July 12, 2011 5:12pm PT by Kimberly Nordyke
Sherwood Schwartz: Watch Clips From His 5 Most Memorable Shows (Video)
After a long, prolific career in TV, writer-producer Sherwood Schwartz died Tuesday in Los Angeles at age 94.
He left a legacy that includes creating Gilligan's Island and Brady Bunch -- along with writing their memorable theme songs -- which went on to become two of the most beloved series in TV history, with repeats still airing in syndication today.
Here are clips of the five most memorable shows he worked on:
The comedy series, about a disparate group of passengers stranded on an island after a storm, launched on CBS in 1964. While it ran for only three seasons, it made Bob Denver a household name and still lives on in syndication. Watch the scene where the castaways get rescued below.
The story of a "man named Brady" (Robert Reed) and "lovely lady" (Florence Henderson) who got married -- and merged their combined six kids into one big family -- ran for five seasons on ABC (1969-74) and spawned numerous spinoffs, including The Brady Brides, A Very Brady Christmas and The Bradys. Watch the famous "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia" clip below.
Schwartz served as a writer-producer on the early 1980s comedy, which was based on the 1978 film Harper Valley PTA, which itself was based on country singer Jeannie C. Riley's 1968 song. It starred Barbara Eden as a single mother to a teen daughter who exposed the hypocrisy of many of its residents. Watch a first-season episode below.
My Favorite Martian
Schwartz was a script supervisor on the show, which ran from 1963-66 on CBS. The show starred Ray Walston as the Martian who gets stranded on earth and Bill Bixby as Tim O'Hara, a young newspaper reporter who takes the alien in as his roommate and passes him off as his uncle. Watch a clip from the first episode below.
The Red Skelton Hour
After working in radio, Schwartz transitioned to TV, with The Red Skelton Hour one of his first small-screen credits as a writer. The variety show ran on TV for nearly two decades, from the 1950s to the 1970s, alternately on NBC and CBS. Watch part of an episode, in which Skelton welcomes guest Martha Raye, below.