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Love Boat, The – 70s & 80s TV Series

The Love Boat is a 70s and 80s romantic comedy/drama television series that aired on ABC from 1977 to 1986. The series was set on the 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. 

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The Love Boat


Gavin MacLeod as Captain Merril Stubing
Bernie Kopell as Ship’s Doctor Adam Bricker
Fred Grandy as Yeoman-Purser Burl “Gopher” Smith
Ted Lange as Bartender Isaac Washington
Lauren Tewes as Cruise Director Julie McCoy (1977-1984)
Jill Whelan as Vicki Stubing (1979-1986)
Pat Klous as Cruise Director Julie McCoy (1984-1986)
Ted McGinley as Photographer Ashley Covington Evans (Ace) (1984-1986)

Series Run

First Telecast: September 24, 1977
Last Telecast: September 5, 1986

Broadcast History

  • September 1977- January 1978, ABC, Saturday 10:00-11:00pm
  • January 1978- September 1985, ABC, Saturday 9:00-10:00pm
  • June 1986- September 1986, ABC, Saturday 10:00-11:00pm


The executive producer for the series was Aaron Spelling

More info at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Love_Boat

Theme Song

“The Love Boat” by Paul Williams and Charles Fox, sung Jack Jones (1977-1985) and Dione Warwick (1985-1986)

The Love Boat Theme Song Lyrics

Love… exciting and new,
Come aboard,
We’re expecting you-

And love, life’s sweetest reward,
Let it float.
It floats back to you-

The Love Boat,
Soon we’ll be making another run.
The Love Boat,
Promises something for everyone-.
Set a course for adventure,
Your mind on a new ro-mance.

And love… won’t hurt anymore,
It’s an open smile, on a friendly shore.
It’s love-, welcome aboard it’s lo-o-ove.