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25
Happily Ever After/Have I Got a Job for You/Mrs. Smith Goes to Minikulu
1986-05-24
Captain Stubbing prepares for his shipboard wedding and then gets married (this episode continues the storyline initiated in "My Stepmother, Myself"); as Gopher vacillates about his plans to leave, Ace is continually nominated and unnominated for Gopher's job; Gopher's bids farwell to his job and Loveboat friends when he accepts a job managing a South Pacific resort, Minikulu.

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24
My Stepmother, Myself/Almost Roommates/Cornerback Sneak
1986-05-17
Vicki becomes jealous of Captain Stubbing's bride-to-be (the sequel to this episode is "Happily Ever After..."); the new Assistant Cruise Director-Entertainer finds out that he has to share his cabin with a gruff cook instead of with the girlfriend that he brought along; a pro football has-been tries to romance the team's new owner, a woman, with a mind to get her to keep him on the next season's roster.

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23
Spain Cruise: The Matadors/Mrs. Jameson Comes Out/Love's Labors Found/Marry Me, Marry Me (2)
1986-05-03
In this episode set aboard the Vista Fjord, a woman reporter who thinks bullfighting is immoral falls in love with a young man destined to be a matador because of his obligation to the family patriarch, Portugal's greatest matador; Isaac meets and falls in love with a wacky woman who is conning everyone, including him, but her real problem is that she has run away from her boyfriend and is pregnant; a young womanizer cleverly pursues both Vicki and Judy and, as it turns out, many other women on the ship; an older woman, just out of prison for murdering her husband, reunites with her daughter, incognito at first.

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22
Spain Cruise: The Matadors/Mrs. Jameson Comes Out/Love's Labors Found/Marry Me, Marry Me (1)
1986-05-03
In this episode set aboard the Vista Fjord, a woman reporter who thinks bullfighting is immoral falls in love with a young man destined to be a matador because of his obligation to the family patriarch, Portugal's greatest matador; Isaac meets and falls in love with a wacky woman who is conning everyone, including him, but her real problem is that she has run away from her boyfriend and is pregnant; a young womanizer cleverly pursues both Vicki and Judy and, as it turns out, many other women on the ship; an older woman, just out of prison for murdering her husband, reunites with her daughter, incognito at first.

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21
The Will/Deja Vu/The Prediction
1986-03-22
The crew frantically take care of last minute business when a famous newspaper psychic arrives and predicts that the world will end during the cruise; while on his way to wed in Mexico, a young tycoon with amnesia who disappeared a few years earlier falls in love with his wife from his previous life; a woman whose husband is deceased is courted by a former boyfriend, only to find out that her husband's will called for the liason.

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20
Gothic Romance/Whatever Happened to Jumpin' Jack Flash?
1986-03-15
In "Whatever Happened to Crazy Joe Flash?," written by David Chambers, rock star Crazy Joe Flash (Regalbuto) decides to get away from it all by taking a cruise incognito, using his real name of Herb Hanson.

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19
Second Banana/The Prodigy/What Goes Around
1986-03-08
In "What Goes Around Comes Around," written by Peter Gallay from a story by Bob Logan and Fred Rosenberg, Doc (Kopell) aids a radio talk-show psychologist (Ms. Dussault) in her professional ability to help others because she is suddenly beset with difficult personal problems of her own.

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18
The Art Lover/Couples/Made for Each Other
1986-03-01
In "The Art Lover," written by Peter Gallay, Gopher borrows an ancient statue belonging to a passanger (Ferrer) to impress a women (Ms.

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17
The Second Time Around/Hello, Spencer/Runaway, Go Home
1986-02-22
In "The Second Time Around," written by John B. Collins, Emily and Capt. Stubing find themselves madly in love at midpoint of the cruise. Stubing proposes - and Emily accepts - but a conflict arises immediately.

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16
Hello Emily/The Tour Guide/The Winning Number
1986-02-15
In "Hello, Emily," written by Neil Thompson and Nancy Steen, Emily Haywood is enjoying Capt. Stubing's company, but he suggests that maybe Emily is being too forward.

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15
Egyptian Cruise (2)
1986-02-08
In "Egypt," written by Duane Poole and Tom Swale, the captain (Gavin MacLeod) has a bittersweet reunion with the widow (Jean Stapleton) of one of his dearest friends. She is trying to get over her spouse's demise, and Stubing and another man (Campanella) make life more meaningful for her.

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14
Egyptian Cruise (1)
1986-02-08
In "Egypt," written by Duane Poole and Tom Swale, the captain (Gavin MacLeod) has a bittersweet reunion with the widow (Jean Stapleton) of one of his dearest friends. She is trying to get over her spouse's demise, and Stubing and another man (Campanella) make life more meaningful for her.

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13
Miss Mom/Who's the Champ?/Gopher's Delusion
1986-02-01
Hulk Hogan plays himself, as two flamboyant pro wrestlers (Bruce Jenner and Tim Rossovich) vie for a win in the ring, a situation complicated by the fact that one of the grapplers is romantically interested in his opponent's sister (Jennifer Holmes); a single mother-to-be (Ellen Bry) and a writer (B

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12
Hippies and Yuppies/Frat Wars/Return of the Lambdas
1986-01-25
In "Frat Wars" and "Return of the Lambdas," written by Laurie Gelman, two rival fraternity chapters vie in an attempt to impress the head of the Lambda Alumni Association, Grant Woodrow (Jump), during a national convention at sea.

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11
Dare Devil/Picture Me as a Spy/Sleeper
1986-01-18
Ace's cabin has been searched and he suspects a spy team work. Doc's new patient is sleepwalking. A woman is scared by her boyfriend's risky stunts.

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10
Father of the Bride/The Best Man/Members of the Wedding
1986-01-11
The cruise ship is turned into a private party wedding voyage involving a former flame of Ace's, but the father of the bride learns he faces immediate bankruptcy. The best man loves the bride's sister, much to the consternation of the aforementioned father.

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9
Roommates/Heartbreaker/Out of the Blue
1985-12-07
In, "Out of the Blue," written by Joan Brooker and Nancy Eddo, a wealthy man (Korman) promises money to make dreams come true. Gopher (Fred Grandy) and Isaac (ted Lange) are quite thrilled, but the man's offer makes a women (Ms.

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8
Trouble in Paradise/No More Mister Nice Guy/The Mermaid and the Cop
1985-11-30
In "Trouble in Paradise" written by Nancy Steen and Neil Thompson, Julie McCoy Chenault, former cruise director on the ship, returns as an apparently happily married woman. She reveals to Gopher that she has asked her filmmaker-husband for a divorce because he is away so often.

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7
Good Time Girls/The Iron Man/Soap Star
1985-11-23
In "Soap Star," written by William Bickley and Michael Warren, the leading lady and leading man (Ms. Channing and Nye) from television's popular daytime drama, "Mercy Hospital," arrive for a relaxing cruise.

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6
Forties Fantasy
1985-11-16
In "Forties Fantasy," Capt. Stubing is in command of the troop ship, while Doc and Gopher are Navy officers.

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5
German Cruise: The Villa/The Racer's Edge/Love or Money/The Accident (2)
1985-11-02
Doc (Bernie Kopell) is a target for a swindle when he meets a lovely tourist guide (Ms. Blackely) and her deceitful brother (Olandt), which causes him much anguish, in "The Accident," written by Ben Joelson and Art Baer.

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4
German Cruise: The Villa/The Racer's Edge/Love or Money/The Accident (1)
1985-11-02
Doc (Bernie Kopell) is a target for a swindle when he meets a lovely tourist guide (Ms. Blackely) and her deceitful brother (Olandt), which causes him much anguish, in "The Accident," written by Ben Joelson and Art Baer.

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3
Hidden Treasure/Picture from the Past/Ace's Salary
1985-10-12
In "Picture From the Past," written by Laura Levine, a woman (Ms. Ross) avoids Warhol's presence so that her husband (Bosley) will never find out she starred in Warhol's films.

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2
Your Money or Your Wife/Joint Custody/The Temptations
1985-10-05
In "Temptations," written by Richard Gurman, when the singing group boards to film a video, the captain's daughter, Vicki (Jill Whelan), finds herself in an uncomfortable position when she asks the sarcastic manager (Spound) if the group will consent to entertaining the passengers.

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1
A Day in Port
1985-09-28
In "A Day In Port," eight beautiful and talented dancers join the cruise. In This episode, Isaac falls head over heels in love with their choreographer (Ms.

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Set amidst the love-infused, sun-kissed, and tropical atmosphere aboard the fictional cruise ship Pacific Princess, The Love Boat was a pioneering, light-hearted, and much-loved American television series running for 10 seasons from 1977 to 1987 on ABC network. The show, under Aaron Spelling's production, merged comedy, romance, and drama into an hour-long blockbuster melting pot that attracted millions of viewers each week.

The Love Boat was headlined by a regular ensemble cast, giving the Pacific Princess a base of relatable, recurring characters. Gavin MacLeod took center stage as Captain Merrill Stubing: the ship's compassionate and approachable commander who became a surrogate father figure to the crew and a reassuring authority to the cruise guests. Assisting him in the ship's operations was his diligent crew - helmed by the admirably competent 'Doc' Adam Bricker, played by Bernie Kopell, the ship's physician known for his humorous romantic dalliances.

Fred Grandy portrayed Burl "Gopher" Smith, the ship's witty purser and Ted Lange innovatively sketched out a character who served up more than drinks, as Isaac Washington, the enlightened bartender, a man often with keen insights into passenger's problems or dilemmas. Lauren Tewes as the bright-eyed cruise director, Julie McCoy, took the helm of organizing on-deck activities and entertainment, often finding herself embroiled in shipboard dramas. Jill Whelan played Vicki, Captain Stubing's young daughter, joining the crew later in the series, further adding to the dynamic as she navigated her teenage years on board a cruise ship.

In the later stage of the series, The Love Boat welcomed two new family members. Ted McGinley featured as the ship's photographer, Ashley Covington Evans (Ace), adding a dose of youthful energy to the already dynamic team. Pat Klous stepped in as Judy McCoy, Julie's sister, and expertly carried on the legacy of her predecessor as the enthusiastic cruise director.

What made The Love Boat genuinely striking was its unique narrative style, successfully incorporating the now-iconic multi-storyline format in each episode. The brilliant structure would often follow three separate narrative threads, each focusing on the various relationships and interactions of the multitude of passengers aboard the Pacific Princess - Be it an old flame rekindling, new love sparking, or conflicts surfacing only to be resolved, providing viewers with warm concluded endings to each storyline.

The Love Boat capitalized on the concept of an 'anthology series', wherein most characters and their stories were self-contained to each episode. Each week, viewers were introduced to new faces with individual storylines, portrayed by a wide array of notable, high-caliber guest stars, including established stars and promising newcomers. This revolving door of guest-stars ranged from Hollywood legends to future icons and even real-life spouses, giving an unexpected twist and freshness to every episode.

Amid the romance, laugh-out-loud moments, and episodic drama, The Love Boat subtly conveys deeper messages about human relationships, love, and social issues. The show touched on the universal themes of love, friendship, and family while exploring the intricacies of human emotions, providing a beacon of hope to its viewers.

From the unparalleled scenic beauty captured through the exterior shots, the light-hearted humor that ensured never a dull moment, to the cheerful and catchy theme song, The Love Boat represented an era of television where simplicity and feel-good entertainment were in the foreground.

Decades since it first sailed, The Love Boat continues to hold a special place in the annals of television history for its unique concept, star-studded guest appearances, and an unforgettable ensemble cast. Through laughter and love, this delightful anthology series reminds audiences worldwide that, indeed, exciting and new things are always coming aboard a love boat.

The Love Boat is a series categorized as a canceled. Spanning 10 seasons with a total of 258 episodes, the show debuted on 1977. The series has earned a moderate reviews from both critics and viewers. The IMDb score stands at 6.3.

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Channel
ABC
Rating
6.3/10
Cast
Ted Lange, Jill Whelan, Gavin MacLeod, Bernie Kopell, Lauren Tewes, Fred Grandy, Pat Klous, Ted McGinley, Will Geer
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