The Pilot Made-For-Television Films
Fantasy Island began as ABC television movie broadcast on January 14, 1977. The movie aired from 9 pm until 11 (8 pm until 10 Central). It was simply called “Fantasy Island”, but we will refer to it as the “Fantasy Island pilot film“. It consisted of three stories with no filler material involving Tattoo as many episodes would later do.
A year later, a second television film pilot titled “Return to Fantasy Island” aired on January 20, 1978 on ABC. It, too, consisted of three fantasies.
The next week, on January 28, 1978, ABC began regular broadcasts of the first season.