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The Love Boat
The Love Boat.jpg
Genre
Based onLove Boats
by Jeraldine Saunders
Developed byWilford Lloyd Baumes
Starring
Opening theme"The Love Boat" sung by Jack Jones, seasons 1–8; by Dionne Warwick season 9
Composers
  • Charles Fox
  • Paul Williams
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons9 + 5 specials
No. of episodes250 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
Running time45–52 minutes
Production companies
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Release
Original networkABC
Picture formatColor
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 24, 1977 (1977-09-24) –
May 24, 1986 (1986-05-24)
Chronology
Related showsLove Boat: The Next Wave

The Love Boat is an American romantic comedy/drama television series which aired on ABC from 1977 to 1986; in addition, four three-hour specials aired in 1986, 1987, and 1990.[1] The series was set on luxury passenger cruise ship MS Pacific Princess, and revolved around the ship's captain Merrill Stubing (played by Gavin MacLeod) and a handful of its crew, with passengers played by guest actors for each episode, having romantic and humorous adventures. The ship's regular ports of call were Puerto Vallarta and Acapulco. The series was part of ABC's popular Saturday-night lineup of the time, which also included Fantasy Island until 1984.

The original 1976 made-for-TV movie on which the show was based (also titled The Love Boat) was itself based on the nonfiction book Love Boats by Jeraldine Saunders, a real-life cruise director for a passenger cruise ship line.[2][3] She was also partly inspired by the 1955 German cruise ship Aurora.[4] It was followed by two more made-for-TV movies (titled The Love Boat II and The New Love Boat), all before the series began its first season in September 1977.[5]

The executive producer for the series was Aaron Spelling, who produced several TV series for Four Star Television, and ABC from the 1960s into the 1990s.

In 1997, the episode with segment titles "Hidden Treasure", "Picture from the Past", and "Ace's Salary" (season 9, episode 3) was ranked No. 82 on TV Guide's 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time from TV Guide magazine.[6] Another made-for-TV movie, titled The Love Boat: A Valentine Voyage, starring four of the original cast members, aired in February 1990.[7]

Cast

The cast members in costume, 2015; l–r: Kopell, Grandy, Lange, MacLeod, Tewes & Whelan
The cast members in costume, 2015; l–r: Kopell, Grandy, Lange, MacLeod, Tewes & Whelan
  • Gavin MacLeod as Your Captain, Merrill Stubing
  • Bernie Kopell as Your Ship's Doctor, Adam "Doc" Bricker
  • Fred Grandy as Your Yeoman Purser, Burl "Gopher" Smith (seasons 1–6), chief purser (seasons 7–9)
  • Ted Lange as Your Bartender, Isaac Washington (seasons 1–9, four specials), yeoman purser (made-for-TV movie)
  • Lauren Tewes as Your Cruise Director, Julie McCoy (seasons 1–7, four specials, plus a guest appearance in season 9)
  • Jill Whelan as Vicki Stubing, the Captain's daughter (seasons 3–9, four specials, made-for-TV movie, plus a guest appearance in season 2)[8]
  • Ted McGinley as Your Ship's Photographer, Ashley "Ace" Covington Evans (seasons 7–9), yeoman purser (four specials)
  • Patricia Klous as Judy McCoy, Julie's sister and successor as cruise director (seasons 8–9)

MacLeod, Kopell and Lange are the only cast members to appear in every episode of the TV series as well as the last three made-for-TV movies. Grandy was in every episode throughout the run of the series, but was not in the last of the TV movies due to his 1986 campaign for (and election to) the United States House of Representatives. MacLeod was not the captain of the Pacific Princess in the first two TV movies and did not appear in them, although when his character was introduced there was a mention of him being "the new captain".

Among the series' attractions was the casting of well-known actors in guest-starring roles, with many famous film stars of prior decades making rare television appearances. The Love Boat was not the first comedy series to use the guest-star cast anthology format—Love, American Style had used the formula seven years earlier—but it had such success with the formula that future series in similar style (such as Supertrain and Masquerade) always drew comparisons to The Love Boat. The series was followed on Saturday nights on ABC by Fantasy Island, which was likewise produced by Aaron Spelling, and had a similar format.

In the final season, a troupe of dancers who performed choreographed performances was introduced. The Love Boat Mermaids were made up of Tori Brenno (Maria), Debra Johnson (Patti), Deborah Bartlett (Susie), Macarena (Sheila), Beth Myatt (Mary Beth), Andrea Moen (Starlight), Teri Hatcher (Amy) and Nanci Lynn Hammond (Jane).[9]

Episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
Pilots3September 17, 1976 (1976-09-17)May 5, 1977 (1977-05-05)
125September 24, 1977 (1977-09-24)May 20, 1978 (1978-05-20)
227September 16, 1978 (1978-09-16)May 12, 1979 (1979-05-12)
328September 15, 1979 (1979-09-15)May 3, 1980 (1980-05-03)
428October 25, 1980 (1980-10-25)May 16, 1981 (1981-05-16)
529October 3, 1981 (1981-10-03)May 15, 1982 (1982-05-15)
629October 2, 1982 (1982-10-02)May 7, 1983 (1983-05-07)
727October 1, 1983 (1983-10-01)May 12, 1984 (1984-05-12)
827September 22, 1984 (1984-09-22)May 4, 1985 (1985-05-04)
925September 28, 1985 (1985-09-28)May 24, 1986 (1986-05-24)
Specials5November 21, 1986 (1986-11-21)February 12, 1990 (1990-02-12)

Pilot movies: 1976–77

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"The Love Boat"Richard Kinon (Mona Lisa Speaks & Till Death Do Its Part)
Richard Kinon and Alan Myerson (Mr. & Mrs. Havlicek Aboard / Are There Any Real Love Stories?)
Carl Kleinschmitt (Mona Lisa Speaks / Till Death Do Its Part)
Robert Iles & James R. Stein (Mr. & Mrs. Havlicek Aboard)
Dawn Aldredge & Marion C. Freeman (Are There Any Real Love Stories?)
September 17, 1976 (1976-09-17)
22"The Love Boat II"Hy AverbackDawn Aldredge & Marion C. Freeman (Here's Looking at You, Love)
Teleplay by: Dawn Aldredge & Marion C. Freeman
Story by: Dawn Aldredge & Marion C. Freeman and Leonora Thuna (For the Love of Sandy)
Carl Kleinschmitt (Unfaithfully Yours)
Steve Pretzker (The Heckler)
January 21, 1977 (1977-01-21)
33"The New Love Boat"Richard KinonBrad Buckner (The Newlyweds)
Rick Hawkins & Liz Sage (The Exchange)
Michael Norell (Cleo's First Voyage)
May 5, 1977 (1977-05-05)

Season 1: 1977–78

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"Captain & the Lady / Centerfold / One If by Land..."Stuart Margolin (Captain & the Lady)
Richard Kinon (Centerfold)
Alan Rafkin (One If by Land)
Michael Norell (Captain & the Lady)
Jay Grossman (Centerfold)
Judy Skelton & Paula A. Roth (One If by Land)
September 24, 1977 (1977-09-24)
22"A Tasteful Affair / Oh, Dale! / The Main Event"Richard Kinon (A Tasteful Affair)
Alan Rafkin (Oh, Dale!)
Stuart Margolin (The Main Event)
Ben Joelson & Art Baer (A Tasteful Affair)
Carl Kleischmitt (Oh, Dale!)
Rick Callahan (The Main Event)
October 1, 1977 (1977-10-01)
33"Ex Plus Y / Golden Agers / Graham and Kelly"Alan Rafkin (Ex Plus Y & Graham and Kelly)
Stuart Margolin (Golden Agers)
Ed Jurist (Ex Plus Y)
Ann Gibbs & Joel Kimmell (Golden Agers)
Michael Norell (Graham and Kelly)
October 8, 1977 (1977-10-08)
44"Message for Maureen / Gotcha / Acapulco Connection"Richard Kinon (Message for Maureen)
Stuart Margolin (Gotcha)
Peter Baldwin (Acapulco Connection)
Kenneth Hartigan & David Garber (Message for Maureen)
Richard Albrecht & Casey Keller (Gotcha)
Neil Rosen & George Trecker (Acapulco Connection)
October 15, 1977 (1977-10-15)
55"Isaac the Groupie / Mr. Popularity / Help! Murder!"Peter Baldwin (Issac the Groupie)
Tony Webster (Mr. Popularity)
James Sheldon (Help! Murder!)
Michael Norell (Issac the Groupie)
Tony Webster (Mr. Popularity)
Ben Joelson & Art Baer (Help! Murder!)
October 22, 1977 (1977-10-22)
66"The Joker Is Mild / Take My Granddaughter, Please / First Time Out"Richard Kinon (The Joker is Mild & Take My Granddaughter, Please)
Alan Rafkin (First Time Out)
David Ketchum & Tony Dimarco (The Joker is Mild)
Barry Blitzer (Take My Granddaughter, Please)
Mark Evanier & Dennis Palumbo (First Time Out)
October 29, 1977 (1977-10-29)
77"Julie's Old Flame / The Jinx / The Identical Problem"Don WeisMichael Norell (Julie's Old Flame)
Howard Albrecht & Sol Weinstein (The Jinx)
David Ketchum & Tony Dimarco (The Identical Problem)
November 12, 1977 (1977-11-12)
88"Lost and Found / The Understudy / Married Singles"Stuart MargolinBruce Shelly (Lost and Found)
Ben Joelson & Art Baer (The Understudy)
Ray Jessel (Married Singles)
November 19, 1977 (1977-11-19)
99"The Captain's Captain / Romance Roulette / Hounded"Jack ArnoldAnn Gibbs & Joel Kimmel (The Captain's Captain)
Howard Albrecht & Sol Weinstein (Romance Roulette)
David Ketchum & Tony Dimarco (Hounded)
November 26, 1977 (1977-11-26)
1010"Dear Beverly / The Strike / Special Delivery"Allen BaronBen Joelson & Art Baer (Dear Beverly)
Mark Fink (The Strike)
Marlon C. Freeman (Special Delivery)
December 3, 1977 (1977-12-03)
1111"Lonely at the Top / Silent Night / Divorce Me, Please"Allen BaronGordon Farr & Lynne Farr (Lonely at the Top)
Ben Joelson & Art Baer (Silent Night)
Bruce Howard (Divorce Me, Please)
December 10, 1977 (1977-12-10)
1212"The Old Man and the Runaway / The Painters / A Fine Romance"Stuart Margolin (The Old Man and the Runaway)
James Sheldon (The Painters & A Fine Romance)
Howard Albrecht & Sol Weinstein (The Old Man and the Runaway)
Ray Jessel (The Painters)
Jack Hanrahan & Don Sherman (A Fine Romance)
December 24, 1977 (1977-12-24)
1313"Too Hot to Handle / Family Reunion / Cinderella Story"James Sheldon (Cinderella Story)
Richard Kinon (Too Hot to Handle & Family Reunion)
Bruce Shelly (Cinderella Story & Family Reunion)
Ben Joelson & Art Baer (Too Hot to Handle)
January 7, 1978 (1978-01-07)
1414"Isaac's Double Standard / One More Time / Chimpanzeeshines"TBATBAJanuary 14, 1978 (1978-01-14)
15
16
15
16
"The Eyes of Love / Masquerade / Hollywood Royalty / The Caper: Parts 1 & 2"TBATBAJanuary 21, 1978 (1978-01-21)
1717"Winner Take Love / The Congressman Was Indiscreet / Isaac's History Lesson"TBATBAJanuary 28, 1978 (1978-01-28)
1818"Last of the Stubings / Million Dollar Man / The Sisters"TBATBAFebruary 4, 1978 (1978-02-04)
1919"A Very Special Girl / Until the Last Goodbye / The Inspector"TBATBAFebruary 11, 1978 (1978-02-11)
2020"Memories of You / Computerman / Parlez Vous?"TBATBAFebruary 13, 1978 (1978-02-13)
2121"Taking Sides / Going by the Book / A Friendly Little Game"TBATBAFebruary 18, 1978 (1978-02-18)
2222"A Selfless Love / The Nubile Nurse / Parents Know Best"TBATBAFebruary 25, 1978 (1978-02-25)
2323"Musical Cabins"TBATBAMay 6, 1978 (1978-05-06)
2424"The Business of Love / Crash Diet Crush / I'll Never Fall in Love Again"TBATBAMay 13, 1978 (1978-05-13)
2525"Pacific Princess Overtures / Gopher, the Rebel / Cabin Fever"TBATBAMay 20, 1978 (1978-05-20)

Season 2: 1978–79

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
26
27
1
2
"Marooned/ The Search / Issac's Holiday: Parts 1 & 2"Paul StanleyMichael Norell (Marooned)
Lee Aronsohn (The Search)
Ben Joelson & Art Baer (Issac's Holiday)
September 16, 1978 (1978-09-16)
283"Rocky / Julie's Dilemma / Who's Who?"Allen Baron (Rocky)
Roger Duchowny (Julie's Dilemma / Who's Who?)
Ann Gibbs and Joel Kimmel (Rocky)
Ben Joelson and Art Baer (Julie's Dilemma)
Bob Fraser and Rob Dames (Who's Who?)
September 23, 1978 (1978-09-23)
294"The Man Who Loved Women / A Different Girl / Oh, My Aching Brother"Allen BaronHoward Albrecht and Sol Weinstein (The Man Who Loved Women)
Cynthia Santillo (A Different Girl)
Bruce Howard (Oh, My Aching Brother)
September 30, 1978 (1978-09-30)
305"Julie's Aunt / Where Is It Written? / The Big Deal"Allen BaronBarry Blitzer (Julie's Aunt)
Lan O'Kun (Where Is It Written?)
James F. Henry (The Big Deal)
October 14, 1978 (1978-10-14)
316"Mike and Ike / The Witness / The Kissing Bandit"Roger Duchowny (Mike and Ike / The Witness)
Allen Baron (The Kissing Bandit)
Fred Grandy and Bernie Kopell (Mike and Ike / The Kissing Bandit)
Arnold Grossman (The Witness)
October 21, 1978 (1978-10-21)
327"Ship of Ghouls"Roger DuchownyMickey RoseOctober 28, 1978 (1978-10-28)
338"A Time for Everything / The Song Is Ended / Accidental Cruise / Anoushka"TBATBANovember 4, 1978 (1978-11-04)
349"Till Death Do Us Part–Maybe / Locked Away / Chubs"Allen BaronBen Joelson and Art Baer (Till Death Do Us Part–Maybe)
Howard Albrecht and Sol Weinstein (Locked Away)
Loraine Despres (Chubs)
November 11, 1978 (1978-11-11)
3510"Man of the Cloth / Her Own Two Feet / Tony's Family"TBATBANovember 17, 1978 (1978-11-17)[10]
3611"Heads or Tails / Mona of the Movies / The Little People"TBATBANovember 25, 1978 (1978-11-25)
3712"The Captain's Cup / The Folks from Home / Legal Eagle"Alan RafkinBen Joelson & Art Baer (The Captain's Cup)
Fred Grandy & Bernie Kopell (The Folks from Home)
Gordon Farr (Legal Eagle)
December 2, 1978 (1978-12-02)
3813"El Kid / The Last Hundred Bucks / Isosceles Triangle"TBATBADecember 9, 1978 (1978-12-09)
3914"Julie Falls Hard / Double Wedding / The Dummies"TBATBADecember 16, 1978 (1978-12-16)
4015"My Sister, Irene / The 'Now' Marriage / Second Time Around"Roger DuchownyTony Webster (My Sister, Irene and Second Time Around)
Ray Jessel & Howard Albrecht & Sol Weinstein (The 'Now' Marriage)
January 13, 1979 (1979-01-13)
4116"Gopher's Opportunity / The Switch / Home Sweet Home"TBATBAJanuary 20, 1979 (1979-01-20)
4217"Second Chance / Don't Push Me / Like Father, Like Son"TBATBAJanuary 27, 1979 (1979-01-27)
43
44
18
19
"Disco Baby / Alas, Poor Dwyer / After the War / Ticket to Ride / Itsy Bitsy: Parts 1 & 2"Roger DuchownyBarry Blitzer (Alas, Poor Dwyer)
Carmen Finestra (After the War)
Howard Albrecht & Sol Weinstein (Itsy Bitsy)
Joyce Armor & Judie Neer (Ticket to Ride)
Ray Jessel (Disco Baby)
February 3, 1979 (1979-02-03)
4520"Best of Friends / Aftermath / Dream Boat"TBATBAFebruary 10, 1979 (1979-02-10)
4621"A Good and Faithful Servant / The Secret Life of Burl Smith / Tug of War / Designated Lover"TBATBAFebruary 17, 1979 (1979-02-17)
4722"Love Me, Love My Dog / Poor Little Rich Girl / The Decision"TBATBAFebruary 24, 1979 (1979-02-24)
4823"A Funny Valentine / The Wallflower / Home is Not a Home"TBATBAMarch 3, 1979 (1979-03-03)
4924"Ages of Man / Bo 'n Sam / Families"TBATBAMarch 10, 1979 (1979-03-10)
5025"Murder on the High Seas / Sounds of Silence / Cyrano de Bricker"TBATBAMarch 17, 1979 (1979-03-17)
5126"April's Return / Super Mom / I'll See You Again"TBATBAMay 5, 1979 (1979-05-05)
5227"Third Wheel / Grandmother's Day / Second String Mom"TBATBAMay 12, 1979 (1979-05-12)

Season 3: 1979–80

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
53
54
1
2
"Carol and Doug's Story / Peter and Alicia's Story / Julie's Story / Buddy and Portia's Story: Parts 1 & 2"Roger DuchownyLan O'Kun (Buddy and Portia's Story)
Lee Aronsohn (Julie's Story)
Ben Joelson & Art Baer (Carol and Doug's Story)
Ray Jessel (Peter and Alicia's Story)
September 15, 1979 (1979-09-15)
553"The Grass Is Always Greener / Three Stages of Love / Oldies But Goodies"TBATBASeptember 22, 1979 (1979-09-22)
564"Doc, Be Patient / Dance with Me / Going My Way"TBATBASeptember 29, 1979 (1979-09-29)
575"The Audit Couple / The Scoop / My Boyfriend's Back"TBATBAOctober 6, 1979 (1979-10-06)
586"Gopher's Greatest Hits / One Rose a Day / The Vacation"TBATBAOctober 13, 1979 (1979-10-13)
597"Crew Confessions / Haven't I Seen You? / Reunion"TBATBAOctober 20, 1979 (1979-10-20)
608"Cindy / Play by Play / What's a Brother For?"TBATBAOctober 27, 1979 (1979-10-27)
619"Trial Romance / Never Say Goodbye / A New Woman"TBATBANovember 3, 1979 (1979-11-03)
62
63
10
11
"Critical Success / The Love Lamp Is Lit / Take My Boyfriend, Please / Rent a Family / The Man in Her Life: Parts 1 & 2"Roger DuchownyBen Joelson & Art Baer (Critical Success/The Love Lamp is Lit/Take My Boyfriend, Please & Rent a Family)
Margie Peters (The Man in Her Life)
November 10, 1979 (1979-11-10)
6412"The Brotherhood of the Sea / Letter to Babycakes / Daddy's Pride"George TyneJay Grossman (Brotherhood of the Sea)
Howard Merrill (Letter to Babycakes)
Lee Aronsohn (Daddy's Pride)
November 17, 1979 (1979-11-17)
6513"Not Now, I'm Dying / Eleanor's Return / Too Young to Love"TBATBANovember 24, 1979 (1979-11-24)
6614"The Stimulation of Stephanie / The Next Step / Life Begins at 40"TBATBADecember 1, 1979 (1979-12-01)
6715"The Spider Serenade / Next Door Wife / The Harder They Fall"TBATBADecember 8, 1979 (1979-12-08)
6816"Doc's Ex' Change / The Gift / Making the Grade"TBATBADecember 15, 1979 (1979-12-15)
6917"April's Love / Happy Ending / We Three"TBATBAJanuary 12, 1980 (1980-01-12)
70
71
18
19
"Kinfolk / Sis and the Slicker / Moonlight and Moonshine / Too Close for Comfort / The Affair: Parts 1 & 2"Roger DuchownyLee Aronsohn (Kinfolk, Sis and the Slicker, Moonlight and Moonshine & Too Close for Comfort)
Lan O'Kun (The Affair)
January 19, 1980 (1980-01-19)
7220"Rent a Romeo/Matchmaker, Matchmaker/Y' Gotta Have Heart"TBATBAJanuary 26, 1980 (1980-01-26)
7321"The Captain's Ne'er-do-well Brother / The Perfect Match / The Remake"TBATBAFebruary 2, 1980 (1980-02-02)
7422"Not So Fast, Gopher / Haven't We Met Before? / Foreign Exchange"TBATBAFebruary 9, 1980 (1980-02-09)
7523"Another Time, Another Place / Doctor Who / Gopher's Engagement"TBATBAMarch 1, 1980 (1980-03-01)
7624"Dumb Luck / Tres Amigos / Hey, Jealous Lover"TBATBAMarch 15, 1980 (1980-03-15)
7725"Celebration / Captain Papa / Honeymoon Pressure"TBATBAMarch 29, 1980 (1980-03-29)
7826"Vicki's First Love / Accident Prone / High Cost of Loving"TBATBAApril 5, 1980 (1980-04-05)
7927"Invisible Maniac / September Song / Peekaboo"TBATBAApril 19, 1980 (1980-04-19)
8028"No Girls for Doc / Marriage of Convenience / The Caller / Witness for the Prosecution"TBATBAMay 3, 1980 (1980-05-03)

Season 4: 1980–81

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
811"Sergeant Bull / Friends and Lovers / Miss Mother"Roger DuchownyCarmen Finestra (Sergeant Bull)
Steve Hattman & Dave Hackel (Friends and Lovers)
Ann Gibbs & Joel Kimmel (Miss Mother)
October 25, 1980 (1980-10-25)
82
83
2
3
"The Family Plan / The Promoter / May the Best Man Win / Forever Engaged / The Judges"Roger DuchownyBen Joelson & Art Baer (The Promoter & May the Best Man Win)
Tony Webster (Forever Engaged & The Judges)
Fred S. Fox & Seaman Jacobs (The Family Plan)
November 1, 1980 (1980-11-01)
844"The Major's Wife / The Oilman Cometh / Target Gopher / Strange Honeymoon"Roger DuchownyTBANovember 8, 1980 (1980-11-08)
85
86
5
6
"The Mallory Quest / Julie, the Vamp / The Offer"Richard KinonStephen Kandel & Harvey Bullock (The Mallory Quest)
R.S. Allen & Harvey Bullock (Julie, the Vamp)
R.S. Allen (The Offer)
November 15, 1980 (1980-11-15)
877"The Horse Lover / Secretary to the Stars / Julie's Decision / Gopher and Isaac Buy a Horse / The Village People Ride Again"Roger DuchownyTBANovember 22, 1980 (1980-11-22)
888"The Baby Alarm / Tell Her She's Great / Matchmaker, Matchmaker Times Two"Ray AustinTBANovember 29, 1980 (1980-11-29)
899"She Stole His Heart / Return of the Captain's Brother / Swag and Mag"Richard KinonJack Turley (She Stole His Heart)
Richard Albrecht & Casey Keller (Return of the Captain's Brother)
Howard Albrecht & Sol Weinstein (Swag and Mag)
December 6, 1980 (1980-12-06)
9010"Boomerang / Captain's Triangle / Out of This World"Richard KinonTBADecember 13, 1980 (1980-12-13)
9111"That's My Dad / The Captain's Bird / Captive Audience"Allen BaronBen Joelson & Art Baer (The Captain's Bird)
Hudson Hickman & Alfred Monacella (That's My Dad)
Richard Albrecht & Casey Keller (Captive Audience)
December 20, 1980 (1980-12-20)
9212"Doc's Dismissal / The Frugal Pair / The Girl Next Door"Richard KinonFredi Towbin (The Frugal Pair)
Tony Webster & Richard Albrecht & Casey Keller (Doc's Dismissal)
Christopher Vane & Jill Baer (The Girl Next Door)
January 3, 1981 (1981-01-03)
9313"Isaac's Secret / Seal of Approval / The Curse of the Dumbrowskis"Bob SweeneyLloyd J. Schwartz (Isaac's Teacher)
Madora McKenzie & Andy Ruben (Seal of Approval)
Ray Allen & Harvey Bullock (The Successor)
January 10, 1981 (1981-01-10)
9414"From Here to Maternity / Jealousy / The Trigamist"Howard MorrisTBAJanuary 17, 1981 (1981-01-17)
9515"First Voyage, Last Voyage / April the Ninny / The Loan Arranger."Roger DuchownyTBAJanuary 17, 1981 (1981-01-17)
9616"Gopher's Bride / Love with a Married Man / Not Tonight, Jack!"Richard KinonTBAJanuary 24, 1981 (1981-01-24)
9717"Lose One, Win One / The $10,000 Lover / Mind My Wife"Jack ArnoldTBAJanuary 31, 1981 (1981-01-31)
9818"Aquaphobic / Humpty, Dumpty / The Starmaker"Roger DuchownyTBAFebruary 7, 1981 (1981-02-07)
9919"Return of the Ninny / Split Personality / Touchdown Twins"Roger DuchownyTBAFebruary 14, 1981 (1981-02-14)
10020"Quiet, My Wife's Listening / Eye of the Beholder / The Nudist from Sunshine Gardens"Harry MastrogeorgeTBAFebruary 21, 1981 (1981-02-21)
10121"Clothes Make the Girl / Black Sheep / Hometown Doc"Earl BellamyTBAFebruary 28, 1981 (1981-02-28)
10222"Sally's Paradise / I Love You Too, Smith / Mamma and Me"Earl BellamyTBAMarch 7, 1981 (1981-03-07)
10323"The Duel / Two for Julie / Aunt Hilly"Ray AustinEvelyn Marienberg (The Duel)
Barbara Allyn (Two for Julie)
Lou Patrick (Aunt Hilly)
March 14, 1981 (1981-03-14)
10424"That Old Gang of Mine / Love with a Skinny Stranger / Vicki and the Gambler"Richard KinonTBAApril 11, 1981 (1981-04-11)
105
106
25
26
"This Year's Model / A Model Marriage / Vogue Rogue / Too Clothes for Comfort / Original Sin"Roger DuchownyTBAMay 2, 1981 (1981-05-02)
10727"Maid for Each Other / Lost and Found / Then There Were Two"Howard MorrisTBAMay 9, 1981 (1981-05-09)
10828"Tony and Julie / Separate Beds / America's Sweetheart"Richard KinonTBAMay 16, 1981 (1981-05-16)

Season 5: 1981–82

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
109
110
1
2
"The Expedition / Julie's Wedding / The Mongala / Julie's Replacement / The Three Rs / The Professor's Wife: Parts 1 & 2"TBATBAOctober 10, 1981 (1981-10-10)
1113"Two Grapes on the Vine / Aunt Sylvia / Deductible Divorce"TBATBAOctober 17, 1981 (1981-10-17)
1124"The Incredible Hunk / Isaac, the Marriage Counselor / Jewels & Jim"TBATBAOctober 24, 1981 (1981-10-24)
1135"Country Cousin Blues / Daddy's Little Girl / Jackpot"TBATBAOctober 31, 1981 (1981-10-31)
1146"Chef's Special / Kleinschmidt / New Beginnings"TBATBANovember 7, 1981 (1981-11-07)
1157"The Lady from Laramie / Vicki Swings / Phantom Bride"TBATBANovember 14, 1981 (1981-11-14)
116
117
8
9
"Farnsworth's Fling / Three in a Bed / I Remember Helen / Merrill, Melanie & Melanesia / Gopher Farnsworth Smith: Parts 1 & 2"TBATBANovember 21, 1981 (1981-11-21)
11810"Love, Honor and Obey / Gladys and Agnes / Radioactive Isaac"TBATBANovember 28, 1981 (1981-11-28)
11911"He's My Brother / Zeke and Zelda / Teach Me Tonight"TBATBADecember 5, 1981 (1981-12-05)
12012"Take a Letter, Vicki / The Floating Bridge Game / The Joy of Celibacy"TBATBADecember 12, 1981 (1981-12-12)
12113"Doc Takes the Fifth / Safety Last / A Business Affair"TBATBAJanuary 2, 1982 (1982-01-02)
12214"Good Neighbors / Captain's Portrait / Familiar Faces"TBATBAJanuary 9, 1982 (1982-01-09)
12315"I Don't Play Anymore / Gopher's Roommate / Crazy for You"TBATBAJanuary 23, 1982 (1982-01-23)
12416"Green, But Not Jolly / Past Perfect Love / Instant Family"TBATBAJanuary 30, 1982 (1982-01-30)
12517"Return of the Captain's Lady / Love Ain't Illegal / The Irresistible Man"TBATBAFebruary 6, 1982 (1982-02-06)
12618"His Girls Friday / A Wife for Wilfred / The Girl Who Stood Still"TBATBAFebruary 13, 1982 (1982-02-13)
12719"New York, A.C. / Live It Up / All's Fair in Love and War"TBATBAFebruary 20, 1982 (1982-02-20)
128
129
20
21
"The Musical / My Ex-Mom / The Show Must Go On / The Pest / My Aunt, the Worrier: Parts 1 & 2"TBATBAFebruary 27, 1982 (1982-02-27)
130
131
22
23
"Pride of the Pacific / The Viking's Son / Separate Vacations / The Experiment / Getting to Know You: Parts 1 & 2"TBATBAMarch 6, 1982 (1982-03-06)
13224"Isaac Gets Physical / She Brought Her Mother Along / Cold Feet"TBATBAMarch 20, 1982 (1982-03-20)
13325"Burl of My Dreams / Meet the Author / Rhymes, Riddles and Romance"TBATBAMarch 27, 1982 (1982-03-27)
13426"Pal-I-Mony-O-Mine / Does Father Know Best? / An 'A' for Gopher"TBATBAApril 10, 1982 (1982-04-10)
13527"April in Boston / Saving Grace / Breaks of Life"TBATBAMay 1, 1982 (1982-05-01)
13628"A Dress to Remember"TBATBAMay 8, 1982 (1982-05-08)
13729"Mothers Don't Do That / Marrying for Money / Substitute Lover"TBATBAMay 15, 1982 (1982-05-15)

Season 6: 1982–83

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
138
139
1
2
"Venetian Love Song / Down for the Count / Arrividerci, Gopher / The Arrangement: Parts 1 & 2"Richard KinonMike Marmer (Venetian Love Song & The Arrangement)
Tony Webster (Down for the Count)
Sid Morse (Arrividerci, Gopher)
October 2, 1982 (1982-10-02)
1403"The Anniversary Gift / Honey Bee Mine / Bewigged, Bothered and Bewildered"Ted LangeHarvey Bullock (Bewigged, Bothered and Bewildered)
Jerry Winnick (The Anniversary Gift)
Buddy Atkinson (Honey Bee Mine)
October 16, 1982 (1982-10-16)
1414"The Same Wavelength / Winning Isn't Everything / A Honeymoon for Horace"Robert ScheererLan O'Kun (The Same Wavelength)
Joan Brooker & Alexandra Stoddart (Winning Isn't Everything)
Buddy Atkinson (A Honeymoon for Horace)
October 23, 1982 (1982-10-23)
1425"Command Performance / Hyde and Seek / Sketchy Love"TBATBAOctober 30, 1982 (1982-10-30)
1436"The Groupies / The Audition / Doc's Nephew"Don WeisSid Morse (The Audition)
Mike Marmer (The Groupies)
Jesse Dizon & Don Haberman (Doc's Nephew)
November 6, 1982 (1982-11-06)
144
145
7
8
"The Spoonmaker Diamond / Papa Doc / The Role Model / Julie's Tycoon: Parts 1 & 2"Robert ScheererMike Marmer (The Spoonmaker Diamond & Papa Doc)
Catherine Bacos (The Role Model)
Richard Albrecht & Casey Keller (Julie's Tycoon)
November 13, 1982 (1982-11-13)
1469"The Best of Friends / Too Many Dads / Love Will Find a Way"TBATBANovember 20, 1982 (1982-11-20)
14710"The Man in the Iron Shorts / The Victims / Heavens to Betsy"TBATBANovember 27, 1982 (1982-11-27)
14811"The Tomorrow Lady / Father, Dear Father / Still Life"TBATBADecember 4, 1982 (1982-12-04)
14912"Baby Talk / My Friend, the Executrix / Programmed for Love"TBATBADecember 11, 1982 (1982-12-11)
15013"The Christmas Presence"TBATBADecember 18, 1982 (1982-12-18)
15114"Paroled to Love / First Impressions / Love Finds Florence Nightingale"TBATBAJanuary 8, 1983 (1983-01-08)
15215"The Captain's Replacement / Sly as a Fox / Here Comes the Bride – Maybe"TBATBAJanuary 15, 1983 (1983-01-15)
15316"Doc's Big Case / Senior Sinners / A Booming Romance"TBATBAJanuary 22, 1983 (1983-01-22)
15417"Gopher's Daisy / Our Son, the Lawyer / Salvaged Romance"TBATBAJanuary 29, 1983 (1983-01-29)
155
156
18
19
"Isaac's Aegean Affair / The Captain and the Kid / Poor Rich Man / The Dean and the Flunkee: Parts 1 & 2"TBATBAFebruary 5, 1983 (1983-02-05)
15720"The Zinging Valentine / The Very Temporary Secretary / Final Score"TBATBAFebruary 12, 1983 (1983-02-12)
15821"The Captain's Crush / Out of My Hair / Off-Course Romance"TBATBAFebruary 19, 1983 (1983-02-19)
15922"I Like to Be in America / He Ain't Heavy / Abby's Maiden Voyage"TBATBAFebruary 26, 1983 (1983-02-26)
16023"Vicki's Dilemma / Discount Romance / Loser & Still Champ"TBATBAMarch 5, 1983 (1983-03-05)
16124"So Help Me Hannah / The Maid Cleans Up / C.P.R., I.O.U."TBATBAMarch 12, 1983 (1983-03-12)
16225"Going to the Dogs / Putting on the Dog / Women's Best Friend / Whose Dog Is It Anyway"TBATBAMarch 26, 1983 (1983-03-26)
16326"The Professor Has Class / When the Magic Disappears / We, the Jury"TBATBAApril 2, 1983 (1983-04-02)
164
165
27
28
"Hits and Missus / Return of Annabelle / Just Plain Folks Medicine / Caught in the Act / The Real Thing / Do Not Disturb / Lulu & Kenny (Country Music Jamboree): Parts 1 & 2"TBATBAApril 30, 1983 (1983-04-30)
16629"The Fountain of Youth / Bad Luck Cabin / Uncle Daddy"TBATBAMay 7, 1983 (1983-05-07)

Season 7: 1983–84

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
167
168
1
2
"The Pledge / East Meets West / Dear Roberta / My Two Dumplings: Parts 1 & 2"Robert ScheererLan O'Kun (The Pledge)
Christopher Vane & Jill Baer (East Meets West)
Lawrence Levy & Robert Spears (Dear Roberta)
Richard Albrecht & Casey Keller (My Two Dumplings)
October 1, 1983 (1983-10-01)
1693"Bricker's Boy / Lotions of Love / The Hustlers"Jerome CourtlandStory by : Bernie Kopell & Fred Grandy (Bricker's Boy)
Lloyd Turner & Howard Liebling (Lotions of Love)
John Whelpley (The Hustlers)
Teleplay by : Tony Webster
October 8, 1983 (1983-10-08)
1704"Youth Takes a Holiday / Don't Leave Home Without It / Prisoner of Love"Robert ScheererDonald Ross (Prisoner of Love)
David Ketchum & Tony DiMarco (Youth Takes a Holiday)
Richard A. Goldman (Don't Leave Home Without It)
October 15, 1983 (1983-10-15)
1715"Rhino of the Year / One Last Time / For Love or Money"Don WeisTBAOctober 22, 1983 (1983-10-22)
1726"Friend of the Family / Affair on Demand / Just Another Pretty Face"Ted LangeJerry Winnick (Friend of the Family)
Ronnie Cass & Donald Ross (Affair on Demand)
Joan Brooker & Alexandra Stoddart (Just Another Pretty Face)
October 29, 1983 (1983-10-29)
173
174
7
8
"When Worlds Collide / The Captain and the Geisha / The Lottery Winners / The Emperor's Fortune: Parts 1 & 2"Jerome CourtlandTBANovember 5, 1983 (1983-11-05)
1759"Long Time No See / Bear Essence / Kisses and Makeup"Don WeisRichard A. Goldman (Long Time No See)
Mike Marmer (Bear Essence)
Story by : Ben Joelson & Art Baer (Kisses and Makeup)
Teleplay by : Hollace White & Stephanie Garman
November 12, 1983 (1983-11-12)
17610"Julie and the Bachelor / Set-up for Romance / Intensive Care"Richard KinonDavid Ketchum & Tony DiMarco (Julie and the Bachelor)
Jim Rogers (Intensive Care)
Lloyd Turner & Howard Liebling (Set-Up for Romance)
November 19, 1983 (1983-11-19)
17711"The World's Greatest Kisser / Don't Take My Wife, Please / The Reluctant Father"Ted LangeMartin Donovan (The Reluctant Father)
Richard A. Goldman (Don't Take My Wife, Please)
Buddy Atkinson (The World's Greatest Kisser)
November 26, 1983 (1983-11-26)
17812"Dee Dee's Dilemma / Julie's Blind Date / The Prize Winner"Richard KinonHoward Albrecht & Sol Weinstein (Dee Dee's Dilemma)
Jill Baer & Christopher Vane (Julie's Blind Date)
Tony Webster (The Prize Winner)
December 3, 1983 (1983-12-03)
17913"The Misunderstanding / Love Below Decks / The End Is Near"Robert ScheererMichael Grace (The Misunderstanding)
Story by : McLean Stevenson & Mike Marmer (Love Below Decks)
Rick Shaw & Brian Pollock (The End is Near)
Teleplay by : Mike Marmer
December 10, 1983 (1983-12-10)
18014"The Last Case / Looking for Mr. Wilson / Love on Strike"Richard A. WellsDavid Abrams (The Last Case)
Story by : Ben Joelson & Art Baer (Love on Strike)
December 17, 1983 (1983-12-17)
18115"How Do I Love Thee? / No More Alimony / Authoress! Authoress!"Kim FriedmanHoward Albrecht & Sol Weinstein (No More Alimony)
Mike Marmer (How Do I Love Thee?)
Tony Webster (Authoress! Authoress!)
January 7, 1984 (1984-01-07)
18216"For Better or Worse / The Buck Stops Here / Bet on It"Richard KinonTBAJanuary 14, 1984 (1984-01-14)
18317"Aunt Emma, I Love You / Hoopla / The First Romance"Don WeisTBAJanuary 21, 1984 (1984-01-21)
18418"Ace in the Hole / Uncle Joey's Song / Father in the Cradle"Richard KinonTBAJanuary 28, 1984 (1984-01-28)
185
186
19
20
"Polly's Poker Palace / Shop Ahoy / Double Date / The Hong Kong Affair / Two Tails of a City: Parts 1 & 2"Richard KinonTBAFebruary 4, 1984 (1984-02-04)
18721"Ace's Valet / Mother Comes First / Hit or Miss America"TBATBAFebruary 25, 1984 (1984-02-25)
18822"The Lady and the Maid / Love Is Blind / The Babymakers"Richard KinonTBAMarch 3, 1984 (1984-03-03)
18923"Side by Side / A Fish Out of Water / Rub Me Tender"Richard KinonTBAMarch 10, 1984 (1984-03-10)
19024"A Rose Is Not a Rose / Novelties / Too Rich and Too Thin"TBATBAMarch 17, 1984 (1984-03-17)
191
192
25
26
"Dreamboat / Gopher, Isaac & the Starlet / The Parents / The Importance of Being Johnny / Julie and the Producer: Parts 1 & 2"Robert ScheererTBAMay 5, 1984 (1984-05-05)
19327"Best Ex-Friends / All the Congressman's Women / Three Faces of Love"Ted LangeTBAMay 12, 1984 (1984-05-12)

Season 8: 1984–85

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1941"The Crew's Cruise Director / What a Drag / Doc's Slump (Alaska Cruise)"TBATBASeptember 22, 1984 (1984-09-22)
195
196
2
3
"Vicki and the Fugitive / Lady in the Window / Stolen Years / Dutch Treat: Parts 1 & 2"TBATBASeptember 29, 1984 (1984-09-29)
1974"Ace Meets the Champ / Why Justin Can't Read / Call Me a Doctor"TBATBAOctober 6, 1984 (1984-10-06)
1985"Only the Good Die Young / Honey Beats the Odds / The Light of Another Day"TBATBAOctober 13, 1984 (1984-10-13)
1996"Soap Gets in Your Eyes / A Match Made in Heaven / Tugs of the Heart"TBATBAOctober 20, 1984 (1984-10-20)
2007"And One to Grow On / Seems Like Old Times / I'll Never Forget What's Her Name"TBATBAOctober 27, 1984 (1984-10-27)
2018"Aerobic April / The Wager / Story of the Century"TBATBANovember 3, 1984 (1984-11-03)
2029"The Last Heist / Starting Over / Watching the Master"TBATBANovember 10, 1984 (1984-11-10)
20310"By Hook or by Crook / Revenge with Proper Stranger / Don't Get Mad, Get Even"TBATBANovember 17, 1984 (1984-11-17)
204
205
11
12
"My Mother, My Chaperone / The Present / The Death and Life of Sir Alfred Demerest / Welcome Aboard: Parts 1 & 2"TBATBANovember 24, 1984 (1984-11-24)
20613"Paying the Piper / Baby Sister / Help Wanted"TBATBADecember 1, 1984 (1984-12-01)
20714"Country Blues / A Matter of Taste / Frat Brothers Forever"TBATBADecember 8, 1984 (1984-12-08)
20815"Santa, Santa, Santa / Another Dog Gone Christmas / Noel's Christmas Carol"TBATBADecember 15, 1984 (1984-12-15)
20916"Instinct / Unmade for Each Other / BOS"TBATBAJanuary 5, 1985 (1985-01-05)
21017"Ace Takes the Test / The Counterfeit Couple / The Odd Triple"TBATBAJanuary 12, 1985 (1985-01-12)
21118"Love on the Line / Don't Call Me Gopher / Her Honor, the Mayor"TBATBAJanuary 26, 1985 (1985-01-26)
212
213
19
20
"Girl of the Midnight Sun / There'll Be Some Changes Made / Too Many Isaacs / Mr. Smith Goes to Stockholm (Scandinavia Cruise) – Parts 1 & 2"TBATBAFebruary 2, 1985 (1985-02-02)
21421"Ace Takes a Holiday / The Runaway / Courier"TBATBAFebruary 9, 1985 (1985-02-09)
21522"Getting Started / Daughter's Dilemma / The Captain Wears Pantyhose"TBATBAFebruary 16, 1985 (1985-02-16)
21623"Vicki's Gentleman Caller / Partners to the End / The Perfect Arrangement"TBATBAFebruary 23, 1985 (1985-02-23)
21724"Judy Hits a Low Note / Love Times Two / The Problem with Papa"TBATBAMarch 23, 1985 (1985-03-23)
21825"Charmed, I'm Sure / Ashes to Ashes / No Dad of Mine"TBATBAMarch 30, 1985 (1985-03-30)
219
220
26
27
"Caribbean Cruise: Call Me Grandma / A Gentleman of Discretion / The Perfect Divorce / Letting Go: Parts 1 & 2"TBATBAMay 4, 1985 (1985-05-04)

Season 9: 1985–86

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
2211"A Day in Port"TBATBASeptember 28, 1985 (1985-09-28)
2222"Your Money or Your Wife / Joint Custody / The Temptations"TBATBAOctober 5, 1985 (1985-10-05)
2233"Hidden Treasure / Picture from the Past / Ace's Salary"TBATBAOctober 12, 1985 (1985-10-12)
224
225
4
5
"German Cruise: The Villa / The Racer's Edge / Love or Money / The Accident: Parts 1 & 2"Richard KinonArt Baer & Ben Joelson (The Accident)
Michael L. Grace (The Villa)
Jill Baer (The Racer's Edge)
Mike Marmer (Love or Money)
November 2, 1985 (1985-11-02)
2266"Forties Fantasy"TBATBANovember 16, 1985 (1985-11-16)
2277"Good Time Girls / The Iron Man / Soap War"TBATBANovember 23, 1985 (1985-11-23)
2288"Trouble in Paradise / No More Mister Nice Guy / The Mermaid and the Cop"TBATBANovember 30, 1985 (1985-11-30)
2299"Roommates / Heartbreaker / Out of the Blue"TBATBADecember 7, 1985 (1985-12-07)
23010"Father of the Bride / The Best Man / Members of the Wedding"TBATBAJanuary 11, 1986 (1986-01-11)
23111"Dare Devil / Picture Me as a Spy / Sleeper"TBATBAJanuary 18, 1986 (1986-01-18)
23212"Hippies and Yuppies / Frat Wars / Return of the Lambdas"TBATBAJanuary 25, 1986 (1986-01-25)
23313"Miss Mom / Who's the Champ / Gopher's Delusion"TBATBAFebruary 1, 1986 (1986-02-01)
234
235
14
15
"Egyptian Cruise: Parts 1 & 2"TBATBAFebruary 8, 1986 (1986-02-08)
23616"Hello, Emily / The Tour Guide / The Winning Number"TBATBAFebruary 15, 1986 (1986-02-15)
23717"The Second Time Around / Hello, Spencer / Runaway, Go Home"TBATBAFebruary 22, 1986 (1986-02-22)
23818"The Art Lover / Couples / Made for Each Other"TBATBAMarch 1, 1986 (1986-03-01)
23919"Second Banana / The Prodigy / What Goes Around Comes Around"TBATBAMarch 8, 1986 (1986-03-08)
24020"Gothic Romance / Whatever Happened to Jumpin' Jack Flash? / We'll Meet Again"TBATBAMarch 15, 1986 (1986-03-15)
24121"The Will / Deja Vu / The Prediction"TBATBAMarch 22, 1986 (1986-03-22)
242
243
22
23
"Spain Cruise: The Matadors / Mrs. Jameson Comes Out / Love's Labor Found / Marry Me, Marry Me: Parts 1 & 2"TBATBAMay 3, 1986 (1986-05-03)
24424"My Stepmother, Myself / Almost Roommates / Cornerback Sneak"TBATBAMay 17, 1986 (1986-05-17)
24525"Happily Ever After / Have I Got a Job for You / Mr. Smith Goes to Minikulu"TBATBAMay 24, 1986 (1986-05-24)

Specials: 1986–90

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
2461"The Shipshape Cruise"TBATBANovember 21, 1986 (1986-11-21)
2472"The Christmas Cruise – Part 1"TBATBADecember 25, 1986 (1986-12-25)
2483"The Christmas Cruise – Part 2"TBATBADecember 25, 1986 (1986-12-25)
2494"Who Killed Maxwell Thorn?"TBATBAFebruary 27, 1987 (1987-02-27)
2505"The Love Boat: A Valentine Voyage"TBATBAFebruary 12, 1990 (1990-02-12)


Production

The one-hour sitcom was usually set aboard Pacific Princess, at the time a real-life Princess Cruises cruise ship.[11] Other ships used were the Pacific Princess' twin sister vessel Island Princess, along with other cruise liners: SS Stella Solaris (for a Mediterranean Sea cruise), MS Pearl of Scandinavia (for a Chinese cruise), Royal Viking Sky (for European cruises, now MV Boudicca) and Royal Princess (now SS Artemis) and Sun Princess (for Caribbean Sea cruises). In 1981, P&O Cruises' line Sea Princess (now MS Veronica) was also used for the special two-hour episode "Julie's Wedding", set in and around Australia. Only the latter four ships still exist today.

The series was filmed primarily on sets in southern California: 20th Century Fox Studios for seasons one through five, and the Warner Hollywood Studios for the remainder of the series. The "star of the show", the cruise ship itself, after being renamed MS Pacific and being sold then owned by another cruise line in Spain, the now-world famous Pacific Princess was retired to Turkey in 2013, where she was scrapped by a ship breaking company after no further buyer could be found.[12]

Episodes set and filmed in other European and East Asian locations became more frequent instead of the usual west coasts along the Pacific shores of the Americas as the show continued. They traditionally aired as season premieres or during the sweeps months of February, May and November.

Writing format

Original cast in a program premiere publicity photo  1977Julie McCoy (Lauren Tewes)Captain Merrill Stubing (Gavin MacLeod)Dr. Adam Bricker (Bernie Kopell)Isaac Washington (Ted Lange)Burl "Gopher" Smith (Fred Grandy)
Original cast in a program premiere publicity photo 1977

Another unique aspect of The Love Boat was its writing format. Every episode contained several storylines, each written by a different set of writers working on one group of guest stars. Thus episodes have multiple titles referencing its simultaneous storylines, e.g. the first episode of season one is "Captain & the Lady / Centerfold / One If by Land".

There were typically three storylines. One storyline usually focused on a member of the crew, a second storyline would often focus on a crew member interacting with a passenger, and the third storyline was more focused on a single passenger (or a group of passengers). The three storylines usually followed a similar thematic pattern: One storyline (typically the "crew" one) was straight-ahead comedy. The second would typically follow more of a romantic comedy format (with only occasional dramatic elements). The third storyline would usually be the most dramatic of the three, often offering few (if any) laughs and a far more serious tone.

Laugh track

The series was also distinctive as being one of the few hour-long series ever made for American television that used a laugh track.[citation needed] Eight Is Enough, on the same network and produced at the same time, is another example.

Theme song and title sequence

The Love Boat theme song was sung by Jack Jones (except for the last season, where a cover version by Dionne Warwick was used). The lyrics were written by Paul Williams with music by Charles Fox. The song has since been recorded and released commercially, by Charo in 1978 and Amanda Lear in 2001.

The opening sequence for the series underwent three changes over the years. From seasons one to eight, the opening sequence began with a long shot of the ship before the camera slowly zoomed in onto its bridge area. This was followed by posing shots of the crew members (updated several times due to cast additions and changes throughout all seasons) at different points on the ship set. The long shot footage of the ship was used for the credits of the celebrity guest stars. For only the first season, the guest stars were credited by having their names appear on the screen while the series' logo, a radar/compass style circle with four hearts, wrapped around them. Beginning with season two (and originally experimented with in the fifteenth episode of the first season), the compass was graphically put in place and at its center, the guest stars were shown posing for the camera on different parts of the set (or a city spot used in on-location episodes) while their names appeared at the bottom of the screen. For the final season, the compass was replaced by a crescent wave and the long shots of the ship were replaced by a montage of the various locations traveled to on the series. At the center of the wave graphic, the guest stars were shown posing for the camera wearing their formal outfits against different colored backgrounds.

Reception

For its first seven years, The Love Boat was very successful in the ratings. During that time, it ranked among the top 20, and even the top 10. For the 1980–81 season it posted its highest rating at No. 5. By the beginning of the 1984–85 season, the ratings were beginning to drop, and at the end of the following year, The Love Boat was canceled after nine years on ABC, although four three-hour specials aired during the 1986–87 season. In 1980-81, Love Boat aired in reruns on ABC daytime, and beat The Price is Right in the ratings for a few months.

Syndication

The Love Boat entered the syndication market in the United States in September 1983, with Worldvision Enterprises handling distribution. As an alternative for stations with tight scheduling commitments, Worldvision offered edited 30-minute episodes in addition to the original hour-long programs beginning in the fall of 1986 after the series completed its original run on ABC.

Sequels, spin-offs and crossovers

  • The 1979 two hour season premiere of Charlie's Angels—another Aaron Spelling series—that introduced Shelley Hack as new angel Tiffany Welles, was titled "Love Boat Angels" and had that series' characters attempting to recover stolen museum artifacts while aboard the Pacific Princess on a cruise to the Virgin Islands (all of the Love Boat regulars had cameo appearances).
  • In 1982, "The Love Boat Goes to Fantasy Island" was a 90-minute back-to-back of each series—the episode started on The Love Boat, and the guest stars finished on Fantasy Island.[citation needed]
  • A TV reunion movie, The Love Boat: A Valentine Voyage, aired on CBS in 1990.[13]
  • A sketch on Saturday Night Live which featured Patrick Stewart as the guest star merged The Love Boat with Star Trek: The Next Generation. Stewart played the Captain while caricatures of Deanna Troi and Geordi LaForge played the Cruise Director and Barman respectively.
  • A second TV series, Love Boat: The Next Wave aired on UPN from 1998 to 1999, with Robert Urich as Captain Jim Kennedy, a retired United States Navy officer, Phil Morris as Chief Purser Will Sanders, and Heidi Mark as cruise director Nicole Jordan (several members of the original show's cast guest-starred on a reunion-themed episode, where it was revealed that Julie and Doc had been in love all along).
  • A two-part 1997 Martin episode, "Goin' Overboard", had the main characters going on a cruise and encountering Isaac, Julie, Doc, and Vicki.

Even though the cast of the female detective sleuths of Charlie's Angels had been in separate episodes of the series, there was a crossover episode of the series in which the lady detectives had a case on board the ship.

On rare occasions, there were crossovers between the stories. In one episode, actors Robert Reed and Florence Henderson, formerly of The Brady Bunch, guest-starred in separate segments. In one scene, the two bump into each other in the buffet line, exchange a "Do I know you?" questioning look, then do a double-take, and then shrug and continue on their separate ways without another word.

In a one-time Fantasy Island crossover episode, the cruise ship makes a detour to deliver a troubled woman (played by Loni Anderson) to the mysterious island of Mr. Roarke instead of by the usual plane, and her storyline continued on that series.

Home media

CBS DVD (distributed by Paramount) has released seasons 1–4 of The Love Boat on DVD in Region 1. Each season has been released in two-volume sets.

DVD name Ep no. Release dates Bonus features
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
Season 1, Volume 1 12 March 4, 2008 September 1, 2008 April 10, 2008
  • Episodic promos
Season 1, Volume 2 12 August 12, 2008 September 1, 2008 October 2, 2008
  • The New Love Boat (TV movie pilot)
  • Episodic promos
Season 2, Volume 1 13 January 27, 2009 N/A September 2, 2009
  • Episodic promos
Season 2, Volume 2 12 August 4, 2009 N/A December 24, 2009
  • Episodic promos
Season 3, Volume 1 14 January 17, 2017[14] N/A N/A
  • Episodic promos
Season 3, Volume 2 14 January 17, 2017[14] N/A N/A
  • Episodic promos
Season 4, Volume 1 TBA October 2, 2018[15] N/A N/A
  • Episodic promos
Season 4, Volume 2 TBA October 2, 2018[16] N/A N/A
  • Episodic promos

Awards and honors

On May 23, 2017, the original cast (MacLeod, Kopell, Grandy, Lange, Tewes and Whelan) reunited on Today,[17] where it was announced they will be receiving a joint star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for their contributions to television, sponsored by Princess Cruises.[18]

In 2014, Fred Grandy, Bernie Kopell, Ted Lange, Gavin McLeod, Cynthia Lauren Tewes, and Jill Whelan became godparents (the passenger ship industry's equivalent of naval ship sponsors) of the Princess Cruises ship Regal Princess.[19]

References

  1. ^ "Then/Now: The cast of 'The Love Boat'". Fox News. Retrieved 1 August 2014.
  2. ^ Daly, Sean (23 August 2016). "9 surprising facts about the 'Love Boat'". Fox News. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  3. ^ Corrigan, Kelly (13 November 2014). "'Love Boats' author returns from celebration cruise". LA Times. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  4. ^ "SHIPWRECKED ON LITTLE POTATO SLOUGH". San Francisco Chronicle. 8 October 2020. Retrieved 11 October 2020.
  5. ^ Cox, Gordon (27 September 2013). "'Love Boat' Musical: Full Steam Ahead on Vegas Stage Version". Variety. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
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  7. ^ "Picks and Pans Review: The Love Boat: a Valentine Voyage". People. 12 February 1990. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  8. ^ from watching Season 2 on DVD
  9. ^ D'Amico, Bob (1 April 1985). "The Love Boat Mermaids". Getty Images. Retrieved 2 September 2019.
  10. ^ Aired on Friday instead of Saturday, http://www.ultimate70s.com/seventies_history/19781117/television
  11. ^ Sloan, Gene (August 8, 2013). "Famed 'Love Boat' makes final voyage to scrapyard". USA Today. Retrieved 9 August 2013.
  12. ^ "Cruise ship tour: Last look at the original 'Love Boat'". USA TODAY.
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  14. ^ a b "TVShowsOnDVD.com – Goodbye". www.tvshowsondvd.com.
  15. ^ "Love Boat: Season Four Volume One: Bernie Kopell, Ted Lange, Various: Movies & TV". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2020-03-22.
  16. ^ "Love Boat: Season Four Volume Two: Bernie Kopell, Ted Lange, Gavin MacLeod, Various: Movies & TV". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2020-03-22.
  17. ^ ‘The Love Boat’ Cast Reunites And Gets A Big Surprise About Walk Of Fame Star ~ TODAY. TODAY (News and Talk). May 23, 2019. Retrieved September 12, 2019.
  18. ^ "See 'The Love Boat' cast reunite live on TODAY -- and get a big surprise!". today.com. NBC. May 23, 2017. Retrieved June 26, 2017.
  19. ^ https://www.princess.com/news/backgrounders_and_fact_sheets/factsheet/Princess-Cruises-Ship-Christeners-.html. Retrieved June 21, 2020.

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