It Was Intended To Be A “Metaphorical Shaming Of World Politics.” The creator of Gilligan’s Island, Sherwood Schwartz was a student at New York University when his public speaking professor proposed a question: If you were stranded on a desert island, what one item would you like to have? Schwartz was was so intrigued by that question that it remained lodged in the back of his mind for many years. After working for some time as a comedy writer for other shows, Schwartz decided to pitch his own idea for a sitcom. Thinking back to that desert island question, he thought having a group of very different individuals stranded on an island would make for an interesting TV show. He intended for the show to be “a metaphorical shaming of world politics.” Schwartz quickly discovered after his first few pitch meetings that his vision did not work well with trying to sell a comedy.