The show almost had a pet dinosaur
In the initial meetings about the show between Sherwood Schwartz and CBS execs, Schwartz pitched a plot twist where Gilligan found a dinosaur on the island. He was to tame the dinosaur, then keep it as a pet. Just picture it!” Schwartz recalled in his book, “Inside Gilligan’s Island.” “Gilligan and his pet dinosaur! It’s our answer to ‘Mr. Ed.’” Needless to say, this idea never made it out of that room.