He expired on July 12, 2011, at 94.
He got his start in 1939, employed as a writer on Bob Hope’s radio show. During World War II, Schwartz served in the U.S. Army and composed for the Armed Forces Radio Service.
While the theory for Gilligan’s Island could happen to be a bit highbrow, the humor itself was generally of the slapstick variety. The sort, but bumbling Gilligan (Bob Denver) was constantly getting into some sort of trouble, much to the Skipper’s dismay. And for supposedly uncharted island, the castaways had the most uncommon visitors, including a jungle boy, an adventurer, a film producer, a surfer and two Russian cosmonauts. While many critics saw the show as fluff, crowds loved it. The show ran for three seasons.
Schwartz’s following show, It Is About Time, premiered in 1966, but was short lived, lasting just a season. It featured two astronauts who by chance find yourself returning to Earth through the Stone Age. Humor legend Imogene Coca played among the ancient individuals the astronauts seen. Handling a more straightforward assumption, Schwartz do considerably better with his next attempt, The Brady Bunch. Debuting in 1969, the show looked in the life span of what could be called today a blended family.
The Brady Bunch brought much of its own comedy in the regular occasions related to this genetic merger. As an example, in a single episode, the children get right into a squabble on the phone so Mike installs a pay phone. Another episode was about a household camping trip with all the daughters matched against the sons—in fact, the “battle of the genders” seemed as a topic in a number of episodes. The Brady Bunch stopped its first run in 1974, but was resurrected briefly as The Brady Bunch Hour in 1977. In addition, it inspired the 1972 animated series, The Brady Kids.
In a lot of ways, The Brady Bunch was a family event for Schwartz. His son, Lloyd, was a producer on the series and his son, Elroy, composed several episodes with this show along with for Gilligan’s Island.
With help from son Lloyd, Schwartz transformed his precious isle situation comedy into Gilligan’s Island: The Musical. It debuted in 1992 in the Flat Rock Playhouse in North Carolina. His daughter and her husband, Hope and Lawrence Juber, composed the production’s score. The following year, another play by Schwartz, Rockers, also premiered in the Flat Rock Playhouse.
In 1995, Schwartz helped breathe new life to the Brady Bunch franchise having a big screen version of the show. Place today, the Bradys stayed true for their wholesome, squarish 1970s selves, which caused much hilarity as they socialized with modern-day characters. Schwartz functioned as a producer on both jobs in addition to his son Lloyd.
More lately, the Gilligan’s Island theory was utilized as the base to get a reality show. Starting in 2004, The Real Gilligan’s Island ran for 2 seasons about the TBS cable station and featured real life skippers, millionaires, and others working in teams and competing to get off the isle and win prizes.
Sherwood Schwartz died in La, California, on July 12, 2011, in the age of 94. He was survived by his wife, Mildred, and four kids.