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The Love Boat is an American television series set on a cruise ship, which aired on the ABC Television Network from September 24, 1977 until May 24, 1986. The show starred Gavin MacLeod as the ship's captain, who encourages his customers to find romance. It was part of ABC's Saturday night "one-two punch" along with Fantasy Island until the latter show ended in 1984.

The original 1976 made-for-TV movie on which the show was based, also titled The Love Boat, was itself based on the nonfiction book "The Love Boats" by Jeraldine Saunders, a real-life cruise director. Two more TV movies (titled The Love Boat II and The New Love Boat, respectively) would follow before the series began its run.

The executive producer for the series was Aaron Spelling who produced several successful series for ABC from the 1960s to the 1980s.

The sitcom was usually set aboard 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).

Series stars Gavin MacLeod, Bernie Kopell, and Ted Lange are the only cast members to appear in every episode of the regular series, including the last three 2 hour made-for-TV movies, and stayed throughout the entire run. MacLeod was not the captain in the first two TV movies, however. We are told in Love Boat II that Gopher, Doc, Isaac, and the captain in that movie all served together in Vietnam, but no reference to this is ever made to their shared history again. However, when McLeod's character was introduced, there was mention of him being "the new captain." Though Grandy was given an appearance in every episode and stayed throughout the entire run, he missed the last of the three two-hour made-for-TV movies.

The long-running TV series was finally cancelled in 1986.

Highlights
Gavin MacLeod on starring in The Love Boat
24:35
Aaron Spelling on the development and casting of Love Boat
05:42
Marion Ross on her appearances on The Love Boat
05:48
Fred Silverman on developing The Love Boat for ABC, how it started as a series of television movies, and on Love Boat guest stars from other ABC programs serving as vehicles for promoting the rest of the network's programming
02:38
Eddie Foy III on casting The Love Boat
02:34
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Howard Anderson, Jr.

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Howard Anderson Jr. on creating the opening titles for The Love Boat
00:58

Bruce Bilson

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Bruce Bilson on directing episodes (including one with Milton Berle) of The Love Boat
03:14

Harvey Bullock

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Harvey Bullock on being a producer on The Love Boat
04:06

Henry Colman

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Henry Colman on producing the first Love Boat pilot; on the development and casting of The Love Boat series
07:58
Henry Colman on working as a Paramount production executive on Love, American Style  and its influence on The Love Boat
01:55
Henry Colman on producing The Love Boat
21:48

Douglas S. Cramer

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Douglas S. Cramer on the guest stars of The Love Boat
05:28
Douglas S. Cramer on creating his production company
05:23
Douglas S. Cramer on developing The Love Boat
13:57
Douglas S. Cramer on getting The Love Boat on the air and casting the show
10:01
Douglas S. Cramer on the longevity and stories of The Love Boat
04:32
Douglas S. Cramer on traveling on The Love Boat
03:15
Douglas S. Cramer on the Broadway episode of The Love Boat
03:00

Bill Daily

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Bill Daily on appearing on The Love Boat
00:37

Elinor Donahue

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Elinor Donahue on her guest appearances on The Love Boat
01:54

Charles Fox

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Composer Charles Fox what a composer does in terms of creating the style of a show; on composing the theme for The Love Boat
08:34

Eddie Foy, III

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Eddie Foy III on casting The Love Boat
02:34

Betty Garrett

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Betty Garrett on guest-starring on The Love Boat
00:31

Leonard H. Goldenson

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Leonard Goldenson on the success of Aaron Spelling's The Love Boat
00:55

Florence Henderson

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Florence Henderson on appearing on The Love Boat
00:25

Leslie Hoffman

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Leslie Hoffman on doing stunts for Love Boat
09:55
Leslie Hoffman on how she felt after a Love Boat stunt
01:35

Harvey Korman

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Harvey Korman on the pilot of The Love Boat
01:36

Vicki Lawrence

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Vicki Lawrence on guest-starring on The Love Boat, and her kissing scenes
00:28

Hal Linden

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Hal Linden on guest starring on The Love Boat
02:26

Gavin MacLeod

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Gavin MacLeod on starring in The Love Boat
24:35
Gavin MacLeod on the difference between The Love Boat and The Love Boat: The Next Wave
02:02

Peter Marshall

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Peter Marshall on guest-starring on The Love Boat
01:42

Nolan Miller

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Costume designer Nolan Miller on working on The Love Boat
14:31

Harry Morgan

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Harry Morgan on guest appearances on The Love Boat
00:33

Howard Morris

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Howard Morris on directing The Love Boat
00:47

Hugh O'Brian

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Hugh O'Brian on appearing on an episode of The Love Boat
01:24

Dick Van Patten

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Dick Van Patten on appearing as a villain on The Love Boat
00:26
Dick Van Patten on a guest role he had on The Love Boat
00:28

Carroll Pratt

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Carroll Pratt on providing a laugh track for Barney Miller, The Love Boat, Mork & Mindy, Eight is Enough, Taxi, and Benson
05:29

Della Reese

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Della Reese on her guest-appearance on The Love Boat with Carol Channing and Ethel Merman
01:43

Marion Ross

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Marion Ross on her appearances on The Love Boat
05:48

Fred Silverman

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Fred Silverman on developing The Love Boat for ABC, how it started as a series of television movies, and on Love Boat guest stars from other ABC programs serving as vehicles for promoting the rest of the network's programming
02:38
Fred Silverman on developing Fantasy Island as a companion to The Love Boat at ABC, and on beating out the CBS Saturday night lineup which included The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Bob Newhart Show, and on critical reaction to the programs
01:33

Aaron Spelling

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Aaron Spelling on the development and casting of Love Boat
05:42

Gale Storm

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Gale Storm on working on the romantic comedy series The Love Boat
00:48

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