Cast & Characters
- 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)
Broadcast HistoryFirst Telecast: September 24, 1977
Last Telecast: September 5, 1986
Original Network: ABC
Number of Seasons: 9
Number of Episodes: 249
Original Primetime TV Schedule:
- 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
Theme Song Lyrics & Opening Credits
"The Love Boat" by Paul Williams and Charles Fox. Sung Jack Jones (1977-1985) and Dione Warwick (1985-1986).
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Love Boat TriviaThis series was based upon Jeraldine Saunders' novel titled, "The Love Boats". She wrote the book from her personal observations while serving as a hostess on a cruise ship.
The Love Boat was actually filmed on two ships. In addition to the "Pacific Princess", filming was also done on the "Island Princess" although that name was never used on the series.
Filming took place while on actual voyages ranging from the Virgin Islands to Alaska. Those cruises were always booked solid very far in advance! Passengers not only found it exciting to watch a TV show in production, they were also eligible to appear on the series as "extras"!
In order to maintain interest in the show, in 1981 the Love Boat travelled to canceled, in 1982 to the Mediternanean and to China in 1983!
A musical segment was also added in 1982 called the "Love Boat Follies" where the regular and guest cast would sing and sometimes dance.
More changes were made in the fall of 1985 in an attempt to stop the slowly worsening ratings. The theme song sung by Jack Jones was changed to a "hipper" version sung by Dionne Warwick. A group called the "Love Boat Mermaids" were added to perform a musical number each week. (One of them was Teri Hatcher ... Who would later star on "Lois and Clark" and "Desperate Housewives"). A casino was added to the ship. Airtime was also moved from 9:00 to 10:00 PM. Those changes didn't help. By the spring of 1986, a final attempt to save the show was made by giving Captain Stubing a love interest and eventually having him marry.
It was sad for hardcore viewers when the series ended in 1986 but that wasn't the last time we saw the crew of the Pacific Princess. In addition to a number of TV specials the following season and a TV reunion movie in 1990, they also got together on October 30, 1998 for Vicki's Wedding on episode #10 of "Love Boat: The Next Wave"! Julie and Doc were also pretty "Lovey-Dovey" on that episode. Only Fred Grandy did not appear. He had become a politician by that time and was trying diligently to lose his "Gopher" image!