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Family Feud: Gilligan's Island vs Lost in Space

Family Feud: Gilligan's Island vs Lost in Space

Back in the 1980s, daytime’s #1 game show, Family Feud, was earning big ratings with specials that pitted cast members from classic TV shows against each other.

May 13, 1983, host Richard Dawson welcomed Alan Hale, Jr., Jim Backus, Natalie Schafer, Russell Johnson, and Dawn Wells from Gilligan’s Island to go head to head against Lost in Space stars June Lockhart, Guy Williams, Angela Cartwright, Bob May, and Marta Kristen. If you’re wondering who Bob May was, he was the guy inside the Robot suit.

Notably missing were the actors that portrayed Gilligan, Dr. Smith and Will Robinson but how great is it that Mr. and Mrs. Howell were reunited? Although Jim Backus remained seated and seemed weak and a bit confused, he was 70 years old. He seemed a bit like the cartoon character he voiced, Mr. Magoo.

This was week two of Family Feud’s ‘All-Time Favorites’ that included cast members from Batman, Brady Bunch, Petticoat Junction, Leave It To Beaver, Hawaiian Eye and, oddly, Your Hit Parade.

Now watch the cast of Batman go up against the cast of Lost In Space. The two shows were filmed very close to one another on the 20th Century Fox lot. Lee Meriwether, Catwoman in the 1966 Batman movie and Egghead aka Vincent Price represents the guest villains.


 

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