show featured an exotic island located somewhere in the Pacific, and a
suave charismatic host who allowed his guests to live out their greatest
fantasy? No, it wasn’t a popular reality show but rather ABC’s hit
television show Fantasy Island which debuted in
continued to entertain viewers until 1984.
Featuring Mr. Roarke, played by Ricardo Montalban,
and his side-kick Tattoo the series was based on two made for television
movies. At the beginning of every episode Tattoo would spot the
approaching plane and announce “The plane! The plane!” although thanks
to his accent it always sounded like “De Plane! De Plane!” Then a
charming Mr. Roarke, who was always dressed in his signature white suit,
would welcome two guests to his mysterious island and provide them each
with an opportunity to live out their fantasies in exchange for fifty
thousand dollars. After all this was the 80’s!
However, guests to Fantasy Island usually got more than they bargained for
when their fantasies took a twist allowing them to either learn something
about themselves or get something they were not expecting. Although most
guests left the island satisfied with their new enlightenment, a few did
die on the island while living out their fantasies and a couple even
decided to stay and live in their fantasies permanently.
With its unique premise and celebrity guest stars such as Bill Bixby,
Peter Lawford, Bob Denver and Victoria Principal, it is no wonder that
Fantasy Island became such a hit in the 1980’s and earned itself a place
View a list of Fantasy Island's guest stars