Fantasy Island

(1978)

Smiles everyone, Smiles! So began this long-running (7 season) series which was one of the ABC Network's anthology/guest-cast series (along with The Love Boat) that proved wildly popular. Each week two guests came to "Fantasy Island" to get their wish/fantasy fulfilled. Their mysterious host, the debonair and suave white-suited Mr. Roarke, would do the sometimes impossible and grant them their wishes...but there was always some twist to the fantasy, letting the guest learn something about themselves or get something they weren't expecting. Best remembered for the presence of Herve Villechaize as the diminuitive "Tattoo" and his cry of "De plane! De plane!" the show proved popular enough to go the distance and then spawn a brief revival/remake in the 1990s. A remake, Fantasy Island (1998)in the late 1990's was not as successful as its predecessor.

‘Fantasy Island’ Gets a Reality TV Remake

Another classic TV series will be getting remade, but with a reality twist. According to Variety, the classic 1978 series Fantasy Island is being remade as a reality show.

Reality guru Mark Burnett will produce the series for Sony Pictures Television and the show will see 12 contestants vying to be their own Mr. or Mrs. Roarke, as originally portrayed by Ricardo Montalban. The contestants will greet guests in a resort setting and will be judged by their abilities to make the guests "dreams come true," much like Montalban's Roarke did in the fictional TV series. The guests will be rating the contestants each week and one contestant will be banished from the island each week.

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  • First Aired
    1978