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Gilligan Crew Sails The Potomac

The four surviving cast members of the '60s TV sitcom Gilligan's Island were reunited in Washington Tuesday to receive the American Icon Award from Women in Film & Video, a nonprofit organization that promotes the role of women in the entertainment industry.

Actor Bob Denver, who played Gilligan, was there with Tina Louise (Ginger), Russell Johnson (the Professor), and Dawn Wells (Mary Ann). They sailed down the Potomac for a "three-hour tour" on a boat that was not quite as small as the S.S. Minnow, reports CBS "This Morning" Co-Anchor Thalia Assuras.

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Gilligan's Island first appeared in 1964, and it remains a staple on the rerun circuit.

"The show picks up every 4- and 5-year-old every month," Denver said, wearing his signature floppy hat and tennis shoes. "I know parents whose 2-year-olds watch the show, and when they try to change the channel, their kids start screaming."

The show followed the characters' adventures on an uncharted island in the Pacific Ocean, where they were shipwrecked. With every episode telling a more outlandish and improbable story, Gilligan's Island became known for its silly plots.

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For instance, despite the island's limited resources, the castaways never sacrificed culture to their circumstances. They managed to produce a silent movie, practice a Broadway show, assemble a symphony orchestra, and perform a musical version of Hamlet.

And the island wasn't exactly deserted. Visitors included a famous painter, an exiled president of a revolution-torn country, a famous butterfly catcher, a mad scientist, and an American singing group named the Mosquitos.