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Fantasy Island
Name Fantasy Island
Mentioned In All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues, Dave
Genre Drama, Fantasy
Created by Gene Levitt
Seasons 7
Episodes 158 (Including pilot)
Running Time 60 minutes
Channel ABC
Original Run 1978-1984
Starring Ricardo Montalban
Hervé Villechaize
Christopher Hewett
Wendy Schaal
Kimberly Beck

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Fantasy Island was an American fantasy television series that aired from January 14, 1978, to May 19, 1984. In total, 158 episodes, including the 1977 pilot were produced. The series aired on ABC, and was created by Gene Levitt.


Before it became a long-running original television show, Fantasy Island was introduced to viewers in 1977 through two highly-rated made-for-television films in which Mr. Roarke and Tattoo played relatively minor roles. Airing from 1978 to 1984, the original series starred Ricardo Montalban as Mr. Roarke, the enigmatic overseer of a mysterious island somewhere in the Pacific Ocean, where people from all walks of life could come and live out their fantasies, albeit for a price.

Roarke was known for his white suit and cultured demeanor, and was initially accompanied by an energetic sidekick, Tattoo, played by the diminutive Hervé Villechaize. Tattoo would run up the main bell tower to ring the bell and shout "The plane! The plane!" to announce the arrival of a new set of guests at the beginning of each episode. This line, shown at the beginning of the show's credits, became an unlikely catchphrase because of Villechaize's spirited delivery and French accent (he actually pronounced it, "De plane! De plane!"). In later seasons, he would arrive in his personal go-cart, sized for him, and recklessly drive to join Roarke for the visitor reception while staff scrambled to get out of his way. From 1980 to 1982, Wendy Schaal joined the cast as another assistant named Julie. In an highly unpopular move with fans, the producers fired Villechaize from the series before the 1983–1984 season (which ended up being its last) and Tattoo was replaced by a more sedate butler type named Lawrence, played by Christopher Hewett. Lawrence's personality was exactly the opposite of Tattoo's in many ways. For instance, Lawrence was also responsible for the bell ringing, but instead of climbing to the tower he simply pushed a button outside to have the bell ring automatically.


In All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues, after Claire is kidnapped by Ethan, Walt tells Sawyer the news of what has happened. Afterwards, Sawyer calls Walt 'Tattoo', a reference to the vertically challenged character on the show.

In Dave, after Charlie asks if anyone saw a plane, that Sawyer sarcastically says to him, "Yeah, I saw it, Tattoo. I just decided not to tell." This references the popular segment of Fantasy Island where Tattoo would enthusiastically announce the arrival of a new plane, and new guests.

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