Television writer and producer Sherwood Schwartz created Gilligan and "The Brady Bunch," TV sitcom milestones from the 1960s that remain popular in syndication. He died this morning at Cedars-Sinai. Kind of amusing to see the critical drubbing that "Gilligan's Island" received when it debuted in 1964, as reported by the LAT:
"It is impossible that a more inept, moronic or humorless show has ever appeared on the home tube," wrote UPI's Rick DuBrow.
"It is difficult for me to believe that 'Gilligan's Island' was written, directed and filmed by adults," wrote Terrence O'Flaherty of the San Francisco Chronicle.
It is "quite possibly the most preposterous situation comedy of the season," wrote Jack Gould of the New York Times.
Schwartz also penned the lyrics for the Gilligan theme song. He previously was the head writer on "The Red Skelton Show."
Noted: Sam Denoff, writer and producer of "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and co-creator or "That Girl" with partner Bill Persky, died Friday.