Sherwood Schwartz's 823,987-hour tour
Schwartz's name became known to some who saw his shows in primetime and later generations who saw them in syndication. With an eye for candy-colored costumes and a knack for cheesy storylines, Schwartz created shows that were perfectly suited to capture the attention of kids. And because he was a genius of syndication, kids growing up in the '70s and '80s, years after the episodes were originally produced, saw those shows over... and over... and over. They made a tremendous impact on those who grew up without any cable or Internet to dilute their cultural consumption.
Schwartz's shows became indelible. A generation grew up saying lines from "The Brady Bunch" like "oh, my nose" and "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!" I once won a radio contest singing the "Gilligan's Island" theme song (written by Schwartz). And just try and tell me that "Mad Men's" stacked redhead Joan Harris doesn't owe a little something to Ginger, the stacked redhead of "Gilligan's Island."
Two books by Sherwood Schwartz are currently available. One is 1994's "Inside Gilligan's Island: A Three-Hour Tour Through the Making of a Television Classic" and the other is "Inside Gilligan's Island: From Creation to Syndication" -- chances are that there is some overlap. For the Brady side of things, Schwartz appears in "Growing Up Brady: I Was a Teenage Greg" by Barry Williams. "Abundantly talented, and equally likable," Williams writes, "Mr. Schwartz is a charter member of Hollywood's old school."
Read our complete obituary of Sherwood Schwartz here.
-- Carolyn Kellogg
Photo: The cast of "Gilligan's Island." Credit: File