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Sherwood Schwartz, Creator of 'Gilligan's Island,' Is Dead at 94

Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale… Of a Jew from Passaic, NJ who created two iconic television series that helped define an era.

Sherwood Schwartz, who died today in Los Angeles at 94, was the force behind “Gilligan’s Island” and “The Brady Bunch,” two of the “most affectionately ridiculed and enduring television sitcoms of the 1960s and ’70s,” as The New York Times put it.

Schwartz “weathered painfully dismissive reviews to see his shows prosper and live on for decades in syndication,” the Times wrote. “Many critics suggested that they were successful because they ran counter to the tumultuous times in which they appeared: the era of the Vietnam War and sweeping social change.”

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Sherwood Schwartz, Creator of 'Gilligan's Island,' Is Dead at 94

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