Island’ Dilemma

To all of the Gilligan’s Island fans out there, who did you prefer? Ginger or Mary Ann?

There was always a little bit of a light-hearted rivalry on the show when it came to the two women. There have since been countless polls on who men would prefer. Ginger or Mary Ann.

But Dawn Wells says that she was actually close friends with the actress who played Ginger, Tina Louise. And the two always embraced the fun rivalry. Wells even owned a t-shirt that read: “Ginger or Mary Ann, the ultimate dilemma. But with that said, Wells could definitely get competitive over it. She told the Vancouver Sun in 2014 that in the end, she “always won.”

“You can go anywhere and say ‘Ginger or Mary Ann?'” Wells told the Vancouver Sun in 2014. “You don’t have to say what show it is. Everybody gets it. And I always win.”

Unfortunately, Dawn Wells passed away this past December from causes related to the COVID-19 virus. The Gilligan’s Island star passed away in Los Angeles at the age of 82 years old.

For more on Dawn Wells and the rest of the Gilligan’s Island cast, make sure to keep reading here on Outsider.