Creator of Gilligan and the Bradys Dies at 94

by J-Mirabelli

Sherwood Schwartz received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on March 7, 2008

Whenever you mention Gilligan’s Island and The Brady Bunch, it’s usually followed by a collective groan. Yet, these two sitcoms of the ’60s and ’70s enjoyed successful first runs on TV and still prosper in syndication.

Sherwood Schwartz, the creator of both sitcoms, endured many dismissive reviews, but, in the end, proved the critics wrong with the huge success of both shows.

Many critics suggested the sitcoms were successful because they ran counter to the times in which they aired. The Vietnam War, Woodstock, huge social protests and the resignation of Richard M. Nixon all drew headlines during these times. The squeaky clean image of the Bradys and the naivet√à of the Gilligan’s Island cast all ran completely against what was happening in the real world.

Mr. Schwartz would regularly be contacted by scholars and authors who were looking for the real meaning behind the sitcoms. He did concede that he felt the two shows, especially Gilligan’s Island, were a microcosm of our world: a funny microcosm.

Whether anyone admitted that they watched the shows at all, an amazing amount of people somehow knew the lyrics to the theme songs, or at least couldn’t help associating phrases like a “three-hour tour” or “the youngest one in curls” with the two series.

Sherwood Schwartz passed away on July 6, 2011. He was 94.

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