This video is part of an ongoing project to build a retrospective TV archive made exclusively for the LL community on my Retro TV channel at
This was originally broadcast from 1977 to 1984, not a bad run!
The formula for the Fantasy Island theme was quite long and interwoven with the beginning of the shows first 15 minutes or so. There were a few constants, the panorama with music of the Island and Tattoo yelling "Da Plane, Da Plane!" of course.
In most episodes we see Mr Roarke and Tattoo preparing to meet the guests with Mr Roarke introducing each guest and finally saying "Welcome to fantasy Island". Which meant the opening of the show was over. I attempted to include the most common recurring parts of the theme with credits in this Retro episode in order to capture that nostalgia.
Very interesting show, fun to watch. Guests would pay in order to go to this exotic locale to get what they want, in a twist they often got what they needed instead. Reminiscent of the rolling stones song
"No, you can't always get what you want.
But if you try sometimes,
you just might find,
you get what you need".
The song was released in 1969. So perhaps in some way it may have influenced the writers of Fantasy Island, or not. It's possible. A simple formulaic twist in the show which, IMO, puts this show heads above anything that's being broadcast today. Not to mention the snazzy white suits.
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