"The plane! The plane!" This week, we revisit Fantasy Island!
Fantasy Island started out as a joke made by a frustrated Aaron Spelling as he was pitching ideas to network executives. The executives loved the idea, and so did the public!
The show ran 152 episodes and two made-for-TV movies over seven years from 1977 to 1984. In the ratings, it never broke into the top 10, but it was popular enough to spawn a reboot series in 1998, a prequel film in 2020, and a sequel series in 2021.
Fantasy Island was available to stream on Tubi, but it seems to be moving hosting platforms at the moment. You can find out where to stream it HERE. We watched Season 5, Episode 12: Magic Camera/Mata Hari/ Valerie as well as the 2-hour Pilot Movie.
Below, you can find the pilot episode from the 1998 version, which Megan loved as a teen! And the trailer for the newest reboot, which is still currently on the air!
Tying into our tropical theme this week is our snack, Tropical Fruit Gushers! These fruit gummy treats were all the rage in the 1990s. They're still available! You can find them HERE
Did the show live up to our expectations? Did the Gushers make us nauseous? Listen to find out!
Each week, we'll post the links to the shows and films we watched, so you can "play along at home."