Fantasy Island

Fantasy Island

  • 1978
  • 7 Seasons
  • 6.4  (550)

Fantasy Island is an American TV show set on a fictional island located somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. It is about a specialized resort which sold the fulfillment of a fantasy instead of your standard vacation package. The resort is run by a suave but mysterious figure named Mr. Roarke (played by Ricardo Mantalban). He has an assistant whose main role is to provide an opportunity to hear insider information exchanged between Mr. Roarke and his staff. For all but the last season, the assistant is a character named Tattoo (played by Herve Villechaize). Episodes begin with the arrival of a plane full of guests to the remote island. Mr. Roarke tells his assistant about each guest and their respective fantasy as they come off the plane. Then he and his assistant greet the guests and welcome them to the island. Most episodes show two separate fantasies played out. Guests typically pay a substantial fee to be there. Some guests who won a fantasy are really winners of a rigged contest as a cover story to get them there because the individual plays an important role in another guest's fantasy. Early episodes were more inclined towards situations which were potentially plausible as something which could be arranged with enough information and money. For example, guests sometimes requested personal makeovers, meeting someone from their past, or experiencing life as a commoner when they were really royalty. As the show wore on, it increasingly involved supernatural forces. Later episodes involved time travel, mermaids, meetings with The Devil and similar. In one episode, a guest who is going blind is temporarily given his eyesight back. It is a modern take on wish-granting genies. Mr. Roarke frequently makes cryptic remarks indicating things are unlikely to turn out as the guest expects and he is generally correct. The maxim "be careful what you wish for" is explored at length in a down to earth manner.

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Seasons
Surrogate Mother / The Ideal Woman
22. Surrogate Mother / The Ideal Woman
May 19, 1984
Charo (The Surreal Life) plays a surrogate mother seeking to resolve her doubts about giving up her child.
Bojangles and the Dancer / Deuces Are Wild
21. Bojangles and the Dancer / Deuces Are Wild
May 12, 1984
In "Bojangles and the Dancer" a married couple come to the Island with a mixed agenda - he is intent upon performing with his idol, Mr. Bojangles - she, however, is intent upon keeping him from fulfilling his fantasy for fear it may kill him. And in "Deuces Are Wild" two sisters hope to fulfill their lifelong fantasy - to be taken seriously.
Don Juan's Last Affair / The Final Adieu
20. Don Juan's Last Affair / The Final Adieu
April 14, 1984
Wanting to romance his friend Patricia (Geena Davis), Alan finds himself in desperate need of love lessons.
Lost and Found / Dick Turpin's Last Ride
19. Lost and Found / Dick Turpin's Last Ride
April 7, 1984
In "Lost and Found" a woman's fantasy is to start a new life with a new man, since she has just found out her man is unfaithful. And in "Dick Turpin's Last Ride" a CPA's fantasy is to become famous outlaw, Dick Turpin. When he gets his wish, he gets far more then he expected.
The Mermaid and the Matchmaker / The Obsolete Man
18. The Mermaid and the Matchmaker / The Obsolete Man
March 24, 1984
In "Mermaid and the Matchmaker" the mermaid, Nyah asks Mr. Roarke to end her immortality, but upon Mr. Roarke's refusal to do so she threatens to seek revenge on him and Fantasy Island. And in "The Obsolete Man" young man who may be replaced at his job by a computer, wants to feel like his life has a purpose once again.
Awakening of Love / The Impostor
17. Awakening of Love / The Impostor
March 17, 1984
In "Awakening of Love" a world-renowned high fashion model wishes to form a lasting, loving relationship. And in "The Impostor" a couple come to the Island in hopes of "curing" her partner of his compulsive need to create other personalities.
Baby on Demand / The Last Dogfight
16. Baby on Demand / The Last Dogfight
March 10, 1984
In "Baby on Demand" Joanna Jones, once a very successful rock-and-roll singer wishes to become a mother. And in "The Last Dogfight" an elderly couple brought to the Island to re-enact his glorious past as a World War II fighter pilot.
Dark Secret / The Outrageous Mr. Smith
15. Dark Secret / The Outrageous Mr. Smith
March 3, 1984
In "Dark Secret" Amy Marshall is afraid to tell her husband that she was raped before they were married, confronts her fear. And in "The Outrageous Mr. Smith" Robert Smith a professional singer whose shyness has hampered his chance of success wishes to unleash his suppressed alter-ego.
Lady of the House / Mrs. Brandell's Favorites
14. Lady of the House / Mrs. Brandell's Favorites
February 25, 1984
In "Lady of the House" a former madam of a house of prostitution wishes to be reunited with her three favorite girls and to have them be her bridesmaids in her upcoming wedding as well as to give them the profits of the money she invested for them. And in "Mrs. Brandell's Favorites" a beauty contest promoter with a disreputable reputation wants to clear up his tarnished image.
Ladies Choice / Skin Deep
13. Ladies Choice / Skin Deep
January 28, 1984
In "Ladies Choice" a woman fantasizes about spending the perfect weekend with the man of her dreams who truly loves her. And in "Skin Deep" a shy guy wishes to date a truly beautiful woman for the first time in his life.
The High Cost of Living / To Fly with Eagles
12. The High Cost of Living / To Fly with Eagles
January 21, 1984
In "The High Cost of Living" a workaholic account executive wishes to find a husband and be taken care of. And in "To Fly With Eagles" an aging affluent lawyer and amateur sportsman wishes to win one more flying competition.
Games People Play / The Sweet Life
11. Games People Play / The Sweet Life
January 14, 1984
In "Games People Play" three young lady employees of a toy company wish to fulfill their dreams. one wishes to gain the courage to stand up to her convictions the other wants to be accepted for her brains and the third wishes to find love. And in "The Sweet Life" a man arrives with the desire for his family to experience the rewards of money and position that he has never been able to give them.
Goin' Home / Ambitious Lady
10. Goin' Home / Ambitious Lady
January 7, 1984
In "Goin' Home" after leaving his family to find success in Nashville, a country western singer wishes to be reunited with the people he loves. And in "Ambitious Lady" a couple have a dual fantasy - she wishes her husband would achieve the same level of success and he wants to recapture the love they once shared.
The Fantasy Island Girl / Saturday's Child
9. The Fantasy Island Girl / Saturday's Child
December 10, 1983
In "The Fantasy Island Girl" a beauty contest promoter with a disreputable reputation wants to clear up his tarnished image. And in "Saturday's Child" a glamorous film actress wishes to meet the two children whom she gave up for adoption.
Random Choices / My Mother, the Swinger
8. Random Choices / My Mother, the Swinger
December 3, 1983
In "Random Choices" a billionaire shipping tycoon with a great lust for life wishes to seek out people who desperately need help so he can use his vast wealth and influence to change their lives. And in "My Mother, the Swinger" a woman who dedicated her life to raising her children wishes to become a swinger.
The Wedding Picture / Castaways
7. The Wedding Picture / Castaways
November 26, 1983
In "The Wedding Picture" a woman, unhappy with her marriage, wishes to relive her wedding day to determine if she did indeed marry the wrong man. And in "Castaways" a man wishes to spend the weekend on a desert Island with a gorgeous model.
Three's a Crowd / Second Time Around
6. Three's a Crowd / Second Time Around
November 19, 1983
In "Second Time Around" a woman comes to the Island to save her marriage. And in "Three's A Crowd" a son separated becomes angry when he sees his widowed mother enjoying the company of a man.
Roarke's Sacrifice / The Butler's Affair
5. Roarke's Sacrifice / The Butler's Affair
November 12, 1983
In "Roarke's Sacrifice" crippled dancer Julie Mars wishes to experience one last performance. And in "The Butler's Affair" the beautiful widow Lesley Darnell wishes to spend the weekend with her butler, Baldwin, not as an employer, but as two ordinary people.
God Child / Curtain Call
4. God Child / Curtain Call
October 29, 1983
In "God Child" little Laurie Shannon who lost her parents in an accident wishes to ask God why he took them. And in "Curtain Call" a once-famous comedian whose TV show was canceled wishes to do one last shot.
Nurses Night Out
3. Nurses Night Out
October 22, 1983
Three nurses are brought to the Island as guests of a mysterious benefactor who appreciated the care he received during his stay at their hospital.
The Big Switch / Hooker's Holiday
2. The Big Switch / Hooker's Holiday
October 15, 1983
In "The Big Switch" a wife wishes for her husband to experience what it is like to be a woman. And in "Hooker's Holiday" a woman of the evening wishes for a normal life with love and romance.
Forbidden Love / The Other Man - Mr. Roarke
1. Forbidden Love / The Other Man - Mr. Roarke
October 8, 1983
In "The Other Man - Mr. Roarke" a woman in her forties wishes to find romance. And in "Forbidden Love" a woman brings her boyfriend to the Island hoping to get him to propose to her after a three-year relationship.
Description

Fantasy Island is an American TV show set on a fictional island located somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. It is about a specialized resort which sold the fulfillment of a fantasy instead of your standard vacation package. The resort is run by a suave but mysterious figure named Mr. Roarke (played by Ricardo Mantalban). He has an assistant whose main role is to provide an opportunity to hear insider information exchanged between Mr. Roarke and his staff. For all but the last season, the assistant is a character named Tattoo (played by Herve Villechaize).

Episodes begin with the arrival of a plane full of guests to the remote island. Mr. Roarke tells his assistant about each guest and their respective fantasy as they come off the plane. Then he and his assistant greet the guests and welcome them to the island. Most episodes show two separate fantasies played out. Guests typically pay a substantial fee to be there. Some guests who won a fantasy are really winners of a rigged contest as a cover story to get them there because the individual plays an important role in another guest's fantasy.

Early episodes were more inclined towards situations which were potentially plausible as something which could be arranged with enough information and money. For example, guests sometimes requested personal makeovers, meeting someone from their past, or experiencing life as a commoner when they were really royalty. As the show wore on, it increasingly involved supernatural forces. Later episodes involved time travel, mermaids, meetings with The Devil and similar. In one episode, a guest who is going blind is temporarily given his eyesight back.

It is a modern take on wish-granting genies. Mr. Roarke frequently makes cryptic remarks indicating things are unlikely to turn out as the guest expects and he is generally correct. The maxim "be careful what you wish for" is explored at length in a down to earth manner.Fantasy Island is a series that is currently running and has 7 seasons (152 episodes). The series first aired on January 28, 1978.

Where to Watch Fantasy Island

Fantasy Island is available for streaming on the Sony website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Fantasy Island on demand at , Crackle and Tubi TV.

  • Premiere Date
    January 28, 1978
  • IMDB Rating
    6.4  (550)