Filmed entirely on location in Fiji and New Zealand, starring Richard Thomas (The Waltons) this 1998 adaptation of John Wyss's 1812 novel about a shipwrecked family stands out for its heart, humor, and human drama. Plus the palm trees, white sandy beaches, and crystalline waters are real. "I am proud of being part of such a worthwhile family series," Thomas has said. "My kids and I love it." 36 episodes. 13 hrs, 6 DVDs.