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Encyclopedia > The Love Boat
The Love Boat
Format Sitcom
Created by Aaron Spelling
Starring Gavin MacLeod
Bernie Kopell
Fred Grandy
Ted Lange
Lauren Tewes
Jill Whelan
Pat Klous
Ted McGinley
Marion Ross
Opening theme "The Love Boat" by Jack Jones
Country of origin Flag of the United States United States
No. of episodes 249
Production
Running time 43 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run September 24, 1977May 24, 1986
External links
IMDb profile
TV.com summary

The Love Boat (simply Love Boat in its final season) is an American television series set on a cruise ship, which aired on the ABC Television Network from 1977 until 1986. It was part of ABC's Saturday night one-two punch along with Fantasy Island until that show ended in 1984. The original made-for-TV movie on which the show was based was itself based on a book, The Love Boats by Jeraldine Saunders, a real-life cruise director. The Overseas Chinese Youth Language Training and Study Tour to the Republic of China is currently a four-week summer program for about 400-600 college-aged Overseas Chinese, which is often nicknamed Love Boat. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... Aaron Spelling (April 22, 1923 – June 23, 2006) was an American film and television producer. ... Gavin MacLeod (born February 28, 1930) is an American actor, notable for playing Murray Slaughter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Captain Merrill Stubing on The Love Boat. ... Bernie Kopell (born June 21, 1933) is a television actor who portrayed Conrad Siegfried in Get Smart, Jerry Bauman in That Girl, and Dr. Adam Bricker in The Love Boat. ... Fred Grandy (born June 29, 1948) was an actor on the U.S. television series, The Love Boat, before his election in 1986 to the United States House of Representatives from the state of Iowa. ... Theodore William Lange (born January 5, 1948 in Oakland, California, USA ) is an actor best known for his role as the bartender Isaac in the TV series Love Boat. ... Lauren Tewes (born in Braddock, Pennsylvania on October 26, 1954) is an American actress best known for playing Cruise Director Julie McCoy on the sitcom The Love Boat. ... Jill Whelan is an american actess and singer. ... Ted Martin McGinley (born May 30, 1958) is an American actor. ... Marion Ross (born October 25, 1928) is an American actress. ... Jack Jones, singer Jack Jones (born John Allan Jones in January 14, 1938) is an American jazz and pop singer. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... This article is about the American broadcast network. ... is the 267th day of the year (268th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The year 1977 in television involved some significant events. ... is the 144th day of the year (145th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The year 1986 in television involved some significant events. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... A cruise ship or a cruise liner is a passenger ship used for pleasure voyages, where the voyage itself and the ships amenities are considered an essential part of the experience. ... This article is about the American broadcast network. ... The year 1977 in television involved some significant events. ... The year 1986 in television involved some significant events. ... Fantasy Island refers to two separate but related American fantasy television series, both originally airing on the ABC television network. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1984. ... A television movie (also TV movie, TV-movie, made-for-TV movie, etc. ...


The executive producer for the series was Aaron Spelling, who produced several successful series for ABC in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Aaron Spelling (April 22, 1923 – June 23, 2006) was an American film and television producer. ...


The sitcom was usually set about a cruise liner called the Pacific Princess, whose passengers and crew had romantic and funny adventures every week. Other ships used were twin sister Island Princess, the Stella Solaris (for a Mediterranean cruise), Pearl of Scandinavia (for a Chinese cruise), the Royal Viking Sky (for European cruises) and the Royal Princess (for a Caribbean cruise). A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... Pacific Princess off the US West Coast Pacific (formerly Sea Venture and Pacific Princess) is a cruise ship. ... Island Princess at Station Pier, Melbourne Discovery (formerly Island Venture, Island Princess, Hyundai Pungak and Platinum) is a cruise ship, currently in operation with Discovery Cruises // History The ship began operation in 1972 with Flagship Cruises, under the name Island Venture. ... The Mediterranean Sea is an intercontinental sea positioned between Europe to the north, Africa to the south and Asia to the east, covering an approximate area of 2. ... Royal Princess off the US West Coast The Artemis (formerly Royal Princess) is a cruise ship which first entered operation in 1984. ... West Indies redirects here. ...

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Guest stars

The series' attraction was in the casting of well-known actors in guest-starring roles, with many famous film stars of yesteryear making rare television appearances. Although it wasn't the first series to use the all-star cast anthology format—Love, American Style used the same device a decade earlier—Love Boat perfected the genre and future shows in similar style (Supertrain and Masquerade to name two) were inevitably compared to Love Boat. Opening theme of Love American Style Love, American Style was an hour-long television anthology which originally aired between September 1969 and January 1974. ... Supertrain was a television drama/adventure series that ran on NBC from February 7, 1979, to May 5, 1979. ... Masquerade was an American secret agent television series that aired for a few months on ABC in the spring of 1983. ...

Further information: List of guest stars on The Love Boat

This is a list of guest stars on the television series The Love Boat. ...

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 (Eight is Enough, on the same network and produced at the same time, being another example). This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Eight Is Enough was an American television comedy-drama series which ran on ABC from March 15, 1977 until August 29, 1981. ...


Writing format

Another unique aspect of The Love Boat was its writing format. Each episode contained several simultaneous storylines, and each one was written by a different set of writers. Each set of writers worked on one group of guest stars and their story of the week. So episodes ended up with ungainly titles like "Disco Baby/Alas, Poor Dwyer/After the War/Ticket to Ride/Itsy Bitsy: Part 1".


There were usually three storylines. There was a pattern to the threes storylines: One storyline focused around 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 around a passenger (or a group of passengers).


The show was based on the same premise as the 1956-60 television hit, The Gale Storm Show (aka Oh! Susanna ). The Gale Storm Show was a sitcom co-produced by ITC Entertainment and Hal Roach Studios. ...


Theme song

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. Jack Jones, singer Jack Jones (born John Allan Jones in January 14, 1938) is an American jazz and pop singer. ... // In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... Marie Dionne Warrick (born December 12, 1940), known professionally as Dionne Warwick, is an acclaimed five-time Grammy Award-winning African American singer best known for her work with Hal David and Burt Bacharach as songwriters and producers. ... Paul Hamilton Williams (born September 19, 1940, in Omaha, Nebraska) is an American composer, songwriter, and actor. ... Charles Fox was born and raised in New York City. ...


Cast

Gavin MacLeod (born February 28, 1930) is an American actor, notable for playing Murray Slaughter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Captain Merrill Stubing on The Love Boat. ... Bernie Kopell (born June 21, 1933) is a television actor who portrayed Conrad Siegfried in Get Smart, Jerry Bauman in That Girl, and Dr. Adam Bricker in The Love Boat. ... Fred Grandy (born June 29, 1948) was an actor on the U.S. television series, The Love Boat, before his election in 1986 to the United States House of Representatives from the state of Iowa. ... Theodore William Lange (born January 5, 1948 in Oakland, California, USA ) is an actor best known for his role as the bartender Isaac in the TV series Love Boat. ... Lauren Tewes (born in Braddock, Pennsylvania on October 26, 1954) is an American actress best known for playing Cruise Director Julie McCoy on the sitcom The Love Boat. ... Jill Whelan is an american actess and singer. ... Ted Martin McGinley (born May 30, 1958) is an American actor. ... Marion Ross (born October 25, 1928) is an American actress. ...

Sequels and spin-offs

  • A TV movie, The Love Boat: A Valentine Voyage, followed in 1990, four years after the show was cancelled.
  • A second TV series, The Love Boat: The Next Wave aired on the UPN Network from 1998 to 1999. It starred Robert Urich as Captain Jim Kennedy, a retired U.S. Navy officer. Heidi Mark was cast as the cruise director. Several members of the cast of the original series guest-starred on one episode, where it was revealed that Julie and "Doc" had been in love all along.
  • In Germany, the TV series Das Traumschiff started in 1981 as a German-made version of The Love Boat. It airs as 90-minutes-specials instead of a weekly basis, traditionally with an episode airing every December 26 on the ZDF network. In 2005, the 50th episode was broadcast. Contrary to the original American series, ALL episodes of Das Traumschiff are shot entirely on location aboard the ship and in the ports of the ship's stopovers. No scene was ever shot in a television studio. Due to this lavish production style, each season consists of between 4 and 6 episodes only. The ships used for the series were MS Vistafjord (1st season: 1981/1982), MS Astor (2nd season: 1983/1984), MS Berlin (3rd to 10th season: 1986 - 1998) and MS Deutschland (11th season till present: 1999 - present).

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In pop culture

  • The 1982 film Airplane II: The Sequel featured a bizarre gag where, as Ted Stryker (Robert Hays) is escaping from a mental hospital, we see Jack Jones, spotlighted, singing the Love Boat theme song.
  • A 1994 episode of Saturday Night Live featured a parody entitled Love Boat: The Next Generation, featuring host Patrick Stewart playing Captain Jean-Luc Picard, who, with his crew, gets involved in Love Boat-type adventures on a starship. Bernie Kopell made a surprise appearance, reprising his role as "Doc".
  • In the South Park episode "Red Hot Catholic Love", Randy Marsh, when told of an impending Church Cruise, fears for his child's safety and has a nightmare vision of The Catholic Boat, complete with a parody of the theme song and opening titles. Also, in the episode "South Park is Gay!" at one point, when they are watching HBC, the announcer says, "You're watching Queer Eye for the Straight Guy! Coming up next is Will & Grace, followed by The Love Boat... with Men! In the second season episode "Clubhouses" Stan gets called out by Mr. Garrison for not paying attention, when Mr. Garrison asks stan what he just said Stan replies, "Um, you said that even though Charo appeared 12 times on the Love Boat, the episode with Captain and Tennille got higher ratings." To which Mr. Garrison replies, "Well, okay, I suppose you were paying attention."
  • "Love Barge", a song by comedian Denis Leary, parodies the show and its theme song. The song is found on Leary's Lock 'N Load album.
  • On the Futurama episode "A Flight to Remember", itself a Titanic parody, Bender gets served by a bartender named iZac in an obvious nod to Love Boat as well as the iMac computer.
  • During the 1991 Gulf War, U.S. Navy hospital ships gained the nickname, "Love Boats," after several female sailors became pregnant while serving aboard the ships.
  • In an episode of the 1995 revival of Get Smart, Zach is seduced by a woman who turns out to be the daughter of Siegfried, a villain on the original series who was played by Kopell. At one point, the woman rages against her father for having lied to her by saying that he was a doctor on a cruise ship.
  • An episode of the cartoon show My Gym Partner's a Monkey features several of the characters riding a cruise ship looking for love ending with the boat sinking. The end credits feature the main character being introduced in the same manner as the opening credits of The Love Boat.
  • On Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Ace is greeted, at the billionaire's party, by a servant dressed in a captain's unform and he responds to this with, "Hi Captain Stubing. How are Gopher and Doc?"
  • Two characters from the show would make cameo appearances in a Boy Meets World episode.
  • On the track "Hate Tank" from the M.O.D. album U.S.A. for M.O.D. singer Billy Milano begins the song by saying; "The Love Boat? The Hate Tank!"
  • An episode of "Charlie's Angels," another Aaron Spelling program at the time, took place on "The Love Boat" with Gavin McLeod and Fred Grandy reprising their respective roles from "The Love Boat." However, a laugh track was not included in this "Charlie's Angels" episode. The focus on that "Charlie's Angels" episode was on the "Charlie's Angels" cast.
  • Another episode of "The Love Boat" has a direct tie-in to a story line on "Fantasy Island" starring Loni Anderson.
  • In an episode of "Fantasy Island," Tattoo mentioned that a guest would be visiting "The Love Boat." A picture of the ship is shown to the viewers when the comment was made.
  • Several commercials for Old Navy parody the Love Boat.

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Other airings

ABC also aired reruns of the show in their daytime lineup from 11:00 a.m.-noon (10 a.m.-11 a.m. Central) from June 1980 to June 1983 (with the exception of June 1981 to September 1981 when back-to-back reruns of Three's Company aired instead). Threes Company is an American sitcom that ran from 1977 to 1984 on ABC. It is a remake of the British sitcom Man About the House. ...


International

  • In France, the show was shown on FR3 and was called "La croisière s'amuse" (Cruising Fun)
  • In Germany, the show was shown originally on Sat.1 and later on Tele 5, 9Live and Premiere (pay television network).
  • In Spain the show was shown on RTVE and was called "Vacaciones en el mar" (Vacation on the sea)
  • In Poland, the show airs on TVP2 on workdays, several minutes after 5 am, and is called "Statek miłości" = "Love boat".

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DVD Release

On March 4, 2008, Paramount Home Entertainment will release The Love Boat Season 1, Volume 1 on DVD in Region 1 for the very first time. [1] Paramount Home Entertainment (formerly Paramount Home Video) is a home video company founded in 1981. ...

DVD Name Ep # Release Date
Season 1, Volume 1 12 March 4, 2008

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See also

This is a list of guest stars on the television series The Love Boat. ... Pacific Princess off the US West Coast Pacific (formerly Sea Venture and Pacific Princess) is a cruise ship. ...

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Storage+Units
5th October 2010
I loved the Love Boat, and I was a child when I watched it. What a good wholesome show, I actually got to visit the set once with my brother. He worked with some of the statek on the set.
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