Sit right back and you’ll hear a tale of an Ecuadorian drag queen

Inspired by the success of The Wire, Christopher Monks provides a Brief History of Famous Novelists as Television Writers. He grades some of the novelists’ efforts, including:

Gore Vidal and Gilligan’s Island: Vidal’s sharp wit would seem to be a good fit for this zany sitcom, but alas it was not. The episode took place entirely in the Professor’s head, where we learn about his regrets, fears, and desires. Audiences found much of the material unsettling, particularly a flashback sequence involving the Professor’s mother and an Ecuadorian drag queen. There was also a scene featuring the Skipper with his shirt off. The whole episode was way too out there for its day. It probably still is. GRADE: C-


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