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Love Boat

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The Love Boat was a sitcom set on a cruise ship, which aired on the ABC Television Network from 1977 until 1986.

Action 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 the Pearl of Scandinavia (for a Chinese cruise), the Royal Viking Sky (for European cruises) and the Royal Princess (for a Caribbean cruise).

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 Boat perfected the genre and future shows in similar style (Supertrain and Masquerade to name two) were inevitably compared to Love Boat.

The series was also distinctive as being one of the only 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).

The show was based on the same premise as the 1956-60 television hit, The Gale Storm Show (aka Oh! Susanna).

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 composer Paul Williams.


  • Bernie Kopell - Dr. Adam Bricker
  • Fred Grandy - Burl "Gopher" Smith
  • Gavin MacLeod - Captain Merrill Stubing
  • Jill Whelan - Vicki Stubing, the captain's daughter
  • Lauren Tewes - Cruise Director Julie McCoy
  • Pat Klous - Judy McCoy
  • Ted Lange - Bartender Isaac Washington
  • Ted McGinley - Ashley "Ace" Covington Evans
  • Andrea Blanken - Andrea Fluffer


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I am 12 years old, and since The Love Boat has been on TV Land at 8:00 on weeknights, I have not missed one episode, and I have taped them all. My favorite character is Cruise Director Julie McCoy (played by Lauren Tewes). She was always so cheerful and perky. I loved watching how she helped different people and got around different obstacles. After she left the show however, it was never the same. I still watched it, but I wasn't as interested in it, as I was when Julie was still on it. Someday I would love to meet her in person, but I know with that, I am pushing my luck. Maybe someday on a fan cruise. Who knows? I was always hoping, that someday on chronicle etc. that they would do life stories on all of the cast members of the Love Boat, with the the real stars talking, and explaining what went on, and how they got around their problems. Who knows, mabye someday it will happen.


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Aired: 1977-1986

Cast: Gavin MacLeod, Bernie Kopell, Ted Lange

Network: ABC

Genre: Sitcom

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